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s t n E t n Co WEDDING SPECIAL This month we’re jam packed with wedding content from front to back, so whether you’re after fashion, food or culture, we hope you enjoy our loving twist.
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Contributors Giles Paley-Phillips, Amanda Horlington, Danny Cobbs, Julia Wright, Joe McGann, Nick Mosley, Sue-Kim Steele Green, Rhys Wilson-Plant, Lisa Moore, Fal Blake, Erika Szostak, Charlotte Horlock , Elisa Furci
C o V E r s H o t: Photographer: 7two9 Photography, www.7two9.com Production manager: Frida Clementz Hair: Melodie Pope, Shoreham Hair Lounge,
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JASON DONOVAN The 80s heartthrob is setting off on his Ten Good Reasons & Greatest Hits tour this month and Daniel White sat down with him ahead of his Sussex show.
Makeup assistant: Sofaya Hussein, Headblush MUA Models: Alexandra E. Chrantz, and Maika Smith from MK Models www.mkmodelmanagement.com
Production assistants: Gemma Windham Shot on location at Studio 7two9
Flowers from The Brighton Flower Company, www.thebrightonflowercompany.co.uk
Wedding accessories from Catherine Francis Bridal Boutique, www.catherinefrancis.co.uk
PETER JAMES Fashion expert Fal Blake caught up with crime author Peter James to discuss his wedding, writing, love and much more.
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It was my birthday – 21 again! This amazing breakfast in bed was cooked by my 14 year old daughter. Impressive or what?
The #titleweddings winner! This is Jason & David Howlett Kennedy, photo by Nick Lukey. Just so much joy in this shot, we loved it.
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Ed’s letter Our first issue of 2016 and stage one of our redesign is here. And what better way to launch a new look than with an issue filled with the hopes and dreams for new lives together? We’ve had such fun putting this issue together, working with creatives from all walks of the wedding world, as well as photographers, venues and of course lots of happy couples. Our wedding special is crammed full of happy, joyful images, reminding us as winter finally starts to leave us that there are brighter, happier days ahead. As we move forward into this year, our plans for expansion are starting to take hold, and you’ll soon be able to hear our podcasts and watch more films on our Title channel. We know from our research that people love a real 3D magazine to hold and read, but we also know that sound and vision is vital for a media company. It’s really exciting working on this, and it’s something we’ll be able to offer our clients too. So as well as our dedicated print and social media campaigns, we’ll be able to provide great videos and transmissions for them too. Enjoy this issue – it’s full of love and light. Roll on the longer days!
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Been all over the web this month – ‘is yoga enough to keep you fit?’ We think so. But also we love some of the bright new yoga and fit kit on the market at the moment.
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STUFF TO DO
Drink whiskey at new night, The Whisky Affair, £10 on 20 February, Brighton. www.thewhiskeyaffair.co.uk
2016 lays before us like new powder on the slopes. What will you do with your next month?
Get excited about vegan stuff. Europe’s prime vegan festival VegfestUK returns to the Brighton Centre on February 27-28. www.brighton.vegfest.co.uk Drink beer and cider! 26th Sussex Beer & Cider Festival to be held at the Corn Exchange, Brighton 17-19 March. www.sussexbeerfestival.co.uk
See some art. Mother’s Day is the last chance to enjoy Petworth’s exhibition of 50 masterpieces, many never seen before. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/ petworth-house
Get married. British Airways i360 will host its first wedding at 450 feet above Brighton Beach in September 2016.
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THE BRIGHTON & HOVE FOOD AND DRINK FESTIVAL
Back with its first outing of 2016 this Easter weekend, the Big Sussex Market hits New Road in front of the Theatre Royal on Good Friday and Easter Saturday, 25-26 March, featuring around 40 local producers, street foods and restaurateurs showcasing great food and drink. Easter Monday sees the welcome return of the Rockinghorse Children’s Easter Egg hunt in Royal Pavilion Gardens from 11am - 2pm. Little ones will complete fun challenges and win handfuls of tasty chocolate eggs, whilst raising money for the Royal Alexander Children’s Hospital. The Easter weekend also sees the launch of this year’s Brighton & Hove Food and Drink Awards. Get your votes in! The food festival’s Spring Harvest is just around the corner too with 12 days of delicious food and drink events happening across the city and surrounding county from 19-30 May. We’ll bring you more information nearer the time but expect Food Lab with chefs including Michael Bremner (64 Degrees) and Matt Gillan (The Pass), a Sussex Wine Bus Tour, two gala dinners at Jeremy’s Restaurant in Borde Hill, and an Indian banquet at Hotel du Vin with Curry Leaf Café. The highlight of the Spring Harvest is always the Sussex & The World Weekend on Hove Lawns (28-30 May) featuring the market, Live Food Show, Children’s Food Festival, Taste of Sweden, Taste of Guernsey, Beach BBQ Cook Off, English Wine Week Festival, Laithwaites Wine Festival, Beer & Cider Festival and lots more. Entrance to all of the major Sussex & the World Weekend activities on Hove Lawns is free. For more details visit www.brightonfoodfestival.com
BLINK AND YOU’LL MISS IT
Dive down the rabbit hole this Valentine’s weekend for an unforgettable immersive feast of the senses with the Blink Experience. Kick off at the masquerade ball of light where you will be able to warm by an open fire and mingle with fellow guests whilst enjoying a complimentary glass of a secret champagne cocktail, before being blindfolded and led you to your seat in the dining room. You will then be served a delicious three course meal created specifically to tantalise your taste buds. Expect the unexpected during your meal as their guides and poetic compere navigate you on a journey into a bizarre and adventurous world of hilarity, human connection and sensory awakening. You will feel your body come to life as you let go and engage in your environment through sound, smell, touch, taste and potentially much more. You will end your experience with a third and final chapter that they lovingly refer to as ‘The Awakening’. This, apparently, is the really fun bit and that is all we know on the matter. You can then retire to the bar to reflect and enjoy a drink or three. The Blink Experience Stanmer House, 13-14 February www.theblinkexperience.com 8
Professional models fresh faces fearless walkers hotshot hosPitality We have an exciting range of new talent on our books for all shoots, runways and events. Please get in touch to find out more. www.mkmodelmanagement.com 07711 281974 or 07543 648113
All this talk of weddings has made us think about bling, and we don’t mean just rings. Sussex is full of some great jewellers – we’re liking these three sites for a really good range of different items…
Pressleys Jewellers, Worthing and Chichester Loving the Pandora collections at these stores www.pressleys.co.uk
Sorrel Bay Jewellery, Sussex Individual craftsmanship and Fairtrade gold www.sorrelbay.com
James Ross Jewellers, Hove Generations of expertise, and a great range of Rolex watches www.jamesrossjewellers.com
MAKING OF MAKING OF A MURDERER
If like us you’re all totally hooked on this Netflix special, you should lay your hands on this book. The Innocent Killer is a behind the scenes look at the case by Michael Griesbach, a veteran prosecutor from Wisconsin. Griesbach workd on the case to overturn Steven Avery’s original rape conviction – he was deputy DA at the time and testified against his own colleagues. This is straight from the horse’s mouth. In bookshops across Sussex from 4 Feb. The Innocent Killer £7.99 Windmill paperback
CHIP THAT DOG
As of 6 April this year, it will now be law to get your dog microchipped. If a puppy is not microchipped within eight weeks of its birth owners are given a 21 day notice to get their dog chipped, after which they will receive a £500 fine. Microchipping is a quick procedure in which a small chip, about the size of a grain of rice, is injected between a dog’s shoulder blades. Each tiny chip has its own number, which relates to the contact details of the owner. This information is stored on an approved database and the microchip can be scanned by local authorities and veterinary clinics if necessary. Great if your dog decides to go AWOL too. To support this, Heath Veterinary Clinic, in Burgess Hill and Hurstpierpoint are offering a special deal, offering dog microchipping for only £10 up until 6 April. So no excuses! www.heathvets.com
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This is Freya Ward, who completed a Level 2 Marketing Apprenticeship at Napier Partnership Limited in Chichester in September 2015. During her apprenticeship she entered the National Apprenticeship Awards in the Intermediate ‘Apprentice of the Year’ category, and in September won the South East Regional heat! She was then shortlisted in the National finals where she went on to receive a National Highly Commended Award, and even got invited to a drinks reception at Number 10, where she met the Prime Minister. The Awards were judged on her contribution to the apprenticeship at Napier. Napier had never hired an apprentice before, it is now a large part of their recruitment strategy. But she also shone because of her contribution to her fellow apprentices, and off the back of this Freya is planning to launch The Apprentice Ambassador Network in March. This lady is destined for great things.
WIN! VIP TICKETS TO FOODIES FESTIVAL BRIGHTON
The Foodies Festival returns to Hove Lawns for a bank holiday feast 30 April - 2 May, and we have three pairs of VIP tickets to giveaway so you enjoy a taste-bud-tingling day out with friends. Start your VIP day with a welcome glass of bubbly before visiting the Artisan Market, where you can shop and sample from over 120 award-winning producers. Then feast on flavours from around the world on the Street Food Avenue - there’s a special focus on Brazilian food in celebration of the Olympic host’s cuisine, with traditional Brazilian BBQ, cocktails and coffees. Enjoy priority entry to food and drink masterclasses including the Chef’s Theatre, where you can watch top local chefs and famous faces cooking live, and pick up tips and recipes from healthy living experts as they prepare lip-smacking superfood and feel good food dishes. Relax in the Drinks Theatre with rum, champagne, gin and craft beer masterclasses, or challenge your taste buds with a blindfolded whisky tasting, or visit the Cake & Bake Theatre where Great British Bake Off champion Nadiya Hussain and baking extraordinaire Charlotte White showcase delicious summer cakes that will inspire you to reach for your whips and spatulas at home. After a day of feasting and fun, relax in the exclusive VIP area with private bar and refreshments, and soak in the atmosphere with live music from the Entertainment Stage and a refreshing cocktail from the Giant Pimm’s Teapot or Captain Morgan Mojito Ship. If you’re still hungry, there’s always the Bug-Eating and ChillEating competitions to take part in! To win one of three pairs of VIP tickets please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the heading FOODIES, and tell us the most unusual thing you’ve ever eaten! Closing date 31 March 2016, prizes not transferable. www.foodiesfestival.com
WHAT The red carpet was rolled out at the Odeon Brighton for an exclusive gala charity screening of ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ before a VIP reception WHERE The Hilton Brighton Metropole
Pam Rose was in the first Star Wars film portraying Leesub Sirln
A young Darth Vader, John Heal, meets the paps on the red carpet
WHEN Thursday 18 December WHY Over £1,300 was raised at this special event for the two biggest children’s charities in the city, Chestnut Tree House Children’s Hospice and The Rockinghorse Appeal
Philip Stewart with Juice 107.2 presenter Talia French
Usherettes Tatiana and Megan
Photos: Graham Franks
WHAT WE LOVED The long-awaited return of Star Wars!
Analiese Doctrove and the team from Rockinghorse
Adam and Sam cross light sabres with the Chestnut Tree House team
Juice 107.2 ticket winners Amber Sulaiman, Jasmine Bendell, Stuart and Amanda Digby www.titlesussex.co.uk
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An actor’s life for me Each month Joe McGann explores the ups and downs of an actor’s life
Trust me, I’m an actor. As a teenager, when I first expressed my desire to be an actor, the most common response was that I should consider a ‘proper job’ instead. Even now, 40 years later, my reply to the enquiry ‘and what do you do’ most often elicits a response of mild pity, or worse, a horrified, muttering withdrawal of the enquiring party lest they be bored senseless, left with the bill, or suffer some drunken molestation. I can think of few other professions which suffer such a universal, clichéd and wildly inaccurate reputation. I understand, of course, that clichés don’t evolve without a grain of truth, but my experience is that the huge majority of people in my profession couldn’t be more different and I shall try, in this column, to illustrate that the skillsets (to borrow an HR buzzword) required to make a living in this honourable profession are more deserving of respect than derision, and at the same time, try to give you the skinny on what the job truly entails
“In performance, an actor who does
not listen to or truthfully communicate
with the rest of the cast will pull focus; even the greatest of plays will be diminished by such onanism.”
To begin, let’s deal with the notion of the actor’s over inflated selfobsession. Acting is different from being, say, a musician, artist or writer in that as a general rule, you cannot practice your craft alone. Learning lines is for the most part a solo grind, but then we need other actors, stage management, directors, wardrobe – and of course an audience. In short, it’s a team game, and I’ve seen otherwise talented people fall away from the profession because they didn’t grasp this simple fact. In performance, an actor who does not listen to or truthfully communicate with the rest of the cast will pull focus, and so distort any sense of the convention of a believable world onstage; even the greatest of plays will be diminished by such onanism, and at worst it just becomes a bore-fest. To be a working actor one needs good people skills. Admittedly, this can be tricky. Rehearsal rooms can sometimes be full of attitude, and the clashing of cheekbones can be heard down the street as the insecure and needy try to thrust themselves forward. And I’m not saying that all successful actors have no ego; it’s certainly true
that a healthy sense of self is required in order to play the less showy but integral parts of any script. ‘They also serve who only stand with spears’, you might say. Even a burning desire to be the best you can be, while admirable in many ways, needs to be tempered with the ability to recognise and execute what is best for the job. If you’re in it solely for yourself, be prepared for bitter disappointment. You’ll not be asked back. This balanced sense of self is also vital if you’re going to weather the enormous amount of rejection all actors experience. It doesn’t matter to anyone that you believe with all your heart that you were born to play the part or that – in X-Factor parlance – you know that this is the life-changing opportunity you and your mum have always known would be yours. As an example, I’ve lost more than one job for being too tall to pair with the actress playing opposite me; it’s frustrating but understandable. There’s never going to be the time/money to dig a trench every time they need to fit us both into a two-shot. We learn to accept it, process the disappointment, and prepare ourselves for the next opportunity. These constant lessons in life promote a healthy pragmatism and keep us away from the all-toocommon modern notion that simply by wanting something enough, we will cause its manifestation. The people in my profession who have learned these lessons are among the most well rounded and capable people I know, and so vastly different from the clichéd view of the actor as to be the polar opposite. I’m not embarrassed to say that I’m rarely happier than in the company of others in my profession, playing make believe, which for 35 years has been my proper job, my education and, more than once, my salvation. Which is another story. Pass me my fedora and cane, and I’ll see you next issue. T: @JosephMcGann
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An Insta Wedding
We all need a little inspiration from time to time and with so much to think about in the build up to your big day, a bit of creative influence can help in so many ways. That’s why we’ve decided to put together our favourite wedding-themed Instagram accounts from Sussex to Los Angeles to help inspire your perfect wedding.
Sylvia’s Kitchen Inspired by her mother Sylvia, Liz Chatfield runs Sylvia’s Kitchen, cake bakers of the highest quality that specialise in stunning wedding cakes.
Fross Wedding Collections Straight out of Uckfield, Sussex, Fross Wedding Collections stock wedding gowns from some of the world’s top designers and post stunning photos from in store, on the catwalk or at the big day. @frossweddingcollections www.frossweddingcollections.co.uk
McQueens Flowers London florists McQueens are globally recognised for their spectacular flower arrangements and offer tips and tricks as well as beautiful photography of their wedding bouquets and more. @mcqueensflowers www.mcqueens.co.uk
How He Asked A wedding blog dedicated to bringing you images, videos and more from the moment the question was popped. Warning this account is bound to make you cry tears of joy!
Mindy Weiss Based out in Beverly Hills, Mindy Weiss is an event planner that oversees some of the biggest and most extravagant weddings from LA’s rich and famous A-list, posting some simply stunning shots on her account. @mindyweiss www.mindyweiss.com
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Age-old traditions, lucky charms, all-out costumes and bombastic venuesâ€Ś We must be talking weddings. Charlotte Horlock had a wander round the globe and picked out six wedding ceremonies from different cultures that embrace the wild and wonderfulâ€Ś
Indian In Indian culture, marriage symbolises not just the sacred union of two individuals, but two families. Months before the ceremony, the families meet to perform rituals and to present the bride and groom with a stack of OTT gifts. Further pre-wedding ceremonies include the Haldi, a relaxing hot bath during which turmeric (Haldi), oil and water is applied to both the bride and groom (although naughtiness is strictly forbidden until wedding night), and the Mehendi, where the brideâ€™s hands and feet are painted with gorgeous Henna patterns. On the day of the wedding, the bride dolls up in a sari or a lehenga, decorated with gold and silver embroidery. The groom makes his entrance on a horse or sometimes an elephant. The final moments of the ceremony are the most poignant, as the bride will say goodbye to her family and leave to live with her husband. With so much colour, vibrancy, food and fun, an Indian wedding is truly a festival in itself!
Chinese A Chinese wedding ceremony involves a fair amount of prep, too. It’s all down to a fortune-teller to predict whether the marriage will be a success, based on the bride and groom’s full names and their zodiac animals (fingers crossed it’s not the year of the rat.) The bride is expected to bond with her inlaws long in advance by making them tea and helping them with the chores. At the wedding ceremony, the bride will wear a red skirt, as the Chinese believe red foreshadows delight. Music and firecrackers mark the arrival of the groom (or sedan) at the wedding place. The bride will then be led along a swanky red carpet before vows are exchanged, their emphasis on loyalty and looking after one another, especially in sickness and poverty. The lucky couple get to retreat to their bridal chamber while guests submit to the toasts and speeches part. Wine is poured to the brim of a cup but mustn’t spill over. These traditions have been maintained for thousands of years, but in recent years (especially after the founding of modern China), people have tended to discard some of the details and embrace more simple ways.
Japanese The Japanese are renowned for that magical bride every little girl dresses up as, at some stage in their lives. Before the ceremony (or shinzen shiki), the rehearsal takes place, during which the bride’s mother lowers the veil for her daughter, signifying the last act that a mother can do before giving her child away. Traditionally, the Japanese bride is then painted white from head to toe, declaring her maiden status to the Gods. She has two choices of headgear: one, the watabōshi, a white hood, and the other, the tsunokakushi, serving to hide her ‘horns of jealousy.’ On a less intense level, it also symbolises the bride’s intention to become a gentle and obedient wife. The ceremony is held at a Shinto shrine, and the father of the bride, as in Western ceremonies, walks his daughter down the aisle. Recently though, a Western-style wedding has become the choice of many couples in Japan, and these are generally held in a modest little chapel or hotel.
Russian A Russian wedding lasts between two days and a week packed with singing, dancing, drinking and toasts. Once the groom arrives at the venue, he must pay a ransom for the bride (a term in Russian known as vykup nevesty.) The groom will usually give jewellery, before the bride’s parents bring out a woman (or man) that is not the actual bride but dressed up like one, covered in a veil so the groom can’t see the face. If you haven’t already guessed, these guys are pretty big on comedy. The ceremony is held in a church and is divided into two parts: the Betrothal and the Crowning. During the Betrothal, the priest blesses the couple and presents them with lighted candles – exciting for about five minutes. This is followed by the exchanging of the crowns, and these babies are as colourful as they come. In the past, the couple would wear their wedding crowns for eight days, but now they are removed at the end of the service. Phew. And as if that wasn’t enough, look out for the ‘bread and salt’ tradition. In the old days, the groom’s mother presented the couple with bread and salt at the groom’s family house when the bride moved in to live. Nowadays, as a rule, the bread and salt ritual takes place right there in the wedding.
Scottish This is the one wedding where the groom really makes an impression. Since the 16th Century, the kilt has been the traditional – and sexy – dress of men and boys in the Scottish Highlands. At a Scottish wedding, the groom will wear his kilt, sometimes coupled with a dagger. And yes, it’s true, a true Scotsman won’t put on underwear. All Scots believe in good-luck charms, and when better to seize one of these than on your wedding day? A sixpence in the bride’s shoe or a sprig of white heather in the bouquet are long-standing traditions in Aberdeenshire and Angus. The ‘Wedding Scramble’ is also said to bring the couple fortune. As the bride steps into the car, her father will throw a handful of coins for the children to collect. After the ceremony, the Scottish Quaich (pictured below) or ‘Loving Cup’ will be passed round for the wedding party to sip. This is a two-handled silver bowl filled with whisky, usually by the bride. Scottish weddings are all about fun, frolic, dance and beer. Lots of beer.
Greek Think sand, sea, sunshine and Mamma Mia. We’ve added a Greek wedding in at number six for its postcard setting and quirky traditions. If you’re getting married in Greece, the whole town will know about it and expect to be invited. Before the ceremony, the bride lists all the names of her unmarried girlfriends on the sole of her right shoe. Sounds a bit degrading, but there’s a method to the madness. At the end of the night, the names of the girls that have rubbed off are said to be the next to get married – better than haphazardly throwing a bouquet and watching it get torn apart by your drunken girlfriends, right? Taking the term ‘groomsman’ literally on his wedding day, the groom’s best man (or koumbaros) becomes his barber when he shaves off his beard. On the bright side, the groom’s new mother-in-law will feed him honey and almonds, symbolising her affection and generosity. Greece is renowned for its backdrop of gorgeous sandy beaches and white houses, and weddings here are nothing short of magnificent.
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RENEW YOUR HAIR WITH NUYU HAIR Daniel White caught up with the founders of NuYu Hair Rebeca Aparicio and Marianna Angeli What is NuYu Hair? NuYu Hair Ltd is a British-owned independent and bespoke hair brand offering products such as ¾ hairpieces and clip-in fringes of a deluxe quality. How did NuYu Hair begin? We have collectively used hairpieces for over 15 years. Frustrated with the need to wear two hairpieces at a time to achieve the desired full bodied look, NuYu Hair was born out of a desire to create a range of hairpieces which could create the desired look in under five minutes. What sets you apart from the competition? With the UK hairpiece market flooded with poor quality, low heat resistant and limited colour palettes, NuYu Hair is set to offer the closest match to human hair in colour and weight, at a fraction of the price of real hair extensions, with a scientifically tested hair fibre. Offering a deluxe weight of 300-400g, they’ll enable women to style their hairpiece as desired to a maximum heat of 180 degrees.
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Who are these for? Gone are the days where hairpieces were only the choice of TV stars and celebrities. Now, women of all ages from professionals seeking a quick evening hair-do, mums on the school run, to those in recovery from chemotherapy, are driving a new direction in the market which NuYu Hair is seeking to serve. Are these suitable for a wedding day? NuYu hairpieces are suitable for a bride’s big day as they are cost effective and also less damaging than hair extensions, leaving the bride to focus her budget elsewhere. How easy are the hairpieces to use? All NuYu hairpieces are really simple to use and can take less than five minutes. They have four strategically placed clips and a wide toothcomb that position onto the scalp to ensure a comfortable yet stable hold to the hair. You can find a video tutorial on how to attach the hairpieces at www.nuyu-hair.com/video-tutorials/ How can I use them as the trends change? We have over thirty colours in our colour palette to keep up to date with the current trends. Our hairpieces are so versatile that they can be styled and cut so can be used as the trends change. How can people get hold of your hairpieces? Our hairpieces are available to buy at www.nuyu-hair.com
- Hairpieces are expensive – False. NuYu hairpieces start from £39.99. - They always look synthetic – Wrong again. NuYu Hair is made from a fine scientifically tested fibre to replicate human hair. - It’s only one look - Not true. The hair is heat resistant up to 180 degrees enabling you to style it and even straighten it. When you wash it, it goes back to how it was before. - They’re hard to use - Untrue. They’re very easy to attach and take off on your own all within five minutes. - It will damage your hair like extensions can – Incorrect. It doesn’t damage your hair at all. 23
BEAUTIFUL BRIDAL LOOKS FOR 2016 To celebrate our wedding special we teamed up with 7two9 photography, hair stylist Melodie Pope and MUA Alex Crown to try out four looks straight from the SS16 catwalk bridal trends Photographer: 7two9 Photography, www.7two9.com Production manager: Frida Clementz Hair: Melodie Pope, Shoreham Hair Lounge,
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Quote ‘Title Wedding’ for a surprise gift on all wedding hair bookings Makeup: Alex Crown, www.alexcrownmakeup.co.uk Makeup assistant: Sofaya Hussein, Headblush MUA Models: Alexandra E. Chrantz, and Maika Smith from MK Models www.mkmodelmanagement.com
Production assistants: Gemma Windham Shot on location at Studio 7two9
Flowers from The Brighton Flower Company, www.thebrightonflowercompany.co.uk
Wedding accessories from Catherine Francis Bridal Boutique, www.catherinefrancis.co.uk
ALEXANDRA Melodie Pope (hair stylist): Softly blow-dried to create body and volume to fine, highlighted hair, with small detail at the back designed to disguise the tiara ends and to place small flowers for elegant detail. Products - mousse applied dry and blow-dried bouncy, setting each section to allow stronger volume. A fine but strong hairspray was used to secure position of the hair, none-sticky. Alex Crown (MUA): Here I focussed on accentuating Alexandra’s big beautiful blue eyes by sweeping a light dusky pinky rosecoloured eye shadow across the lids and added a little on lower lashes too, followed by lashings of (waterproof) mascara. For the foundation I used Chanel’s Vitalumiere in shade 20 and for the cheeks, I added a cream blush to keep the look fresh and modern. I added a glowing highlight on top of her cheekbones and gently contoured Alexandra’s cheeks with a bronzy blush. Eyebrows were lightly filled and as Alexandra had such naturally rosy red lips I just added a touch of Chanel Wild Rose lip gloss Makeup Tip: Add a pop of shimmery champagne-coloured eye shadow in inner V corner of eye as this helps open them up. Tiara £115, Catherine Francis Bridal Boutique Flowers, The Brighton Flower Company
MAIKA Melodie Pope (hair stylist): While going with the natural curl of the hair, soft curls were designed to enhance the Afro hair and allow the natural strength of it hold them in - pinning one side with a flower gently allows the bride to enhance any colour scheme they choose for their special day and connect the two together. Products - serum was applied evenly to the hair and small sections were curled with a light hairspray being used on each section. Serum was used once curls were cool to break up the corkscrew effect. Alex Crown (MUA): For Maika I used a Bobbi Brown cream foundation stick in just the areas needed to even out her skin. I then added a light champagne-coloured eye shadow across the lids and applied a thin gel liner on the upper lids close to the lash line to accentuate Maika’s beautiful eyes. Black mascara was then added, with a highlighter on top of cheekbones, down the centre of the nose and on the Cupid’s bow and inner corner of eye. Her eyebrows were filled in slightly and groomed using a fine pencil by Mac. For the lips, I mixed a Mac coral lipstick with some gloss to keep the look simple but elegant. Makeup Tip: Just be careful not to get a highlighter that’s too glittery for the skin, as this can look unnatural in daylight. Sparkly veil £120, Catherine Francis Bridal Boutique Flowers, The Brighton Flower Company
ALEXANDRA Melodie Pope (hair stylist): A soft French plait around the front of the head brings attention to the face and stronger make up can be applied; with soft, gentle barrel curls at the back this allows the veil to be placed securely and invisibly. A vintage sparkly comb brings a twinkle for the bride and brings the plait and barrel curls together. Products - mousse applied dried and bouncy curls were blow-dried in the hair. A strong hairspray was used on each section as the barrel curls were placed at the back. Alex Crown (MUA): For a more modern take, I added a beautiful cream eye shadow in a bronzy colour across the lids and added some on the lower lash line. This gives a modern, smoky feel that’s not too heavy and great for the bride that wants a stronger look. For the lips, we added a deep pink lip liner in Disco by Topshop. Makeup Tip: Cream shadows are amazing as they are long lasting and don’t budge - so are perfect for weddings and so easy to apply - you can just use your fingers but I’d recommend using a smallish brush for lower lash line. ‘Posy’ Hair comb £95 and Ribboned veil £40, Catherine Francis Bridal Boutique
MAIKA Melodie Pope (hair stylist): First curling the hair so that the natural curl is enhanced, the bride then had three separate ponytails down the back of her head. This is great on thick hair as it allows security, which is important to stay in place all day! Large pins were used to keep the positioning of wrapped hair around the ponytails and hair was secured back - this stops any unwanted frizz. Products - Serum was applied on dry hair before curling, to maintain no frizz and a sleek curl was enhanced. A very light hairspray was used as the grips were placed and a light spray around the hairline to make sure all tiny hairs were covered. This also gives shine to Afro hair when applied correctly. Alex Crown (MUA): Maika has amazing lips, so a deep plum colour was added. Topshop lip liners come in great colours - this was called Deception. As the lips were strong I added just a little more eyeliner using Mac’s gel liner in ‘black track’ with an angled brush. I wanted the look to be clean and elegant and quite minimal. Tiara £115, Catherine Francis Bridal Boutique Flowers, The Brighton Flower Company
MARRIED TO OUR WORK We love the fun of a photo shoot so take a peek behind the scenes at our wedding shoot Words by Gemma Windham
Photographer: 7two9 Photography, www.7two9.com
Production manager: Frida Clementz
Hair: Melodie Pope, www.facebook.com/ Melodie Shoreham Hairlounge Makeup: Alex Crown, www.alexcrownmakeup.co.uk Makeup assistant: Sofaya Hussein, Headblush MUA
Models: Alexandra E. Chrantz and Maika Smith from MK Models
www.mkmodelmanagement.com Production assistants: Gemma Windham Shot on location at Studio 7two9 Flowers from The Brighton Flower Company, www.thebrightonflowercompany.co.uk Wedding accessories from Catherine Francis Bridal Boutique, www.catherinefrancis.co.uk
itle photo shoots are ordinarily more than a little bit crazy, with people everywhere and runners helping models in and out of different outfits between shots, but this one was quite different. This issue we have taken a break from the clothing and just allowed hair and makeup to speak for themselves, which made for a far more relaxed set! On location at the 7two9 studio with Brighton-based Swedish photographer duo Anja Barte Telin and Moa Thörneby, the brief was to create and showcase beautiful bridal looks to inspire our readers. Our stunning models, Alexandra and Maika (MK Model Management) were transformed into blushing brides with make up applied by Alex Crown make up artist, assisted by Sofaya Hussein. Melodie Pope from Shoreham Hair Lounge created different looks for both models with plaits, ringlets and soft curls and, yet again, we were reminded how incredibly lucky we are to work with such talented and creative people. Melodie and Alex were also patient enough to answer endless questions from Title’s Frida and myself about hair, make up and the vast array of products we were itching to get our hands on. No bridal look would be complete without flowers or sparkle of course and we were thrilled to be able to use accessories and veils kindly loaned by Catherine Francis Bridal Boutique of Arundel and flowers by The Brighton Flower Company. We loved this shoot and in fact the only thing that was remotely difficult was narrowing down the choice of Anja and Moa’s images and deciding which would make the final cut!
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We like to keep our eye on new trends and we’re loving this new microblading treatment, offering semi-permanent eyebrows. Keep those brows on fleek baby! TELL US WHO YOU ARE AND WHAT YOU DO I’m Michelle, born and bred in Brighton I’ve had many careers and done loads of travelling, but over the last few years I‘ve established a beauty business that I’m truly passionate about. I focus on bridal beauty and brows. Bridal services include hair and makeup as well as various hen party packages. From my home salon I have built up a great client base for brow services, HD brows and threading. Now I have upped my brow game to offer the revolutionary method of microblading! WE’RE REALLY INTERESTED IN THIS MICROBLADING… WHAT IS IT?! Epibrow, microblading or ‘eyebrow embroidery’ as it is also known, is the latest revolutionary, freehand, feather-styling technique. An Epibrow treatment gives a semipermanent natural brow look and is unlike any other semi-permanent makeup procedure, and unlike other techniques, is not reliant upon natural hair being present. This makes the Epibrow treatment perfect for those suffering from alopecia, trigonometric, or any other condition that causes hair loss (over-plucking for example). 32
HOW DOES IT WORK? Epibrow gives the effect of ultra-fine, delicate hair strokes that blend within the natural brow. Using the natural landscape of the client’s brow – whether it’s too thin, too plucked, or patchy – this treatment allows you to restore or change the eyebrow shape. If the client’s brows are gone completely, an Epibrow treatment can re-create an entirely new brow for them. Using a specially designed micro-blade, natural 3D hair strokes are placed under the epidermis for the ultimate tailored brow. The pigments used in the Epibrow treatment have been specially formulated to match the original eyebrow in order to achieve a natural look. This cutting edge treatment is ideal for enhancing and defining brows and will give the client the brows they’ve always dreamed of; a totally bespoke shape. We do not use stencils. HOW LONG DOES IT LAST? 12-18 months; but it is recommended to have a yearly top up to keep the look fresh. The pigments break down over time and do not leave a stain like tattoo ink would. Microblading is not a tattoo. www.titlesussex.co.uk
DOES IT HURT?! A scratching sensation at the beginning can be felt whilst anaesthetic is administered, but this provides comfort throughout the rest of the procedure. CAN YOU WORK WITH ALL SHAPED BROWS AND SKIN TONES? Of course, the pigments I work with are ‘smart’ pigments, they blend to your skin’s natural undertones to complement the natural brow hairs that already exist. The colour range can also be mixed to match any skin undertones that exist. FINALLY, WHAT ARE YOUR TOP THREE TREATMENTS?! Definitely the bridal hair and airbrush make-up services. Also my brides are encouraged to have a brow makeover with me in the run up to the big day. Finally, hen party pamper packages are right up there; brides-to-be and their hens receive top class treatments from my therapists, including a glass of bubbly, for a true relaxing day at their chosen location. Chelles Belles Beauty www.chellesbellesbeauty.com
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WALK AND WINE with FIZZ ON FOOT Avoid tradition and try Fizz on Foot’s Sussex walking and wine tasting tours If clubbing and karaoke seem like a hen party from hell and a night out in fancy dress and ‘L’ plates equates your stag do nightmare, then you’re not alone. This ‘organised fun’ is normally too expensive and too forced to actually enjoy yourself, however, there are alternatives. If you want to go retro with your best friend’s last night of freedom then why not book a ‘Walk and Wine’ tour with Fizz on Foot? The tours begin in the beautiful Sussex village of Alfriston before a local walk, as Fizz on Foot managing director Ian Shearer explains, “We take people for a walk on the beautiful South Downs National Park, followed by wine tasting at one of our local wine estates.” You’ll visit a vineyard in East or West Sussex where you’ll see first hand how the wine is produced as well as sampling the vino before lunch on site. The evening is free to organise
your own entertainment but can also be taken care of by the team if you wish. “The party can be totally bespoke,” explains Ian. “So if they want to have some dance training of Le Roc or Salsa after the wine tasting, we can easily organise that. We can build in anything they would especially like and we also transport them to the venues and home afterwards!” The tours can last from one to four days and can also include a cruise to foreign wineries so whether you’re looking for one more night of fun before the big day or a long weekend break away, Fizz on Foot is trip you have to take. For more information please visit www.fizzonfoot.com
GET THE PICTURE? Add a kooky component to your big day with Photo Booth Boutique Any event, whether it be a wedding, party or corporate event, is not complete without photos. Whether it’s a quick refresher the morning after, a set up to a story or a chance to reminisce years after, they are priceless once the day is in the past. However, if iPhones aren’t your thing, disposable cameras just don’t cut the mustard any more and you’re looking to add an eccentric touch of fun to your occasion then Photo Booth Boutique is just the thing for you. Based in the South of England, Photo Booth Boutique provides unique photo booths that will capture your guests at their silliest (and wildest) moments, making sure your wedding day is one they will never forget. The booths give an instant printed copy of their photo and can be set to double print, so your guests have one to take away and you can create a photo album to be treasured forever. They can set up a standing booth with a choice of backdrops or, alternatively, you have the option to hire their taxi photo booth. The London cab can pull up, set up and offers all the features of a stand-alone booth, with all the added fun of clambering into the back seat of the a London taxi. The booths offer unlimited use and instant printing which creates a top class experience from a friendly and reputable company. So no matter what the reason is to party, make sure you capture it all with Photo Booth Boutique. For more information visit www.photoboothboutique.co.uk 34
THE WEDDING DIRECTORY ADORLEE PHOTOGRAPHY, CHICHESTER Your wedding is unique and I like your photos to be too; I create images that are fresh, romantic, natural, sometimes quirky, and definitely iconic. When it comes to shooting weddings my biggest inspiration is LOVE! Nicci Rhodes, Sussex Based Wedding Photographer www.adorlee.co.uk email@example.com T: 01243 276435 M: 07764 595 370
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TENTS’N’EVENTS, ARUNDEL Tents N Events specialise in rustic pole tents and frame marquees for your wedding. We can also provide all the furniture, lighting, flooring, staging and rustic hire. www.tentsnevents.co.uk firstname.lastname@example.org T: 01903 884166 M: 07900 984 594
JEREMY’S RESTAURANT, HAYWARDS HEATH Voted ‘7th Most Romantic Restaurant’ by The Times, this little gem is nestled in the heart of West Sussex; a vibrant, contemporary venue set within a classic English garden. This award-winning eatery is a stylish and beautiful venue for weddings, civil ceremonies and special occasions, with stunning food. www.jeremysrestaurant.co.uk email@example.com T: 01444 441102
THE NORFOLK ARMS HOTEL Our high standards have established us as one of the region’s best-known wedding venues. The Norfolk Arms Hotel, an unspoilt Georgian Coaching Inn, is the perfect wedding location, and our wedding packages start from only £2,200. www.sjhotels.co.uk/arundel firstname.lastname@example.org T: 01903 882101
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www.bluebellvineyard.co.uk Bluebell Vineyard Estates is one of the UK’s leading sparkling wine producers. Celebrate your Wedding Day in this beautiful and unique setting in the heart of Sussex. Our fully lined marquee provides a charming, light and airy space with spectacular views across the vineyard. With plenty of space for dining, dancing and entertaining, the marquee will comfortably hold over 120 guests, with flexibility to increase.
EVERY PICTURE TELLS A STORY Your wedding day – whilst not necessarily being the best day of your life, despite your expectations – is definitely going to be one of the most memorable, and the wedding photographer sees it all. We asked some Sussex photographers to pick one of their favourite wedding shots and tell us the story behind it…
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I’ve chosen this image from Sarah and Matt’s wedding because I love the light-hearted, carefree feel of it, and because the combination of the car and location on a country road as we made our way to my favourite local wedding venue – Pangdean Barn – really captures a slice of Sussex. I think it also really gives a sense of transition, both metaphorically from unmarried to married, and from one part of the day’s events to another. Sarah and Matt’s wedding was beautifully styled, meticulously planned and FUN. They were married in a church in Hove, then I took this picture on the way to the party (with a slight detour to take some wedding portraits at Devil’s Dyke along the way). And what a party it was! A real highlight was the surprise singing waiters Sarah and Matt had booked, who were totally brilliant and who got all the guests standing, laughing, clapping, cheering and singing. The energy and warmth in the room were palpable, and that glow lasted all throughout the reception. I love my job, and getting the opportunity to be present for moments like those is exactly the reason why. PhotoMadly www.photomadly.com 07540 254583
t o o h g P r a 9 p o We had the pleasure of documenting the wedding of Suki and Thea. A celebration of love that was as beautiful and colourful as the couple were themselves.
For us a wedding is the perfect photoshoot. It’s a fashion shoot, documentary photography and fine art project all wrapped up in one love story. It’s always something magical to capture someone’s special day through the lens of a camera, and this celebration of love was no exception. It was an amazing day and their love and happiness was totally contagious. 7two9 Photography www.7two9.com 07955 394620
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This has to be one of the most fun weddings that I’ve photographed. Sarah and Dave are a really chilled couple and were totally up for having a laugh during their “bride and groom” shoot. The reception was held at The Coach House, in the old Brighton Lanes and a very short distance to the seafront. Brighton beach was a no-brainer for the location of the shoot and being mid-week (with the clouds and weather forecast making me nervous) we had the whole beach to ourselves. We walked from Brighton Pier to the Bandstand hijacking the carousel, some deck-chairs and a boat along the way. We flagged down the life-guard to borrow his quad bike for some shots and even posed by another couple’s vintage wedding car that was parked in the street. After totally losing track of the time, we had to jump in a cab to get back to the guests in time for lunch. The rain started as we entered The Coach House but by that time nobody cared, it was time to party! Stef Kerswell www.stefkerswell.com 07543 648113
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Dave and Grace were married at Southend Barn in Chichester last November, and having both worked in the theatre, I knew they would be a lot of fun to work with, and up for anything! I was right, it was raining on their wedding day, yet they refused to let it stop them having amazing photos outside in the beautiful gardens. Despite the rain, this couple did not stop giggling. The love between these two and the happiness they shared on their wedding day really shows in all of their romantic portraits and this is definitely one of my favourites. Nicci Rhodes www.adorlee.co.uk 01243 276435
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The wedding of Dee and Des took place at the Seattle Hotel, Brighton on Fri 2 May 2014. A fabulous day, it was very relaxed and Dee wanted the photography to mirror this atmosphere. Having a photojournalistic background, I like to capture candid photos through the day, to get to the heart and soul of the couple. I try to blend into the day rather than be pushy and feel I get very natural photos as a result.
Dee and Des had lots of family attend, with them even providing live music to accompany the reception. There was so much happiness and so many smiles making for many great photos. While guests enjoyed a drink after the ceremony I took Dee and Des to the beach to get the photo you see here. As they live in Brighton we wanted to get some shots that took advantage of the local surroundings â€“ it was quite breezy, we thought we would make the most of it by letting the confetti fly! I love this photo because it shows their happiness while looking quite quirky. Stephen Lawrence www.snapitnow.co.uk 07976 504832
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There are many things to take into account when choosing your wedding flowers. By this stage you’ll probably have a colour theme in mind and almost certainly a budget to work to. In terms of choice the possibilities are endless, you can source almost any flower at any time of the year if you’re prepared to pay for them but the team at The Brighton Flower Company recommend using locally sourced seasonal flowers to get the best value for money.
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Choosing flowers for your big day is one of many tough dilemmas in the build up to your wedding. Roses are readily available all year round and red varieties are particularly striking in a winter bouquet, either alone or contrasted with white and finished with green foliage or berries. Spring or summer brides may choose to opt for pastel shades of pink or vibrant blues and purples using tulips, peonies and locally sourced garden roses, whilst a striking autumnal bouquet can be achieved with calla lilies and marigolds.
From the bridal bouquet to the corsages to the flower girls and all your floral arrangements throughout your ceremony site, there’s plenty to consider. You can spend days, weeks and months trawling through wedding albums, looking for the perfect choices but to save time and money, your best bet is a trip to the Brighton Flower Company. The team of creative, friendly and highly skilled florists are able to give advice on everything from how to create the perfect arrangement to the best seasonal choices, as well as how to best care for your purchase. Run by the team of floral experts, the shop is based on Western Road, Brighton and offers the opportunity to walk in and see for yourself the vast variety of high quality flowers which are sourced from a mix of local and international growers. Whether you’re a bride on a budget or you’re looking to spend big, the specialists at the Brighton Flower Company can put together a special package unique to you. Just choose your theme and leave the hard work up to them. They deliver across Brighton and Hove as well as offering a national and international delivery service, making sure you’re catered for no matter where you choose to spend your big day. So if you’re looking to take the stress out of flower arrangements or you just need a helping hand from the experts, visit the Brighton Flower Company before you say ‘I do’. For more information please visit www.thebrightonflowercompany.co.uk www.facebook.com/TheBrightonFlowerCompany www.twitter.com/thebtnflowerco www.instagram.com/thebrightonflowerco www.titlesussex.co.uk
If ever there was someone better named to give you kissable lips, Teresa Kis would take some beating. Keen to pucker up for some Valentine smooching, Title went along to put the Kis to the test… Teresa Kis is currently enjoying fame as THE name for the best lips in town, giving you the best pout without any trout. But there’s much more to her; she is a highly qualified aesthetic treatments practitioner and qualified nurse offering a range that includes not just lip enhancements but medical grade peels, Botox, fillers, and even the famous ‘Vampire Facial’ – the platelet-rich plasma therapy made famous by celebs (you know who they are!). WHAT TO EXPECT As with many of these treatments, there’s obviously needles involved and so therefore there’s topical anaesthetic. Teresa goes through the treatment with you as a consultation beforehand, not just to tell you how it works and find out what you want, but also to really manage expectations. “I had a very senior lady in one day,” she explains, “and I really needed to let her know that whilst fillers could smooth out some of the lines and wrinkles, there is a limit to the difference it can make in terms of lifting her skin. It’s important we let clients know what the limitations are.”
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3. A PROFESSIONAL APPROACH Her honesty is refreshing – there are ‘therapists’ practicing the use of dermal fillers and Botox who are untrained and unregulated, and it’s hard sometimes to know if you’re in safe hands. Teresa is not only a trained nurse, she has worked for the clinical company that makes the fillers, training other practitioners how to use them, for more than 12 years. So you’re really in the hands of a master here. “I use Emervel,” she explains, “because it causes very little swelling and soreness. But also sometimes Juvederm. I try to offer my clients the best advice and suggest the right treatments and products for them. I do the backs of hands too, so they’re also soft and plumped up. People forget the hands. They have a youthful face, then you see the backs of their hands...” HOT LIPS! OK, so we think we might have to go back and try everything she does, because Teresa really is an expert with the lips. Perfect shape, very little stinging, no bruising… just plumped up sexy lips. We are impressed with the results – in fact struggling even to drag our eyes away from the mirror to actually leave the clinic. WHERE CAN YOU FIND HER? Teresa likes to reach as many areas of Sussex as possible. Her favourite place is her clinic in Peacehaven (pictured) but you can find her at several locations in Sussex including Brighton, Hove, Eastbourne and at the Arundel Clinic, so call or check to find out which days and where. She is also really happy to do private bookings with small groups, so if you’ve got a little celebration coming up, maybe that’s a fun thing to do all together. Teresa Kis Aesthetics 01273 586906 07825 331529 www.teresakis.co.uk
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1. Darphin Exquisâge Beauty Revealing Eye and Lip Contour Cream £50 this new product is enriched with CelluVie Complex which has been shown to double natural collagen production in 72 hours, as well as being packed with botanicals and hyaluronic acid. 2. Pixi by Petra Lip Contour Liners £12 shape and enhance lips, creating an invisible, bleed-proof barrier. the longwearing, treatment lip liners are formulated with mango and safflower seed oil, locking in colour for the perfect pout. 3. KORRES Lip Butters £8 available in a range of different shades (we love this Mango one) this is a buttery balm that includes shea butter and offers a shiny, tinted finish. A mini beauty essential, packed with moisturising and healing properties. 4. illamasqua Maneater lipstick £19.50 We couldn’t leave out the vamp! this long-wearing formulation, containing moisturizing Vitamin e, provides immediate intense pay off, and can also be applied lightly as a lip stain. 5. The Body Shop Lipscuff £8 to get lips really smooth we are loving this lip scrub which moisturises at the same time. apply to lips and rub them together before removing the residue with a tissue. silky smooth. 6. Benefit Benetint £24.50 For a natural rose-tinted stain that’s kiss-proof, and stain that you can use for lips and cheeks that lasts for hours. loved by celebs, makeup artists and gals around the world.
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Seven of our favourite bridal suites in Sussex OK, admit it. Even if you’re not getting married there’s something awesome about the bridal suite in a hotel. We had a good nose round some of them in Sussex and here’s just a few of our favourites.
Angel House, Hove Dripping with original Regency period features this ’Best Bedroom’ suite really lives up to its name. It occupies the whole 2nd floor and is likely to be one of the most memorable rooms you’ll ever stay in. With canopied bed and stunning original Regency fitted furniture, it’s also got an adjoining elegant bathroom complete with an opulent central bath and shower plus all the luxuries you would expect to find in a five star hotel. A sumptuous continental breakfast will be served to your room the following morning so you can enjoy every last minute here in delightful privacy. www.angel-house.com
Goodwood If you get married at Goodwood the bridal suite is complimentary for the happy couple. There are a number of different rooms but we love this one with its four-poster and elegant styling. And, depending on the chosen package, the bride and groom get a lovely gift, like membership to the members’ clubhouse the Kennels, up to four months membership to the health club, a beautiful planning book or other goodies such as chauffeur driven Rolls Royce rides, detox pamper days or a golf buggy with personalised signage. www.goodwood.co.uk
The Grand Hotel, Brighton This stately beauty is one of our favourite hotels, never mind the suites. A recent renovation and more work to come is preserving the beauty of this grand duchess and we just love the bedrooms. We picked this suite because it’s got beautiful views, its own balcony, bags of space and loads of light. It’s also got a lovely seaside feel with those pastel tones, distressed wood and of course the silver starfish! Bridal packages also mean you can arrange champagne, flowers, chocolates etc to be in the room. www.grandbrighton.co.uk
Pelirocco Hotel, Brighton If you wanted something really different for your, ahem, first night together, it doesn’t come much more unique than the Kraken’s Lair at the Pelirocco. This three-room suite is decorated in a nautical style with tons of crazy features including an 8ft round bed, mirrored ceiling canopy and pole-dancing area. The large planked bathroom includes plunge bath, with double monsoon shower-heads, and twin basins, and there’s also a private courtyard, and its own street entrance for added privacy. www.hotelpelirocco.co.uk
#title2016 Hotel du Vin, Brighton One of our favourite things about the suites at the Hotel du Vin is the whole ‘having your bath in the same room’ thing. The Cristal suite, shown here (left), is the loft suite and the best room in the hotel. A wooden floored room with an 8ft by 8ft size bed, widescreen plasma TV, stunning B&W Zeppelin iPod docking station, twin bath tubs in the bedroom, double walk in showers (wet room), large corner suede sofa and a small private roof terrace with a telescopic sea view. www.hotelduvin.com/Brighton
Hilton Brighton If you’re looking for something with clean lines and an amazing view of the sea, the Hilton has some lovely rooms too. We like these for their sheer size and their simplicity. Not everyone wants four poster beds and frilly bits. And you could honestly move a family of six into these suites. We particularly love the marble bathrooms – this is for happy couples who like things nice and understated. www.hilton.com/brightonmet
Ashdown Park, Wych Cross One of the loveliest country hotels in Sussex, Ashdown Park has that stately home feel, complete with lakes, woodland, and its own stunning chapel which all go to make it a perfect location for a wedding. And the suites are lovely – just the thing to feel a bit Downton and luxurious. Revamps have seen some lush new fabrics and tones added but the splendid mansion feeling is still very much in evidence. Heavenly. www.ashdownpark.com
TOP TIPS FOR A STRESS FREE WEDDING Is your big day approaching? Want to look and feel like a prince or princess but just aren’t feeling it? Lisa Moore explains how to cope with everything at once Planning a wedding is tough. It’s stressful and that won’t help you if you’re looking to lose weight and tone up. Stress really doesn’t help with fat loss, your cortisol levels become raised and if they stay high then your body will store fat instead of burning it. It’s so frustrating, you do everything you think to lose weight; eat well, exercise hard, but the fat just stubbornly stays there. Here are a few simple tricks you can try, and some of them will also help you with organising the event too.
Visualise – Set aside ten minutes a day and picture your perfect day. Picture
Go for a walk – Take the time, go out with your partner, hold hands, laugh,
Keep hydrated – Drink plenty of water and cut out the caffeine and stimulants
the weather, venue, clothes and how happy you feel. Breathe all this in to your body. smile and just walk. from your diet.
Sleep – Get to bed by 10pm. Keep a journal – Write down how you feel, make a list of the things you need
to do the next day/week. Get it all out of your head EVERY DAY.
All of the above will help you to focus and reduce cortisol in the body. Combine these five things with great nutrition plus regular resistance exercise and you’ll look and feel amazing on your wedding day. If you want a structured program to follow then call us at Fit For Moore and we can help you look amazing on your big day. Call 01444 847951 or visit www.fitformoore.co.uk
TIPTOE THROUGH THE BLUEBELLS… Title caught up with Collette O’Leary of Bluebell Vineyards to find out what makes them the perfect choice for a wedding
TELL US A BIT ABOUT THE VENUE “Bluebell Vineyard is such a beautiful estate with so many unique characteristics, and I truly believe it’s a great setting for every kind of wedding. We are a working vineyard and one of England’s leading producers of sparkling wines, so being able to toast the occasion with the wine produced on the estate makes for a truly personal experience. We can sit down and do a tasting with the brides and grooms, and they are able to choose the wine they want on their special day.” A PERFECT SPOT THEN? “We host less than 10 weddings a year so we’re quite exclusive, and being a marquee venue means that couples
have the flexibility to bring their vision to life. It’s the perfect choice for those who want a beautiful outdoor venue set in the heart of Sussex, together with the uniqueness of toasting with wines produced from the vines surrounding them. The vineyard provides the backdrop for many beautiful photographs, with the vines, ponds and bluebell woodlands.” GREAT LOCATION Bluebell Vineyard Estates is nestled in the hamlet of Furners Green, near the famous Bluebell Railway and historic Sheffield Park. The multi-award winning vineyard and winery specialises in English sparkling wines.
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From ‘i will’ to ‘i do’
Newly engaged? Find the perfect wedding dress with Catherine Francis Bridal Boutique
Christmas is over and done with and while some will have received the clothes, make-up or games they asked for, there are some that will have been asked the question they have waited desperately to hear, “Will you marry me?” The Christmas and New Year season is always a romantic time of year and during that period an incredible 40% of engagements take place. However, now the question’s been popped, there’s plenty to organise, including the very important choice of dress, while the date of your wedding will also impact how quickly you need to start looking for your gown. Don’t leave it to the last minute though. The team at Catherine Francis Bridal Boutique recommend ordering your dress no less than nine months before your big day, as well as scheduling fittings nearer your wedding. If you’re choosing off-the-peg, then there is a risk that your dream dress will no longer be available if you go back in a few months and Catherine explains that, ”When you know it’s the dress, you know. Trust your heart and if you buy your dress 18 months before your wedding because it’s your dream dress then so be it, that’s a job ticked off your list!”
Dress by Kenneth Winston The team at Catherine Francis Bridal Boutique, who are currently celebrating ten years in business, accommodate brides seven days a week by appointment, where you can talk to the experts, browse the wide range of dresses in stock and find the perfect dress for your big day. To look at the dresses available or for more information please visit www.catherinefrancis.co.uk Like them on Facebook www.facebook.com/Catherine-Francis-Bridal-Boutique Catherine Francis is an official stockist of Kenneth Winston Justin Alexander, Essense and Ella Rosa.
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AMAZING HOLIDAY DEAL We all know how expensive weddings can be. However, in order to ease the pressure on your bank balance we’ve teamed up with tour operator Pope&Sons to offer Title Sussex readers the honeymoon of a lifetime at an exclusive beachside rainforest retreat on the tropical coast of Malaysia. The Andaman is a five star resort located in an idyllic tropical setting on Malaysia’s Langkawi Island, tucked away between a 10 million year-old rainforest, the tranquil Datai Bay and an 8,000 year-old fringing coral reef. If you’re looking for relaxation then the lagoon-style swimming pool is located alongside the beach, while soaring rainforest trees and a waterslide for the young at heart provide an unforgettable poolside experience. There’s even a pool concierge that is committed to keeping you happy and refreshed throughout the day. TAKE TO THE SEAS Take advantage of the resort’s 47ft luxury catamaran with its open bar and top-class cuisines served every day, as you enjoy the calm ocean breeze and still waters. The hotel also offers a range of beach and water sports to get involved in including kayaking, paddle boarding, windsurfing and jet skis. Snorkeling equipment is complimentary but other activities will incur additional costs. STUNNING ROOMS For this deal we have secured luxury sea-view rooms with full breakfast included. Overlooking the aquamarine Andaman Sea, the rooms come with a 4 m2 balcony and full length feature window. If you want to have a romantic night in, there’s plenty of in-room relaxation, including a flat screen TV with DVD and satellite, as well as a docking station and complimentary Wi-Fi. When you wake up in the morning you’ll be greeted by stunning sea views from the feature window before stepping into the white marble bathroom, which features a large tub and a fabulous glassenclosed rainforest shower. The Andaman offers six dining venues that combine gourmet cuisine with indigenous flavours. You can choose from a range of snacks and drinks at the Beach Bar or Jentayu Lounge or choose from an eclectic mix of fusion, international or Japanese restaurants.
We’re delighted to have teamed up with tour operator Pope&Sons to present this AMAZING paradise-on-earth holiday offer exclusive to all Title Sussex readers! This includes flights, airport lounge access AND hotel, and offers unbeatable value for happy couples everywhere.
Price per person: 14 nights departing 2016 June from £2,175; July from £2,745; Aug from £2,745; Sept from £2,175; Oct from £2,175; Nov from £2,175 and Dec from £2,395. What’s included? • Entry to the No.1 Traveller Lounge at Heathrow Airport (or equivalent) • Return scheduled economy flights with Malaysian Airlines • Private return airport transfers in Malaysia
• 14 nights at The Andaman, Langkawi in a Luxury Sea View Room on a bed & breakfast basis • Travel between July 2016 and February 2017
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Peter James – Fal Blake – Fashion trends
With love in the air, Fal Blake gets the lowdown from Peter James on his wedding, and offers her top tips on how to choose the right wedding suit. We also take a dive into some SS16 trends including how to wear white if you’re not the bride
A CUT ABOV E Each month Fal Blake introduces us to one of the many fascinating people to come through the doors of flamboyant tailor Gresham Blake
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s we have dedicated this month’s Title Magazine to weddings, I thought it would only be appropriate for me to introduce a client that we have made a wedding suit for. Who I have chosen needs very little introduction – meet Mr Peter James.
James is one of the UK’s most treasured crime and thriller novelists. His Roy Grace detective novels have sold over 17 million copies worldwide and the series has now been translated into 36 languages. Peter first came across Gresham Blake around 10 years ago; he says that it was our eye-catching window that drew him to our shop. Imagine my excitement measuring his inside leg! I happened to be reading one of the novels from the Roy Grace series. If you haven’t yet indulged in this series of books – do so straight away. Talk about a series of books that are unputdownable. It ticks every box for me – crime, suspense, murder mystery – based in and around Brighton – with lots of familiar characters playing cameo roles. We’ve even been lucky to have been included. In one of the
books a piece of cloth belonging to the murder victim was found in a chicken run. Roy Grace asked Gresham to identify the type of material the cloth was made out of. We decided to turn this chapter into a lining fabric – and manufactured a special collection of coats with it. So when Peter announced his engagement to the very special Lara Lovey and asked us to make his wedding suit we were thrilled. Black is Peter’s signature colour, as he feels it’s practical especially when travelling, yet also portrays a professional and appropriate look for authors of crime novels. Of course there is no such thing as just black and in the end we settled for a medium weight, super 100 black wool, Dormeuil cloth. The lining of the suit was particularly special – Peter commissioned us to design and create a bespoke lining. We also added some very personal touches to the suit – my favourite, a set of handcuffs, the Roy Grace symbol – embroidered underneath the top collar. In terms of the design, there’s a hint of 60s mod feel to the cut of the suit; slim fit, double breasted lapels, tapered trousers and an ever-so-slightly shorter jacket. www.titlesussex.co.uk
“Black is Peter’s signature colour, as he feels it’s an appropriate look for authors of crime novels”
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How did you meet? Was it love at first sight? We met in a ski lift in Courcheval. I was skiing with my mate, Rob Kempson, and Lara was on a week’s skiing with two friends, one of whom was her ex-boyfriend, although I didn’t realise he was her ex at the time. They clambered into the eight-seater gondola and sat down opposite us. Lara looked at me and said ‘nice helmet’. (I do have a very fancy ski helmet all leather and chrome). I said ‘How can you see?!’ We got on instantly, and totally connected, and it was a while before we realized we were both from Sussex. I assumed Lara was with her boyfriend and we were all just mates meeting a few times over the next few days. Some months later, we decided to have a get together. Lara turned up minus her boyfriend, and I’d never seen her without a ski helmet on before… the rest, as they say is history. Tell us about Lara’s dress Lara wore two different dresses as we had three wedding events. The first part was the official wedding ceremony, held at Jeremy’s Restaurant in beautiful Borde Hill. For this Lara had a custom made dress by Roxy Goldstein who owns ‘Atelier Gold’ in Ship Street, Brighton. It was short with long sleeves, a scoop neck at the front and a deep V at the back. We had our dogs, Oscar and Spook, at the event and they were dressed up too in very smart red neckerchiefs. We then had a blessing in the south of France, and for that Lara wore a long dress by the designer Sophia Tolli from ‘Couture and Tiaras’ in Burgess Hill. She had it cleaned and wore it again for the big wedding party in September at our house. How many bridesmaids did you have? We had four bridesmaids; Helen Hodge, Georgie Maclean, Sharon Pavoni and Dem Saltmarsh, and three flowergirls, Lara’s lovely nieces… Laura and Becky Adams, and Edith Duncton. Was it difficult picking the bridesmaids? Not at all. Lara is very close to each of her bridesmaids and sees them all the time. They are very mischievous when they get together and I adore them all, so they were the perfect matches for my four good-men.
“The speeches were great. The only person who had a repeated ding at me, although very good-naturedly, was my new father-in-law Colin who liked to remind everyone that I wasn’t that much younger than him.”
Why did you decide you wanted to go bespoke? I needed an outfit that would cover all three events. I guess I have a strong fashion sense, coming from my upbringing with my mother as the Queen’s glove maker. Also, I don’t like wearing a tie and I tend to wear mostly black, or black with a white shirt. As the wedding was taking place in summer I thought that a black suit and white shirt would be elegant and with my four good men all being different sizes and shapes, I felt it important that they all wore the same suits and accessories. And of course they all had to wear red socks as I never wear any other colour. Even our amazing Reverend, Ish Smale wore red socks. Did Lara have any influence over what you wore? Yes, I wanted her approval and input. We had a consultation early on at Gresham Blake’s, because it was essential that I and my good men would be comfortable in the heat, but I wanted material that wouldn’t crease. We had a Mexican Day of the Dead theme to our wedding and we thought it would be fun for the linings to reflect that. You had not one, not two, not even three – but four ‘good men’?! I had a real problem with the notion of a Best Man, because it was impossible to choose between four mates whom I’m deeply fond of. The best man is supposed to get you to the wedding on time. Rob Kempson I’ve known the longest, since 1972, but he’s so immaculate and always takes so long to get ready, he’d still be at home waxing his chest hairs and deciding what cologne to spray on. Next I
considered Tony Mulliken, who I’ve known since 1981, but as he’s my publicist I feared we’d arrive to find the place decked out with advertising slogans: HAVE A DEAD GOOD WEDDING! Then there’s James Simpson who’s been a very close friend since 1994. But him get me to the wedding on time? A few years ago he got arrested in Los Angeles after driving off in someone else’s rental car outside a restaurant. Hardly a man to rely upon for transport. So then it was possibly David Gaylor who I’ve known since 1996. But the first time I went to his house, he directed me into the drive in a way that caused me to demolish his front wall. So I thought there was too much risk of an embarrassing arrival. Instead I decided that if I had all four, they might between them sort themselves out – and me! How did the speeches go? The speeches were great. The only person who had a repeated ding at me, although very good-naturedly, was my new father-in-law Colin who liked to remind everyone that I wasn’t that much younger than him. How many people at your wedding actually have made appearances in your book? Quite a number and there were quite a number of police officers past and present who have helped me in my research and become close friends. Did you have a wedding planner? Lara and good-man David Gaylor were the wedding planners, and they had weekly meetings and many many lists. How on earth did you organise three weddings? Lara and I were adamant that it would be enjoyable rather than stressful as so many people seem to get stressed over organising their weddings, and that takes the fun out of it. We had a brilliant time coming up with ideas, gathering decorations, planning layouts, tasting wine, choosing music, booking fireworks and stilt-walkers etc, and we met some great people along the way. The cake was made by a local lady called Yolande Robinson who owns a wonderful tea shop called ‘The Old Bake House’ in West Sussex. She made delicious cupcakes and a huge naked sponge cake decorated with berries and dripping jam. Lara’s good friend Alison Howe did the flowers. Ali has a florists called ‘Mad Lilies’ in Banstead, and she and her team came up with some really innovative ideas for our theme, and the flowers were stunning. Did you design your own invitations? How did you come up with the design? Partly they were designed by a lady called Lily Dunlop along with Lara. They worked up a brilliant Day of the Dead design which looked really striking. The invites for our big party were individually made by my PA’s daughter, Helene Carter. Each one was creatively torn and glued and decorated until her poor hands were sore! The design was taken from the Gresham Blake lining of my jacket so it all tied together really well. We loved them. where did you go on honeymoon? We stayed on in the South of France before driving over on the amazing coastal roads to Portofino in Italy. We stayed there for 10 days then drove up to the Italian lakes for a couple of days. Then headed back through Switzerland and France over a day or so. How would you define true love? Somebody once said ‘true love is not staring into each other’s eyes, it is looking in the 60
same direction together’. I think there is a lot of truth in that. True love is about not just wanting to be with that other person but wanting to share all of lives experiences with them. what are you currently working on now? I have just submitted the latest draft of Roy Grace number 12, called ‘Love You Dead’. This will be out on May 19. I have the stage play of my novella, ‘The Perfect Murder’, back on tour after two hugely successful nationwide tours already. I’m just about to start writing Roy Grace 13, and I also have a non-fiction book out in July which will be announced shortly. when is ‘a Perfect murder’ on tour and what dates showing in sussex? Opening night is next week 2 February in Cheltenham. It’s in Brighton from Monday 7 March until Saturday 12 March but it’s getting booked up very quickly!
HigHligHting a few of Peter’s acHievements in tHis Past year The 11th novel in the Roy Grace series, You Are Dead, was published in 2015 and went straight to Number One in both hardback and paperback. It spent six weeks at Number One and 19 weeks in the Top Ten The House On Cold Hill, Peter’s first full-length ghost story in over 20 years was published in 2015 and went straight into the top ten bestseller list The play of Peter’s novella The Perfect Murder is back on tour in 2016 starring Shane Richie and Jessie Wallace, www.theperfectmurder.co.uk 2015 Dead Good Readers Dr Lecter Award for Scariest Villain winner: You Are Dead 2015 Sainsburys eBook of the year winner: Want You Dead 2015 Voted by WH Smith readers The Best Crime Author of All Time 2016 Awarded the Crime Writers’ Association’s highest honour: the CWA Diamond Dagger. Falling in love and getting hitched Congratulations to a very well suited couple – Mr & Mrs James xxx
Lipsy Love Michelle Keegan Stitch Detail Bandeau Dress £65
IT’S ALL WHITE NOW White isn’t just for brides. We’re loving some of these new season looks, with a touch of black for balance…
Next Flower Necklace £16
House of Fraser Therapy White Backpack £45
M&S Autograph Top £39.50, Autograph Skirt £129
Primark White Standing S Letter Light £8
Miss Selfridge Bardot style white lace dress £49 Zalando White Platform Sandals £135
Chloe Sunglasses at The Sunglasses Shop £167
Very Rochelle Humes Wide Leg Trousers £45
You know how to WHISTLE, don’t you? Choosing the right wedding suit is vital for that allimportant big day. Fal Blake gives us some top tips on choosing the right suit for the man
The Tuxedo or Dinner Jacket Time to channel James Bond! The DJ or ‘tux’ became popular at the end of the First World War and was the favoured alternative to morning suits and tails, commonly worn at formal evening soirees. There are so many elements that you can mix up with the tuxedo; you have the freedom to make it your own. Single or double breasted? Contrasting lapels? I would recommend that this is crafted in a medium weight cloth, something like a Barathea or a wool and mohair mix. These have really nice textures and will take your tux to the next level. For those that really want the Bond look, go for the wool and mohair mix, as this it what his suit was made from.
The Morning Suit The morning suit dates back to the early 18th century when it quickly became very popular and was soon adopted as *THE* item to wear at any formal daytime event. See also ‘White Tie and Tails’. The clue is in the name with this one. Both are great choices if you’re having a formal wedding day. Embrace the traditions; after all, it’s the one day where you really get to dress to impress. More and more we’re seeing clients going for the traditional morning suit/ tails, but opting to have them made in completely non-traditional cloth. But unless you regularly socialise in high society or attend sporting events such as Ascot, how many times will you realistically wear this again?
A Bespoke Suit This is your opportunity to get every little detail just the way you want it, matching your personality and the theme of your wedding day to a T. The little details you can add to your wedding suit are endless; have full control over the type of lapel, the number of vents on the jacket, the width of the trousers... Flashes of colour on the cuffs and/or under the collar, embroidery (from a bumblebee to your initials), and bespoke accessories such as pocket squares, ties and cravats.
The Personal Touch Some clients really make the suit their own by getting us to create bespoke prints. These can be used on both lining and suiting, from something really personal to you, such as family photos to something much more. One example that springs to mind is a suit we created for a client that had photographs of burgers printed onto the cloth. Anything is possible. As well as Gresham Blake there are some other great tailors in Sussex include Hugo Morris, and Dandylion Style. What you have to remember with bespoke suits is that you are making a long-term investment for an item that fits you perfectly.
A Ready to Wear Suit Pretty much every good menswear store on the high-street will stock a multitude of ‘off the peg’ suits that will be suitable for a groom, the really good ones will also offer in-house adjustments. It’s the attention to these little nips and tucks that can make a ready to wear suit look the business, so look for the interesting details that set them apart.
Off the Peg Obviously, we stock a wide range of off-the-peg suits in various cloths and colours. I also recommend Jump the Gun in Brighton and large department stores such as Debenhams, House of Fraser or John Lewis, which you can find across the whole of Sussex. If you need a suit quickly this is definitely the way to go.
House of Fraser Bluebella Ariana bra set £40
George at Asda pleated bra & knicker set £12
Boux Avenue Gwyneth navy set with brief £46
Under Cover Some gorgeous new undercrackers in store this SS16. Some of our faves are here…
River Island lace bra £16 and pants £12 M&S Limited Collection lingerie set £23.50
Next plunge bra £12 and briefs £7
Photos by Julia Claxton
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EASTER WEEKENDER including the Big Sussex Market, New Road, Good Friday 25 & Easter Saturday 26 March, plus Rockinghorse Childrenâ€™s Easter Egg Hunt, Royal Pavilion Gardens, and Hove Food Trail on Easter Monday 28 March SPRING HARVEST with food & drink events citywide from 19 - 30 May, including the huge FREE ENTRY SUSSEX & THE WORLD WEEKEND, Hove Lawns, Saturday 28 - bank holiday Monday 30 May For more information visit www.brightonfoodfestival.com or find us on Twitter @brightonfood / Facebook
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NICK MOSLEY Food trends 2016
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With the food scene in Sussex growing at an exponential rate in recent years, Nick Mosley, managing director of Brighton & Hove Food and Drink Festival, speaks to local chefs and restaurateurs about their food trend predictions for 2016. There’s two trends I think will be rocking our world in 2016. Firstly, herbs and spices - with chefs and home cooks becoming increasingly confident with big, bold and adventurous flavours, expect to see European heritage ingredients such as lavender and rosemary pop up in dishes and cocktails, whilst spices from the Philippines, Indonesia and South America will be giving British-style curries and Caribbean jerk a real run for their money. The second trend in food is just one that won’t go away; Scandinavian. It’s simple, fresh, seasonal, healthy
Matty Bowling, head chef at Terre à Terre: “In terms of international food trends, I would unquestionably say vegetables. Customers crave more and more of them, not purely in the context of vegetarianism but simply a longing for veg dishes, the uglier the veg the better! My personal trends would be fermentation, pickles and quirky condiments to accompany dishes.” www.terreaterre.co.uk
and tastes heavenly. There are a few restaurants in our area - notably 64 Degrees, Jeremy’s and The Pass - who can deliver well-balanced and well-constructed dishes inspired by the Scandinavian culinary tradition which, at its base, is about simplicity and letting the ingredients sing. I also hear through the grapevine that a certain wellknown celebrity chef is sniffing around Brighton for a new site for a Swedish-themed restaurant. www.brightonfoodfestival.com
Michael Bremner, executive chef and co-proprietor at 64 Degrees: “I think for us we want to focus on taste. It sounds simple but we will get creative with it; we want to get a clean and fresh flavour into our dishes and having a cured or raw dish on every section. Also we’re working on more customer interaction style dishes. Trend wise, I think there will be a lot of inspiration from South America this year, and I hope more chefs and restaurants take a leaf out of Silo’s book and think about food waste.” www.64degrees.co.uk
Kanthi Kiran Thamma, executive chef and co-proprietor at Curry Leaf Café: “I would like to call 2016 the year of responsible dining. I think there will be more emphasis on local, organic, fair trade and food waste. Chefs and restaurateurs are becoming more responsible towards the community. Even the customers may choose the kind of restaurants that care for the environment and community, as this isn’t often their social priority at the moment.” www.curryleafcafe.com
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Kieron James, Beach BBQ at The Windmill: “Familiarity is a food trend that will never go away. It will evolve gradually but never shock us. I expect to see a new push on creating the perfect chip, with lots of toppings. I also expect to see more focus on meat substitutes and vegan foods. There is a huge push for restaurants to have a decent vegan offering, as they can’t afford to miss out on the party of twenty deciding to go elsewhere as the one vegan in the group isn’t catered for.” www.beachbbq.co.uk
Andy Pollexfen, head chef and co-proprietor at The Manor: “I think 2016 will see more of the move back to simplicity well done; classic British dishes continue to go down well with both our regulars and weekend tourist trade. Sharing small tasty plates in a more continental style is also proving more and more popular as a way of getting the tastiest morsels for the hard earned pound in your pocket. I have a feeling South American food will go big soon too.” www.themanorbrighton.co.uk
Tom Griffith, FLANK at The Royal Sovereign: “2016 is going to be a great year for gastronomy in Sussex. The standard of food is at its highest ever, and sustainably sourced produce is now more imperative than ever.” www.royalsovereign.pub
Jeremy Ashpool, executive chef and proprietor, Jeremy’s Restaurant: “Menus will feature more nutritious carbohydrates such as quinoa, barley and chickpeas etc. We will experiment on creating new combinations of spice blends, powders and flavoured oils and continue to develop interesting new smoked flavours and drying of ingredients to enhance texture. Seeds and nuts will continue to play their part, with obvious awareness of allergens, and we’ll look to healthier purees using hummus and savoury yogurts.” www.jeremysrestaurant.co.uk
Raz Helalat, proprietor, The Salt Room: “Healthy and nutritional food has been in the foreground for most gastro diners for some time now and I think this trend is here to stay but with it will come fresh introductions. Seaweed has been an unsung hero for years now – it’s great for digestive health, high in nutrients, low in calories and has heavy-duty detoxifying capabilities. In 2016 I feel there will also be much more of a buzz about the nutritional benefits of probiotic foods such as kimchi, kefir milk, miso, and kombucha.” www.saltroom-restaurant.co.uk
Andrew Mackenzie, head chef, The Restaurant at Drakes: “I predict that a food trend for 2016 will be a return to real cooking, alongside good service and a high level of customer experience. I think we have been seeing chefs trying too hard to overcomplicate dishes. People want a bit of luxury and to feel spoiled when they go out and spend.” www.drakesofbrighton.com
Semone Bonner, co-chef and coproprietor, The Set: “As far as food trends go for 2016 I tip a rise in house pickles, ferments and vinegars as chefs are becoming more daring and understanding in-house preserving methods. Sea greens and vegetables have been on the radar for a while now and consumers know their samphire from their spinach. Look out for the rise of seaweeds like dulse and kombu as they creep more regularly onto menus, and whilst we’re talking creeping, I predict 2016 will see insects making appearances with some brave chefs!” www.thesetrestaurant.com
Neil ‘Manni’ Mannifield, executive chef and co-proprietor at Market Restaurant & Bar: “There has been a definite move towards upmarket casual dining in recent years. This is just what we do at Market. Quality food for discerning diners that is all about big flavours and is quite simply ‘yummy’, yet retains that wow factor without the fuss of all the ponce and ceremony of the past. This has been gotten rid of in favour of a fun, exciting and relaxed dining experience both in the restaurant and on the plate.” www.market-restaurantbar.co.uk 67
THE FOOD OF LOVE With this issue being all about LOVE we thought we’d look at two recipes guaranteed to kick-start desire at the dinner table. The first recipe is a starter – the aphrodisiac qualities of oysters but cooked, for the squeamish. And the second is a luscious chocolate frenzy. What you do in between is your own business…
OYSTERS WITH GINGER & SPRING ONIONS Taken from Pete Evan’s The Paleo Chef; Pete is an Australian chef, restaurateur and co-presenter of My Kitchen Rules: Australia on Sky TV. He says, “I love oysters so much, I am writing an entire book dedicated to this marvel of the ocean with a good mate of mine – a professional oyster shucker for the last thirty years. This recipe is a classic Chinese preparation. The key here is to first slice the ginger paper thin, and then cut it into fine long strands; the same goes for the spring onions. The sauce is a combination of vinegar and tamari; you can use coconut aminos or fish sauce instead of tamari if you prefer. When I substitute fish sauce, I like to add a touch of finely chopped fresh red chilli, lime juice, and some chopped lemongrass.” Oysters with ginger & spring onions Serves 2 Sauce 1-inch (3 cm) piece fresh ginger, peeled and julienned 1⁄3 cup (80 ml) wheat-free tamari or coconut aminos 1⁄4 cup (60 ml) fish stock or water 1 tbsp raw apple cider vinegar 12 oysters, in the half shell, ideally local 4 spring onions, julienned To serve Toasted sesame oil Fresh coriander leaves Fresh shiso leaves White sesame seeds, toasted To make the sauce, combine the ginger, tamari, fish stock, and vinegar in a small saucepan over a medium heat. Heat to a simmer for two minutes, then remove from the heat and set aside. Place the oysters in a steaming basket set over boiling water and spoon a good amount of sauce on each. Add a small amount of spring onions to each one. Cover the pan with its lid and steam for one to two minutes. Drizzle with some of the remaining sauce after steaming. To finish, drizzle the oysters with sesame oil and garnish with coriander, shiso, and sesame seeds. The Paleo Chef by Pete Evans is out now (Macmillan, £14.99) Photography: Mark Roper
These little discs of melted chocolate are traditionally made as part of the Provence region’s ‘13 desserts’ - a Christmas custom. Although ‘mendiant’ means beggar in French, a crystallised rose petal and a sprinkling of edible gold dust gives the recipe a truly majestic finish. Makes 10 50g dark chocolate (minimum 60 per cent cocoa solids) 10g good-quality white chocolate Crystallised rose petals edible gold dust Line a board or baking sheet with baking parchment and draw ten 4cm circles, spaced apart, on it. Turn the parchment over so the drawing is on the other side. Break up the dark chocolate and put into a bowl. Place in the microwave and melt on the lowest heat setting for about 3-4 minutes, checking it often to make sure the chocolate doesn’t overheat, until almost all of it has melted. Stir in the un-melted bits until smooth. Put the white chocolate in a bowl and melt it in the microwave for 10-20 seconds. Take a teaspoon and quickly spoon a thin layer of the dark chocolate into the outlined circles, smoothing it out to the edges. Put a small drop of white chocolate in the middle and use a skewer to tease lines out towards the edge. Put a piece of rose petal in the middle and leave to set. Very gently lift each mendiant off the parchment and arrange on a plate. Sprinkle with the edible gold dust and serve. 70
This thick, creamy take on an after dinner cocktail is decadently rich so itâ€™s best served after a light meal or as a pudding in its own right. Serves 2 40ml maple syrup, plus a little extra for the rim 10g finely grated dark chocolate (minimum 70 per cent cocoa solids) 2 tbsp cocoa powder 1 egg yolk, at room temperature 2 tsp dark muscovado sugar 50ml coconut milk 50ml water 4 ice cubes Brush a little maple syrup around the edge of two cocktail glasses. Sprinkle half the chopped chocolate on to a saucer. Dip the rim of each glass into it to coat then set aside to dry. Put the cocoa powder into a cocktail shaker and add the egg yolk, maple syrup, sugar, coconut milk, water and ice cubes. Shake well and strain equally between the two Martini glasses. Garnish with the remaining grated chocolate. Chocolate Fit for a Queen in association with Historic Royal Palaces (Ebury Press, hardback ÂŁ10) Photography: Jan Baldwin www.titlesussex.co.uk
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“Jeremy Ashpool can cook, and if you don’t visit his restaurant, you will be more the poorer for it.”– Maarten Hoffman, Platinum Business
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BRING IT TO THE TABL We’ve teamed up with food event platform Tabl to bring you five of our favourite foodie events coming up in Sussex over the next month Film screening and street food - £20 Check out this original take on the classic movie and food date with StrEAT Film. On offer is a screening of Cinema Paradiso, Italian street food from Cin Cin and a free Pago fruit juice. A relaxed atmosphere for a more chilled Valentines. When: Sun 14 Feb, 6pm Where: Emporium Theatre, Brighton Top chef Ellie Ledden’s Forgotten Cuts - £36 A beautiful and intimate setting in Southwick where host Ellie Ledden of Forgotten Cuts will take you through a feast of sharing plates and stews. Ellie uses local produce and local flavours to present her nose to tail menu. You will be welcomed with a Brighton Gin cocktail but do BYO alcohol and soft drinks. This is a meat lover’s night to remember and £1 from every ticket goes to homeless charity Antifreeze - Off the fence. When: Sat 20 Feb, 7pm Where: Southwick A Venetian Banquet - £35 Repast Supper Clubs combine a passion for cooking and a fascination with history. Each event has a historical theme and rather than reproducing food from our past, highlights a historical tradition, event, historical character, chef or food writer. This event is inspired by the fourteenth century Libro Per Cuoco (Book for Cook) by the anonymous ‘Venetian’. When: Fri 26 Feb, 7pm Where: Haywards Heath An evening with Issy Suttie aka Dobby from Peep Show - £35 A gorgeous seasonal tapas style supper with three best-selling authors. Issy Suttie (aka Dobby from Peep Show) with her fab new book, Jem Lester and Adam Baron join in for a comedy special. Held in the fabulous Naked Eye Gallery on Farm Mews Hove, you don’t have to have read the books, but do come with an appetite for one of the best veggie delights in Brighton. When: Fri 4 March, 7:30pm Where: Naked Eye Gallery, Hove Brick Lanes “The King of Gnocchi” comes to Shoreham-by-Sea - £32.50 Adalberto Battaglia is hosting a Roman Seafood Feast pop-up restaurant at Tom Foolery Coffee Company. Adha has a Michelin background and has worked with top celebrity chefs such as Jamie Oliver and Marco Pierre White. This is seriously good quality authentic Italian food; a five course seafood menu. If you are looking to try proper Italian food, look no further. When: Wed 2 March, 8pm Where: Tom Foolery Coffee Company, Shoreham-by-Sea For all these events, and a further range of fabulous foodie dining experiences across Sussex and the South East, go to Tabl and get stuck into some top chef’s tasting menus, boozy brunches, literary suppers and home-cooked dining. www.tabl.com
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Invigorate your taste buds and experience the theatre of cooking at your wedding or party with the Smoking Beetle BBQ What is smoking Beetle? The Smoking Beetle is a catering company that specialises in gourmet BBQ. hoW did smoking Beetle get started? Smoking Beetle was started about four years ago, when a passion for good food and charcoal BBQ got a little out of control, and a VW Beetle was converted into the world’s first car-becue. We now have two! What’s special aBout smoking Beetle? There are only two in existence, which makes us very unique. But the VW Beetle is so iconic that everybody has a story about one they owned, how often it broke down and, despite the lack of sophistication by modern standards, it was very stylish. Who do you cater to? We cater to larger groups of people who want to taste really good food in a fun and relaxed setting. Anything from 50 - 200 is easily manageable and we have managed to do 500 covers, but with both Beetles firing on all cylinders! What is your philosophy When it comes to food? We try and buy food that has been grown locally. We are all about serving five-star quality food, and you have to start with really good ingredients. We buy our squid and prawns from the Sussex coast, and they’ve often only landed a few hours earlier. We buy our eggs straight from the farm gate and we buy our meat locally from a trusted butcher. We also use small artisan bakers for our bread as well as offering the finest vegan and vegetarian options. You just can’t produce a quality product without spending a bit of money.
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It may be over 25 since the soap wedding of the century but we spoke to Jason Donovan about Kylie, love and more as well as the new column from Giles, the latest education news and a review of the luxurious Bentley Mulsanne Speed
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Weddings are a time for great food, beautiful dresses and stunning cars and if you’re still undecided on which vehicle to arrive in, then check out the luxurious Bentley Mulsanne Speed. To the untrained eye the Bentley Mulsanne Speed appears very similar to the ‘regular’ Mulsanne. Yet delve a little deeper (under its vastly long bonnet is a good starting place) and it’s the narrative of its re-engineered, twin-turbocharged, 6.75-litre V8 engine which begins to tell the most compelling of stories. For this hand-built paragon to those who appear to have picked out all the numbers in the lottery of life, plus the bonus ball, now seems at the vanguard of gluttony: is a standard 505bhp Mulsanne just not enough lavish sustenance? Then for about £23,000 more, why not tuck into a Speed version with 25bhp extra, some discreet badges on the flanks and a more oilylooking grille? On the surface, the exercise seems gratuitous. But beneath the heavily buffed surface something more is stirring. Alongside that fairly insignificant power increase, an additional swell of torque has been hubbled and bubbled into existence, so the Speed delivers 811lb-ft to the rear wheels. That’s like lashing three-and-a-bit Golf GTIs together; only the Veyron offers more shove. This has been achieved with revised combustion chambers, intake ports, injectors and spark plugs, while in Sport mode snappier gear ratios, stiffer air suspension settings and heavier steering have been configured to help deal with the additional surge.
Bentley say the Speed, which will account for a third of all Mulsanne production, is for those who prefer to drive, rather than be driven. Aided by adaptive dampeners to ensure tighter body control and sharper cornering, this version is certainly more driver-focused than its lesser-powered sibling, and it tries its damnedest to foil the laws of physics, yet it’s still no track car. In a straight line, however, a recorded 0-62mph time of 4.8 seconds is more than impressive. Add a top speed of 190mph (electronically muzzled) plus all those extra torques into the mix, and you’ve got yourself one of the most beguiling and sumptuously appointed grand tourers currently on the market. As for cost (such a vulgar subject when talking about a Bentley), the base price starts at £252,000, nearer £300,000 once a few options have been included onto the order form. Not exactly budget motoring then. But before you start sucking through your teeth and questioning why any car should cost so much money, consider this; it takes 400 people 298 hours to build each Speed, and then it gets hand-polished with lamb’s wool, for 12 hours no less, and there’s a choice of 120 colours, some with gold flakes in them. What’s more, each one is bespoke to order, so no two Speeds will ever be the same. I’ll grant you it’s still not the most persuasive of arguments the representatives of value for money could use, unless you have the odd quarter-of-a-million pounds going spare, but then it seems like an absolute steal.
BENTLEY MULSANNE SPEED Price: £252,000 0-62mph: 4.8sec Top speed: 190mph Economy: 19.3mpg CO2: 342g/km Kerb weight: 2685kg Engine: V8, 6752cc, twin turbo, petrol Power: 530bhp at 4200rpm Torque: 811lb ft at 1750rpm Gearbox: Eight-speed auto
Kidstuff Award-winning author Giles Paley-Phillips launches into a new parenting adventure each month
Confessions of an adult Lego addict My name is Giles, I’m 38 years old and I am a Lego addict. My cravings are increasing by the day. I first started to worry in the mornings when the first thing I would do is check online for the latest deals, then after dropping the children off at school, I’d be wandering home, planning out my latest builds. Surely I’m not the only adult in the world that does this? Since it started in 1932, the Danish toy company Lego has created over 600 billion pieces. Experts reckon there are around 62 pieces of Lego for every human on earth, and seven sets are sold every single second. So in an age of iPads and games consoles why are these little plastic bricks so enduring? Some psychologists have suggested that Lego appeals to almost everyone through the basic desire of wanting to build something.
“I mean, creaking around on my knees pretending to be a bloodthirsty T-Rex and constantly being told that my roar sounds wrong or that I’ve eaten the wrong civilians is hard to take…” My own love of the brick came at around the age of seven, when my grandparents placed a little moon buggy set under my pillow for me to find in the morning. Such joy! Jorgen Vig Knudstorp, CEO of Lego Group recently said “Lego is a lot more than a toy; it’s a creative expression.” It’s taken me over 25 years to re-discover that joy. It wasn’t until my sons both received sets for their birthdays that those powerful feelings of nostalgia took hold of me, like meeting an old flame and falling head over heels in love again. Until this point, I have to admit, I found most of their games pretty boring. I mean, creaking around on my knees pretending to be a bloodthirsty T-Rex and constantly being told that my roar sounds wrong or that I’ve eaten the wrong civilians is hard to take. But with Lego we could really play together; we could ‘parallel play’, a term given to a form of play in which children (or adults) play adjacent to each other, but do not try to influence the other’s behaviour. As birthdays and Christmases passed I notice people were getting me sets as presents as well as the children. 82
Fast forward to today and the phenomenon of adults enjoying Lego has reached new heights, with many huge conventions being held all over the globe, where like-minded enthusiasts can congregate and drool over each other’s customised sets. They even have a name for themselves; AFOLs, or Adult Fans of Lego. This year my wife and I took our two children to such a convention in London, at the Brick Festival held at Excel. It was quite astonishing to see how many thousands were queuing; many of whom didn’t actually seem to have children with them. At first, it felt reassuring to be among such likeminded folk, I’d stumbled across my own kin, all these people with one common ground, all joining together to celebrate and worship at the feet of the almighty Lego God. But as I saw my two children playing in a Lego brick pit (yes, this is a real thing) I realised I wasn’t quite like some of the others there. My joy of Lego comes from the joy it brings my children, the joy it brought me as a seven-year-old, and that when I make sets and create weird and wonderful Lego constructs; it’s with them, or for them. Their joy is what makes Lego so special to me. So maybe not such an addict after all. I could give it up, any day, when they’re older maybe… And so even though I will admit that I’m a Lego addict, I think it’s safe to say it’s with a small a. T: @eliistender10
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LANCING PREP TAKE THE TROPHY Excellent news for Lancing College Preparatory School at Hove’s U11 football team, who entered the Brighton Small Schools league last season and were runnersup. Keen to go one better this time, there were some entertaining and hard-fought matches which saw the pupils finish three points clear of second place as deserved champions. Well done to all the boys involved in the squad and to Ian Chapman for his input and encouragement throughout the season. The boys are now revving up for the spring term cup competition!
Each month award-winning children’s author Giles Paley-Phillips picks three of the best reads for kids I’ll Wait, Mr Panda by Steve Antony Hodder £11.99 ISBN: 978-1444916669 Beautifully illustrated with monochrome animals and dashes of colour, this picture book teaches that good things come to those who wait. Another classic from the excellent Steve Antony. For 2-6 years Rabbit and Bear: Rabbit’s Bad Habits by Julian Gough and Jim Field Hodder £9.99 ISBN: 978-1444929317 A brilliant laugh out loud tale about an unlikely friendship, reminiscent of the best works of A.A. Milne, with wonderful illustrations by Jim Field. A book you want to read again straight after you finish it. Ages 7+
One Day on Our Blue Planet in the Antarctic by Ella Bailey Flying Eye Books £11.99 ISBN: 978-1909263673 Children will love spending the day with this curious penguin chick. In the latest volume of Ella Bailey’s picture book exploration of the daily lives of baby animals, we head to the ice shelf to meet a young penguin chick. Gorgeous illustrations from a heart-warming series.
A BIT NIPPY If a shark has seven rows of teeth with 60 teeth in each, and is thought to have 2,000 teeth in its average 11year lifespan… how many will it lose in a month? These questions and more are coming to Sussex primary children as the Sea Life Centre has sent out sharks’ teeth to 20,000 primary schools across the county and beyond. Don’t worry, there were no visits to marine dentists and no ‘extractions’ involved! Sharks shed teeth like other animals shed hair. As a learning opportunity, “Teeth are a good starting point,” explains Sea Life shark boffin Darren Gook, “and the different types can be looked at to discover respective functions and the differing diets of different species. From there, young shark detectives can move on to look at different hunting strategies, food chains, energy use and lots more.” Sussex teachers are encouraged to download the special free shark lesson plan at www.sealife.co.uk/lessonplan
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Giles was born in East Sussex in 1977 and grew up on the south coast. His book ‘THE FEARSOME BEASTIE’ (Maverick Arts Publishing) won The People’s Book Prize 2012, as well as the Heart of Hawick Children’s Book Award 2013, Bizziebaby Gold Award and was Highly Commended in The Forward National Literature Award in the US. 2016 will see the release of a CG animated short film of ‘The Fearsome Beastie’ starring Brian Blessed and Alison Steadman. www.titlesussex.co.uk
ESPECIALLY FOR US Jason Donovan has remained as charming as ever throughout his eventful career and now he’s bringing his classic hits back to the big stage, as Daniel White finds out or Jason Donovan it’s been a long and colourful road since his days with Neighbours. It may be well over 25 years since he and Kylie Minogue released the hit single ‘Especially For You’ off the back of the show’s success but the Australian performer is heading back out onto the road in February with his Ten Good Reasons & Greatest Hits tour, something he can’t wait to begin.
married Charlene Mitchell (Kylie) in a now-legendary episode that reached over 20 million viewers in the UK alone. The story gripped Neighbours fans and was bigger than even he could’ve expected. “I can’t answer why it was so big but obviously there was a lot of chemistry between all of us and it was just very successful and, in those days, you didn’t have the internet and mobile phones and all that stuff to distract you so it was a big deal.”
During their time on the show Jason and Kylie started dating “I haven’t toured for about eight years,” begins off-screen but after three years together they split in 1989, the always-effervescent Jason Donovan. “I’ve with Kylie starting a toured with relationship with INXS shows but I haven’t Michael toured my own show so I “The maths equation of how one gets frontman Hutchence, a subject that guess it’s an opportunity is still somewhat tender. to get out there and play to where one is mentally is hard for “We spent time together those songs that people anyone to analyse unless you are the and those things happen haven’t heard for a while.” sometimes when you’re person that’s involved but there’s working that closely, we Along with the 1989 were very young at the hit, his first album also nothing to be proud of. I don’t regret time but she was a good featured two more UK friend of mine and one number one hits – ‘Too any of my life but I certainly know thing led to another but Many Broken Hearts’ and that’s that really.” ‘Sealed with a Kiss’ - as where I don’t want to be now.” well as becoming the Despite the breakup, the biggest selling UK album 47-year-old is still on talking terms with the ‘Spinning Around’ of the year. He will be performing the whole album during singer and when asked if she will be making an appearance the show and is looking to take the audience on a trip down on the tour, he teased us with a possible reunion saying, “Not memory lane. that I know of as yet but you never know.” “I guess there’s a lot of people out there that will have bought After releasing his second album, ‘Between The Lines’, in the album Ten Good Reasons and I hope to give them a good 1990 he unexpectedly turned his sights to the big stage quality show and remind them of memories they had many, and accepted the lead role in Joseph and the Amazing many years ago and tell a couple of showbiz stories along the Technicolor Dreamcoat. “I had a big pop career and that way,” he enthuses. “Music puts us into a time and place like no naturally came to its own conclusion and the opportunity other medium can and that’s probably what I’m really aiming to work with Andrew Lloyd Webber in 1991 was a pretty to be is very authentic and just entertain my audience.” big deal,” he recalls. “I never set out to be a musical theatre performer but that sort of found me and to that extent I’ve Fans of the London-based singer will no doubt remember been very lucky to have carved a career in musical theatre. It his performance as Scott Robinson in Neighbours, as he
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does all the things that I do; sing, dance and act and I guess the success of Neighbours meant that I could put bums on seats and Joseph was a big hit in the West End.” Soon after his transition into the world of theatre he developed a well-documented drug problem. It continued through the 90s and in 1998 he took the lead role of Dr. Frank N. Furter in the UK production of The Rocky Horror Show, a role that was fitting at the time. “I love characters and I’m not really a traditional musical theatre singer,” he explains. “Things like Rocky Horror and Priscilla (Queen of the Desert) are a bit more left of centre which is probably a bit more indicative of my character, that’s why those things have worked for me later in my life but all the characters that have been successful for me are the ones that tend to emulate where I’m at mentally.” It was on The Rocky Horror Show that he met the stage manager Angela Malloch and after a brief romance the two split. However, shortly afterwards she found out she had become pregnant with his child, and presented him with the ultimatum that he must quit drugs if he was to be a part their child’s life. Now, after 16 years clean, he can reflect on that time. “I know what I don’t want to do now,” he quips. “The maths equation of how one gets to where one is mentally is hard for anyone to analyse or deduct unless you are the person that’s involved in it but there’s nothing to be proud of
there. I don’t regret any of my life but as I said, I certainly know where I don’t want to be now.” The couple are now happily married and have three children together, Jemma, Zac and Molly, and it is Angela that has been the rock the he has so often needed by his side. ”We really are best, best friends. She’s a strong lady and sometimes in my life I’ve needed someone with that strength and she’s a very intelligent woman and we’ve got three gorgeous kids, so happy days!” As well as a career in musical theatre, Jason has now moved into radio, hosting the All 80s Show on Heart Radio on Sunday evenings, which he has taken to with ease. “I enjoy radio, I think it’s a great medium and it’s great for me to do something that isn’t just theatre and that reaches out to a newer audience. I contribute to it a lot myself and it’s definitely a labour of love so it’s great fun, I enjoy it a lot.” His main focus right now though is the current tour and after eight years he is glad to be back, performing his own hits. He says, “I really enjoy playing and I guess the thing about this is it’s my own show, so I get to put it together and I can produce it and do whatever I want to do with it. The first half will be more of a greatest hits collection and the second half will be fundamentally just the album, so it has it’s own narrative which is my story, so slightly biographical.”
The tour will visit the Brighton Centre on March 23, giving the eighties heartthrob the chance to return to a city he has a lot of time for. “I love Brighton. Brighton’s a great city, I love the beach and the sea and I love the diversity of shops there. You’ve also got people that are are quite young and forward thinking and there’s a lot of good food; I’m into very healthy food, that’s what I like so that’s what I’ll be looking for.” The tour will continue until May, at which time Jason will be looking forward to a return home to spend time with Angela and the kids. “I’ve got some festivals in the summer but nothing’s really planned for later this year. We’ll see what happens but my main focus is the tour and I would like to think I would be spending a little bit more time at home these days.” For more information on Jason Donovan’s Ten Good Reasons & Greatest Hits tour visit www.jasondonovan.com
TOP TITLES Our favourite cinema picks of the month Words by Rhys Wilson-Plant
Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio) is a frontiersman who is left for dead by his hunting team after being mauled by a bear on a fur trade expedition. He must learn to survive in the barren, unforgiving environment in order to seek revenge. The Revenant is an incredibly immersive film that plunges the audience into despair most could never imagine, in an environment that leaves no prisoners. The audience are constantly at the mercy of director Alejandro González Iñárritu, building suspense as characters flea for safety. The combination of his direction and this brave, original approach in cinematography is just a joy to behold and I cannot praise it enough. Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu Release Date: 15 January
THE BIG SHORT
The Big Short leads up the 2007 fall of the housing market in America and how four groups of fortunate and openminded people foresaw the collapse, but were disregarded as amateurs. It’s an interesting and entertaining film that leaves you shocked at the behaviour of the banking system. You should see it for its educational purposes but in respect to its story, it’s relatively weak other than Mark Baum’s narrative, a character that we slowly get to understand and who often reflects the audience’s viewpoint. Director: Adam McKay Release Date: 22 January
OUR BRAND IS CRISIS
Director: David Gordon Green
Director: Dan Mazer Release Date: 25 January
A veteran political strategist, Jane (Sandra Bullock), who has been out of the game for six years, is enticed into another political campaign where she must raise a controversial presidential candidate for Bolivia to saviour, whilst working against her nemesis, Pat (Billy Bob Thornton). It’s hard to tell whether it’s a serious picture on politics, or whether it’s a comical view of a presidential campaign in the depths of poverty-stricken Bolivia. The film is misguided and unidentifiable in genre, which ultimately makes the viewing confusing. Release Date: 22 January
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Jason Kelly (Zac Efron) is an uptight lawyer who is forced to go on a road trip with his grandfather (Robert De Niro) after the loss of his wife. They take a little detour to Daytona Beach when it soon becomes apparent that grandpa has a dirty plan. It’s a film that showcases a series of scenes that frequently bear no relation to each other, and the end result is essentially appalling. I don’t dish out those words for fun but watching ‘The Martian’ was funnier than this, and despite the Globes comedy designation for this film, this just ain’t comedy.
AccountAncy – ‘Appy tAlk
Title’s accountancy expert Julia Wright guides us through the pros and cons of getting married when it comes to death and taxes, while Amanda Horlington gives her tip picks for dating apps this year
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What are the pros and cons of getting married when it comes to death and taxes? There is a new tax allowance that the Government is urging married couples and civil partners to register for, but honestly, it will be of little benefit to most couples who are considering tying the knot. This new tax break won’t save most married couples money and compared to the cost of a wedding doesn’t really provide much of an incentive. There are other tax and financial advantages though… InherItance tax One of the big advantages of marriage is the ability to pass on assets after your death without incurring inheritance tax. This might not leap out to younger people as an advantage, when they may have a mortgage and debts rather than savings, investments and property. It is a benefit for all married couple but it is older couples who tend to worry about what will happen to their assets when they die. Currently, inheritance tax (IHT) is charged at 40% on estates that are worth more than £325,000. However, if you are married or in a civil partnership, all assets can be passed to a surviving spouse without any inheritance tax. Whoop! Or maybe not whoop as they’ll be dead. But every cloud etc… And when the second spouse dies you can utilise both partners’ allowances when passing assets on to the next generation. This means married couples can leave £650,000 to their children before IHT is applied. 90
Income tax To save income tax, assets can be arranged so they are owned by the lower-earning spouse. It is possible for married couples to reduce the income tax paid on savings, investments, or on a rental property if one spouse pays a lower rate of tax than the other. For example, if one spouse pays tax at 40% and the other spouse is not earning and any savings are held by the non-earner and the interest on those savings are below the personal allowance, then they won’t be taxed on that interest. capItal gaIns tax If you are selling assets, for example shares or property, then at current rates you will be taxed on any gain of more than £11,000. If you’re married, however, both spouses have a capital gains tax (CGT) exemption of £11,000, so those assets can be transferred and effectively a couple can realise gains of £22,000 before tax is applied. pensIons If you are married you should inherit any final salary pension your spouse has earned. This can be up to half the pension he or she would get, but you won’t necessarily get this money if you are just living together. So there you go. A few taxy, if not sexy, reasons to get married. Confused? Talk to the expert Accountancy Plus 01273 735344 www.accountancyplus.biz
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Hinge If you’re more comfortable meeting someone through friends and want to know more about someone’s personality through their profile, then Hinge is the dating app for you. Only matching you with friends-of-friends on Facebook or third degree connections, Hinge’s profiling also includes handy personality tags such as Wine Lover or Science Nerd. Giving you a limit of 5 -15 matches a day there’s no time for procrastination as the countdown clock kicks in and matches will disappear if you don’t message them within 24 hours.
Bumble is free to join with users signing up from Facebook, which pulls your info to provide users with a better insight about a possible match. Women view profiles of potential dates and then it’s up to them to make the first move by swiping left or right Tinder style. If there’s a mutual like, the ladies will have 24 hours to start a conversation in the chat bubble. The handy ‘Backtrack’ feature allows you to give that last guy a second chance if you swiped left by mistake.
Coffee Meets Bagel Simple and laid back as the name suggests, CMB is a pared down and less overwhelming way for singles to find love online. Every day at noon you’ll receive one match (a bagel) from a friend-of-a friend. “Like” or “Pass” within 24 hours or even give the match to a friend. Great for serious daters and very engaging, CMB lets you focus on one match a day as opposed to sifting through an avalanche.
Happn Great for spontaneity, Happn matches you with someone you’ve already crossed paths with, but not yet met. Every time you pass by a spot with another member in the vicinity you’ll get an instant notification to say that a possible match is nearby. To like someone’s profile tap the heart button and if the feeling is mutual, you’ll be notified. Soon to be rolled out across the globe, Happn takes the chance out of chance meetings and connects you to someone who hangs out in the same places you do.
The Grade Great at weeding out the creeper messages, clever algorithms are used to grade users from A to F in three categories — their profile content, their message quality, and their response rate, so no hiding behind a profile or sending pictures of you-know-what without getting yourself downgraded. Female focused and innovative, The Grade holds daters accountable for their actions, making the whole experience more honest and virtually creep free. www.titlesussex.co.uk
ProPerty - News – INterIors
We’ve got all the latest property news including the lowdown on the redevelopments planned across Sussex, while Sue-Kim Steele Green takes inspiration from some of Sussex’s most stylish suites
A RIGHT TO BUY? The average house price in England and Wales grew 6.6% annually in the last year, according to a report by Reeds Rains estate agents, making it even tougher for first time buyers to make it onto the property ladder. Despite the Government’s continued promises that the Right to Buy scheme will make it easier for low-income families and first time buyers to get one foot on the ladder, the current average now stands at £292,077, up £17,963 since December 2014. Research by KPMG last year revealed that the average first-time buyer required a salary of £41,000 to afford a property and now these latest findings reinforce evidence of the difficulties facing first-timers.
PROPERTY NEWS BRIGHTON DOME £5M FUNDING BOOST The Brighton Dome Corn Exchange and Studio Theatre will be the subject of major refurbishment after plans to revitalise the Royal Pavilion Estate were awarded nearly £5million by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The grant comes on top of £5.8m pledged by Arts Council England, along with money from the council, charitable trusts and individual patrons, as the project looks to turn the Royal Pavilion Estate into a worldclass cultural destination for heritage, culture and the performing arts. Work is set to begin in autumn of 2016, with previously hidden heritage spaces set to be restored for public viewing.
KING ALFRED REDEVELOPMENT PLANS REVEALED Sussex businessman Rob Starr has been selected to rebuild the King Alfred Leisure Centre site alongside house builders Crest Nicholson. Under the proposals, the current building will be demolished and replaced by a £40m sports centre and 560 flats, 20% of which will be ‘affordable housing’. The council will put £8m towards the sports centre, which will include three swimming pools, a 120-station gym, a sports hall, three-rink indoor bowls, a sauna and a café. The decision concludes three years of discussions over the 1930s site and with building work set to begin next summer, the sports centre is due to be complete within three years and accompanying flats finished by 2022.
BRING ON THE BOUDOIR As spring starts to head our way and Valentine’s Day brings romance and proposals galore, our thoughts turn to love. And what better way to practice the art of love than by creating your very own boudoir? Sue-Kim Steele Green takes inspiration from a couple of the most stylish hotel suites in Sussex…
The focus on the statement bed The romantic floral bedding Ambient mood lighting Antique wood Plump upholstered seating
The cosy romantic nostalgia of this room. Nostalgic touches with established antique wood
ROBUST ROMANTIC RENDEZVOUS Ashdown Park Hotel, Wych Cross www.ashdownpark.com
The shiz when it comes to beautiful country manor houses, Ashdown Manor offers everything you’d expect in traditional style, and this is where we draw our first inspiration from. Nostalgia prevails with this look. Fat floral textile prints, vintage furniture and accessories. Delicate mood lighting and of course generous flowers. This romantic bedroom look is all about vintage self-indulgence; Luscious blooms sing romance, antique oak speaks of quality and stability. Together the elements in this room dance very well together.
GET THE LOOK
Antique Solid Oak ‘Half Headed’ Bed & Antique Solid Oak Wardrobe £POA, Stuart Interiors www.stuartinteriors.com Vintage Cabinet & Storage Unit in Solid Pinewood £455, www.Cuckooland.com Laura Oakes Cushion £30, Debenhams Babbington Loveseat in Modci Velvet Lavender £1299, M&S Wallpaper Direct Candy Stripe £28, www.wallpaperdirect.com Little Blue Patchwork Chair £900, Kelly Swallow
LONG ISLAND LOVE NEST
The Gallivant just outside Rye is situated right on white sandy shores that look more California than Camber. Dreamy shores, chalk tones and subtle woven textiles are illustrated perfectly with this warm relaxed look.
The chalky neutral beach tones of the matt washed wood work that dominates The calming dove grey highlights of the upholstered furniture The mellow application of subtle yet familiar ornamentation placed in coves
Plump buttoned upholstery in muted tones Fringed woven throws Cotton, linen and velvet
The Gallivant, Rye www.thegallivant.co.uk
GET THE LOOK
Next Ophelia Sofa from £775, www.next.co.uk Grey Velvet Pouffe Abode £120, www.abodeliving.co.uk Bed ‘Fairford’ painted range David Salmon, double £970, king £995, eastbourne.davidsalmon.co.uk M&S Devora Console £299, www.marksandspencer.com J by Jasper Conran Throw from Debenhams £120 Geo Chenille Rug from BHS £120 Set of 2 Wooden Metal Lanterns £59, www.very.co.uk
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