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Y O U R FA V O U R I T E FA S H I O N A N D L I F E S T Y L E M A G A Z I N E REGULARS 6-7 • Lust List Time to think about those winter warmers 9 • Jo Jessop Column Who ever told him he was good? 10-11 • Day in the life of... Place your bets 12-23 • Designer Spotlight Laura Smith, Charli Cohen and Crow’s Nest take the spotlight this month 36-39 • Highstreet Highlights Winter wardrobe staples 40 • Blogger Spotlight Em Sheldon talks us through her September Hot List 43 • Mochas and Mojitos Yo!Sushi got our taste buds tangling 44-45 • Behind the Brand It’s just a not so little crush… 54-55 • Chic Retreats We headed up north to see what was on offer in Scotland 56-57 • Spa Spotlight Our writer Naomi Nightingale went to see what London spa Como had to offer… 66-67 • Music Spotlight Oh so witty Hiatus take centre stage this month 76-77 • JoeBusiness What’s he been up to this month?

FEATURES 34-35 • Graduate Fashion Ezra talks us through the up and coming designers of the moment 68-69 • The Big Cat is back The trend that never goes out of fashion



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EDITOR’S LETTER am writing this months Editor’s letter whilst sipping on a ginger and lemon tea in Costa coffee and enjoying a break from the office. I think it’s so important to have a change of scenery to get the creative juices flowing and really help you create fresh new ideas all the time. So, what has been going on in the world of U.C this month? Well, if you haven’t read my post on the website and have been shying away from the TV for the last few weeks then you won’t be aware that I appeared on BBC’s Dragon’s Den. It’s over seven months ago now that I filmed it so it’s great to finally be able to talk about it. To be fair, I struggled to watch it. Isn’t it awful hearing your own voice and seeing yourself on the telly – cringe. For years I have watched the show and when people screw up on their numbers and the simple things like their business plan you will see me shouting at the screen like they are the biggest idiot in the world. That was of course until I was in there doing the exact same thing! But hey, I am only human and we all make mistakes and although I didn’t get the investment from the Dragon’s (in all honestly I’m so glad that I didn’t now) the exposure of the show has done wonders for the brand profile. A huge thanks to all the thousands of people that emailed your lovely messages of support, for all the tweets and to all the new buyers of the international issue which means we sold out worldwide and proved those Dragon’s wrong. What else has been going on? On a personal note, my piano lessons are going great – It’s been half term so my teacher has been having a break but I have kept up practicing at home. It’s so nice having something aside from the magazine to do just for my own personal enjoyment. I am now thinking what other hobbies to take up, any suggestions? X-Factor is back on our screens too which means Christmas is just around the corner. I won’t lie - I love autumn. It’s my favourite season, I can’t wait to have cosy nights in with the fire roaring and eating hearty winter feasts with the girls. I was just about to finish this month’s letter when I checked my email and found a lovely surprise from Fashions Finest - Urban Coco has been shortlisted for magazine of the year! WOW! What an accolade, a massive thanks to whoever nominated us and we have everything crossed that we win. We are alongside some industry heavy weights like Stylist magazine so it’s a huge honour to even get shortlisted. Now, what to wear to the prestigious awards night? As ever, email me anytime with any feedback or ideas for the magazine. I love hearing from you guys. @urbancocomag

Editor Laura Bartlett Writers Naomi Nightingale, Ezra Tren and Joe Forrester Design & Art Direction Jason Shaw Interns Lydia Rose Abraham Sharan

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Just Jo Jessop Who ever told him he was good?

This issue, regular columnist Jo Jessop ponders who’s telling those X Factor contestants they’re any good.


his month, UC Editor Laura and I headed up to sunny Scotland for a couple of days. Our first stop was Edinburgh. We hadn’t planned it, but we soon found ourselves immersed in the Fringe Festival, with people thrusting flyers into our hands and encouraging us to attend their show over another. The festival is massive and pretty much takes over the whole city. Because we hadn’t really planned on attending the Fringe, we couldn’t get tickets to the big names but we took a chance on the comedy road show and a couple of free shows. The majority were really funny but one was so cringeworthingly bad that I felt for him - I almost wanted to get up there and help him off the stage and give him a hug! But afterwards we saw him leafleting for his next gig: an example of real determination. But this got me thinking – whoever told him he was good? As we all know, talent shows of all shapes and sizes have taken over the world for the past decade and this month we see the return of the X Factor for its tenth series. I have to admit I really enjoy watching the auditions more than any other part. It’s clear to me those who go on for a laugh, a dare or just for the experience – but for those who go on and genuinely think they are ‘good’, I find it humiliating to watch! How and why do they seriously think they could be the next Leona or One Direction? What, or who, is it that convinces them that they are ‘good’? I realised recently I’ve hit a certain age after I heard myself mutter the phrase

“This is just noise” when hearing a song on a well-known radio station. I remember my parents saying that! I always thought I had quite an eclectic taste in music, but the track didn’t do it for me. Surely no one thought this was good? But after a quick Twitter search, people were loving it! So, what is ‘good’ and who defines it? When we were watching this comedian struggle and crumble at the Fringe, it was evident the majority were not enjoying his act – but was one lone person in the audience discreetly giggling, finding him amusing?

Somebody at sometime must have said to them “No, seriously. You are good”. I think ‘good’ is a judgement categorised by the individual, which can sometimes genuinely appeal to alternative tastes. In society, we are often quick to complain, criticise and talk about how bad people are. But the next time someone impresses you, why not take the opportunity to tell them that you think they are good? You might be the only one thinking it. But hey, each to their own! @jjprcomms

When the majority of people are laughing at the embarrassingly bad Lycra-clad woman, pouring her heart out in front of the millions who have tuned in, is there a family sat around the TV somewhere saying “Wow, this girl is good”? Urban-Coco | 9

Day in the life of...Sky Betting

Reaching for the Sky We speak to Amy de Balsi, a project manager at Sky Betting and Gaming, about her life, loves and meeting a certain member of Girls Aloud…


tereotypically, people would assume the world of betting was for men. Can you tell us how you got into the role? I joined Sky Betting and Gaming as a project manager over six years ago, after spending five years working for regional development agency, Yorkshire Forward.

I spent my time at Yorkshire Forward developing digital industries in the region, which I really enjoyed, so it was great to join Sky Betting and Gaming and work for one of the biggest entertainment companies in the UK. When I first started I knew very little about sport or the betting and gaming industry, but at Sky Betting and Gaming it’s more about having the right attitude and potential than expertise, and I must have said something right! Six years down the line and I haven’t looked back and I now know lots more about gaming and betting. Talk us through an average day in your life… There’s no such thing as an average day at Sky Betting and Gaming. Everything moves at 100 miles an hour and you can go from organising tours of the Sky Bet Football League Trophies one minute to finalising the plans for a fun fair for over 1,200 staff the next. No day is ever the same here and that’s what I love about my job. Coming into work every day and not knowing what exciting challenges I will face is something that I really enjoy and working here definitely keeps me on my toes.

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The highlight of my day is… I love arriving at work in the morning and seeing my big Sky family. We employ over 500 people at Sky Bet alone and there’s always a fantastic atmosphere in the office. If we have a Sky star visiting on a particular day, such as reality TV star Katie Price, there’s a real buzz about the office and everyone always get really excited about meeting a famous celebrity. There’s always a sense of anticipation if we have a big event going on too. I’ve assisted this summer in arranging the series of Sky Ride events that have taken place across the region, including in Leeds City Centre, which has been hugely challenging and time-con-

suming. I was so proud to be involved when I witnessed over 8,000 people riding through Leeds City Centre on the day of the event. The most exciting thing to happen in my job… There are two major instances during my time at Sky Betting and Gaming that have been really exciting. The first was meeting Girls Aloud and Strictly Come Dancing star Kimberley Walsh. She was the ambassador for this year’s Sky Ride and was an absolute pleasure to work with. It’s safe to say that I was totally star-struck when I met her. Another memorable moment for me was attending the Electronic Gaming Review (eGR) Operator Awards when Sky Betting and Gaming was named Operator of the Year. The

awards are the equivalent to the Oscars in the online gaming world and to be part of the company that is recognised as the best in the industry was an amazing feeling. We threw a huge party after the award win to celebrate. The hardest thing I have had to deal with in my role… I’d say the hardest thing I’ve had to deal with in my role so far was trying to keep it secret that Aston Merrygold of JLS was planning a visit to the Sky sites in Leeds! To drum up some excitement about the impending visit from a celebrity, we released clues about the star’s identify the day before he was due to pop in. Unfortunately, I underestimated the vast celebrity knowledge possessed by our staff and made the clues too easy. We had people in their droves guessing it was him and nearly caused a security breech as a result. Luckily Aston’s visit wasn’t revealed and our office wasn’t mobbed by thousands of screaming JLS fans.

pany changes and expands so rapidly that I’m not entirely sure what the future holds – who knows what will happen next? The favourite part of my job is… It’s massively clichéd to say this, but the thing I love most about my job is the people that I get to work with every day. They truly are some of the most talented and dedicated individuals I’ve had the pleasure of working with and there are some real characters in the office. Everyone is so open to new ideas and working together that getting things done is very easy. My least favourite part of the job is… I sometimes struggle to cope with all the sport talk that goes on in the office. There are days when it goes completely over my head, but I’ve mastered the art of bluffing quite well. I think I have, anyway. After work I… Go and collect my young daughter, Florence, from nursery then head home.

“Everyone is so open to new ideas and working together that getting things done is very easy.” My plans of progression within the company are… I’ve been fortunate enough to be given some amazing opportunities here at Sky Betting and Gaming and I count myself very lucky to be in a job I enjoy so much. Sky Bet as a com-

the rest of my family and friends. Whether it be going for a few drinks or heading out for some nice food, that’s how I like to spend my free time. My thoughts on Leeds as a city… Leeds is amazing. I came here as a geography student at Leeds University in 1996 and never left. Lots of friends have tried to tempt me to head to London but I wanted to stay and build my career here; there are so many great opportunities in Leeds it seemed silly for me to up sticks and head south. I’m really glad a decided to stick around. If I wasn’t doing this job I would be… I’m quite a creative person, so if I didn’t work in this industry I’d love to be a window dresser for a high-end retailer. I always walk past Harvey Nichols on Briggate and admire the window display – I love the weird and wacky things they do with them. Where people can find out more about me… I’m quite pro-active on LinkedIn, so people can head across to my page to get in touch:

Outside of work, my favourite thing to do is… When I’m not at work my little girl takes up the majority of my time. I’ll spend hours on a weekend and after work playing with her and making sure she doesn’t get up to too much mischief. I also love spending quality time with Urban-Coco | 11

Designer Spotlight

Games & grandeur with Laura Smith

We talk to Laura Smith about her newest collection, dedication to British craftsmanship and love of Nottingham lace.

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ell us a little more about you. I’m 28, and come from Nottingham. I graduated Liverpool John Moores University with a first in Fashion Design. What’s your star sign? Cancer What’s your favorite fabric? I love sandwashed silk; it is very luxurious and is much more wearable without the shine. Tell us about your ideal customer. She is confident with an effortless sense of style; someone who wears clean, relaxed looks that show femininity through detailing and cut. She likes to mix her boyish jackets with feminine dresses and keeps her styling simple. Luxurious fabrics in laid-back styles are a must. How would you describe your design style in three words? Fresh, elegant and relaxed. Are there other creatives in your family? I have a large family on my Mum’s side and many are creative. Their creativity ranges from careers in music, theatre, textiles, dance, engineering and furniture design. My sister is a Maths teacher and my parents are self-employed so this comes in handy for the accounts side of my business! If you could collaborate with anyone, who would it be? I would love to work with an emerging accessories designer to incorporate bags and shoes into the collection. I am also keen to make strong links with the remaining Nottingham Lace Company.

Why is fashion important for you? For me fashion is many things; a pastime, a statement, a career and part of every single person’s day. I truly love clothing and the stories that come from one single piece. Fashion has such broad scope and is also completely subjective and this makes it all the more wonderful. Tell me about your upcoming collection… I am very excited about Spring Summer 2014. The collection is inspired by my visits to mansion houses and palaces in Holland. The gilding, paneling and colour schemes really influenced me. I also took inspiration from images of women in the 1920s in Holland when the Olympics were held there and how this affected the way women dressed. For me, Tim Walker’s photographs combine the two ideas perfectly with images of women taking part in sports activities inside grand houses. The collection is called Games and Grandeur and will feature a new knitwear line and, of course, Nottingham Lace. SS14 will be shown during London Fashion Week at the Wolf&Badger showroom. If you had to follow another career path, what would it be? I worked as a Visual Merchandiser for many years but if I’d had to choose another path I would have probably looked at being a buyer or setting up a boutique. It’s hard to imagine myself doing anything else now though! Where can we purchase your line? The collection is available from Wolf&Badger store on Lebury road in Notting Hill and via their website, and also

What do you hope to see the brand in the future? I aim to build a successful brand that stands for quality. I plan to continue to support British industry whenever possible by using UK suppliers and manufacturers. I also want the LAURASMITH collection to renew the love and demand for Nottingham Lace and allow this artisan product to live on. The collections will be available at selected boutiques and grow at a steady rate, keeping quality and service top priorities.

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Designer Spotlight


Graduating as Womenswear student of the year from Kingston University London in 2012, Charli Cohen’s graduate collection saw her shortlisted as a finalist for numerous awards including the Lycra Future Designers Award at the WGSN Global Fashion Awards, the Gold and Womenswear Awards at Graduate Fashion Week and the Vauxhall Fashion Scout Merit Award. With backing from Invista, producers of Lycra fibre, the young designer is now launching her first independent, Britishmade collection for SS14.

t what point in your life did you decide to become a fashion designer? I was one of many little girls who was “going to be a fashion designer when I grow up”. I’ve been drawing clothes for as long as I can remember. It just so happened that I followed it through into adulthood! Tell us about your family and background. I grew up in the West Country then sailed out to New Zealand with my mother and step-father when I was 13 – a journey that took 18 months. I finished my schooling in New Zealand, then moved back to the UK to live with my father and stepmother in Surrey. I graduated with my Fashion BA last year, from Kingston University. My family are all buiness-owners and mostly work within the arts – antiques and interiors. I’ve no doubt being brought up with that had a major influence on where I am now!

In five years’ time, where do you hope to see the brand? By that time, I aim to be stocked internationally – a global reach would be amazing. In a few seasons’ time, I’d like to branch out into accessories, menswear and a collaboration or two! For any aspiring fashion designers, what advice would you give them? It’s important to be super-organised. When you’re running a business (especially in fashion) if something can go wrong, it probably will. You need to stay on top of everything all the time and leave nothing to chance. Know your numbers too – being talented and creative is one thing but funding yourself beyond the first season takes careful planning! And don’t give up: if you’re passionate and 100% committed to making it work, you can move mountains!

What do you think is lacking in fashion today? ‘Lifestyle’ is becoming just as important a buzzword as ‘aspirational’ within the fashion industry – a movement that’s growing especially quickly at the luxury end of the market. There’s currently very little out there catering to this, which is why it’s exciting timing for me to be launching a premium activewear brand.

Tell us something people don’t already know about you? I set up my first fashion label at the age of 15, a customised T-shirt line called ‘Vlotte’.

Do you have a muse? What inspires you? I’m endlessly inspired by my personal training clients and those I work out with! Movement and physiology influence much of what I do. From a creative perspective, they inform the silhouettes and style lines of my designs. In terms of function, my work as a personal trainer helps me understand the practical needs of performance wear; how to make the garments ergonomic, supportive and flattering.

What was your back up career choice? I didn’t have one! My ‘back up’ plans were just alternative ways to make the dream career happen. I can be quite stubborn!

What is the point you are trying to make now with the new collection? It’s all about providing something that can transition from ‘working out in to going out in’ – pieces that are both performance-functional and fashion-forward and that can work equally well with trainers or heels!

Where can people find out more? All the latest updates can be found at and on Twitter @TrainWithCharli.

If you were to travel to any part of the world, where would it be? Tokyo, for the crazy fashion and unique culture. I’m lucky enough to have done a fair bit of travelling, but this one’s still on the Bucket List!

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We spoke to Daniel-Philip Belevitch, the designer behind contemporary jewellery brand Crow’s Nest Jewels, on his inspiration and dreams for the future. What’s your star sign? Scorpio. Why jewellery? I have always admired beautiful jewellery and wanted to make my own collections that share my visions and creations. What is your inspiration for your current collection? My new collection is called Snatch, inspired by the diamond heist movie. Could you give us a clue to as what we should expect from you in 2014? Expect new and exciting collaborations, as well as more unique and beautiful designs. Tell us about life as a designer? I am constantly dreaming up and drawing new ideas; that pretty much sums up my life! Which musician would be the ideal person to wear your jewellery? Lana Del Rey. Who is your general target consumer? People who have an eye for pretty things. What are your long term goals? My goal is establish Crow’s Nest Jewels as a worldwide and internationally recognised jewellery brand.

Would you collaborate with any other designers? Yes. Favourite colour? Green. Moon or sun? Moon. Favourite place? London. Most memorable line from a film? It has to be “You should never underestimate the predictability of stupidity”, from the movie Snatch. Where do you shop? Paris. Do you have any fears? Horror. Favourite youtube video? I’m a great fan of RiFF RaFF’s interviews. What is the best advice you’ve ever been given? To always believe in yourself. Where can people buy your designs? Crow’s Nest Jewels is available at Giftvault in London, Roseark in Los Angeles, Fivestory in New York and Emporium in Baku. You can also take a look online at

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Behind the Green Door

With two lovers fighting for the attention of one beloved man, which woman do you think will grab his attention? Will their sultry looks and glamorous attire be enough to claim him as there own?

Nirvelli’ by Samantha Gatman. Model: Tessa from Vauhaus Makeup: Ana Macsweeney

Nirvelli’ by Samantha Gatman. Model: Tessa from Vauhaus Makeup: Ana Macsweeney

Nirvelli’ by Samantha Gatman. Model: Tessa from Vauhaus Makeup: Ana Macsweeney

Spoken For’ by Farah Model: Harriet Roberts



Ezra Tren reviews the final collection of Leeds College of Art fashion students at their show, ‘NU’

n the midst of S/S ‘13, the final year of Leeds College of Art cast yet another stroke of fashion frenzy within the city. The collections showcased at ‘NU’ illustrated a sense of professional finality, communicating each individual three year fashion journey. The result of each presentation to come out of Leeds has raised the bar for the next; NU was no exception, almost as though the fashion house we know as LCA had a statement to make about their soon to be graduate designers. Prior to the catwalk show, designers used innovative and striking showcase methods; the collections were exhibited with suspended garments and performance sets, transforming the rooms at Canal Mills into a somewhat high fashion garage. The guests were invited into the conceptual thought process of the designers on more interactive grounds, an aspect often overlooked in favour of a visually-oriented focus on the catwalk. From the geometric silhouettes to punchy collections that decorated the Mill, the industrial vibe of the building acted as a raw canvas on which to demonstrate the power of each individual piece.

Nirvelli’ by Samantha Gatman. Model: Tessa from Vauhaus Makeup: Ana Macsweeney

Nirvelli’ by Samantha Gatman. Model: Tessa from Vauhaus Makeup: Ana Macsweeney

Nirvelli’ by Samantha Gatman. Model: Tessa from Vauhaus Makeup: Ana Macsweeney

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Spoken For’ by Farah Model: Harriet Roberts

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Parade’ by Claire Reynolds Model: Georgie taylor, Makeup: by Dorota Ozarowska

Parade’ by Claire Reynolds Model: Georgie taylor, Makeup: by Dorota Ozarowska

OFART A minimalistic house soundtrack guided the collections down the runway, mirroring the contemporary, pared-back feel of the venue. Simple foundations were perfect for the showcase, as the collections ranged from silhouette-driven shapes to those of chaotic creativity. Out of the collections I had the pleasure of viewing and modelling, my personal picks would have to include MCXI, produced by designer Georgina Fay Verity. Using a modern interpretation of traditional materials, the collection delivered a forward-thinking eye for sculpture. Samantha Gatman’s ‘Nirvelli’ was one of the many collections to have been commended on quality following the show. The pieces and lookbook were made with inspiration drawn from sport, and hand-crafted in support of Gatman’s attitude towards anti-fashion mass marketing. The surprisingly diverse menswear showcase included James Holden’s minimalistic collection ‘Spatium,’ which focused on the use of sillhouettes to illustrate a sheer quality of tailoring. In addition, Ellen Pane’s collection ‘Tattoo You’ catered to the urban, edgier side of menswear we have

Spoken For’ by Farah Model: Harriet Roberts

seen forecast this year. Inspired by the increasingly-appreciated tattooed men who are now storming the heights of fashion (like Jimmy Q and Ricki Hall), Payne’s design took tattoo-style patterns from skin to print. Needless to say, overtones of success present at the fashion show reinforced a new wave of style and design confidence. Whether the graduates of ’13 are already established and preparing their collection launches (stay tuned in Leeds), to the ones who have yet to find their fashion footing, the directions taken by the LCA fashion grads will no doubt imprint the industry.

Parade’ by Claire Reynolds Model: Georgie taylor, Makeup: by Dorota Ozarowska

Parade’ by Claire Reynolds Model: Georgie taylor, Makeup: by Dorota Ozarowska

Parade’ by Claire Reynolds Model: Georgie taylor, Makeup: by Dorota Ozarowska

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Guest Blogger

September’s Hotlist This issue’s guest blogger, Em Sheldon of Em Talks, lets us in on her Leeds gems and super September beauty tips.


eptember is already here and for many it marks new beginnings, with thousands of people getting ready to start University, new jobs and saying goodbye to summer. Is it really only three months until Christmas? I’m giving you the lowdown of the things you must do this autumn, the things that should be at the top of your tick list this September. The Autumn Face For beauty enthusiasts, this change in season means a change in your make up bag too. If you’re like me, and you change your beauty products regularly, the transition from July to September is no exception. This summer, BB creams were the top of my beauty love list. Cold weather can often mean sore skin, so I’ll make sure I use my ‘ThisWorks InTransit’ Primer; my favorite three-in-one primer which repairs, moisturises and leaves the skin ready for flawless make up application.

I’ll also be reaching for my Burberry Velvet foundation. It’s buildable, has a matte finish yet is still lightweight enough to wear if we get any sunshine this autumn. September is a difficult periods for us make up lovers; last year, we had a red hot September, so don’t throw that BB cream away just yet. September make up doesn’t need to be thick, instead embrace the best of your skin while you can. After all, they do say natural beauty is the best.

The Autumn Cocktail I would highly recommend The Alchemist in Trinity Leeds over any other cocktail bar. As a student, I’ve sampled them all. The Alchemist is much more than just a bar; it’s a science experiment, conducted right in front of your face. Don’t doubt the food either, with an endless list of delicious bar snacks on offer sure to warm your belly this September (the nachos are epic and very nicely priced).

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The September Splurge September may not be guaranteed picnic weather so instead, head to Gaucho on Park Row, Leeds. It’s the ultimate destination for all things delicious. We’re talking the best Argentinian steaks (I’d recommend the Churrasco De Lomo fillet, a butterfly shaped steak which is marinated in garlic parsley and olive oil for 48 hours). It’s worth going here for the service alone – the staff give you the best dining experience. After eating here, it makes anywhere else look pretty shoddy, so brace yourself for dull food after sampling Gaucho’s delights.

The September Break If you’re missing the sun already, I’d recommend heading to Barcelona. This city is perfect if you want some culture and some beach in the same vicinity, especially as the beach is one of the best I’ve ever seen, with the deepest, bright blue sea. It’s extremely busy in August, so head there in September for some last minute sun and fewer tourists. Barcelona can be done in two days; just hop on the ‘Bus Turistic’ to see everything you’ve ever dreamed. Make sure you head to Cerveceria Catalana for a taste of ‘Barcelona’s Best Tapas’. The waiting time is about an hour, but it’s well worth it – trust me. Be sure to check out Preferred Boutique Hotels when it comes to finding a designer hotel in such a glamorous city; I’d recommend the Murmuri, as you’ve got YSL and Chanel at your feet.

The Autumn Hair Waving goodbye to Summer and hello to new beginnings usually means reinventing ourselves. Something as simple as getting a hair cut or some fresh highlights can really brighten up your month. So if you do one thing this September, visit my favorite hairdressers: XS Hair and Beauty. It recently moved from behind the Corn Exchange and it’s now situated ideally behind House Of Fraser. A glamorous salon but all of their effort goes into making sure you walk out looking fabulous. Do visit my life-long hairdresser, Jade. Try Something Different Sometimes it’s nice to go off the beaten track and out of your comfort zone. Fuji Hiro in Leeds is a place that you’d look at and probably walk away from. But once you walk inside and sample the food, you’ll never eat Japanese anywhere else again. Who doesn’t love unlimited free green tea? If you want to go to a restaurant which is 100% food focused, head to this authentic restaurant just near the Merrion Centre. Be careful though, it’s a local hidden gem and is always rammed full of Fuji Hiro worshippers. I’d recommend their Yaki Soba, it’s honestly to die for. It beats any other Japanese. Don’t be put off by the simple décor – this place is all about the food. Britain is Great If money is tight but you need a break, explore the UK. If it’s idyllic beaches and a young atmosphere that you’re looking for, I’d recommend Abersoch. If it’s tranquility that you’re searching for, try a camping trip to Lake Windermere. There’s always the option of booking a cozy cottage in the Scottish hills for an evening if that’s more to your taste. Mr and Mrs Smith is my favourite website when it comes to finding the best boutique hotels. Read more from Em on her blog,, or find her on Twitter @emshelx

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Yo!Sushi at Harvey Nichols

Laura Bartlett rediscovers her joy of sushi (but a little less joy for sake). ushi. A word that, a few years ago, had me running for the hills due to my not-so-discerning palate. However, several years on and after dining in lots of restaurants that offer more than just a Big Mac meal, I am now a convert. The first time I tried sushi was at a Yo!Sushi restaurant. It took a lot of coaxing and convincing that there were ‘cooked things on the menu too’ to get me to go along, albeit kicking and screaming. After dining there and trying new things I left feeling like sushi’s number one fan. So when I was asked to go along to the Yo!Sushi concession on the 4th floor at Harvey Nichols Leeds, I couldn’t wait. My friend and I visited on a Friday night and the restaurant was buzzing when we arrived at 7pm. We were shown to our seats, with the perfect view of the kitchen so we could really get into the atmosphere of this relaxed, fun restaurant. To experience some true Japanese culture, we chose their traditional Gekkeikan Warm Sake, which is like a wine. On the menu it says the drink is clean, mild and a little sweet, but if I’m honest it really was not my thing; I had to pass it to my friend to drink with her other bottle while I ordered a large white wine instead! We watched the conveyer belt going round with all the freshly prepared food and picked off a few dishes. My first dish was the beef Tataki, a premium black pepper seared beef with coriander dressing, and my companion chose cucumber Maki rolls.

We shared the two dishes and then ordered some hot food from the menu too. It’s not Yo!Sushi if you don’t have hairy prawns, and this is by far my favourite dish! We followed this with a few extra dishes including Chicken Firecracker Rice, which is a Spicy sushi rice with Asian vegetables and chicken; Chicken Katsu, a crispy fried chicken in Japanese bread crumbs with a fruity sauce; and Prawn Tempura, the black tiger prawns fried in a crispy, light batter with tempura sauce. Everything arrived at different times, which was perfect for us to catch up on our usual girly gossip, and it was so nice to be in a restaurant that was laid back without feeling like they don’t care. We had lots of banter with the chefs during the evening and enjoyed chats with the staff who clearly oozed enthusiasm for the brand. All in all, it was a perfect evening, great service, super fresh and tasty food and now on my list of places to every time I am in town on a shopping spree. Find out more at or pop into Harvey Nichols fourth floor.

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Behind the

Brand It’s just a not-so-little crush

C is an innovative online shopping service where customers can buy, sell or swap their designer and vintage accessories with fellow fashionistas looking for a rare find or style steal. The website had a soft launch in July 2013, followed by a launch event at The Circle Club in Manchester. Creative Director Kaley Beardsmore saw a gap in the market that was different to dropping a bag of old clothes to your local dress agency or selling unwanted high end items for a fraction of the paid price on eBay and other re-sale ecommerce sites. is the first reseller to create an online designer ‘swap shop’ where its users can swap for free with a pre-sale authentication service. We interviewed Kaley to find out what inspired her to launch this online shopping concept. Where did the Couture Crush concept come from? Online retail is the next generation and people are becoming more confident about buying online. The pre-loved purchasing concept had always fascinated me – from when eBay started, it’s now evolved into a niche market. My concept is completely different. The two main USPs of the concept are switching items for free, and access to a pre-sale authentication service which gives buyers the confidence that what they are purchasing is genuine. What’s the story behind the name? I wanted a name to represent the target consumer for Couture Crush: young professionals who happily wear high street but have a secret crush on couture! They want these brands, but maybe as am accessory to finish off a more affordable outfit from the high street. The brand is about luxury one-off items and designer pieces and being able to make them aspirational yet affordable. What’s been the most exciting part about building the business so far? 44 | Urban-Coco

I would say every part has been exciting in its own way, some equally as hard. I suppose the most exciting part even now is when I hear the positive reaction to the concept. People want affordable designer items and confidence that what they are buying is 100% authentic. Other retailers claim to do this, but we offer the transparent pre-sale authentication service which is a first among re-sellers. In addition the ‘swap shop’ option is a completely free and allows people to shop without spending! Another aspect would be working with our new fashion and lifestyle PR agency, Red Russian PR, who have given us a platform to target industry people and create a wider brand awareness campaign. We also have a new business partnership with another online retailer, which is going to be very exciting. Their concept is phenomenal but I’m staying tight-lipped until we have out official press launch – which we will give an exclusive to Urban Coco is due course! How would you describe your own style? Simple, effortless, classic and affordable. I always add some kind of designer accessory to finish.

All sellers are welcome and the fees are realistic; even our VIP service is a fraction of what other re-sellers charge and is currently free. We do it all for you and can work in anyway most suitable to our clients. The real beauty is a seller can also determine if they wish to sell only, swap only and accept private offers or even all three to allow flexible shopping between members. Why is your business considered a niche? Our shopping concept is a niche market, not the product we offer. This is what sets us apart from our competitors. Couture Crush offers a safe place to trade designer labels. What make your business stand out from other competitors? Unlike other luxury re-sellers, Couture Crush targets a younger demographic who are content in dressing in high street garments but want to finish it off with a designer accessory. Couture Crush makes designer accessible to everyone. Its unique ‘swap for free’ way to shop creates an online trading platform for designer labels. Our pre-sale authentication service also allows people to have peace of mind before investing in their desired item. Both USPs are a first among re-sellers and

“Our shopping concept is a niche market, not the product we offer. This is what sets us apart from our competitors. Couture Crush offers a safe place to trade designer labels.” Who or what has been your biggest inspiration? There have been so many; in particular there is one member of my family who has always told me I can achieve anything I want without question. When you look back on your life, what’s one thing you want others to remember you for? Making a success of Couture Crush; this is my brain child and I will evolve the concept as far as the industry will allow me. What advice would you give to those wanting to break into the clothing industry today? Determination is key to achieving your goals and gaining experience is a must. What are your plans for the future? We will be branching out to selling menswear and childrenswear on the website, and also working with graduate fashion designers so they have a platform to showcase their innovative collections. There is a bigger picture to Couture Crush and its unique seek-sellswitch ethos so watch this space. What makes you different to other online re-sale websites?

we are proud to offer these, having already received amazing feedback from the innovative concept. Who is the team behind Couture Crush? We’re small but perfectly well formed at the minute. The team includes our authentication partners authenticate4u who we work closely with, the web developers who bring the concept to life, and our PR team who build and showcase the brand to different media platforms. Who is your style icon? There are too many to name, plus no one gets it right all the time so it’s hard to say. I have different icons on different days depending on my mood. Where do you see yourself in 10 years time? Couture Crush becoming international. What hurdles have you had to overcome when setting up your business? Every day in a new business start up is a hurdle; it’s knowing when to push forward or stop and change direction to learn from these. The biggest hurdle for me has been the change of lifestyle to support a dream of which the outcome is not certain. Remaining

positive is a must and reminding yourself that your concept is better than what’s out there is key. Setting up a business is a personal test of strength and determination. What advice would you give to people wanting to set up their own businesses? Determination and motivation. The importance of taking time out to think and review is crucial. I’ve already made good and bad decisions along the way but it’s all a learning curve in making you a successful business person. I learn new things every day, and gain more knowledge and understanding of my industry to keep ahead of competitors. Research your concept with a fine-toothed comb and check out your competition in your business plan. All projects need some kind of investment, so having a financial backer and a good accountant is a good start. Make dreams a reality by learning your industry inside and out, and if it’s still something you want to pursue then be prepared to put the hard work in. When you love your job, the hard work always pays off and it’s the most rewarding and fulfilling feeling you will ever experience. Do you regularly engage with bloggers? How influential do you find them? Yes, I find it fascinating how influential bloggers have become. Online reviews and blog sites have become a phenomenon. People are no longer following the opinions of a few selected sources and would rather read individual reviews and thoughts of industry-focused individuals posting their thoughts and opinions. Describe yourself in three words? Motivated, passionate and driven. Describe your business in three words? Innovative, creative and fashionable!

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Chic Retreats:

Dakota Hotel, Edinburgh


on’t judge a book by its cover – go inside and experience the beautiful décor, beautiful food and a beautiful sense of family!

The black-panelled four star Dakota Hotel is a short ride out of Edinburgh centre, standing proud near South Queensferry. Situated just a short drive from Edinburgh airport, the idea behind the Dakota brand is based on the namesake Dakota Aircraft, who revolutionised air travel in the 1930s to offer stylish service at an affordable price. The same principle applies at Dakota Hotels today, providing guests with a unique hotel experience at an exceptional value for money. We headed up to Edinburgh on the train and were lucky to be upgraded to first class enjoying a breakfast, complimentary paper and beautiful views of the countryside on our journey up. Once we arrived, Dakota Edinburgh offer a free shuttle service (reservation is required and dependent on availability) so before we even arrived at the hotel, we already felt extremely welcome. From Dalmeny train station, the luxurious Dakota chauffeur-driven car was sat waiting for us when 54 | Urban-Coco

we got off the train, with the driver dressed in the traditional Scottish kilt! As you emerge through large velvet curtains into what feels like a swanky New York hotel. The walls are dark, seating inviting and some interesting decorative items such as a large stone bear, urns and globes. Personally this is a style which I quite like, but it may not be to everyone’s taste. Once we ascend to the bedrooms, the corridors and rooms continue the décor from downstairs and in our room my eye is immediately drawn to a large stainless steel “&” symbol attached to the wall and a flat-screen TV mounted on the wall opposite the bed. The décor is simple, plain walls and white sheets and one rather large (yet very comfortable) cushion. The wardrobes are cleverly hidden behind the bedhead and in the corner of the room is a large desk, which also makes a rather nice dressing table. Each room is air-conditioned and the bathroom spacious with just a shower. To our delight, every guest can access the free Wi-Fi with a unique passcode for each device. After we spent the day at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival – laughing until our stomachs hurt at various comedians – we returned to Dakota that evening to sample the menu at the hotel’s award-winning restau-

rant. The Grill at Dakota, which in 2008 was named Scotland’s best restaurant. The food was incredible, and enhanced by the friendly staff; the menu is full of local ingredients and ranges from fresh fish to mature steaks. Every table is delivered a ‘dismantled pizza’ with the tomato and cheese in one pot and the bread on a platter – a great way to whet your appetite for what is about to come. We started with the salt and chilli squid, which was so fresh and tasty, and followed by our main course of steak (of course). The cut was carefully selected by Peter Flockhart and comes from Scottish herds naturally raised and grass fed. It is then dry-aged on the bone for a minimum of 28 days and I have to say it was probably the best fillet steak I have ever tasted – accompanied with a bottle of rather nice Prosecco. After our pre-starter, starter and main course we were both rather full and retired into the sitting room next to the large open fire. After a break we were then treated to the Dakota desserts – butterscotch pannacotta, which was beautiful. From our room we had a wonderful view of the Forth Rail Bridge, which is spectacularly lit up at night – but the blue lighting on the out-

side of the hotel somewhat distracts from the view and we quickly shut the blinds. From the outside Dakota is one of those intriguing buildings where one is not quite sure what it is: could it be a car show room? An office block? I’m not sure a hotel is the first thing that springs to mind when you see the building, but don’t judge a book by its cover. Take a chance and enjoy the fantastic food, décor and family-feel of the Dakota.

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Spa Spotlight: Shambhala Urban Escape

Escape the rat race

Naomi Nightingale finds inner (and outer) peace at a spa in the centre of London. am currently dwelling in the most peaceful place I have experienced in years, being massaged by a delightful woman named Yuki, while calming music echoes softly around the room. My eyes are closed and, despite it being mid-morning, I can’t help but allow myself to drift away. No, this is not heaven, unless heaven is located on the second floor of London’s Metropolitan by COMO Hotel. But, as far as earthly experiences go, this certainly qualifies as heavenly. The COMO Shambhala Urban Escape at the Metropolitan by COMO, London is a new spa located in the heart of the city and it is certainly making itself known, one rejuvenated customer at a time. Now, I have experienced spas before – in fact I may say I am somewhat familiar with them. You lay on a table while a woman gives you an unenthusiastic, routine massage in-between time checking and, before you know it, it’s all over and you’re left more tense than before after dropping over £60 for what can best be described as a thirty minute pat down. But this spa is different; COMO Shambhala is not just the name given to this peaceful place, it is a way of life. The spa itself is based on a highly-praised wellness concept that focuses on the importance of balance in mind, body and, spirit. The wonderful world of

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COMO is known globally and widely recommended, with hotels and resorts all over the world from Bali to Thailand and now London. It is clear this wonderful concept is not going anywhere fast and with good reason. When you enter a COMO spa and are greeted by smiling women in white, you are entering a world that cares about the individual and improving health, not only physical but mental and spiritual. It is important for you to know that getting this fast-paced Londoner to relax in the middle of a work day is a particularly difficult task. If I am not stressing about something, I’m probably not conscious. So you can imagine why I was sceptical about the effect this spa was going to have on me. But, there in that room, tended to by Yuki, who was paying particular attention to my shoulders, where I hold 90% of my tension (and my shopper bag), time and stress become irrelevant components of world from which I had temporarily checked out. I was experiencing the COMO Shambhala signature massage and with it, a little taste of heaven. This massage was developed by COMO Shambhala’s Group Operations Director, Monica Barter, with the aim of moving past the pampering methods of resorts spas and creating a treatment that worked for those with active lifestyles. The COMO Shambhala massage is one

of a number of treatments the spa offers, all of which feature a trained specialist who understands the art of COMO Shambhala and as such provides a unique experience for each individual. The spa as a whole is all about calming the mind and rejuvenating the body and, if my calm approach to rush hour on the Tube later that same day was anything to go by, both my mind and body were suitably affected. The unique element of COMO Shambhala is the consideration it shows to the individual, ensuring they cater to your needs. The treatments offered by this spa are things that actually work and will, I have no doubt, result in a loyal following.

I was utterly surprised when I was not hurried off to get changed so the next over-stressed client could take my place but was led to a room to drink ginger tea and snack on dates. While soaking it all in Yuki, who I have now come to believe has magic fingers, gave my body a review informing me that I hold “a lot of tension in the lower back and shoulders”. I later learned that Yuki, like most of the COMO Shambhala team, is an expert in the field with nearly 20 years’ experience. These qualities and many others have allowed this spa, in the heart of London, to stand out from the crowd. It was clear to me from that day on that we could all do with finding the Shambhala spirit and to do so, look no further than The COMO Shambhala Urban Escape at the Metropolitan by COMO, London.

s I laid in that room centred and peaceful, it was incredibly difficult to remember just outside the tranquillity of this place, the streets of London were bustling with men in suits, horns honking and big red buses. It was then I really began to respect this wellness concept, if only for bringing this Londoner some peace. Upon the completion of my physical and mental massage

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Black Magic With winter fast approaching and the dark nights coming, we wanted to turn to black magic for some inspiration.

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Hiatus Kaiyote

Say hello to Hiatus Kaiyote. They love Q&As. Where does the name HIATUS KAIYOTE come from? It came to Nai in a dream, in the form of a fortune cookie! The music industry is tough. What has your journey been like to date? The journey has been full of surprises so far. We never thought our music would have reached so many people around the world. We have been given a green light from some of our favorite musician and idols (including ?uestlove and Erykah Badu). This has given us the confidence to keep creating and making our music and are incredibly excited to continue this journey for many years to come. In your opinion, what does the future of music look like? Genres of all type will clash together to make the super ultra being that will control the minds of all musicians bringing them together to create the “master work”. Apparently it is said if this piece is ever heard by someone that isn’t a musician, they will become a musician, eventually evolving the global population into MUZILLA. MUZILLA will bring peace and harmony to earth and it will implode from the goodness. Heavy huh? Individually, tell us about your backgrounds and influences growing up. Bender’s background is generally an aquamarine one, Nai came from a small moon just outside of Diago, Perrin spent a lot of his time working on diagonal lines and Simon makes a killer mash.

Describe your music in three words. Perplexing love attack. Since forming in 2011 you have achieved a string of accolades. What has been your career highlight so far? Creating a lighting storm with our sonic boomchild. Having four people in the band, do you ever find you disagree? Most of the time it goes without any mishaps, but whenever there is a disagreement, we have four cards which are placed on a table. All have a picture of a hand on them. One hand is missing a finger, and whoever pulls the fingerless card loses a finger, so not many mishaps. Tell us something nobody would know about you. We have a secret underground lair were we breed tiny, tiny hummingbirds that make us breakfast every morning. Outside of the band, what do you like to do to keep entertained? Q&As. I love doing Q&As. Would any of you ever consider a solo career? Yes, we are all competing as solo figure skaters. In the ring there can only be one champion. Where can people find out more? The magical world of the internet! www.

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The big cat is back Lydia Abraham from Fashion Influx gives us her top tips on how to work leopard print this autumn. Great Lengths Leopard Print effect hair - Created & Styled by Amanda Jackson Great Lengths & Inanch London

There are a few trends out there that seem to regularly do the rounds on the fashion circuit. Leopard print is one of them. Making a comeback after shedding any Bette Lynch connotations, animal print is once again set to be a feature in your A/W wardrobe. As the cooler season approaches, it’s a great time to start thinking about the prints that are going to take you right through to spring. With faux fur being a key animal print must-have, give the world a glimpse of your wild side with a piece that adds some personality into any neglected winter wardrobe. A faux fur coat is not only justifiable because of its practicality but it will see you through chilly seasons to come. If you’re not up to embracing this trend with a statement piece, then wearing leopard print accessories are a must. After all, they do say less is more! Not only is this a safe bet for working this trend into your outfit, but it also allows you to mix and match with your wardrobe staples. Maybe try the classic white shirt with leopard print pumps for a different take on your usual work wear. For the real leopard print newbies amongst us, try an animal print inspired manicure. Nail wraps from Nail Rock are a subtle and inexpensive way to jump right in there with the animal print love affair. Leopard print is all about getting the balance right. If you incorporate it in a way that you’re comfortable with then you’ll be good to go! Read more about Lydia and her style on her blog, http://www.fashioninflux.

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No business like Joe Business he return of a middle-aged boyband, Harry Styles’ continued bid to become President of Earth continues and an action-packed night in Brooklyn. This is JoeBusiness, a review of the going-ons in the world of entertainment from August 2013. One Direction who? In a month where it looks like we may be going to war again, the group of gentlemen who dominated the headlines were not David Cameron’s cabinet or even the UN Security Council, but rather a group of lads who finished third on the eighth series of a singing competition: One Direction. This month was the premiere of their debut movie, This Is Us, a behind-the-scenes look at their rags-to-riches, ‘just a bunch of normal guys’ blah blah blah tale. Directed by Morgan Spurlock, a director famous for his social conscience, this film could not contrast more to his exposes of societal ills being as it is, a Simon Cowell-inspired propaganda exercise. Not once do we see the boys drinking and there’s no mention of sex, the inescapable twin pillars of any young male popstar’s existence. It’s a sanitised version of reality aimed at their army (an inappropriate term given that the ‘Directioners’ dwarf any military force on earth) of fans and their all-important Mums. Undoubtedly the PR-machine surrounding 1D has made them what they are but the impression one draws from the film is that this rose-tinted view of the boys is unnecessary, as they seem to be very nice lads. Many of my colleagues have interviewed them and the overwhelming impression is that they are the genuine, normal boys presented in the film. However, Cowell’s desire to control every aspect of the band’s image, including the Mephistophelian manoeuvre of getting Morgan Spurlock on board is worrying for the boys’ wellbeing.

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That being said the power of One Direction was there for all to see last month with premieres of the movie in London and New York. The former had seventy thousand fans mobbing Leicester Square, figures not even the Twilight or Harry Potter franchises ever drew; an appearance at the VMAs, where curiously they, as many other big-name acts, were booed but they still picked up their customary award (Song of the Summer for Best Song Ever); popping up on US TV juggernaut Good Morning America; as well as a very revealing documentary about their fans and the nature of fandom in general. Essentially they were front page news for every blooming newspaper, magazine, website, app, cave-painting, mystical celestial omen… no other month has brought home the sheer magnitude of this band’s power like August 2013. Festival fever – or not In other news August was festival-heavy, with Reading and Leeds featuring the return of the mighty Eminem, the famous SW4 dance festival in London featuring many of the world’s greatest DJs and headlined this year by Example (check out for my recent interview with him) and also V Festival. I was at V Festival, doing backstage interviews. When you start out in my job this sounds incredibly glamorous and exciting… it’s not. One of the things you learn from covering festivals is blimey, popstars are unreliable! I spent 10 hours in a windswept press area as one star after another failed to materialise for pre-arranged interviews. A teenage pop sensation and his management team didn’t pick up their phones, only to get in contact and blame us for failing to show up for the interview. When I pointed out we had been waiting in the press area, with the rest of the UK media, they failed to realise the mistake may have been theirs. We also sat in frustration as an extremely well-known Irish rock band slept through every single interview they were scheduled to do.

“There were seventy thousand fans mobbing Leicester Square, figures not even the Twilight or Harry Potter franchises ever drew.”

Now I understand these events are a carefully orchestrated ballet, rushing between interviews, rehearsals, hair and makeup, performances and numerous other commitments but there is an unspoken contract between the media and celebrities. They sit through interviews we appreciate they probably don’t want to do, hence their work is publicised and they sell more movie tickets, albums, get more viewers or whatever it is they happen to be flogging and hence, are allowed to continue doing the thing they love. It’s a tad disrespectful to disregard the people who faithfully report on them so easily and if there’s one thing you don’t want to do, it’s piss off the press. It’s that time again In next month’s JoeBusiness expect to read a lot (and I mean a lot) about the return of The X Factor. The 10th series of the show returns on 31st August and at the time of writing the launch event and interviews with those involved is tomorrow and I’m still not sure whether I’ll be there covering it but if I am then by gum you can bet I’ll have some intriguing half-baked insights for you! If any question marks remain over the continuing relevance of the show just look at the case of One Direction above. For all the Matt Cardles, just a single 1D proves the star-making ability of the show and its cultural importance, and the return of Sharon Osbourne is bound to improve the viewing figures which always lurk around the healthy 10 million mark anyway.

more people listen to One Direction than listen to what they say, and that’s what matters in the end. Twerk it In other news, the MTV Video Music Awards were also in August and here’s a potted summary of one of the strangest shows you’re ever likely to witness: Miley Cyrus managed to upset, offend and confuse millions of people when, dressed as a punk version of Princess Leia she gyrated in an extremely unsexy manner all over Robin Thicke (who bizarrely was dressed like a sexy Beetlejuice); Lady Gaga made her much vaunted return and was promptly booed by the unimpressed crowd and N*Sync reunited for one night only and proved that for a bunch of increasingly portly gents approaching middle age, those boys can still dance! Respect. Check out more of Joe online at or tweet him @forrester_joe

s I mentioned, I interviewed famously forthright popstar Example this month and one of the subjects we talked about was The X Factor, a subject he’s been outspoken on before. He spoke at length about artist development being about individuality and time spent honing the craft, something talent shows are the antithesis of. As right as he may be, it appears voices like his are in the minority and while the critical world continues to make disapproving noises about reality TV in general a lot

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Fashions Finest

Sara Lashay Sara Lashay designs and creates the finest quality, contemporary handmade jewellery. Delicate by design and inspired by the rich scape of colour and form found in the natural environment. Her belief that passion for creativity infuses everything she designs and makes by hand is evident in her wide range of original earrings, necklaces and bracelets which are intricately crafted from precious stones, silver and gold. Sara Lashay Jewellery is frequently exhibited at exclusive jewellery shows in Europe and regularly commissioned by clients all over the world. Sara invites you to browse her online shop for that special something that matches your individual personality and style.

Majka Sajda Majka Sajda is an international, high - society label creating custom sized unique pieces that will make you the envy of your friends! Look out for the golden ‘M’ and coat of arms; the hallmar of the brand. They offer a measuring service so you can order anywhere in the world. Visit:


Lotus Jewelry Studio Lotus features an ultra-feminine jewelry collection using sterling silver, 14K gold-filled and consciously mined natural gemstones. Showcasing designs inspired by worldly travels & nature. Beautiful color pairings are used to achieve a wide selection for the cost conscious buyer.

Eco Opulence Eco Opulence is proud to showcase innovative, yet timeless jewelry. Nature’spearls and gemstones highlight the collection that features designs incorporating sterling silver, 14k gold, leather, ribbon and mother-of-pearl. From day to evening, these pieces will suit any occasion for the stylish, empowered woman.

Korean designer HyeJin Yoo has recently established a women’s ready-to-wear line, ‘Kumann YOO HYE JIN’. She has been developing structured design with digital textile printing and experimenting with illuminance-sensing LEDs or 3d-effect digital images in high fashion. Email: Web: Tel: +82(0)10-5376-9865

Marissa Del Rosario Designs Bold, edgy, contemporary define Marissa Del Rosario’s jewelry designs. Her personal & professional journey from nurse to designer created a unique design philosophy. One note-worthy piece is the versatile Gen X, an XX, XY, sophisticate & street-style aficionado-friendly bracelet. Web:

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Halo Jewellery Design: Bespoke Rings Lotus features an ultra-feminine jewelry collection using sterling silver, 14K gold-filled and consciously mined natural gemstones. Showcasing designs inspired by worldly travels & nature. Beautiful color pairings are used to achieve a wide selection for the cost conscious buyer. Web: Email: jenny@halojewellerydesign Mob: 07960 613 685

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Babes & Gents Babes & Gents is a Canadian streetwear brand that has just officially launched. The brand prides itself in its art and tries its best to inspire its fans to follow their passions. The brand also donates 10% of all profits on each product sold to UNIDEF.

Leren Connor Leren Connor is a quirky and eclectic Label specialising in handmade clothes and jewellery, with a love of bold prints and bright colours Leren Connor Brings you street style with an uptown twist.

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Roooi Roooi is a young luxury women wear brand, based in London. Roooi’s design aesthetic is to create elegant, sculptural statement pieces,whilst mixing classical looks from various eras with the generic contemporary twist. We cater from ready to wear to avant garde pieces,as well as accessories, making sure that no aspect of transforming a woman’s looks is been untouched. Excellence is reflected through innovative designs, fabric quality and impeccable finishing thereby creating garments with meticulous detailing. Facebook:Roooi Twitter: Roooiofficial Instagram:Roooiofficial Website:

Rickety Rack Amplify your wardrobe with spectacular dresses exclusive to Rickety Rack! Designed for high tastes and modest budgets, this booming brand will dress you like royalty at a fraction of the cost. With free worldwide shipping and hundreds of styles to choose from, it’s a fashion-lovers goldmine. Web:

Hala Debs Hala Debs Maison De Couture opened its doors in a hustling area of Lebanon in January 2012. The notion of opening a Maison De Couture dates back to 1986 when the Creative Director led and acted as the Chef D’atlier for a knitting factory that was owned by her family. Loving all things fashion, Hala remained in her position for 10 executive years. For the sake of exploring the ultimate world of fashion and tap on other opportunities in this industry, Hala joined Esmod School of Design and pursed a degree in Fashion Design – specializing in Couture, Ready to Wear, Lingerie, and Children wear. Website: Email: Telephone: +961 3 335 336 Instagram:haladebsfashionEdkKl

MONT BLEU Essential nail care tool by MONT BLEU is a high-quality crystal nail file made from Czech tempered glass. Our brand provides finest GLASS NAIL FILES decorated with Luxurious Swarovski Elements. Unique production technology along with chic decoration comes as one glamorous nail care tool. Enjoy special 15 % off with promo code “URBAN”. Available at or call 00420241405918 for more information.

Beauty Box

Earthnicity Minerals Earthnicity Minerals is line of natural mineral cosmetics containing 100% minerals. Our mineral foundation delivers flawless, buildable coverage without clogging pores or irritating ultra-sensitive skin. Our products are vegan-friendly and contain no talc, parabens, alcohol, and petroleum-derived ingredients. Buy online at Email: Tel: 02031371416

Bellissima Gel & Bella Finito Private nail gel training in your home or salon from just £159, including a free kit worth £91, a certificate accredited with ABT, discounted beauty insurance and free business advise. Every town and city in the UK. Tel: +44 8458 622 766 Email: Web:

Pippa’s World A fabulously stylish online fashion boutique, dedicated to helping you look and feel fabulous. Shop for fabulous clothes at your fingertips and take the stress out of deciding what to wear by viewing our looks by occasion, helping you to achieve effortless style. Email:

Maria’s Orchard We produce natural handmade beauty products, such as soap, scrubs, lip balms, oils and creams which were inspired by nature to keep your skin healthy. Our products contain no SLS, perfume, chemicals or parabens and are environmentally friendly. Contact: Maria Mortensen Langsvej 15, 4990 Saxskobing Denmark Web:

Bye Bye Cellulite Bioslimming by Provence Cosmetics combines science and nature to reduce the appearance of cellulite and redefine your curves. Packed full of natural active ingredients is why Bioslimming produces remarkable results. Recent clinical tests concluded that skin was smoother and firmer; thighs were thinner and more refined as well as cellulite being visibly attenuated. Visit or Tel 01290 553114 for further information.

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Body Armour Skincare Body Armour Skincare offers a professional range of moisturisers that provide a natural protective shield onto the skin due to the presence of Babassu Oil. The range currently consists of four classic ultra-absorbent, paraben free, professional grade moisturisers oozing natural active ingredients. Currently available from select stockists, visit:

Mummy & little me

Toto Knits Toto Knits is a line of organic cotton knitwear ethically made by a group of single mothers in Kenya. Each piece is hand made and signed by the knitters and there’s more than one story behind each piece – it’s design, materials and the craftsperson who made it each speaks volumes of its provenance. Toto Knits are ideal gifts for baby showers, birthdays and christenings for the ethical shopper- what better way to have fun while shopping responsibly!


Tilly and Moo

VitaBella is the latest “must-have” natural skincare brand. Created in Italy from pure, natural ingredients, it will leave you skin feeling and looking beautiful. Go on, treat yourself to a VitaBella Spa Treatment in a Box today and see why!

Tilly and Moo, the original cutout artists with a range of cutout and background designs to choose from to create your perfect picture. Beautiful pieces for newborns and children, unique gifts for weddings and bright,funky pictures to brighten up any room in your home.

Tel: 0844 877 0178 Web:

Email: Web: Twitter: @ tillyandmoo

Oogaa® Oogaa®, award winning silicone baby feeding products. Planes, trains and tugboats ‘makes feeding fun’ ©. Unlike widely used plastic feedware, they will not leach potentially harmful chemicals like BPA into baby’s growing body. Dishwasher, microwave, steriliser, oven and freezer safe. Stockists - John Lewis, Web:


Baby Changing Deluxe By Boo Poo With a luxuriously soft fold-out baby changing mat, the Boo Poo baby changing bag has been designed with your baby in mind. No matter where you are, you will be able to change your baby in complete comfort. Get a 5% discount when you buy online (code: URBANCOCO) Email: Web:

BOE SUITS The perfect answer to the ‘what can i wear now i’m pregnant?’ question - Mama BOE SUITS keep you comfy and stylish throughout your pregnancy. Available in a variety of styles and colours. UK made (pictured ‘Polka Dot Halter’ in soft cotton jersey). Email: Web:

Kokadi Kokadi have a fantastic array of woven wraps and slings with an emphasis on fresh, modern design. With a range of fun animal prints, geometric designs and funky pattern, you’ll be sure to find something to suit your style. Made from 100% organic cotton, all products are super soft and gentle to your skin and your baby’s.

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Rico and Aurora Luxe Casuals and Accesssories Art just became wearable! Extremely indulging, Rico and Aurora is a luxury casual wear, sports and accessories brand by designer Galina Gorlova. The collection is influenced by painting, illustration and photography. We create couture, one-of-a-kind or limited edition pieces. Email: Web:

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GiftsforTweens GiftsforTweens is an online retailer bringing you exceptional gifts, toys, clothes and party bags for children aged 6 -12 years (Tweens). We know how difficult it is to find cool gifts that makes a statement while it nurtures and develop Tweens, rather than push them through to adolescence. Tel: 020 7431 9967 Email: enquiries@giftsfortweens Web:

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YOUR TICKET TO THE NEW SEASON Harvey Nichols Leeds invites you to an exclusive Fashion Show

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Enjoy a drinks reception followed by a runway show featuring key looks from the Autumn / Winter 2013 collections DRINKS RECEPTION FROM 7PM FA S H I O N S H O W S TA R T S 7 . 3 0 P M

Enter via the main store entrance. Please note the show will be held in the Victoria Quarter TICKETS £15

Hospitality Tickets: • Yo! & Show Tickets £40; to include four yellow plates and a glass of Prosecco • Espresso & Show Tickets £40; to include a three course light meal and a glass of Prosecco VIP Tickets: • Enjoy a Champagne reception and three course meal followed by an intimate show in the Fourth Floor Café and Bar for £70 • Drinks reception 6:45pm

T I C K E T S AVA I L A B L E T O P U R C H A S E I N S T O R E O R O N L I N E : W W W. T H E T I C K E T FA C T O R Y. C O M / H A R V E Y N I C H O L S Booking is essential as places are limited. For any queries please contact Harvey Nichols Leeds on 0113 204 8888


Urban Coco Leeds Issue 11  

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