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Boutique owner and new mum, Heather Carr

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Because ‘tis the season to be jolly, not chilly Don’t tell everyone, but we’ve got an exclusive Christmas gift to make your home toasty warm this winter. Get a special festive discount on our timber windows and doors. Enhance your home and be so cosy that you’ll only need a fire to roast your chestnuts. Unwrap your bespoke offer by visiting our showrooms in Woodbridge or Bury St Edmunds, or calling us today.  @BurgessGroupUK  @the_burgess_group  @BurgessGroupUK

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Welcome to the Vanilla Christmas issue! We’ve packed it full of everything you don’t have to go far to find so this year’s gift buying has never been easier! We’ve also got plenty of offers and really amazing competitions. Win a luxurious stay at TUDDENHAM MILL (page 39)... or some beautiful EMILY MORTIMER GEMSTONE EARRINGS... or try your luck with the COES BIG CHRISTMAS COMPETITION and win over £7000 of prizes! DON’T FORGET TO ENTER, it could be you... PLUS we are full of great features on Fashion, Beauty, Money, Homes, Eating and Drinking! There’s plenty for everyone and it’s all right on your doorstep now. Remember, Peace on Earth, Goodwill to all Men and to Love your Locals...

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SWITCHED ON! Thousands of lights decorating the town hall, the real Christmas tree on the Cornhill and throughout the shopping streets are switched on to kick-off Christmas in Ipswich. Arrive early to get the best spot – gates open at 4:30pm but beware, there is limited capacity on the actual Cornhill. There will also be a smaller switch-on event outside the University of Suffolk as

the bauble tree is switched on at the same time. The Christmas Lights Switch On will mark the first Late Night Shopping Thursday of the season, continuing until to Thursday 19th December. While Coes are hosting an exciting calendar of pop-up events from local independent designers and brands from the end of November right up until Christmas.

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The yuletide season in Woodbridge gets underway on Thursday 28th November, on the Market Hill, when the Christmas lights get turned on at 6.30pm. Everyone is welcome, with live music, food and general festive celebrations on the square. Throughout the day the local independent traders will be adding Christmas touches to the shopping experience, and staying open until 9pm so you can enjoy some extra Christmas shopping. At Vanil expect a glass of fizz and 10% discount!

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Number 33 St Peters Street (previously Rovian Sports) has been completely renovated by the Childs family, which operates three nearby shops, including Maud’s Attic and The House In Town. The new shop, REVIVAL, will be selling a quirky range of gifts, homewares and furnishings so pop along and take a look!


SAINTS CHRISTMAS MARKET A great opportunity to buy unique Christmas gifts for your loved ones whilst supporting your small business community! The shops along St Peters Street will all be open and have invited local artists, crafters and makers to showcase their homewares, art prints, clothes, jewellery and more for you to purchase. PLUS there will be winter food and drink stalls along to give that extra festive vibe! 10am to 4pm.




Sam Cook has taken on Moose Interiors from its previous owner Karen Hill. Many of you will already know Sam as she has been working at the store for some time. She plans to continue to stock all the brands her customers love and is looking forward to welcoming you to her store!


will open on November 30th this year, right next door to New Street Market. So now you can add the best cut, colour and blow dry to your shopping list. The salon will have the same welcoming vibe as New Street Market with the latest products from celebrity hairdresser Kevin Murphy –only available here and in London currently.


A Christmas experience not to be missed!


HRISTMAS excitement begins each year when the Blackthorpe Barn Christmas festival is officially opened. Hidden down a beautiful tree-lined avenue in Rougham just outside Bury St Edmunds, Blackthorpe Barn opens its heavy oak doors from 21st October, for a Christmas delight not to be missed. Blackthorpe Barn is an unassuming medieval barn, yet when you enter, you are transported into a truly magical Christmas event with a large country Christmas shop, Best of British crafts weekends, famous Rougham Estate Christmas trees, creative workshops, a country café and food stalls, and the most talked about Santa’s grotto. Visitors to the country Christmas shop are treated to colourful themes of gorgeous, often hand-made decorations and contemporary gift ranges. Extra creative inspiration can be sought from the weekend

crafts, showcasing the very best of British crafts, there are six craft weekends this year, starting on 9th November. For the best quality tree this Christmas, the 22nd November sees the start of the famous Rougham Estate trees sales. Blackthorpe Barn is just three miles east of Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk, off the A14 at junction 45 (Sat Nav IP30 9HZ)

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he biggest Clip ’n Climb in the world has recently opened on Ransomes Europark in Ipswich, and is the first purpose-built facility of its kind in the UK. Incredibly, it is an independent, family-run business which was launched by Ipswich residents Mark Patterson and Josh Davey in July. Mark and Josh first started working on the project three years ago. Their vision was to create an entertainment hub for all ages to get active, socialise and have fun! Clip ’n Climb Ipswich is a fully inclusive activity for everyone to enjoy. Participation in climbing is increasing on average by 20% every year, and for the first time forming part of the Olympics in 2020.


Clip ‘n Climb is an indoor climbing experience like no other with over 250 centres worldwide. The brand has transformed the climbing industry by delivering exhilarating activities in a safe and vibrant environment. Knowledge or experience of climbing isn’t required. Staff take you through a safety brief to show you how to use the state-of-art automatic belay technology, followed by an hour in the arena to explore 42 unique challenges. Don’t forget to try the highest vertical drop slide and leap of faith in Europe! This November, the centre will boast a three storey soft play to compliment the popular Paddy & Scott’s café – the ideal venue for coffee and catching up with friends.

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Silver white topaz hoops £250 Emily Mortimer jewellery Bobble hat £18 Dress Circle

Angel wing earrings £18 Dress Circle

Cocktail ring £10 Cake & Catwalk

Keyrings £8.95 Moose

Trinket box £26 Maud’s Attic

Fiorelli bag £20 Dress Circle

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Bronze shopper £55 Moose

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Cross-body bag £20 Inspirations

Abro leather shopper £195 Fanny & Frank

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DRESSES take you from work to the weekend

DAY print dress £330 Fanny & Frank

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Soyaconcept £99 Holly Blue Boutique

Samsoe & Samsoe check shirt dress £130 Coes

Ilse Jacobsen tie dress £215 Fanny & Frank

French Connection wrapover dress £155 Holly Blue Boutique

YaYa dragon print shirt dress £89.95 Laura Jane Boutique

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Navy knit with stripe detail £79.95 Laura Jane Boutique

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Poncho top £109.95 Laura Jane Boutique

These stylish knits are sure to keep you snug through the season. Spread the warmth by buying local too!

DAY jumper £220 Fanny & Frank

Wrap £159.95 Laura Jane Boutique

Stella Forest jumper £239 Fanny & Frank


Adini poncho £75 Inspirations

Cashmere mix rainbow jumper £98 Moose

Marble cardigan £98 Zeebra Chic

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Teddy coat £54 Dorothy Perkins

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Caroline teddy coat £89 Fat Face

Faux fur coat £130 DJV Boutique

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Folk crew knit £129.99

Sandqvist backpack £129.99

Edwin Made In Japan jeans £139.99

Universal Works cord overshirt £99.99

See p81 for stockist’s details As winter is fast approaching, it’s now time to think about your wardrobe! We are seeing the use of slightly heavier fabrics, such as corduroy and flannel for shirting. Denim is becoming slightly loser fitting, which paves the way for workwear inspired products, such as chore jackets and over shirts. My colours for the season are green and mustard, these inject colour and also compliment a wardrobe of navy blue! Dan Le Sauvage at Uniform Research, Woodbridge

Portuguese Flannel shirt £89.99

Democratique socks £10.99

Carhartt beanie £19.99

Rains jacket £74.99

Redwing moc toe boots £249.99

Edwin Japanese tee £29.99 Veja trainers £114.99


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French Connection jumpsuit £135 Holly Blue Boutique

Ted Baker zip front jumpsuit £189 Coes


Faux fur collar scarf £40 DJV Boutique Silver skirt £17

Faux fur scarf £55 DJV Boutique

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Ted Baker twisted front vest £99 Coes

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Ted Baker velvet jumpsuit £229 Coes

Black/dark green lace culottes £125 Holly Blue Boutique

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Cake & Catwalk Time to snuggle up!

Pomodoro velvet devore dress £75 Inspirations

Ted Baker silver off the shoulder dress £199 Coes

Apparently we are heading for a chilly chilly winter. According to the news desperate media. Well I am thrilled with that as I have invested in some super snug, super soft, extra warm scarves, hats, ponchos, gloves and socks. I’m ready so bring it on! As ever Cake and Catwalk will have a stunning collection of everything a girl could want either to treat yourself or buy as a gift. And nothing is horribly expensive. We also have Sophyline Paris clothing, Pomodoro and a new comfort collection from Sundee Tee. Lots of fabulous jewellery, small going out bags and purses. Don’t forget, we are also online and not to leave it too late as the good stuff goes quickly. I hope to see you at the Saints Christmas Street Market on Sunday 1st December. LYNN TURNER

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French Connection sheer top £89.99 Holly Blue Boutique


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Sleep mask £3 Maud’s Attic


Pearl detail wrap £35 Stock Shop

Scarf £18 Cake & Catwalk Marble bow jumper £52 Inspirations

Pearl detail jumper £35 Stock Shop

Star pouches £19.95/ £26.95 (iPad) Moose

Truffles £10 Hintlesham Barns

Copper gift candle £22.95 Moose

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Faux fur collar £18 Hintlesham Barns

Picard backpack £129 The Tannery

Faux fur snood £13 Stock Shop

Powder socks £14 Hintlesham Barns

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Earrings on sticks from £18.95 Moose Hair bands £14.95/£20 Holly Blue Boutique

Tweed backpack £38 Inspirations Tin of shortbread £14 Maud’s Attic Velvet faux fur gloves £22 DJV Boutique

Faux fur bag £25 DJV Boutique

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Powder scarf £28 Hintlesham Barns

Glitter socks £8.50 Moose

Angora gloves £33 The Tannery

Peach bag £48 Maud’s Attic Rino & Pelle beanie £16 Coes

Pashmina £24 Cake & Catwalk Canvas star bag £20 Inspirations

Champagne candle £12 Maud’s Attic Star mugs £12.50 Moose


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Sophyline cardigan £48 Cake & Catwalk

DAY print blouse £170 Fanny & Frank

Envy scarf £18 Cake & Catwalk

Necklace £18.95 Backpack £35 Zeebra Chic

Necklace £22 Cake & Catwalk

Necklace £28 Cake & Catwalk

Check scarf £20 Inspirations

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Powder gloves £22 Hintlesham Barns

Suzanne Bettley cap £29 Holly Blue Boutique

Fur edged bag £30 Cake & Catwalk

Hat, mittens scarf £5 each Hintlesham Barns

Suzanne Bettley beret £29 Holly Blue Boutique Fox wrap £22 Zeebra Chic Trainers £72 Holly Blue Boutique

Leopard print mac £40 Dress Circle Trainers £69 Holly Blue Boutique


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Airplane keyring £9.50 Zeebra Chic Lapis lazuli & pink shell cufflinks £95 Emily Mortimer Jewellery

Mini wallet £55 The Tannery

Newgate Drumline watch £149.99 Uniform Research

Bridge wallet £123 The Tannery Lexon water resistant speaker £39.95 Coes

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Milano Cento Eau de Parfum £49.99 Uniform Research

Buff & Shine shoe kit £17.99 Blackthopre Barn Happy Socks £11.95 Coes


Cuban cedar & Lime cologne £35.99 Blackthorpe Barn

Mens cable gloves £25 The Tannery

Sherlock Holmes puzzles book £7.99 Blackthopre Barn

Mr Always Right mug, boxed £8.50 Zeebra Chic

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Globe light £90 Coes

Bellroy work folio £179 The Tannery



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For the young at heart!

Passport & luggage label set £15.50 Zeebra Chic

Cotton bibs £5.50 each Little Tinkers Paper planes £4 Maud’s Attic

Gift in a tin £12 Maud’s Attic

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Prickly Pile Up game £14.50 Little Tinkers

Conga Crocodile £25.50 Little Tinkers

Pull-along toy £24.75 Little Tinkers

Russian doll set £15/£28 Maud’s Attic

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Children’s books £6.99/£7.99 Little Tinkers Toy £18.50 Little Tinkers

Baby train £24.75 Little Tinkers

Ark set £29.50 Little Tinkers Animal pencils £2 Little Tinkers

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Electra gold lemon quartz ring £225 Emily Mortimer

Spectrum gemstone necklace £145 Emily Mortimer

18ct white gold diamond & sapphire eye cluster ring, from £2,375 Andrews

Spectrum detachable drop hoops £125 Emily Mortimer

Star earrings £18 Cake & Catwalk


9ct white gold diamond and topaz set marquise style cluster ring, from £1,195 Andrews

18ct white gold diamond halo ring £2150 Carats

Hera gold & diamond necklace £495 Emily Mortimer

Amber bead bracelet £149 Riley & Riley

Gents steel and rose gold plated automatic watch £429 Carats

Spectrum rhodolite and amethyst ring £95 Emily Mortimer

18ct yellow gold purple sapphire and diamond ring £1745 Carats

Hera white gold and diamond ring £995 Emily Mortimer

Bulova ladies rose gold plated, mother of pearl & diamond watch £249 Carats

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Bee & flower necklace £20 Maud's Attic

Vintage silver spoon ring £85 Riley & Riley

Ania Haie silver polo necklace £39 Carats

Ania Haie silver polo bracelet £25 Carats

Victorian ruby & diamond ring £395 Riley & Riley

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Georg Jensen silver offspring pendant £175 Berridges

Solid silver Aldeburgh pebble £158 Riley & Riley

Sterling silver & gold honey bee pendants from £75 Will Bishop

Gold vermeil distressed bead earrings £60 Will Bishop

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Drop pendant £16 Hintleham Barns

Georg Jensen silver Mercy pendant £175 Berridges

Sapphire, aqua & diamond ring £565 Riley & Riley

Rainbow moonstone pendant £197 Riley & Riley

18ct white gold diamond shield cluster ring, from £2,745 Andrews

Bee brooch £28 Maud's Attic

Rose gold Celtic ring from the Bespoke Section Will Bishop


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Georg Jensen silver Mercy swirl ear hoops £115 Berridges

Diamond halo cluster rings in platinum from £1650 Berridges

Georg Jensen silver and gold Torun bangle £395 Berridges

Gold diamond and flower bracelet from the Bespoke Section Will Bishop

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O CELEBRATE the success of their #LoveIndependent campaign, Coes are launching a sensational competion where ONE lucky person will win all the prizes in the Ipswich competition window! There’s a wonderful assortment of gifts kindly donated by independent businesses and Coes suplliers, totalling a value of over £7000.

Two ITFC match day tickets

Just some of the amazing prizes up for grabs: n Fred. Olsen Travel – 4 day Hamburg Cruise n Coes – £1000 Voucher n Milsom Kesgrave Hall – Dinner, Bed & Breakfast n The Forge Kitchen – Bubbly 3 Course Meal for 2 n Titchmarsh & Goodwin – Mahogany Bench n Jack Wolfskin – 2 Technical Coats

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Emily Mortimer Cosmo gold lemon quartz star earrings


mily Mortimer Jewellery offers colour popping, stylish gemstone jewellery that makes a Statement. Her collections are vibrant and versatile, designed for both the everyday and extraordinary occasion. Her pieces are made in both 14ct gold and sterling silver and are set with a multitude of different colour semi-precious gemstones and diamonds. In the few years since the brand was born, Emily’s pieces have received critical acclaim, including being listed with some of the industries greatest stockists and gathering the attention of stars including Ellie Goulding, Georgia Toffolo, Fiona Bruce and The Duchess of Sussex to name but a few. The past year has been another landmark year for Emily with her collection now available at high

street giants, John Lewis and Fenwicks. This is an amazing achievement for the young designer from Suffolk. One lucky Vanilla reader can win a pair of Cosmo gold lemon quartz star earrings that retail at £150. These stunning sterling silver 18ct gold plated star drop earrings have a highly polished finish and are each set with a sparkling gemstone. Just perfect for Christmas!


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you will find set in Emily Mortimer’s Cosmo star earrings? Email your entry, stating name, address, daytime telephone number and answer by 20 December to: Please put ‘Emily Mortimer Jewellery’ in the subject line of your email.

Terms & Conditions: The prize is for one pair of Emily Mortimer Cosmo Gold Lemon Quartz Earrings. The competition closes 21 December 2019 and the winner picked at random. No cash prize alternative will be offered.


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Win a luxury overnight stay at TUDDENHAM MILL


ANILLA has teamed up with Tuddenham Mill, near Bury, and come up with a fabulous Christmas competition. The chance to stay at this boutique hotel and dine in its awardwinning restaurant, is there for one lucky Vanilla reader and their guest! Tuddenham Mill’s restaurant’s reputation precedes it. Holder of an impressive three AA rosettes and mentioned glowingly in the Michelin Guide, this esteemed eaterie has a long-held reputation as one of the top fine-dining spots in Suffolk. There are 21 rooms in total, split between the mill house and outbuildings. The roomiest and most seductive are the first-floor, Loft suites with sofas and slouchy bean bag seating. Light-grey floorboards, white walls and contemporary furnishings create an effect which is serene and calming. And this is where our lucky winner will get to stay! For more info visit

The fabulous prize includes: n New Year’s Retreat Package for two people sharing a Loft Suite n Bed and Breakfast n £30 per guest towards Dinner n Tuddenham Mill Luxury Goody Bag on departure


Question: What is the name of the

suites at Tuddenham Mill? Email your entry, stating name, address, daytime telephone number and answer by 21 December 2019 to: competitions@vanilla-magazine. . Please put ‘Tuddenham Mill’ in

the subject line of your email. Terms & Conditions: The prize is for an overnight stay in one of the Loft Suites – Monday to Thursday. Prize to be claimed between 2 January – 31 March 2020. Competition closes 21 December 2019. November/December 2019 Vanilla



Daniel Le Sauvage at Uniform Research in Woodbridge

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OR MANY years, Market Hill in Woodbridge has been the beating heart of the town, and with its cluster of independent stores, markets and tempting places to eat, it’s a hive of activity. There’s a new addition to this thriving community; award-winning globally sourced menswear and lifestyle retailer Uniform Research, which also has a store in Ipswich. They stock a fantastic range of clothing, footwear, accessories and lifestyle products. Owner Daniel Le Sauvage


has a very specific vision for the store, and what it can add to Woodbridge. “We're very pleased with the new store design and the brands we have on offer and to be in such a wonderful location. Market Hill is well know as the place to shop in Woodbridge and we are so pleased to be at No.1. The whole street has a wonderful and unique vibe and a great choice of independent stores. “This is a very supportive community and the demographic for us is spot on. We have a mixture of customers, some

local, some visiting and some from London that have second homes here. That sets a certain standard and expectation of quality and service. This is our forte, as we bring over 14 years of experience in the fashion industry to the town. “We are very proud that in 2012 we were awarded the Best Men’s Fashion Store in the UK, by Drapers magazine. This was a huge accolade for us and great recognition for a lot of hard work and the passion we bring to the business. Our Ipswich store, run by James Cole, has been operating since 2006. James has been with me since the beginning and he’s at the top of his game in the industry – so if you find yourself in Ipswich, why not pop over to see James at our store in Queen Street. “Our ethos at Uniform Research is all about quality, service, accessibility, passion and sourcing products from around the world that have their own, unique story whether its brand history or sustainability. The brands we choose are not always the most obvious. We champion the environmentally friendly – those that manufacture without impacting on the environment or exploiting workers. I believe it’s Vanilla November/December 2019

FASHION FASHION our responsibility to trade in this way and there are some amazing brands that share our view. “These include: Nudie jeans, which are totally organic and vegan-friendly; Novesta footwear, which are handmade in Slovakia, vegan and chemical free; and Veja trainers, which are sustainable, chemical free and made using partly recycled products. “Other brands we stock are Folk, Universal Works, Armorlux, Grenson, Redwing, Rains, Carhartt, Dickies and Edwin. Our lifestyle brands include Green Factory, which is a range of handmade terrariums from Paris, Concrete & Wax candles and holders, Newgate watches and greetings cards from Ohh Deer. We also have a great range of accessories such as sunglasses, socks and belts.”


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EFORE entering the world of fashion retail, Dan worked in sales for some of the biggest names in car manufacturing. But a trip

to Boston in the US made him change track. “I was blown away by the exceptional quality of the independent retailers there, and a large part of that was fashion. I could never find the clothing I wanted back at home so I decided to set up on my own. My primary drive was to create a unique fashion shopping experience that focuses on quality and customer service.” So what age groups does Uniform Research cater for? “All ages, from a lad at college, to his father and his grandfather. We appeal across the generations. Our philosophy is simple: to globally source well-made products that are accessible no matter what your budget, from a pair of socks a t-shirt, to a pair of denims that are made in Japan. It’s all here. We have a new website launching soon... So watch this space.”

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“Thanks to Barker Gotelee, I feel much more positive about my future.”

Mediation helps to secure a favourable outcome upon the husband’s death MY PROBLEM: My beloved husband, David, died suddenly around six months ago. It was a massive shock, but even more so when I found out that he hadn’t updated his Will since just after we got married and had left our home to his two children, with the remainder of his estate to be divided between the three of us. Whilst I was also to receive his pension, I simply didn’t have enough money to buy a flat, let alone a house like the one we had shared for over two decades. I was having sleepless nights about where I was going to live and how I was going to support myself in the years to come. ELIZABETH, SUFFOLK



David and I married in the 1990s following his divorce. Since then, we’d been very happy. Although things were difficult with his two children when we first got together, he managed to smooth things over and they maintained a good relationship over the years. David made a new Will shortly after we got married. I knew he was struggling with how to ‘keep everyone happy’ in the event of his death, especially given the tensions that existed with his children regarding our relationship. He talked about leaving his children the family home (where they grew up) but also said he would make sure I was okay. I didn’t like to pry too much so soon after we were married and just assumed things would be fine. He talked about Vanilla November/December 2019


updating his Will at various times over the years, but never got round to it.


hen he died, it came as a huge shock to learn that, aside from his pension, I was to receive just one-third of his estate excluding the house. I’m not a greedy person, but especially as I haven’t worked for some years due to ill health, this simply wasn’t enough for me to buy a new home and support myself. Naturally, I craved solace in the home we had shared and the idea of having to leave reduced me to tears. I confided in a friend, who suggested I sought legal advice from Barker Gotelee. As soon as I met with Katie from the Private Client Team, I felt the burden lift. She explained that there is a law called the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 that exists to help people like me. In short, if your husband/ wife dies and their Will does not make reasonable provision for you, then you can apply to the Court to ask that provision be made for you from their estate. Katie and I talked in detail about my situation and she confirmed that I had a strong claim (and that we were still within the time limit to make it). After she set out my position by way of an initial letter to the children, various letters went back and forth with their solicitor. It quickly became clear that they weren’t going to back down without a fight. Katie suggested that we ask

the children’s solicitor whether they would consider mediation. They agreed and Katie arranged for a mediation to take place at Barker Gotelee’s offices. I felt awkward seeing them so we sat in separate rooms with our solicitors while a professional mediator moved between us, helping us to reach an agreement.


fter a long negotiation, we agreed that I should have a ‘life interest’ in the family home (i.e. I could live there, rent free, for the rest of my life) with the children to receive it on my death. We also agreed that I should receive half, rather than a third, of the

remainder of David’s estate to give me a bit more security. By choosing mediation, we were able to reach a solution that was acceptable to us all without the time, cost and emotional strain of going to Court. The children know that they will inherit bricks and mortar when the time comes, while I can stay in the house that I love, with a modest income to live out the rest of my days. David’s death has taught us how important it is to review your Will regularly and be open with your loved ones about what you intend, reducing uncertainty and the potential for disputes once a loved one has passed away. ■

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HEN IN a period of upheaval, we all struggle to take a step back and see those events within the wider picture. It is easier if you are not emotionally involved, but events that impact our lives significantly are usually tied to us as individuals, directly impacting our sense of selves and our view of the world. Weddings, births, deaths, illnesses, friendships, failures and successes all shape us. Events which do not affect us emotionally are less likely to have the same impact. There are several issues high on the news agenda, and whatever your personal and political views, whichever papers you read or channels you watch it is likely that Extinction Rebellion, Brexit, Trump or Syria have caught your eye. Whether

environmental, political and economic or personal, there will be things which we hear about, discuss with friends and may feel powerless to change. I do not have the answers to any of the big issues of the day, but I do know that there is very rarely a perfect solution and that it is impossible to make everyone happy. Brexit will spin out to a conclusion eventually; Trump will not always be president of the USA and other stories will creep into the news agenda. Choose any decade, almost any period in time, and there are reasons to be wary and uncertain. Long term investment planning is about working with what we do know and taking methodical, calculated steps to achieving set goals. We do not know what will happen or where we will be in twenty years, but we can anticipate what we may need

and try and plan for that. It is also about recognising that we can take small steps for our own future and security to protect against larger uncertainties. Know what you need, talk about it, plan for it and then act to make it happen. ■

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DeDicateD to care & coMPaSSioN our family-run funeral service offers experience and sensitivity to help make saying goodbye to your loved one personal to you.


onsidering arranging a funeral can be a daunting prospect at any time. It may be something we have thought about in detail or a decision we are thrust into making under significant pressure when someone we love has died. At Farthing Funeral Service we understand you may not have been in this position before. We offer a caring, compassionate and individual approach to arranging a funeral. Our staff are here to inform and guide you to the choices available. This enables you to create a farewell to the one you love, which is meaningful and special to you. Our family business has been established in Ipswich for nearly 180 years and is one of the oldest companies in Suffolk. We now also have offices in Felixstowe and Debenham, serving East Suffolk and beyond. We are always available whenever you need us. Our vocation is to allow you the opportunity to express your farewell exactly as you would wish and to support you in this – so that leading up to, and on the day of the funeral, you are confident that your instructions will be carried out according to your wishes. If you would like to find out more either for a loved one or for yourself, please contact us for a no obligation consultation in the calm of one of our offices or the comfort of your own home. LIZ AND LUKE FARTHING

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THROUGH THE KEYHOLE Buying a ‘forever home’ early is more popular than ever

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HE WORLD of property definitely sees its fair share of trends, and one favoured trend in recent times is a farewell to the days of ‘moving up the ladder one step at a time’, as buying the ‘forever home’ early seems to be more popular than ever. But what is it about a home that makes it a longer-term investment? For most, a forever home is essentially a family home – somewhere you imagine watching your children grow up and then see yourself retire in. A place that can handle whatever life throws at you; the unexpected triplets or indeed the mother-in-law! So, what are buyers looking for? The property will need to have flexibility. It isn’t about finding the biggest house, it is finding a property that provides room to grow, evolves as your needs alter, and offers the ability to utilise


further space once children move out. With the market forever changing as it does, buyers also want to know that they can improve the value of their home later on, whether that be by converting outbuildings, building an extension or creating an annexe/granny flat. Another primary consideration is the location (location, location!). Are there nearby shops and amenities; is there a pub or nearby train station; what’s the local school like; is there a view; and what’s going on with local development? All questions that a discerning buyer, looking for their forever home, will likely ask. Finding a property that ticks every box can seem like an impossible task, especially when taking into account budget restraints. However, finding a home that has the potential to be ‘forever’, is achievable. Most of the properties we market are pretty special, but what makes them special will be different in every case, and will certainly vary from buyer to buyer – ‘beauty lies in the eye of the beholder’, after all. DOS AND DON’TS DO

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area: most buyers end up buying a home just outside of the area they first thought, and don’t regret it! ● Look at things that you may need

in the future; like school catchment areas. ● Investigate the future potential of the house; can it be extended, does it have a barn to convert, or is there space for 4 cars? DON’T

● Just consider the space that’s

already on offer (look beyond the existing four walls). ● Be too strict trying to tick every box… because the chances are, the house that ticks just your main points, will be less money and has the potential to tick them all with a bit of investigating. ● Rush into getting on the ladder; think about what you ‘really’ want to gain by buying a property before you start looking. ■ Sharnie Rogers, who has been with Strutt & Parker for over seven years, will be joining our successful Suffolk team as Head of Office. Sharnie brings a wealth of property knowledge and experience having worked in the industry her entire career. She believes her job is not just about selling bricks and mortar. Sharnie Rogers Senior Associate Director Strutt & Parker, The Stables, Wherstead Park, Wherstead, Ipswich IP9 2BJ. 01473 220444

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The new beauty spa in the heart of Woodbridge


&R beauty spa is the latest edition to the New Street Market collective and really compliments the other creative businesses in this cool space, just off Market Square in Woodbridge. It’s the brainchild of Sarah Gregory, who has managed an impressive line-up of salons before, including Shrubland Hall, Flawless Image and the Spa at Seckford, so Sarah knows a thing or two about what makes a beauty salon work. The spa is tucked away in the corner of a beautiful old stable buliding that New Street Market now calls home. Deceptively spacious, you walk in to a charming reception room with quaint original features and wooden floorboards which leads through to the treatment rooms that can be found on different levels, via a twisting staircase and


connecting landings. The decor is simple and chic – providing the perfect sanctuary away from a stressful or busy day. Top of Sarah’s check list, after finding her perfection location, was to secure a top skincare brand for the salon. She was thrilled to get the cutting-edge French skincare brand, Caudalie, making R&R the only spa in the area that offer the extensive range of treatments. Reading through the full treatment list made it hard to decide which one to try as they all sounded so tempting. If you think like us you’re probably going to have to work your way through them all one by one. The Caudalie philosophy and success is based on the power of the grape seed which contains incredibly powerful antioxidants, so names of many of the treatments have some play on vines or wines. Treatments include the Premier Cru, Vinoperfect and Crushed Cabernet Scrub, who

wouldn’t be tempted? We chose one treatment each: the Resveratol 60 minute facial (£60), an exceptional firming and anti-wrinkle treatment (more on this next issue!) and the R&R Signature Massage (£60). The unique massage experience is a winning formula of Sarah’s that she brought with her to R&R and takes all the best bits of every massage you’ve ever had. It starts with legs and feet and finishes with a facial cleanse and head massage. As for the bits inbetween, let’s just say it was pure heaven and involved hot stones at some point. And we are both now in love with the delectable Caudalie creams and oils! Sarah’s never-ending energy for a new adventure is truly amazing and we think she’s definitely on to another winner here at R&R. And when you’ve finished your treatment at the spa, what nicer way to continue to relax with a bite to eat or a shop in New Street Market! n

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Cream Tea and Treatment at R&R

30 mins £36 or 60 mins £63 Indulge yourself at the new R&R beauty clinic in Woodbridge with a 30 minute back, neck and shoulder massage OR Express D-Vine Facial OR Caudalie Anti-Ageing Eye Treatment. Or extend your relaxation with a 60 minute treatment? Choose from a Caudalie facial (choose from the extensive range) OR Signature massage OR Crushed Cabernet scrub then enjoy a delicious Cream Tea next door in the New Street Market. The delicious Cream Tea includes homemade scones, jam and cream and a pot of tea.

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PROFILE BALANCING at Dr Linea Aesthetics Ipswich clinic


WARD-WINNING Dr Linea Strachan DMD, owner and practitioner of Dr Linea Aesthetics is always ensuring she is up to date with the latest products, techniques and treatment within the ever-evolving facial aesthetics industry. With clinics all over East Anglia (Ipswich, Norwich, Bury St Edmunds), Dr Linea also holds a regular monthly clinic on the prestigious Harley Street in London. Profile balancing is a treatment Dr Linea has found to be in increasing demand over the last year, with more and more


patients seeking definition of the jaw and adding contour to the face without the use of highlighter makeup or an Instagram filter! Profile balancing creates the perfect silhouette – balancing the nose, to the lips, to the chin. This is done by subtly adding volume to the jawline and cheeks to give more of a contour, and often results in a slimmer looking face. These days, the art of taking a ‘Selfie’ has been mastered by the vast majority of people, but when a photograph is taken by others, we often feel unhappy about our appearance and our profile and

class it as a ‘bad photograph’. Commonly, patients seeking rhinoplasty or a lip augmentation, may not be aware their chin maybe more of the root of their unbalanced face. A retracted chin can make the nose appear longer, and an undefined jaw can make the face look larger. By adding hyaluronic acidbased dermal filler to the chin, Dr Linea is able to project the chin forward which defines the jawline, helping to shape the face and balance the profile. By correcting the ratio between the nose and the lips, and then the lips to the chin, you can re-harmonise one’s profile. This is very much an individualised treatment and the amount of filler that would be

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Dr Linea Aesthetics team: (l to r) Frances, Receptionist; Dr Linea; Nicola, Clinic manager.



used varies in each individual case. The process is advised to be gradual, over stages, to ensure the patient acheives natural and subtle results. The aim is not to completely change an individual’s face – you will still be you!


R LINEA carries out full medical consultations prior to any treatments and aims to fully understand each patient’s goals, and to discuss options in order to formulate a bespoke treatment plan for each individual and so achieve the best results. With a wealth of medical knowledge, and understanding of facial anatomy Dr Linea has mastered the art of profile

balancing and natural facial rejuvenation, using the highest quality products. Dr Linea has been in the facial aesthetics industry for over 12 years and established her own clinic, Dr Linea Aesthetics, in January 2018. During this time, Dr Linea and her team have established other clinics in many locations. Continually looking to expand her knowledge and develop her skills, Dr Linea attends global facial aesthetics conferences and is highly respected within the industry. She is also launching her own training academy in early 2020 where she will be training medical practitioners her advanced skills, and techniques. n

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Wrinkle relaxing injections Dermal fillers for: • Lips • Cheeks

Dr Linea Aesthetics have teamed up with their friends at A&L clinics, and both teams will be hosting a festive open evening on Thursday 28th November at 6pm. Live demonstrations, exclusive on the night offers, and an opportunity to speak to the experts. Mince pies, a glass of fizz and stalls with gift ideas from local businesses including candles, jewellery, bags, scarves and clothing will be available on the night. If you would like to attend, please contact the A&L clinics team or Dr Linea Aesthetics team to book your place. e: e:

FINANCE NOW AVAILABLE We are very happy to announce Dr Linea Aesthetics is now offering 0% finance on treatments over £500. Patients are able to be spread the cost of their treatment over 6,10 or 12 months. There is also an option to pay a deposit if the patient would like to keep their monthly payments low.

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“My staff deserve a wonderful working environment, too, so developing the Spa is important in a holistic way for those who work here, and for clients”

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The perfect place to RELAX AND RESTORE...

The new Wellness Spa at the Juliette John Clinic


or Juliette John, beauty, aesthetics and working closely with the medical profession is her life’s work, and her experience covers over 35 years in both the UK and USA. She is also established as one of East Anglia’s leading semipermanent makeup artists, and her speciality is her skill with state-of-the art lasers, achieving beautiful and long-lasting results. Juliette also works with patients at a number of hospitals, making visual improvements


to scar tissue, burns, skin grafts and cleft lips, as well as nipple micropigmentation after reconstruction for men and women who have had breast cancer. She set up Juliette John Aesthetic Laser Skin Wellness Clinic in 2006, and leads a team of four fully trained, experienced and qualified aesthetic practitioners. The impressive house and beautiful grounds on Tuddenham Road is an oasis of space and light, with a zen-like

calm. Here, Juliette and her team offer a range of professional and discreet treatments that range from anti-ageing laser and body sculpting, to semi-permanent make up and medical tattooing. Juliette says: “We want our clients to feel relaxed and comfortable and have absolute confidence in our clinical ability. It’s so important that they trust us, and we have a very friendly and positive attitude. I think what sets us apart is our personal touch; customer service is always our priority. Our clients know they will receive the very best, and always leave feeling wonderful. “We treat each client as an individual with specific needs, and after an in-depth consultation with a practitioner we create a tailored Vanilla November/December 2019


plan. We are advisors, too, which means finding the most effective treatment for each person, and this may differ from what they expect. I like to think we are perfectionists, which means we strive to go the extra step to give the best possible treatments – and the results speak for themselves. We have a regular client base who return again and again. The equipment we use is stateof-the-art and guarantees that we can deliver the best possible results – natural, long-lasting beauty.”



ne of the most exciting developments at the clinic is the recent opening of the new Spa, a perfect opportunity for those with hectic lives to step back, relax and feel utterly pampered. “We are delighted that we can now offer our clients this wonderful luxurious new space. It’s been designed to offer the ultimate in comfort, peace and tranquility, with an exclusive and intimate atmosphere. “The Spa is open on Fridays and Saturdays, and as well as the pool, hot tub, fluffy robes and loungers, we offer a superb range

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(Above) Juliette John at the new Wellness Spa (Right) award-winning Voya spa luxury organic skincare products, using botanical ingredients and aromatherapy oils, are also on offer at the Spa

of beauty treatments using the Voya organic skincare range. “This is an ideal space to feel restored and completely spoiled in beautiful, quiet surroundings, and it appeals to so many different clients. As well as individuals, many companies are also realising that wellbeing is vital for staff productivity, so the Spa is perfect for corporate groups and team building events. “And for our clients who have undergone cancer treatments, the Spa is a wonderful and relaxing healing environment, which can

play a huge part in their recovery. “My staff deserve a wonderful working environment, too, so developing the Spa is important in a holistic way for those who work here, and for clients. We strive to be unforgettable, and we know the new Spa will provide a very special way to rebalance the body and mind – we all deserve it!” n

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YOUR BEAUTY QUESTIONS SOLVED ...Pre-party Christmas tips from the team at Image


This is to make sure they are perfect! You'll need to have two appointments because during the healing stage some people retain pigment better than others and your brows will need a touch up to replace any irregularities that may have appeared in the meantime. Don't think of it as an optional apointment, think of it as the second part of the complete treatment. Top tip: Do your research on your brow technician and make sure you choose someone reputable, with lots of experience and is able to show you before and after pictures of their work. HOW DO I PREVENT LIPSTICK FROM BLEEDING?

Feathering and bleeding is most likely happen when the lips are dry, so keep those luscious lips moisturised! A lip primer will provide a smooth canvas. Then line your lips with a similar colour to your chosen lipstick this will prevent the colour from bleeding. Use a longer wearing lipstick as it will not wear off as quick. Don’t forget to pop a piece of tissue between your lips and blot of any excess! Top tip: Gently exfoliate your lips every week.



The new instagram trend! Brow Lamination (also known as Fluffy Brow) is a straightening treatment that compares to a lash lift. Using a similar technique, the treatment involves straightening your individual brow hairs in an upward direction to create a fuller brow. The treatment usually lasts around an hour and once the treatment is done the therapist will give you a wax and tint to create that perfect clean shape. Read our report on page 60. Top tip: Have lash lift at the same time you will feel a million dollars! I LOVE HAVING MY NAILS DONE HOWEVER MY NAILS ALWAYS SEEM TO BREAK WHEN HAVING GEL REMOVED?

The dreaded break! This is normally caused during the ‘soaking off’ process. The therapist will use acetone to remove the gel polish and this can, depending on the person, dry out your nails. To save any breakage happening apply OPI Gel Break onto your nails after having them soaked off and this will help protect them from future damage. Tell your therapist that you need this treatment next time you have your nails soaked off and I guarantee you’ll see a difference. Top tip: If soaking off gels at home, make sure the saturated cotton wool is only touching the gel and not wrapped round your whole finger as the acetone will dry out any area it touches. n

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Party season is upon us! Between hectic schedules, festive soirées and prepping for Christmas, your hair can end up being forgotten about. We spoke to Terri at John Olivers about how to elevate your outfit with some elegant hairstyles.


By adding a pearl accessory, this simple style can see you through way beyond Summer. Start by spritzing KMS Hair Play Sea Salt Spray (£18.00) on to towel-dried hair and blow dry. Once dried, create some loose curls with the new ghd Oracle (£175), an exclusive Styler only available to purchase in the salon. Run your fingers through to loosen the curls. Part hair on one side, tuck behind your ear and apply an accessory like a pearl hair slide.


This uber chic style looks like you’ve taken more than a couple of minutes to achieve. First gather your hair into a low pony tail and fix using an Invisibobble hair ring (£4.65). Twist this pony into a bun and secure with pins. Spray Goldwell Creative Texture Dry Texture Spray (£14.50) on to the bun and loosen with your fingers to create a loose, undone bun.


£5 OFF a Hair-Up or Blowdry To celebrate the party season, John Olivers are offering Vanilla readers an exclusive £5 OFF a Hair-up or Blow Dry service valid with selected stylists at The Lock, Woodbridge and Great Colman Street salons. Valid until 31st December 2019. To book, call 01473 214244 / 01394 387048 quote ‘VANILLA CHRISTMAS’ when booking.


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TR ED TEST The newest brow treatment now available at Image Salon


etween microblading, tweezing, tinting and threading, there’s a million different ways we can groom our eyebrows (with varying levels of pain) in the quest for the ultimate Instagram-worthy arches. Now, there’s a new kid on the block claiming to give you your biggest, bushiest eyebrows yet. We’re talking about Brow Lamination...


Brow lamination is a process of restructuring the brow hairs to keep them in a desired shape. It’s the perfect treatment for anyone whose hairs are irregular in direction, have any gaps in between said hairs, or who want that groomed, brushed-up look. That feathery effect we lust after is often put down to a brilliantly hard-wearing brow gel and, while they do exist, they can be hit and miss (plus they work differently on different eyebrows).



Lamination involves two different treatment solutions that do for our brows what a lash lift does for our lashes. The first is brushed through eyebrow hairs to make them softer and more malleable, and is left on for twenty minutes. Next, the brows are brushed into the desired position and a ‘laminating’ solution is applied, to keep the strands in place. A natural-looking tint is applied (the shade depends on what colour your eyebrows are), followed by waxing to tidy up


well on brows as lashes. Then just brush, brush, brush. WHO IS IT GOOD FOR?

Those who have an abundance of brow hairs will reap the benefits of lamination as it can fix thick hairs in place, with a hold that no product could previously deliver. But those with finer brows can benefit too as it helps give the appearance of slightly fuller brows and the hairs that are there can be styled to cover any sparse areas. Brow lamination helps to add colour and definition to brows without any after-effects that take time to heal. DOUBLE WITH A LASH LIFT!

Do what I did and have the lash lift at the same time – in just over an hour your eyes and brows will have had a total makeover. ▲ Pictures show the results of a Especially good as a party season double treatment of Brow Lamination treatment as eyes will sparkle and Lash Lift. The slight redness was and the brows will be on point! a result of the waxing and soon disappeared.

the shape. Finally, a nourishing serum is applied. The whole process takes just under an hour, costs £35, and should last for around two months. HOW SHOULD I LOOK AFTER MY LAMINATED BROWS?

The lamination process can be a little drying, so apply a small amount of oil to your eyebrows everyday. Even better invest in a Jane Iredale PureLash conditioner (£16) works just as

Brow Lamination £35 Yumi Lash Lift £42

VANILLA READER OFFER Save £18 on a double treatment: Brow Lamination and Lash Lift for just £59 (usual price £77)

Treatments must be taken at the same time and a patch test done 24 hours prior to treatment. Image Salon, 16 Old Foundry Road, Ipswich IP4 2AS. t: 01473 222188 Open 6 days a week. Book online at

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Katrina Love on life and living

Christmas Survival Guide


ooray! We’ve almost made it – the run up to Christmas and the count down for a hopeful New Year... I have just read a survey that quotes stress levels go up by 62% during this holiday period and, although surprising, it is easy to see why. So how do we survive Christmas – good question? Here’s a few ideas... PLAN: This is pretty easy. Make a list (and yes, I am a list lover!) of presents, meals, decorations, invitations and so on. It is always much easier with your own written instructions to follow. START EARLY: You already have your list, what are you waiting for? The earlier you begin doing stuff the more chilled Christmas can be. Leaving things to the last minute is extremely stressful and we get angry with ourselves (again). Be kind to yourself. AVOID TOO MANY COMMITMENTS: I know

– there may be large blanks in your social calendar most of the year but now it looks like you are the most popular person in the world! But only go to events if YOU actually want to. They are just invitations.

LEARN TO SAY ‘NO’ INSTANTLY: (No guilt required)

This is better than letting people down last minute. PUT BOUNDARIES IN PLACE: Yes, I know they are your family, but if you don’t get on with them it can get toxic. Many of us feel torn between this selfenforced loyalty and our own mental health so... put your boundaries in place – allocate specific times and stick to them. DON’T OVER EAT: Apparently it’s not compulsory – I just googled it. Eat what you love but not all the time over the entire holiday period. Be aware of mind manipulations from food sellers or manufacturers – do you actually like vol-au-vents or the plethora of party snacks? Obviously pigs in blankets are a game changer so we won’t go there. STAY HEALTHY: Take the time to exercise, run or

walk. Now of all times it’s great to hook up to those free endorphins for so many reasons. Self-care being one, as well as more energy, stress relief, burning calories, building up an appetite and also a great excuse to get out of general household chores and family spats. HAVE ADVENTURES: They don’t have to be huge.

Try different foods(maybe not the vol-au-vents), go to that Christmas market or the switching on of twinkling lights somewhere. TIME FOR YOU: Madness I know to suggest this one but it’s about your flow time. What do you want to do to relax and have fun? You are entitled to this too. ENJOY THE MOMENT: Slow it down, be mindful

and watch for those flashes of joy... collect them throughout the day. These are what happy memories are made of and which lead us to feel hopeful for the future. n

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An amazing therapy to help re balance the body’s natural energy systems thereby leaving an overall sumptuous feeling of health and well-being. WildGinger are offering two of their massage treatments at a great discount to Vanilla readers: 90 minute Signature Massage – a luxury full body massage that includes special attention to reflex points on hands, face, feet and head. Complete relaxation with specialist oils (vegan and animal cruelty free) and Himalayan rock salt hot stones, allowing comforting warmth to soften tense muscles ease discomfort. 60 minute Himalayan Hot Stone Massage with an Express Facial – Hot stone massage therapy reduces back pain, insomnia, stress, anxiety and depression and helps to improve the circulation. Wildginger combine this hour long massage with a Spa Find express facial, lasting 30 minutes. Either treatment for just £40 (usual price £55) WildGinger are offering these treatments until the 14th January 2020. Quote ‘Vanilla’ to receive your discount. Call O1473 723713 to book.

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“No slouching!” my Mother would whisper over the dinner table and dramatically straighten her back in attempt for me to mimic her. Combine that with dance training, and yes I have good posture, thanks Mum. We all know the importance of correct posture but do we realise how beneficial healthy postural habits can be. A recent study in California showed men and women were attracted to people with better posture describing the characteristics it portrays as ‘openness’, ‘confidence’ and ‘social dominance’. More importantly than being aesthetically pleasing, correct posture is an abundantly healthy practice. It is found to: ● Prevent muscle fatigue ● Correctly aligns your muscles so your body works efficiently, giving you more energy! ● Minimises joint stress ● Prevent backache, neckache and muscular pain ● Improve digestion ● Enhance self-esteem! So how do we right our wrongs and improve how we stand?

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Think tall and proud to lengthen your spine Earlobes should be in line with middle of shoulders Keep shoulders back, knees straight and back straight Your weight should be evenly placed between the centre of both feet Feet should be your hips width distance apart Ensure your feet arches are in a neutral position (not flat) Avoid locking your knees Gently engage your core by imagining your tummy button hugging your inner spine

Changing your postural habits may cause muscle fatigue for the first few days, so be aware of this and persevere! Dancing, Pilates and Yoga will also give you many more tools to improve your posture. Our timetable is available to view on our website

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Cool ashes are best picked out with the vacuum cleaner. We always suggest a suction cleaner, especially on wool carpets. GLASS OF RED WINE Firstly, do not panic, all is not ruined. All you need is warm water in a spray bottle and a roll of plain white kitchen roll. Blot as much of the red wine up as you can, use fresh sheets of kitchen roll, this will pull the liquid from the pile. Spray the warm water on the effected area. Continue to blot until the


wine is mopped out – with red wine it is important to do this as quickly as possible. Remember this may not remove the stain entirely, if this is the case please do not use chemical cleaners. SOLID MESS you’ll need an old spatula, kitchen roll and warm water in a spray bottle. Scrape up as much of the solid as possible, then use the warm water and spray and blot. Continue this until the area is clean. For any remaining stains always get the effected area spot-cleaned by a professional.

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Looking for the perfect gift for a foodie friend? Check out the Adnams shop – there’ss plenty of great ideas. We love their Reserve ruby, this classic Port is the King of afterdinner drinks. With rich flavours of figs and baked plums, it is partnered with the Adnams rich and fruity beer chutney made with Adnams Broadside beer. This cheeky duo are a perfect accompaniment to the Christmas cheeseboard.

Adnams Port & Chutney Gift Set £24.99 Adnams Shops

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50ml Jameson’s Irish Whiskey Half a lime, juiced 20ml maple syrup Steps to Make It: In a cocktail shaker filled

with ice, pour the whiskey, lime juice and syrup. Shake over ice and serve in a whiskey cut glass and garnish with lime peel. Enjoy!



It's often those little finishing touches that make Christmas so special: the cranberry sauce, the handmade stuffing and of course the pigs in blankets. If you're going all out for a meal to remember, then Premium Newmarket sausage producer, Powters, offers all the

trimmings to make your festive feast more delicious than ever. From its juicy Party Pig mini sausages, to its perfectly-formed Pigolatas and deliciouslysucculent Chef's Pig sausagemeat, Powters is serving up some delicious treats this winter. For more information or to buy online visit

M&S CHRISTMAS FOOD ORDERS From lunch with all the trimmings, to an elegant buffet, M&S are the nation’s favourite when it comes to our Christmas feast and their pre-order service is more popular than ever. 1. Choose your collection store. Collection is free of charge at the Ipswich Tavern Street store. 2. Create your order. Choose from their delicious range and click ‘add to bag’. 3. Select your collection time and date. Book early as certain times can be very busy. M&S in Tavern Street have 3 collection dates on the 22nd, 23rd and 24th December. 4. Pay your deposit. This is non-refundable and is either £30 or your total order amount – whichever is less. Christmas food ordering runs until the 15th December at 5pm so get clicking soon!


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he weather has definitely turned, and with it we come to think about winter warming reds; whites with depth and flavour that will go with game or winter warming stews; fizz for those parties that make the winter months seem cosy, filled with laughter, friends and maybe even an after dinner liqueur. Potentially what we will be drinking in the months to come and at Christmas… I shall start with Champagne or rather an amazing alternative that is still very underappreciated – Cremant de Loire, made by the traditional method – similar to Champagne but half the price as it’s not produced in the Champagne region! Then a winter warming red that is smooth and structured that warms the cockles. We recommend a Saumur Cabernet Franc, which has spent two years aging in oak, softening tannins and giving it a delicious, well rounded structure. For a white, I would recommend an unusual grape – known by our team as the ‘Dinosaur Wine’ (a little in-joke) – Treixadura from North West Spain, with an aromatic intensity and a palate of dried apricots and fennel... perfect with goose! Then to finish I would have a liqueur – a brand new product we have in stock – The Nog from The English Whisky company, which is a unique blend of Whisky and Cream. Just mmm... delicious!

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One year on...

at the iconic Ipswich restaurant – Arlingtons


ne of the freshest and hottest spots in Ipswich town centre, the ‘new’ Arlingtons is now celebrating its first birthday. The food is the star of the show and the regularly changing menu has been created by Head Chef, Ashley Robinson. Ashley told us, “We still get some folk coming in expecting a jacket potato and baked beans but we’ve revolutionised fresh food dining in Ipswich. Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against a well cooked jacket potato but that’s not what we’re about. We find the freshest ingredients from local suppliers then craft them into dishes which are simply unforgettable. We put passion into every plate.” And the proof of the pudding, or in this case the game pie or fish brioche (a dish you won’t find anywhere else in East Anglia) is in the eating. The game pie has some of the softest, tastiest meat you can imagine with a gravy that is created from the meat bones and allowed to mature over many hours. The fish brioche is essentially a fish pie but in a hollowed out bread roll (from a local award-winning bakery) which is then baked to allow it to encapsulate the divine fish sauce and locally landed fish. Owner, Peter Gwizdala, says, “The first year has been immensely rewarding and enjoyable. Some guests have taken a bit of persuading to share the dishes but this is what our extensive menu was created for – social eating. The idea is that you take your time, share the wonderful food and talk to each other.” November/December 2019 Vanilla

A visit to Arlingtons is an absolute delight. The menu is extensive with over 24 small plate dishes which have been designed to be shared between two or three people. Also, vegetarians and vegans, rather than being an afterthought are clearly a central part of Arlingtons planning. With 50% of the menu being vegetarian and 40% vegan and 50% gluten free, there is something for everyone. Peter elaborates, “We put passion into everything we do. We wanted vegetarian food that everyone can enjoy – for instance our delicious Moroccan vegetable and chickpea tagine has such intense flavours that meat-eaters have commented that they haven’t noticed the lack of meat.” There is also a well-thought out à la carte menu featuring classics such as pan-fried liver and bacon with

curly kale and red onion jus, which is just heavenly. Also, with shellfish back on the menu after the summer break, a visit to Arlingtons is a must just to sample the curried coconut and chickpea mussels. It’s heaven in a dish. Housed in a unique building in Ipswich, formerly the town's museum (and with a staircase dating back to 1550 said to have been walked upon by Queen Elizabeth 1), this iconic building holds a special place in the hearts of all Ipswichians. The building was also the site of a protest by the Suffragette movement in 1911 to avoid being put on the census. Commenting Peter Gwizdala said, “We adore this building and its huge historical significance and we’re just here to pass this on to the next generation... so every glass of wine and meal bought helps to protect this legacy for the future.” n


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The Freston Boot However, The Freston Boot has many other strings to their bow. The old stables have been transformed into a stunning bespoke cinema catering for children’s parties, film screenings and a perfect presentation space for local business. There is also the magical roundish house nestled next to the Freston woods, which is available for private hire and can cater for a mixture of events and shindigs. In the summer months weddings are a permanent fixture in the wedding paddock. Damon Jeffery, one of the owners of the Boot, states, “The Boot is truly one of the most amazing places you could hold your wedding. We cater for you and will create a wedding designed around the bride and groom’s requirements – whether that’s a street food festival with

live bands playing throughout the day or traditional five course menu followed by a string quartet. Once the tipis are up, the paddock is transformed into a wedding space like no other.” With the Christmas season just around the corner the Boot is ready to get festive. From carol singers, mulled spiced cider and a mouth-watering locally sourced festive menu offering seared pigeon breast, venison and chestnut pie and of course Suffolk turkey with all the trimmings... to name but a few. The Boot truly is a pub like no other. n

We are Britain’s first cashless pub, cards only please. The Boot, Freston Street IP91AB 01473 780722 f The Freston Boot

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HE FRESTON BOOT in Suffolk is a lovingly restored gem of a pub in a beautiful countryside setting with views of the Orwell bridge, Freston woods and the winding river Orwell. The main bar boasts over eight ever changing hand pull ales and bitters, plus a further eight craft lagers and ciders on tap. The exposed beams and rustic up-cycled tables and chairs positioned around the roaring fireplace makes for a perfect spot for either brunch, lunch or dinner. There are two designated dining rooms with stunning views over the gardens. The piglet room and The Chapel are both perfect for large family get togethers or a cosy meal for two. The highly skilled kitchen brigade takes full advantage of the kitchen garden providing a never-ending supply of seasonal produce, their beehives producing sweet honey and the resident chickens and Appleyard ducks laying fresh eggs daily creates an outstanding ever changing local fresh menu.




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Yes Chef!

Getting the most from your left-over Christmas roast

Sutton Hoo Chicken and Stilton Soup SERVES: 4

110g smoked bacon 2 onions, finely chopped 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped 1 large leek, washed & sliced 4 large carrots, peeled and sliced 250-350g cavolo nero, savoy cabbage or curly kale, shredded 1.8 litres chicken/vegetable stock 400g tin flageolet beans, drained and rinsed 100g stilton


Leftover roast chicken, about 30g or whatever you can salvage from the carcass 2 handfuls of chopped parsley Extra virgin olive oil Salt and pepper 1 Dice the bacon into small pieces. Heat a little oil in a large pan and sautĂŠ the bacon until golden. Add the onions and cook until transparent. Add the garlic and cook for a couple of minutes before adding all the vegetables except the kale and cabbage. Pour over the stock and simmer until all the vegetables are tender.

2 Tip in the kale and simmer for five minutes. 3 Stir the beans and chicken into the soup and check the seasoning. 4 Roughly chop the Stilton cheese and add two thirds to the soup. Heat through and serve in big bowls with a good sprinkling of parsely, the rest of the stilton scattered on top and a drizzle of olive oil. Serve with warm crusty bread. n For more information on Sutton Hoo Chicken or more recipe ideas visit

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Feel festive in Southwold this year!


hether you’re seeking original Christmas presents or you want to get away for a carefree Christmas this year, there is no better place to feel warm, fuzzy and festive than Southwold.


Make the most of our pretty little high street with all its quality boutiques and then relax and unwind with a Christmas Afternoon Tea at The Swan. Decked with Christmasness, you can enjoy Afternoon tea in the contemporary Drawing Room or the elegant Still Room. The cake stands are laden with festive flavours, mince pies and Stollen, and the Adnams November/December 2019 Vanilla

Champagne is flowing too. It’s a lovely, sophisticated treat to share with friends and family. Sit back, relax, indulge and watch the world go by in the knowledge you’ve done your Christmas shopping! If you really want to indulge, extend your visit with an overnight stay. The Swan are running the ‘Great British Christmas Shopping Break’, including a two night stay, a £50 voucher at Collen and Clare and £100 to spend at the Blush & Glow spa in Southwold. FOR THOSE WANTING TO RELAX THIS CHRISTMAS DAY…

You can hang up your boots and just have a great time this Christmas when you stay at The Swan in Southwold. From the

moment you arrive on Christmas Eve, all the hard work is done for you! Mulled wine and hot chocolates on arrival, followed by our Festive Afternoon Tea full of tasty, Christmas treats, and then the feasting doesn’t stop. The Swan is decorated beautifully so it feels homely and Christmassy, and just as you’d want it, and you’ve got the pretty town and beach to enjoy too. The Swan’s Christmas escape break takes care of the smallest of details, ensuring that you have the most relaxing festive time possible. To find out more, call the Swan on 01502 722186 or visit

The festive feel in Southwold ✶ hits an all time high with the ‘Christmas Lights Switch On’ on Saturday 30th November, 2019, with carol singing and a VIP appearance from Santa, it’s a truly nostalgic occasion.


Get out! ainment in November & December

Workshops at Pennikkity Pots


Winter Fashion Show

Enjoy a glass of prosecco while watching AW19 collections from highly acclaimed local independent businesses Cake and Catwalk, The Elvish Tailor, DJV Boutique, Zeebra Chic, Truffle, Tilley & Grace and Antonio Bellini coming down the catwalk. £7 7pm Ipswich Library


Le Cirque des Rêves Annual charity ball this year at Ipswich Town Hall in aid of Anglia Care Trust (ACT ) Includes 3-course feast, the best in entertainment firebreathers, acrobatics,


St Peters Street Christmas Market

Le Cirque des Rêves

magic and more, irresistible music - wear your dancing shoes, table-top raffle

relax and have fun while creating a finished item to be proud of.


7pm-midnight. Ipswich Town Hall

7.00 – 9.30pm £20 includes all materials, tuition and refreshment. Booking essential: 01473 216865 adults only.

They have a full house with over 35 stalls selling everything from Vegan food to lampshades. All the traders are local artisans and there will be ongoing entertainment throughout the day.


Christmas Lights Switch On An evening of entertainment, raucous pantomime antics and Christmas lights aplenty throughout the town. Gates open at 4:30pm. WED 27 NOVEMBER

Winter Wonderland festive Robin Plate Ceramic Painting Workshop Work with one of the talented artists at Pennikkity Pots to create a stunning centre piece for your festive dining table. Step by step instructions means everyone can


Gin & Fashion Evening

DJV Boutique in association with Beer & Co present an evening of gin, gifts and glamour to inspire you for the festive season ahead. All inclusive price includes: • 3 Craft G&Ts or Prosecco or unlimited soft drinks • DJV Fashion Showcase • Exclusive discounts • Special guest singer Annika Rands • Mince pies £25 7pm – 10pm tickets: (events)

St Peters Street Christmas Market




Christmas Lights & Late Night Shopping The yuletide season in Woodbridge gets underway on the Market Hill, when the Christmas lights get turned on at 6.30pm with live music, food and general festive celebrations. Throughout the day local independent traders will be adding Christmas touches to the shopping experience, and

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Carols on Market Hill

staying open until 9pm so you can enjoy some extra Christmas shopping. At Vanil expect a glass of fizz and 10% discount!


The Giant Woodbridge Christmas Fair

There will be more than 120 stalls, bands, carol singers with all shops being open on the day. The Thoroughfare, Cumberland Street, Quay Street, Church Street and the left side of Market Hill closed from 8am-5.30pm.

Crafts at Blackthorpe Barn


Lavenham Christmas fair Three days of festive fun, food, entertainment, and shopping. Includes wine bar, hog roast, hot food, mulled wine, Father Christmas in his grotto, a variety of fantastic stalls under cover, a guided lantern walk of the lovely medieval village and non-stop musical entertainment.


Starts Friday 5.30pm with the arrival of Father Christmas



Carols on Market Hill

Annual event featuring Christmas carol-singing with Father Christmas making a special appearance. Market Hill 6.45pm.

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Blackthorpe Barn Christmas events Country Christmas Shop: Every day 21 October-23 December. 9.30am-5.30pm Plus Friday 22 & 29

November /December 2019 Vanilla

Theatre on the Coast

Nov, Fri 6, 13 & 20 Dec: 5.30pm-7pm British Crafts: SaturdaySundays only. 9-10, 16-17, 23-24 November, 30 Nov - 1 Dec, 7-8, 14-15 December. 10am-5pm Adults £3, Children/students free. (Free after 4pm) Christmas Trees & Floristry: 22 November 22 December. 9.30am5.30pm 21-24 NOVEMBER

Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre With over 300 stalls selling a variety of gifts, crafts, food, seasonal produce and much more. The Fayre opens at 2pm on Thursday 21st with a children’s parade with giant puppets at 5.30pm and firework display. Visit Santa in his magical grotto – all children will

receive a gift – and tell him what you would like for Christmas! Thursday 12pm – 8pm; Friday & Saturday 9am – 8pm; Sunday 10am -5pm


Theatre on the Coast

The Snow Queen A new adaptation with music and dance, from this classic fairy tale. Expect sleighs, bandits, helpful reindeer, a wise old crow and the most magical story of loyalty, bravery and love. Choreography by Olivier Natasha Cox (‘Jerry Springer’ the Opera). Music by Suffolk composers and songwriters including up and coming star Ben Goble. £11-£16. 3pm & 7.30pm Aldeburgh Jubilee Hall


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The Magic Fishbone


I’m A Believer, Papa Don’t Preach, ABC, I Will Survive and Highway to Hell, all played live by our multi talented company of actor-musicians. Mix in outrageous jokes and classic slapstick, with some wicked magic, and Aladdin serves up a sizzling hot feast for all the family. It's worth noting, the one and only late night special is Friday 20 December at 9pm.

New Wolsey Theatre Ipswich highlights 7-16 NOVEMBER

The Season

This brand new romantic comedy is filled with heart-warming and hilarious songs, from writers Jim Barne and Kit Buchan. It’s Christmas Eve and Dougal has travelled from Ipswich to New York for his father’s wedding. At JFK Airport he’s greeted by Robyn. Tomorrow her sister becomes his stepmother and Robyn’s dreading it. Dougal can’t wait. But then Dougal loves Christmas and Robyn’s the original Grinch. Tickets: £10-£33 28 NOV — 2 FEB The Rock 'n' Roll Panto


This ancient tale gets a brand new twist, incorporating over twenty classic songs including


7.30pm (7pm on Tuesdays) Matinees 2.30pm Tickets: £10-£46

Red Rose Chain 6-31 DECEMBER

The Magic Fishbone This December Joanna Carrick's acclaimed adaptation finally comes home to The Avenue! Charles Dickens at Christmas is a magical, unmissable treat for all the family and the perfect alternative to the

Jimmy Carr

traditional panto. Please note that the matinees WILL sell out fast so remember to book early to secure your favourite date! 3pm & 7pm The Avenue Theatre Tickets: £21, Over 60 £18, Concessions £8


Snape Christmas Farmers’ Market Saturday 21 December to 1.30pm.

Ipswich Regent highlights

The market has a wonderful bustling atmosphere and provides chance to buy high quality, local foods for Christmas direct from Suffolk’s artisan producers


Framlingham Market

Jimmy Carr: Terribly Funny

Jimmy’s brand new show contains jokes about all kinds of terrible things. Terrible things that might have affected you or people you know and love.But they’re just jokes – they are not the terrible things. Having political correctness at a comedy show is like having health and safety at a rodeo. Now you’ve been warned, buy a ticket. Not suitable for under 16s. 7pm £32.50

Every Saturday in the square in Framlingham.

Jimmy’s Farm Pannington Hall, Wherstead.10am-2pm. First Saturday of every month.

Southwold Every Friday 9am 12:30pm Drayman's Square, Victoria Street, Southwold

Woodbridge Farmers Market Woodbridge Community Hall, November 10th and 24th. December 8th and 15th. 9am-12.30pm.

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Heather Carr owner, Zeebra Chic boutique

My East Coast Life things until I’m ready to return. What are your hidden gems in and around Ipswich? For food and a great night out, my partner and I love to go to Milsoms Kesgrave Hall, it’s a really special treat. The Newbourne Fox does a fabulous Sunday roast. I love checking out independant boutiques but I also love my own clothing which you will often see me modelling!

Heather Carr owns and runs Zeebra Chic in Ipswich, a boutique that sells a unique range of natural clothing, jewellery, gifts and homewares.

What makes Zeebra Chic special? We strive to be different in everything we stock, whether it’s clothes, gifts or jewellery, and our brands are exclusive to us on the high street. We are well established for our clothing, and as much as possible they are made using only natural fibres such as cotton, linen and wool. Which of your brands are you most proud of? Marble, which is a very Italianlook brand, is chic, comfortable, flattering and easy to wear. Then we have Chalk, which is suitable for any age, and they do lovely t-shirts, dungarees and jumpers. Capri is a very different look, with

beautiful dresses and tunics in gorgeous textures and patterns. Our Italian Fashion range is onesize fits all, with trousers, skirts; great style, all made in Italy. Who shops at Zeebra Chic? There is something here for everyone, of any age group. I source clothing and gifts that everyone will love. Some of our clothes are high end, but others, like Italian Fashion, are accessible for every pocket. You have recently had your first child, how are you going to balance motherhood with the shop? Mable is a wonderful gift and she’s such a good baby. I’m taking five months maternity leave, and so lucky that I have a wonderful team behind me, including my mother, who are running the business day to day. I will of course keep an eye on

What have you got going on over Christmas? It’s going to be a busy season for us. We are known for our stunning festive window displays, and they always bring people into the shop. We’ll have some gorgeous Christmas stock, like cashmere scarves, leather purses and handbags, jewellery, and lovely St Eval candles and we’ll be open on Thursdays for late night shopping in December. At the Winter Fashion Show at the Library on 14 November, we’ll be showcasing our autumn/ winter styles. To celebrate our 5th birthday we are holding an All-Day Shopping Event with fizz and nibbles on 22 November. I will be there with Mable to say hello! That evening, we are teaming up with The Green Room Café, who are doing a chocolate, cheese and wine event afterwards. It’s going to be a fantastic Christmas! ■ Zeebra Chic, 14 Dial Lane, Ipswich t: 01473 570191



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