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Feature Shine and Sparkle

Whether you crave a contemporary look or prefer a more chic and sophisticated style, make sure this year’s looks are the best yet with a little hair inspiration. For some Christmas hair tips we asked Senior Creative Director Gareth Vance at the Sassoon Salon in Leeds for some festive inspiration for your tresses this Christmas. Just remember to pack your mistletoe…

Romantic twisted styles
A fishtail looks intricate but actually it’s very simple. “Prep is key, use a sea salt spray through your roots to ends, and then roughly blow dry, twisting the hair while drying to give…


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Gadget Reviews Fit Fur Life Treadmill

This month, Murphy Simmonds looks for the best way to walk a dog in the middle of the sea

It’s a common problem. You own a dog, but you live on a small boat in the middle of a sea. Twice a day your beloved pet looks hopefully up a you with his or her loving eyes, only to be told: no, there are no walkies now; there will be no walkies later; in fact, there will never, ever be any walkies for all of the rest of time, because we live on a tiny boat, you and I, and that tiny boat is in the middle of the sea.

Dogs, being dogs, can only grasp the very first…

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Travel The Butterfly House and Rutland Hotel, Sheffield

Ali Schofield finds meerkats, greenery and more wet rooms than she can manage on a weekend in Sheffield

I think I’m in love. His dark, pool-deep eyes look into mine as I stroke my hand through his wiry hair. Meerkats are probably not the best of pets, though and this one looks pretty happy to continue being shown round the visitors at Sheffield’s Butterfly House. My partner and I have come to see the new prarie dog residents – similar to meerkats but, as they bask in the sun in their expansive enclosure, seemingly a bit more chilled out – along with other residents including pigs, goats, rabbits, skunks, birds of prey and of course, butterflies.

It’s a…

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Try This Temple Holistic

We head down to the Meanwood studio to give kettle bells a try

It’s a good job Jason Dean is so professional. Because all this thrusting, panting and lunging could make a girl flustered…

What am I talking about? A kettle bell class, of course! For those uninitiated with this hot new fitness craze, a kettle bell is a cast iron weight resembling a cannon ball with a handle. And according to its supporters, training with them means you “get stronger and last longer”.

From the outside, Temple Holisticcouldn’t look less “templey”. Situated in a run-down corner of Meanwood, surrounded by wholesalers and kitchen fitters, it doesn’t look like especially holy. But…

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Try This Trish McEvoy Makeup Lesson

We finally learn how to do professional-style make-up ourselves

I have experienced a good few beauty makeovers in my time. Some have been bad – heavy-handed foundation, gloopy lipgloss I’d never normally wear – and one or two have been so exquisite that a tear has (nearly) come to my eye as I stand in front of the bathroom mirror at night, forced to take the masterpiece off. In all this time, I have never learned how to do it myself. Not properly, with brushes and sponges, like makeup artists do.

So I approach the ‘makeup lesson’ at the Trish McEvoy counter in Harvey Nicswith excitement and trepidation.…

Read more... | See all articles in Health & Beauty

Health & Wellbeing Get Lily Allen's Festival Essentials

Kiehl's and Lucy in Disguise collaborate on a limited edition kit in time for Leeds Festival this month

With festival season now in full swing and mindful of a typical British summer, New York beauty brand Kiehl’s have collaborated with festival favourite Lily Allen and her sister’s label Lucy in Disguise designing a limited edition cotton canvas tote complete with Kiehl’s fresh-tival essentials.

The kit includes travel size products to cleanse, hydrate and protect weather and party stressed skin; from Ultra Facial Moisturiser SPF15 to Amino Acid Shampoo and Grapefruit body cleanser, Lip Balm to Body Creme it’s perfect whether you’re making your festival debut or are a hardened, mud-soaked veteran.

The kit, along with one for…

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Competition WIN A Weekend at a Leeds Hotel

Novotel celebrates Leeds' past and future in its £300k refurbishment. Read on for your chance to bag a two night stay with breakfasts and dinner

Novotel Leeds Centre has re-opened its doors following a £300k transformation, to reveal a sleek and contemporary new look, that takes inspiration from the city’s rich and diverse heritage. Key changes to the hotel include a fresh new reception, lobby area and bar, revitalised meeting facilities and a brand new state of the art InBalance fitness centre.

Novotel hotels are renowned for delivering a high standard of service to their business and leisure travellers and Novotel Leeds is no exception. Under the leadership of General Manager, Mathieu Batut, the city centre hotel has been tastefully refurbished creating a relaxing…

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Shop Profile Michelsberg Tailoring

Leeds tailor to the stars, James Michelsberg opens VQ store with glittering party

Guests arrived from as far away as Amsterdam to be part of the launch of the bespoke tailor James Michelsberg‘s Victoria Quartershop last month.

“It was a fantastic evening”, says the Leeds tailor. “Not only was I surrounded by friends and family, but it was amazing to see the support from my fabulous loyal customers, fellow VQ tenants, and so many of my suppliers. All the top brass from John Fosters, Dugdales, Bateman Ogden, Taylor & Lodge, Scabal, Premier Worsteds, Dormeuil, Hainsworths and W.T.Johnson attended. When it comes to quality textiles, let’s face it, Yorkshire’s the best.”

Michelsberg…

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Shop Profile Wolford Flagship Opens

The luxury tights company chooses Leeds' Victoria Quarter for its first northern store

Luxury ready to wear and hosiery brand Wolfordlaunched its first store in the North of England in Leeds’ premier shopping destination Victoria Quarter last month.

The Wolford flagship store, opened on Thursday 14th July, is part of the company’s continued expansion in Europe, and features the full Wolford ranges: legwear, bodywear, lingerie and swimwear.

The boutique design is all white and light wood, brushed steel and glass, the ambience bright and inviting, exuding a clear message of purity and feminine elegance from the windows to the internal fixtures.

Maria Venegas, retail manager for Wolford, said, “We are proud…

Read more... | See all articles in Fashion

Games Reviews Dirt 3, Infamous 2, Infamous 2, Red Faction: Armageddon, Duke Nukem Forever, The Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

We cast our eyes over the latest video game releases

Racing is a fiercely competitive videogame genre, second only, perhaps, to the first-person shooter for its raft of triple A titles. Dirt 3 (5 stars, PC/PS3/X360, Codemasters) is a phenomenal new addition. This descendant of the Colin McRae rally series, by racing experts Codemasters, has everything: accessibility, depth, looks, presentation, great tutorials, superb replays, glorious crashes, a tremendous sense of speed and peerless arcade handling.

Infamous gave you superpowers and a city in which to use them. Infamous 2 (4 stars, PS3, Sony) does it again, only better. Treating the place like an urban…

Read more... | See all articles in Gifts & Gadgets

Gadget Reviews iPad 2 Accessories

A look at the best accessories for Apple's latest gizmo

Hello. This is part two of our iPad 2 accessory round-up (read part 1 here). If you don’t have an iPad 2 we’re very sorry. We’ll talk about something different next month.

Now – onward! For anyone who has lost large chunks of their life hunched over a screen and hammering little keys, the iPad is a blessed release. But though it’s a wonderful thing to write while schlumped on the sofa, screen-prodding isn’t the swiftest way to churn out a novel.

The Logitech Keyboard Case (previously known as the ZAGGmate) fixes this. It connects via Bluetooth, props…

Read more... | See all articles in Gifts & Gadgets


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Lifestyle

Feature Shine and Sparkle

Whether you crave a contemporary look or prefer a more chic and sophisticated style, make sure this year’s looks are the best yet with a little hair inspiration. For some Christmas hair tips we asked Senior Creative Director Gareth Vance at the Sassoon Salon in Leeds for some festive inspiration for your tresses this Christmas. Just remember to pack your mistletoe…

Romantic twisted styles
A fishtail looks intricate but actually it’s very simple. “Prep is key, use a sea salt spray through your roots to ends, and then roughly blow dry, twisting the hair while drying to give…


Read more... | See all articles in Health & Beauty

Gadget Reviews Fit Fur Life Treadmill

This month, Murphy Simmonds looks for the best way to walk a dog in the middle of the sea

It’s a common problem. You own a dog, but you live on a small boat in the middle of a sea. Twice a day your beloved pet looks hopefully up a you with his or her loving eyes, only to be told: no, there are no walkies now; there will be no walkies later; in fact, there will never, ever be any walkies for all of the rest of time, because we live on a tiny boat, you and I, and that tiny boat is in the middle of the sea.

Dogs, being dogs, can only grasp the very first…

Read more... | See all articles in Gifts & Gadgets

Travel The Butterfly House and Rutland Hotel, Sheffield

Ali Schofield finds meerkats, greenery and more wet rooms than she can manage on a weekend in Sheffield

I think I’m in love. His dark, pool-deep eyes look into mine as I stroke my hand through his wiry hair. Meerkats are probably not the best of pets, though and this one looks pretty happy to continue being shown round the visitors at Sheffield’s Butterfly House. My partner and I have come to see the new prarie dog residents – similar to meerkats but, as they bask in the sun in their expansive enclosure, seemingly a bit more chilled out – along with other residents including pigs, goats, rabbits, skunks, birds of prey and of course, butterflies.

It’s a…

Read more... | See all articles in Travel

Try This Temple Holistic

We head down to the Meanwood studio to give kettle bells a try

It’s a good job Jason Dean is so professional. Because all this thrusting, panting and lunging could make a girl flustered…

What am I talking about? A kettle bell class, of course! For those uninitiated with this hot new fitness craze, a kettle bell is a cast iron weight resembling a cannon ball with a handle. And according to its supporters, training with them means you “get stronger and last longer”.

From the outside, Temple Holisticcouldn’t look less “templey”. Situated in a run-down corner of Meanwood, surrounded by wholesalers and kitchen fitters, it doesn’t look like especially holy. But…

Read more... | See all articles in Health & Beauty

Try This Trish McEvoy Makeup Lesson

We finally learn how to do professional-style make-up ourselves

I have experienced a good few beauty makeovers in my time. Some have been bad – heavy-handed foundation, gloopy lipgloss I’d never normally wear – and one or two have been so exquisite that a tear has (nearly) come to my eye as I stand in front of the bathroom mirror at night, forced to take the masterpiece off. In all this time, I have never learned how to do it myself. Not properly, with brushes and sponges, like makeup artists do.

So I approach the ‘makeup lesson’ at the Trish McEvoy counter in Harvey Nicswith excitement and trepidation.…

Read more... | See all articles in Health & Beauty

Health & Wellbeing Get Lily Allen's Festival Essentials

Kiehl's and Lucy in Disguise collaborate on a limited edition kit in time for Leeds Festival this month

With festival season now in full swing and mindful of a typical British summer, New York beauty brand Kiehl’s have collaborated with festival favourite Lily Allen and her sister’s label Lucy in Disguise designing a limited edition cotton canvas tote complete with Kiehl’s fresh-tival essentials.

The kit includes travel size products to cleanse, hydrate and protect weather and party stressed skin; from Ultra Facial Moisturiser SPF15 to Amino Acid Shampoo and Grapefruit body cleanser, Lip Balm to Body Creme it’s perfect whether you’re making your festival debut or are a hardened, mud-soaked veteran.

The kit, along with one for…

Read more... | See all articles in Health & Beauty

Competition WIN A Weekend at a Leeds Hotel

Novotel celebrates Leeds' past and future in its £300k refurbishment. Read on for your chance to bag a two night stay with breakfasts and dinner

Novotel Leeds Centre has re-opened its doors following a £300k transformation, to reveal a sleek and contemporary new look, that takes inspiration from the city’s rich and diverse heritage. Key changes to the hotel include a fresh new reception, lobby area and bar, revitalised meeting facilities and a brand new state of the art InBalance fitness centre.

Novotel hotels are renowned for delivering a high standard of service to their business and leisure travellers and Novotel Leeds is no exception. Under the leadership of General Manager, Mathieu Batut, the city centre hotel has been tastefully refurbished creating a relaxing…

Read more... | See all articles in Travel

Shop Profile Michelsberg Tailoring

Leeds tailor to the stars, James Michelsberg opens VQ store with glittering party

Guests arrived from as far away as Amsterdam to be part of the launch of the bespoke tailor James Michelsberg‘s Victoria Quartershop last month.

“It was a fantastic evening”, says the Leeds tailor. “Not only was I surrounded by friends and family, but it was amazing to see the support from my fabulous loyal customers, fellow VQ tenants, and so many of my suppliers. All the top brass from John Fosters, Dugdales, Bateman Ogden, Taylor & Lodge, Scabal, Premier Worsteds, Dormeuil, Hainsworths and W.T.Johnson attended. When it comes to quality textiles, let’s face it, Yorkshire’s the best.”

Michelsberg…

Read more... | See all articles in Fashion

Shop Profile Wolford Flagship Opens

The luxury tights company chooses Leeds' Victoria Quarter for its first northern store

Luxury ready to wear and hosiery brand Wolfordlaunched its first store in the North of England in Leeds’ premier shopping destination Victoria Quarter last month.

The Wolford flagship store, opened on Thursday 14th July, is part of the company’s continued expansion in Europe, and features the full Wolford ranges: legwear, bodywear, lingerie and swimwear.

The boutique design is all white and light wood, brushed steel and glass, the ambience bright and inviting, exuding a clear message of purity and feminine elegance from the windows to the internal fixtures.

Maria Venegas, retail manager for Wolford, said, “We are proud…

Read more... | See all articles in Fashion

Games Reviews Dirt 3, Infamous 2, Infamous 2, Red Faction: Armageddon, Duke Nukem Forever, The Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

We cast our eyes over the latest video game releases

Racing is a fiercely competitive videogame genre, second only, perhaps, to the first-person shooter for its raft of triple A titles. Dirt 3 (5 stars, PC/PS3/X360, Codemasters) is a phenomenal new addition. This descendant of the Colin McRae rally series, by racing experts Codemasters, has everything: accessibility, depth, looks, presentation, great tutorials, superb replays, glorious crashes, a tremendous sense of speed and peerless arcade handling.

Infamous gave you superpowers and a city in which to use them. Infamous 2 (4 stars, PS3, Sony) does it again, only better. Treating the place like an urban…

Read more... | See all articles in Gifts & Gadgets

Gadget Reviews iPad 2 Accessories

A look at the best accessories for Apple's latest gizmo

Hello. This is part two of our iPad 2 accessory round-up (read part 1 here). If you don’t have an iPad 2 we’re very sorry. We’ll talk about something different next month.

Now – onward! For anyone who has lost large chunks of their life hunched over a screen and hammering little keys, the iPad is a blessed release. But though it’s a wonderful thing to write while schlumped on the sofa, screen-prodding isn’t the swiftest way to churn out a novel.

The Logitech Keyboard Case (previously known as the ZAGGmate) fixes this. It connects via Bluetooth, props…

Read more... | See all articles in Gifts & Gadgets


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