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Grazia (May 2 2011) – Royal Wedding Sofa Guide!

“Roll out the bunting! Pin the crown on the Kate! Kidnap Mr Whippy! Oh and make William’s special chocolate wedding cake. Don’t throw a party this Friday without Grazias guide..”¬†

I have got my bunting hanging on my bamboo fencing…i have put out lanterns on my washing line and stuck a couple of GB flags in my newly potted plants!! Ready for the wedding of the year (possibly century!). There are plenty of grumpy people in Britain who don’t want to watch the Royal Wedding (can you believe people are still grumpy even though we have been given an extra day off work?!) But I for one am looking forward to the occasion – surely its an historic event, one that when I am a Granny i can reminisce with my grandchildren!

This is a photo from a street party held in honour of Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s wedding in 1981


These party tips from Grazia will definetly come in handy in trying to beat the 1981 parties! Enjoy…. ūüėĬ†

The Food!

GIANT CHEESE STRAWS – For the 24 cooks working at Buckingham Palace, the royal wedding breakfast menu is a secret guarded just as closely as the designer of Kate Middleton’s dress. We’re not betting on these grown up cheese straws made with English Stilton and fig relish being served though!¬†

Makes: 10 

425g Jus-Rol puff pastry sheets 

1 tbsp Tracklemans organic fig relish 

75g Stilton Cheese 

1. Preheat the oven to 220 degrees C – Gas Mark 7

2. Line a large baking sheet with greaseproof paper 

3. Lay out one of the pastry sheets and spread the fig relish all over it. Grate the cheese and scatter over. Cover with the remaining sheet of pastry and roll to thin out and join. 

4. Using a sharp knife, cut out 10 vertical long strips. Twist each one a few times and place on baking sheet. Bake for 10 Р12 mins until golden brown. Serve when cool. 

STRAWBERRY AND PINK CHAMPAGNE TRIFLE – Trifles are a crowd pleaser and granny’s favourite. While our old dears are likely to reach for the sherry to booze up our pudding, we’re sure William’s granny can stretch to popping the cork on some pink champagne.¬†

Serves: 8 Р10 

1 large strawberry Swiss roll 

For the jelly: 

500g frozen berries such as strawberries and raspberries 

1 sachet agar 

175g caster sugar 

350ml pink champagne such as Laurent-Perrier Cuvee Rose 

For the topping: 

300g strawberries and raspberries 

300ml double cream 

1 tbsp caster sugar 

600ml ready-made custard 

30g toasted flaked almonds 

1. Make the jelly first of all Рheat 200ml of the champagne with the sugar over a medium heat and stir in the agar. Add the berries and simmer over a low temperature for 3 Р4mins. 

2. Pour this mix into a container, then top up with the remaining wine. Cool and refrigerate to set. 

3. To assemble the trifle, slice the Swiss roll and arrange it on the base and around the inside of a large glass serving bowl. 

4. Turn the jelly out on to a board and chop with a sharp knife. Scatter it over the Swiss roll. Pour the custard over the jelly. 

5. For the topping, whip the cream to soft peaks with 1tbsp sugar and spoon over the custard in dreamy mounds. Decorate with the fresh strawberries and raspberries and a scattering of toasted almonds. 

The Music! 

Grazia’s recommended street party playlist:

Dancing in the street – David Bowie and Mick Jagger

White Wedding – Billy Idol

God Save the Queen – Sex Pistols

Her Majesty – The Beatles

Bank Holiday – Blur

Dancing Queen – Abba

The Crown – Gary Byrd and the GB experience

What Katie Did – The Libertines

Your Love is King – Sade

What took you so long – Emma Bunton

Don’t Stop Believin’ – Journey


The Games! 

Play How HRH Are You? РHand out fun paper masks and crowns and award prizes for the best royal impressions 

Cha-‘rah’-ades – The classic game, but with a royal theme, acted out in Queens English (obvs) and wearing your sloaney finest. Films and books to act out: Four Weddings, Runaway Bride, Shrek…the list is, um, endless¬†

Royal Post-it note games – Guaranteed to bring on chortles and much guffawing. Well if it was good enough for Prince William’s stag night…

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Grazia (May 2 2011) – 10 hot stories – No.1 “Inside the A-list Fashion-Fest”

words by Emily Maddick…

” It’s 99 degrees in the Californian desert. Palm trees, pink bougainvillea and beautiful people are everywhere. Everyone’s happy, everyone’s hippy and there’s not a whiff of festival loo or pile of empty Strongbow in sight. This was last week’s Coachella music festival – THE most fashionably fabulous, A-list music event on the planet, setting the agenda for how the rest of us shall be festivalling this summer (lace, headpieces, feathers, maxis and – if you can cope – heels). ”¬†

my favourite pick of the celebrity bunch from coachella is isabel lucas. she couldn’t be more what festival style¬†epitomizes¬†for me, pulled off effortlessly…

isabel lucas & angus stone


..these guys look like they have stepped out of a time machine from woodstock..i ‚̧ it




and here is a nice little vid of coachella 2011 style…

(olhabear Рyoutube) 

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Grazia UK Giveaway (2 May 2011) – Get glamorous and help raise money towards the Japan Tsunami Appeal


Whats the Giveaway this week?! ‚Äď The ‘oh so cute’ J&M DAVIDSON CARNIVAL BAG , worth ¬£369! Perfect for the coming festival season!

Whats in the bag?! ‚Äď Shadow Blue Blackberry Curve 9300, Temple Spa’s Bosom Pal, Vogue Cat’s Eye sunglasses, J&M Davidson’s large python zip purse

What do I have to do?! ‚Äď Call¬†0911 191 2121 or text CARNIVAL¬†and then your contact details to¬†85088 (calls cost ¬£1.02 from a BT landline other networks may vary and calls last around 90secs ‚Äď texts cost ¬£1 plus standard network charge) (not applicable to residents outside of the UK)

Whats the best bit?! ‚Äď The money goes to a very good cause -> the Red Cross’s¬†JAPAN TSUNAMI APPEAL

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Grazia UK – May 2 2011 – Front Cover


Front Cover: continuing with the summer theme ūüėĬ†

Cover Star: Katy Perry – apparently Katy and Russell are rocked by ‘another woman’ – I don’t believe a word of it. If you saw Russell on the Piers Morgan programme you could see how loved up he is…and can you blame him, Katy is beautiful!

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Glamour (May 2011) – “The Big Easy”

“Soft, playful and pretty, this is the best summer hair you’ve ever had. And yes, its the simplest too!….” By Vicki Norton

Glamour asked the master of easy-looking-hair, Sam McKnight, to show how effortlessly sexy hair is done. “I always like looks that are a little more lived in, that have life to them”, he says. “Soft, loose hair with a relaxed texture is perfect for summer. It’s sexy, it’s a little bit ’70s – so relevant this season – and it’s practical. It doesn’t just look easy, it is easy”.




SEXY HAIR STARTS HERE: Tips from Sam McKnight 

1/ Start with freshly shampooed hair. You won’t get that unforced lift and healthy sheen if it’s gunky.¬†

2/ Massage some Pro V Volume and Body mousse through the roots and lengths, then blow-dry hair smooth using a large round brush (if your naturally curly) or paddle brusj (if your hair is straight) 

3/ For the body, you can use hot rollers or Velcros, but I like a big curling tong. You randomly twist slices of hair around the barrel and carefully pin it up until it’s cool.

And here is some of Sam McKnight’more ‘alternative’ hair looks!



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Glamour (May 2011) Cover Story – “California Girl”

“With serious illness and a divorce firmly behind her GLAMOUR favourite Cheryl Cole is enjoying some much-deserved ‘me time’ in LA.”


I feel good, like I’m finally getting back to my full strength


I’ve had my life mapped out for the best part of 10 years, so for now I just want to enjoy myself


Prince Charles is really lovely, charming, funny and down-to-earth. He’s a bit of a dude but Prince Harry’s my favourite.


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