J'AIME SEPTEMBER 2018

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J’AIME

Y O U R L O C A L L U X U R Y L I F E S T Y L E M A G A Z I N E

WIN

A WINTER

WEDDING

BREAKFAST

WORTH MORE

THAN £2,000

AUTUMN INTERIOR

STYLE TO FALL

IN LOVE WITH

20 page

wedding special:

seasonal wedding style


Welcome to J’AIME

We’ve got wedding fever here at J’AIME

HQ this month, mostly influenced by the

stunning photographs taken by Lichfield

wedding photographer Becky Tranter, of

Life Through A Lens, for our styled editorial

shoot at Swinfen Hall. It’s packed full of

inspiration for your big day from some of

the best local suppliers including beautiful

decor, epic flowers and gorgeous wedding

fashion showcased by three fantastic models,

including our very own Mr Birmingham,

Andrew Stylianou, who you can see on our

cover.

If you’re just starting planning your big

day, we’ve also got a fantastic competition

in store; one lucky couple will win a winter

wedding breakfast at Branston Golf and

Country Club, worth an amazing £2,000.

There are also tips on choosing wedding

flowers, big day beauty and planning your

dream honeymoon, so if you need some

help with wedding preparations then look no

further.

Elsewhere, we’re embracing the change

of season with autumn style ideas for your

home and your wardrobe; after a scorching

summer-long heatwave, we’re quite grateful

for the dip in temperatures and looking

forward to cosier nights and cracking out

some winter wardrobe staples.

We also take a look back at a special

celebration for J’AIME’s first birthday, where

guests enjoyed a glittering evening of fizz

and cake to toast our successful first year. A

charity auction on the evening raised more

than £1,200 for the We Love Lichfield fund,

thanks to the generosity of bidders eager to

get their hands on some fantastic auction

lots. A heartfelt thanks, once again, to

everyone involved in J’AIME’s success.

EDITOR: AMY NORBURY

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ADVERTISING: JAN ASHLEY

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CONTRIBUTORS: MARTIN PLOWMAN,

OLIVER BROAD, LISA PIDDINGTON, PATRICK

GAUNT, PEGGY PRENDERGAST, TOM LINDSEY

AND RORY MCKERRELL

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CONTENTS

InsideJ’aime this month...

6 Enter Stage Write - The Sutton Coldfield

actress providing a platform for budding writers

12 Property - Property of the month

14 Interiors - Teal appeal

18 Interiors - It’s terrazzo time

24 Social - J’AIME’s birthday celebration

30 Food and drink - Reviewing The Oak Room at

Moor Hall Hotel

32 Food and drink - Cocktail of the month from

Lichfield’s The Spirit Works

34 Food & drink - Wine and food pairings from

Ital Sardo

36 Competition - Win tickets to The Luxury Show

38 Weddings - J’AIME’s styled shoot at Swinfen Hall

48 Weddings - Win a winter wedding breakfast

worth £2,000

50 Weddings - Flower trends for 2018 and beyond

52 Weddings - Big day beauty from Harvey Nichols

54 Weddings - Planning the perfect honeymoon

58 What’s On - Our pick of events around our

area this month

60 What’s On - The hottest tickets around

Birmingham

62 Fashion - Unleash your wild side

64 In the news - A new name for a bridal

boutique; and worktop wizardry

65 Motors - Martin Plowman says ‘it’s a wrap’

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FEATURE

A creative Mid lands

SUTTON COLDFIELD ACTRESS NATALIE EDWARDS HAS RETURNED TO THE MIDLANDS TO PROVIDE

AN EXCITING PLATFORM FOR BUDDING WRITERS. AMY NORBURY DISCOVERS MORE

SUTTON COLDFIELD

ACTRESS NATALIE EDWARDS.

PHOTO BY HELEN YOUNG

Natalie Edwards came to acting a little later in life

than many budding stars. Born and raised in Sutton

Coldfield, Natalie’s first foray into a career in the arts

was as a model but she always harboured ambitions

of making it on stage and screen.

It wasn’t until she hit her late twenties that Natalie

finally took the plunge and moved to New York

to pursue her dream. And while she excelled on

stage and in front of the camera, it was Natalie’s

entrepreneurial spirit which really set her apart from

her peers.

Alongside training and working as an actor, Natalie

set up her own production company - Transition

Stage Company - to help other budding actors and

creatives on the road to success.

And now, back in her home city of Birmingham,

it is Natalie’s drive to help other creatives which

has is the catalyst behind her latest venture - Enter

Stage Write. This exciting competition aims to tap

into the nation’s - and particularly the Midlands’ -

undiscovered talent in a bid to find the next big stage

or screen writer.

“I’d class myself as an ‘actorpreneur’,” says Natalie.

“I’m a producer and actor, and I also organise events

to give creatives a platform.

“I decided I wanted to be an actor in my early

twenties but I just didn’t have the confidence to go

for it. When I hit 27 I had a quarter-life crisis and

saved all of my money so I could move to New York

and go to film school.

“I decided to go to New York instead of drama

school in the UK because New York Film Academy

also offered producing as well as acting, and that

suited my personality.

“There also aren’t many opportunities for women

of colour in the UK; big name actors like Thandie

Newton and Idris Elba have all made it in the States

first and then come back to the UK. I thought I just

wouldn’t get into a drama school in the UK.”

Natalie enrolled on an acting course at the New York

Film Academy and worked alongside international

students from both the School of Visual Arts and

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New York University’s Tisch School of Arts. The

realisation came that with a short amount of time

on the F1 student visa, visual arts students needed

a platform in which their craft could be seen; This

exposure allows students to gain enough professional

credits to file for their O-visa and also makes them

open and available for representation.

“When I was living in New York there were a lot of

international actors and creatives at my university,”

explains Natalie. “You have just 18 months to prove

you are a good enough actor or director, and to get

enough professional credits to get the sponsorship for

an artist visa, so it’s always a race against time.

“I decided to connect all of the filmmaking schools

and drama schools around Manhattan and create

prestigious events to get industrial professionals to

these student showcases.”

The result was Transition Stage Company, which

was set up by Natalie in 2012 under the mentorship

of the late Ron Tippe, acclaimed producer of the

hit film Space Jam. Formed by combining elements

of entrepreneurship and the arts - predominantly

through networking events, cinematic viewings and

Off-Broadway theatre - the ethos of the Transition

Stage Company is to assist and support artists by

showcasing and celebrating visual arts.

“I’d organise screenings in Manhattan, get an

independent film made by students or alumni which

NATALIE EDWARDS IS THE

DRIVING FORCE BEHIND

TRANSITION STAGE COMPANY

NATALIE WORKED AS A

MODEL BEFORE FINDING

HER NICHE AS AN ACTOR

AND ENTREPRENEUR. PHOTO

BY HELEN YOUNG

had never been shown before and get the cinema

packed with people from different demographics,

people from Wall Street and people from the clubs

alike.

“When it came to new writers and actors I’d hire a

theatre off-Broadway and promote it as a new writers

event; but everything had to be big and glamorous

because people in the industry just don’t go to little

student nights.

“I realised I had a huge selection of international

creatives at my fingertips and I could market it as

something really exciting.”

And over the past six years since its inception,

Transition Stage Company has had its fair share of

success stories. Actor and producer Kazy Tauginas,

who built his career within the company in the USA,

starred as Ari in the recent Denzel Washington

blockbuster The Equalizer 2 and is currently

shooting a Netflix series for Eddie Murphy.

Natalie has also helped launch the career of Spanishborn

Swedish actress Ines Milans, who has recently

returned to Sweden to film a Netflix series.

“In the space of three years in New York I’d set up

a production company, I’d created opportunities for

creatives who are absolutely smashing it now, and I’d

had the producer of Space Jam believe in me and

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what I could do,” says

Natalie. “In the States, the

opportunities are endless

and I wanted to bring that

home to the UK, and to

the Midlands.”

So three years ago,

Natalie returned home

to Birmingham to study

a masters in acting at

the Birmingham Royal

Conservatoire, one of the

most prestigious theatre

schools in the UK. After

a gruelling year-and-ahalf

spent “in my books”,

Natalie’s hard work

paid off when she was

immediately picked up by

an agent.

But while she was busy

booking theatre jobs and

auditions, Natalie saw that

the creative sector in her

home city was lacking.

“I looked around and

thought I’m in the second

NATALIE, WITH GIANMARCO TASCA, AT

LAST YEAR’S BIRMINGHAM FILM FESTIVAL,

OF WHICH TRANSITION STAGE COMPANY

WAS A SPONSOR. PHOTO BY HELEN

YOUNG

city of one of the biggest creative film institutes in

the world - the UK - and there’s nothing here so I

decided to launch Transition Stage Company in the

Midlands,” she explains.

“Everything’s very London-centric in this industry

so I wanted to moderate it for Birmingham and for

regionality.

“People don’t realise that a creative city is good for

the economy; it brings jobs, it boosts tourism and

gives the city a good impression. A creative city

creates a better economy.

“I wanted to give local creatives a platform and I

thought how can we bring inclusivity and diversity.

Inclusivity and diversity starts with the gaze, and the

gaze starts with the writing.”

Enter Stage Write launched in Birmingham last year

to give aspiring screen and stage writers across the

UK the chance to see their work brought to life.

Determined to create a showcase event for the

city, Natalie pulled no punches in gaining industry

support for the project. Riding on the campaign

to bring Channel 4 to the West Midlands, she

approached television mogul Lee Mason, the

commissioning editor for Channel 4 drama, to be the

headline judge. And her ballsy approach worked.

“I couldn’t believe my luck when Lee Mason agreed

to be a part of my event, and it just exploded from

there,” says Natalie.

The competition received more than 350

submissions, with the top five scripts being performed

at the sellout showcase event.

“We attracted people from all demographics,

including people who had never been to the theatre

before,” says Natalie. “Even though it’s a theatre

event, competition entries can be stage or screen

writing.

“And while the scripts can come from anywhere, the

idea was that the performances on the night had to

be created by West Midlands creatives; it’s not only

a showcase for writing talent, but a showcase for the

creative uniqueness of Birmingham.”

The glittering 2017 event was opened by an singer

doing a smooth R’n’B cover version of Ozzy

Osbourne’s song Paranoid, and featured stints from

award-winning Birmingham spoken word artist

Casey Bailey and a comedy show by performers from

Birmingham Improv Festival.

“It brought the roof down,” says Natalie. “I’ve never

seen anything like it; there were people jumping

up in the audience before it had even finished,

screaming and clapping. I’ve never seen that kind of

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charisma and energy at a theatre show before.”

This year’s event, which will be held on December

1 at the Birmingham Conservatoire, promises to

be bigger, better, and even more glamorous, with

Natalie even planning to make a television drama

from some of the chosen scripts.

Writers of any age and experience level are invited

to submit a seven-to-10 minute script for the

competition. The first level, priced £10, sees scripts

included on the new Enter Stage Write database and

made available to production companies, allowing

industry exposure and the potential for scripts to be

picked up and put into production.

The second entry level, at £30, includes a 20-minute

meeting with an industry professional to discuss the

script and allows the entrant to resubmit their script

for free after making any suggested amendments.

Experts on board include Tim Stimpson, writer

of award-winning BBC productions The Archers

and EastEnders, writer-producer Anna Southgate,

who is currently working on a project with Emma

Thompson, and Darcia Martin, a director on Call

The Midwife.

There are two awards up for grabs on the night;

firstly the Audience Award best script, which is voted

for by the audience on the night. The main prize

is the Grand Award presented for the best play, as

chosen by guest judges on the night. The Grand

Award winner will scoop an impressive £1,000,

as well as the potential to see their writing career

skyrocket. Last year’s overall winner, Abraham

Adeyemi, has gone on to have his scripts performed

in at the Lyric Theatre by Jude Law.

“I hope that this will create a really good

advertisement for Birmingham,” says Natalie. “The

goal is to have some short dramas created from the

scripts which highlight the beauty of Birmingham.

“I’m trying to encourage inclusivity and diversity,

and regional inclusivity; just putting it out there,

opening doors and getting people to say ‘show me

what you can do’. I think if we do that, it’s creating

equality of opportunity for everyone.”

Since the success of last year’s Enter Stage Write

event, Natalie has never been more in demand to

help the creative sector in the Midlands. She has

most recently been working with Birds’ Eye View, a

women’s film institute on their Reclaim the Frame

project to promote female films.

“Birds’ Eye View get great films from major film

festivals all over the world like Sundance, Tribeca

and Cannes, and I’ve been launching these female

films and arranging premieres in Birmingham,”

Natalie says.

“It’s amazing that I’ve been given this platform and

I’m able to use it to help other creatives, and to do it

all for Birmingham.

“And I wanted to show that it can be done as a

woman of colour; we can create the opportunities

and there’s room for us right here.”

For more details about the competition, visit

www.transitionstagecompany.com

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PROPERTY

Property of the Month

WE TAKE A SNEAKY PEEK AT SOME OF THE HOTTEST PROPERTIES ON THE MARKET IN

THE AREA EACH MONTH. THIS MONTH’S SELECTION IS A MAGNIFICENT SIX-BEDROOM

CONTEMPORARY HOME IN A TRULY BREATHTAKING LOCATION NEAR ABBOTS BROMLEY

Portfields, Abbots Bromley, Rugeley: £2,750,000

On the market with John German Lichfield: 01543 419121

THE AGENT SAYS: A genuinely wonderful individual

modern detached house designed and constructed in a

Queen Anne style in a truly magnificent location on a four

acre site overlooking the Blithfield Reservoir. The location

is breathtaking, with views of the reservoir from most

major windows within the house or views over unspoilt

rural areas. The views are stunning and this house must

inhabit one of the finest positions in the Midlands and

probably even further.

The resounding quality of this property cannot be

overstated. The property has a top of the range air

conditioning system, top of the range electrical system,

under floor heating and all the modern fittings that we

would expect to find.

Portfields has an electrically operated secure gate which

opens onto a sealed drive which swings around to the front

of the house where there is a large parking area in front of

a three car garage, each with an electrically operated door.

There is an outside summer house, garden room, tennis

court and tree house. There are extensive formal gardens,

sweeping lawns, mature areas, golf practice area and small

paddock.

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INTERIORS

Teal

appeal

SPRUCE up your home for autumn with tranquil tones

of teal, mixed with warming woods and metals, and tap

into one of the most sophisticated trends of the season.

A rich blend of blue and green, teal is a shade taken

from nature’s own palette that combines the tropical

allure of the ocean with the depth and luminescence of

a gemstone. The result is a colour that is at once tranquil

and soothing, while offering a rich vibrance.

Pairing teal with warm, natural wood or stone accents

and lush green foliage creates an inviting space in

which to unwind, reminiscent of a deep forest. When

combined with vibrant tangerine, pink or mustard, teal

is the ideal backdrop for a retro scheme, producing a

smart look with playful undertones.

Teal is also bold enough to hold its own as an accent

colour; add a splash with textiles and accessories, or

make a statement with a feature wall or large furniture

piece.

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£29

SPLIT WALL CLOCK IN TEAL

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£18

SIENNA TEAL VELVET

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TEAL PRESSED GLASS WIDE BOTTLE

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£59

TEAL AGATE STONE SLICE,

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£30

£13

TOLIX STYLE METAL STOOL

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CULT FURNITURE.

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CONSTELLATION VELVET

CUSHION, OLIVER BONAS.

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ANDRA LARGE CHUNKY KNIT

BEAN BAG, WWW.MADE.COM

£149

STARKEY WALL LIGHT,

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£149.99

£59

£89

CULT LIVING ZORA VELVET

STOOL, CULT FURNITURE.

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FORM TEAL VELVET AND BRASS

CANTILEVER DINING ARMCHAIR,

DANETTI. WWW.DANETTI.COM

BOTANICAL SONG BIRD

WALLPAPER, £9.99, ARTHOUSE.

WWW.ARTHOUSE.COM

LIGNE ROSET PLUMY SOFA, £POA, COOKES

FURNITURE. WWW.COOKESFURNITURE.CO.UK


GRADUATE COLLECTION CHEETAH WALLPAPER,

£125, LIME LACE. WWW.LIMELACE.CO.UK

ALEXANDER AND JAMES IMOGEN TWO-

SEATER SOFA, WAS £952 SUMMER SALE

£715, COOKES FURNITURE.

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ALEXANDER AND JAMES BLOOMSBURY

GRAND SOFA, WAS £2,595 SUMMER SALE

£1,949, COOKES FURNITURE.

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I N T E R I O R S

TERRAZZO SIDE TABLE, £195, AUDENZA.

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Time for

terrazzo

MOVE over marble - it’s time for a terrazzo takeover.

Terrazzo is a trend we last saw in the 1970s and,

building on the popularity of marble over the last few

years, terrazzo offers a more colourful, more playful

alternative.

This speckled mosaic of marble scraps originated

with Venetian craftsmen more than 500 years ago

but it couldn’t look more cutting edge. When created

with contemporary colours and placed within a

modern scheme, terrazzo brings interest and texture to

worktops, floors and staircases.

Traditionally used as a flooring material, terrazzo has

had a 21st century makeover as a striking graphic

design for fabrics, wallpapers and everything in

between. From pretty planters to table lamps, rug

to crockery, it’s easy to add a terrazzo splash to your

home decor.

The key to terrazzo’s appeal? Aside from it’s

understated chic appearance, it’s so versatile, perfect

for a whole range of interior design styles from

contemporary minimalist to grand, statement schemes.

£65

£109

£75

TOM DIXON TERRAZZO

CANDLE. AMARA.

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BLOOMINGVILLE TERRAZZO LAMP,

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FERM LIVING KNOT TERRAZZO

BEANBAG, AMARA.

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£220

£279

£68

LORENA CANALS TERRAZZO RUG,

AMARA. WWW.AMARA.COM

HAY TERRAZZO SQUARE TABLE,

AMARA. WWW.AMARA.COM

TERRAZZO CONCRETE PENDANT,

ROSS AND BROWN.

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POPPI CUP, ABODE LIVING.

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£6.95

£59

FERM LIVING TERRAZZO TINS,

AMARA. WWW.AMARA.COM

£30

£129

ORA SIDE TABLE,

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HAKUUN SET OF TWO

TERRAZZO PLANT POTS,

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HOP DESIGN TERRAZZO BEDDING,

FROM £89, WWW.OOSTOR.COM


FERM LIVING TERRAZZO WALLPAPER, GREY, £65,

MADE IN DESIGN. WWW.MADEINDESIGN.CO.UK

MARY MEI TEAK WASHSTAND WITH

TERRAZZO BASIN, £699, TIKAMOON.

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TERRAZZO PINK WALLPAPER, £50, GRAHAM

AND BROWN. WWW.GRAHAMBROWN.COM

POPPI TABLEWARE RANGE,

FROM £6.50, ABODE LIVING.

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both traditional and contemporary furniture to your

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Every run of furniture is meticulously measured and

made to fit seamlessly, standard size cupboards and

fillers are not restrictions that negatively affect our

designs.

In frame,wooden doors are fitted onto solid cabinets

using traditional butt hinges and as you would expect,

jointed wooden drawers come as standard. All of

our furniture can be painted to your individual colour

choice, either in our workshop or hand finished on

site.

Of course before any project can evolve, a design

needs to be produced, this is where midlands based

designer John Fisher is on hand, to offer practical help

and advice.

Originally from the north west, John trained as an

architectural technician in the 1970s with the iconic

“Rank Organisation”

Entering the kitchen industry 30 years ago, he has

planned and managed many prestigious projects not

only in the UK but also in the USA, Russia, Germany,

and even Iceland. He has had designs featured

in most leading home interest magazines, whilst a

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Of course our designs and quality products are only

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S O C I A L

Celebrating a successful year

AS J’AIME TURNED ONE YEAR OLD, THE TEAM AND GUESTS CELEBRATED IN

STYLE WITH A GLITTERING BASH AT SWINFEN HALL. PHOTOS BY CHRIS DAY

The fizz was flowing as J’AIME celebrated our first

birthday with a stylish soiree at Swinfen Hall, near

Lichfield. The team were joined by guests including

advertisers and local business people, as well as an

array of people who have helped make our first year as

the area’s premier local luxury lifestyle magazine such

a successful one.

Guests enjoyed delicious canapés from Swinfen Hall,

as well as a stunning birthday cake created by The

Cake Spa founder Laura Sutton. Beautiful floral

decorations were provided by Peggy Prendergast of

Greenery and Co.

A charity auction, in aid of the We Love Lichfield

fund, saw local auctioneer Richard Winterton take the

rostrum with a relish, raising more than £1,200.

Five superb lots were on offer. Star of the auction was

a fantastic package for four tickets for the British GT

race at Donington Park on September 23, courtesy of

J’AIME’s motors expert Martin Plowman, who will be

racing on the day.

A bonus hospitality package was also included and

the lot went on to raise £550 on the night, thanks to

a generous winning bid from Steven Hale, of Steven

Hale Hearing.

Two tickets to a Sauce Supper Club pop-up restaurant

event – a tasting menu hosted by a top chef, usually at

a Lichfield venue – plus a signed menu and a meetand-greet

with the chef on the evening, courtesy

THE FIZZ WAS FLOWING AT J’AIME’S

BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION

of Sauce founders Beth and Jon Toovey made an

impressive £380.

A motor racing simulator experience for two, courtesy

of Symdeck, raised £150 - thanks to the offer of onthe-day

coaching from Martin Plowman.

A pair of silver, diamond and ruby earrings courtesy

of Allen Brown Jewellery, fetched £95 and a signed

photograph taken by the late Lord Lichfield, courtesy

of Simon Price, raised £100.

Mr Winterton said: “I went to the last We Love

Lichfield ceremony giving out the latest round of

grants and it was just amazing to see the

smiles on people’s faces signifying what these

grants mean to each and every charity. It

is just wonderful and we support the fund

wholeheartedly. I was delighted to see if

we could raise a bit more with a special

auction.”

Simon Price, patron of We Love Lichfield

said: “Thanks to all for raising an amazing

amount in just a few moments. Thanks

to Richard Winterton for compering

and to Allen Brown, Sauce Supper Club,

Symdeck and Martin Plowman for gifting

the prizes. And a happy first anniversary to

J’AIME and a thanks on behalf of We Love

Lichfield.”

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J’AIME EDITOR AMY NORBURY AND

ADVERTISING DIECTOR JAN ASHLEY

SAY A FEW WORDS OF THANKS

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F O O D & D R I N K

Give me Moor

A MODERN BRITISH MENU SERVED IN THE GRANDEST OF SETTINGS HAS EARNED

MOOR HALL’S THE OAK ROOM AN ENVIABLE REPUTATION, SAY AMY NORBURY

As a hotel, Moor Hall has long held a reputation

for excellence in these parts. But you don’t have

to be a guest to enjoy some of the top class

facilities on offer. The spa, for one, is a delight,

while there are events taking place throughout

the year which attract visitors from far and wide,

from murder mystery and tribute evenings to

afternoon teas and party nights.

And then there are the restaurants, in particular

The Oak Room. With two AA rosettes to its

name and a talented team serving up well-crafted

dishes using only the finest produce, it offers

some of the finest dining in and around Sutton

Coldfield. So we were delighted to be invited to

give The Oak Room’s latest menu a whirl.

We were greeted on arrival by restaurant

manager Javier Diaz, who warmly welcomed

us to The Oak Room and showed us to our

table next to the grand fireplace; I imagine it would

be delightfully cosy in the colder months, but on the

balmy evening of our visit it was thankfully redundant.

With its extensive oak panelling, ornate ceiling and

artwork adorning the walls, The Oak Room harks

back to the grandeur of days gone by. The original

dining room of Sir Edward Ansell, of Ansell Brewery

fame, who owned Moor Hall in the 1900, it certainly

provides a splendid setting in which to enjoy a special

meal.

We ordered drinks - a couple of glasses of Malbec, as

well as water for the table - and set about perusing the

menu. Local and seasonal ingredients abound, and the

menu has a rather eclectic feel, offering a selection of

imaginative dishes and playful twists on classics. Priced

at just £25 for two courses or £30 for three - although

some dishes do incur a supplement - it represents

excellent value for money too.

A delightful platter of canapés soon arrived, which

was a lovely touch and really set the tone for things to

come. A morsel of mozzarella, fresh basil

and the sweetest tomato on a sliver of

melba toast was a flavoursome mouthful,

while the crab on watermelon was a

beautifully refreshing combination.

To start, I plumped for one of Javier’s

recommendations; the curried cod cheeks

with squid ink rice and tomato salsa.

The portion was exceptionally generous,

with three cod pieces lightly coated in

a spiced batter atop a mound of black

rice, the squid ink infusing it with a

delightfully heady taste of the sea. The

salsa, with tomato, cucumber, red onion

and coriander, added a lovely freshness to

the dish.

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My dining companion thoroughly enjoyed her beef

bavette, which incurs a £2 supplement; plentiful

tender strips of pink steak piled onto a slice of crisp

sourdough and adorned with a shallot puree, which

added just a hint of sweetness to the dish. It was, we

agreed, a rather good start to proceedings.

Moving onto the main event, I was torn between

several dishes, with the lamb rump - at a £3.75

supplement - eventually winning over the duck breast

or the hay smoked roe deer. Again, it was a sizeable

plateful, with three perfectly pink pieces of deliciously

tender lamb rump. Slices of griddled aubergine

added a slight smokiness to the dish, with sublimely

sweet glacé cherry tomatoes gave it a nice balance.

Accompaniments of fondant potato and green beans

were well cooked, and a rich jus brought the whole

dish together nicely. It was a supremely satisfying plate.

The sea bream chosen by my dining companion

was cooked to perfection;

flakey fish just opaque, with

a well seasoned, crispy skin

complemented by freshness

from asparagus and peas

and a slight tang from the

accompanying mustard sauce.

A scattering of diced potato

completed a dish which was

as pretty to look at as it was

a delight to savour. She even

went as far as proclaiming

it one of the best fish dishes

she’d ever eaten.

Despite the generous platefuls,

we’d managed to save a little

room for dessert - but only

a little. Which meant that

while the chocolate

fondant, apple tarte

tatin and mirror glazed

blueberry cheesecake

all sounded heavenly,

we were both after

something a little

lighter to end the meal.

I was intrigued by

the smoked cherry

and vanilla panna

cotta, served with

caramelised pecans,

chocolate sorbet and

cherry gel, and it

proved to be a tasty

sweet treat indeed.

The panna cotta itself

was beautifully smooth

and creamy, while

there was a definite hit

of smokiness from the accompanying cherries which

added a new dimension to the dessert. The chocolate

sorbet was a delight; a little lighter than ice cream, it

was just enough to satisfy.

My dining companion opted for the macerated

strawberries with yoghurt ice cream, basil and

meringue, a perfectly pretty plate which hit just the

right note for a light, refreshing dessert.

A pot of coffee served with indulgently rich chocolate

truffles - of which I could just manage a bite - rounded

off the meal nicely.

It may be a little out of the way, but when it comes to

value-for-money fine dining, The Oak Room definitely

doesn’t disappoint. A well thought out menu, cooked

with flair, and exemplary service to match the setting

makes for a rather fine evening indeed.

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F O O D & D R I N K

Cocktail of the month

TOM LINDSEY AND RORY MCKERRELL, FOUNDERS OF FIFTH SPIRE GIN AND OWNERS OF THE SPIRIT

WORKS BAR IN LICHFIELD, SHARE A KNOCKOUT COCKTAIL WHICH PACKS A SERIOUS FLAVOUR PUNCH

The BB Gun

7.5ml Corte Vetusto Tobalá Mezcal

7.5ml Espolòn Reposado Tequila

15ml Buzz Button infused spirit *

15ml Edmond Briottet ginger liqueur

7.5ml St. Germain elderflower liqueur

25ml agave nectar

25ml freshly squeezed lemon juice

1 dash of Bokers Bitters

* Made by nitro-infusing Buzz Button flower

heads (Acmella Oleracea, and also known as

Electric Daisies) under pressure in 96% abv

spirit, before diluting to 70%

Shake all ingredients with ice and fine

strain into a coupette or martini glass.

Tom says: “These flowers are named as

such due to the powerful tingly sensation

they induce in your mouth when chewed.

By extracting this in the spirit we can

prolong the effect throughout the

cocktail. It builds in intensity throughout

the drink, and with it augments the

sharpness of the lemon and the spice of

ginger, creating a drink packing a unique

attack of the senses.”

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F O O D & D R I N K

A perfect pairing

PATRICK GAUNT, OPERATIONS MANAGER OF SPECIALIST WINE COMPANY ITAL SARDO,

TAKES A LOOK AT SOME FOOD AND WINE COMBINATIONS TO GET THE MOUTH WATERING

Wine, a beautifully diverse drink. Available for a tipple

on its own, as well as complimenting for a dish. Today,

we would like to present the dishes that go fantastically

with our wines. We will provide the wines with the food

recommendations, and leave the culinary flair to you.

All of our wines have been hand-picked and imported

direct from the wineries. This has allowed us to discuss

the best possible food pairings with the winemakers

themselves. We hope you enjoy this month’s tantalising

issue.

Wonderful whites

Our white wines of the Vermentino

variety all have a generic trait that pairs

perfectly with shellfish and light seafood.

We insist that you try our Brino from

Cantina Pedres with mussels, parsley

and garlic. This white wine has an

eloquently savoury finish which softens

the garlic flavour and extends the taste.

Never have we tried such a harmonic

pairing.

As we know, every wine is different.

Another wine that we have from

Sardinia, Cheja, is made with a blend of

native grapes from the island. This wine

is a little fruitier than that of a single grape Vermentino

and can therefore be paired with food that carries a

stronger flavour. I would suggest pairing this with raw

fish or sushi. The oily texture of the dish transforms this

wine and seems to add more layers of flavour.

Robust reds

On to the reds, and allow me to start

with one of our favourites, Nero

Sardo. A gold medal winner, 100%

Cannonau. This smooth and spicy red

has a real warm essence to it. A glass

of Nero Sardo assisted by a rich meaty

pizza will give you a one-way ticket to

Tasty Town. The warm, fruity feel of

this wine creates a soft edge to the dish

- it’s one of my favourite pairings!

If you ever find yourself with your

meats all set for your BBQ, salad

prepped, table set but no wine as

of yet… have no fear! We stock a

warm, rounded blend from Sardinia.

Our Geo is made up of Cannonau,

Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. This well-balanced

wine goes hand-in-hand with almost any grilled meats,

and once opened, can last up to three days - just

remember to put the cork back in. I sometimes find

myself with leftover food from a BBQ, and having

wine that I can carry over with it is a beautiful bonus.

All of our wines can be found on our website www.

italsardo.com

The bonus to us personally importing our wines, is

that we know all our produce, inside and out. We are

always able to assist with any recommendations of

any sort and can be easily contacted on email

wine@italsardo.com or telephone 01283 711588.

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CO M P E T I T I O N

Live like a millionaire at The Luxury Show

FROM RACEHORSES TO YACHTS, PRIVATE MEMBER-ONLY CLUBS TO EXOTIC HOLIDAYS, THIS YEAR’S

MIDLANDS LUXURY SHOW ON SEPTEMBER 28 AND 29 WILL BE FEATURING SOME OF THE MOST EXCLUSIVE

AND EXPENSIVE ITEMS ON OFFER FROM AROUND THE WORLD - AND YOU COULD WIN A PAIR OF TICKETS

Visitors to the exclusive show, being held this month,

will be given the opportunity to view and purchase

some of the finest products and services that money

can buy, and experience high-end living at its best.

With high budgets and exclusive taste a must, The

Midlands Luxury Show, which is in its third year will,

once again, be taking place at Britain’s leading hotel,

golf and spa resort, The Belfry, and will be showcasing

the pinnacle of aspirational products and companies

refined in luxury.

Featuring more than 45 exhibitors, along with

exclusive entertainment from Elmhurst Ballet School,

inspirational success speakers, a fashion show, fine

wine and dining there is little excuse to not attend the

popular show.

For visitors with millions to spend, here are some of

the top end products which will be there on the day,

so you can blow your budget on some of the most

luxurious items money can buy.

Charter a yacht:

Why not charter the most exclusive yacht in the world

at £1.1m per week, embark on a unique two-week

cruise around Antarctica with a visit to Falklands

on board of a superyacht Legend at £400,000 a

week, sail around the world on an very special sailing

catamaran at around £40,000 per week, hire the

largest and most exclusive sailing yacht the world

has even seen at £325,000 per week, all in five-star

luxury, with your own highly professional crew and

such facilities as helicopters, submarines, beach clubs,

on board swimming pools or outdoor cinemas and

private masseurs.

Own a racehorse:

Enjoy the thrills of racehorse ownership with Oliver

Greenall Racing who will be at the show.

Shotgun Sally is the well-bred daughter of leading

sire Milan and created a very good impression when

winning her only start to date in an Irish Point-To-

Point in April. She was a well-backed favourite which

shows how much she is thought of, showing very good

attitude when knuckling down to win by one length.

Buying the horse and a whole season training will cost

£50,000 plus VAT.

High End Fitness Equipment:

A new high-end range of fitness equipment will be

showcased at The Luxury Show in September by

Fitness Options. Prices for the wooden exercise bike

range from £2,245 to £2,965 (depending on the wood

the customer chooses) so you can look stylish as you

break a sweat and get fit.

The Luxury Shows were founded by Amarjet Snehi,

managing director of Equitrade Capital, alongside

Andy Seger, owner of J&A Fine Art, and September’s

show follows on from the success of the Cheshire show

earlier this year.

Other exhibitors over the two days will include D’Joya

Fine Jewellery, Amplify, Rolls Royce Motor Cars

Birmingham, Exclusive Cars, St James Place Wealth

Management, Kitchen Gallery, Midlands Hot Tubs,

CM Wines and Yamaha Grand Piano.

To register your interest in attending the event, which

starts at 10am on both days, visit www.theluxuryshow.

co.uk

For sponsorship and exhibiting opportunities, please

contact a.snehi@equitradecapital.co.uk or

andy@jandafineart.co.uk

The Competition

FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN A PAIR OF

GUARANTEED TICKETS TO THE LUXURY SHOW,

SIMPLY ANSWER THE FOLLOWING QUESTION:

WHERE IS THE LUXURY SHOW BEING HELD?

Send your answer, along with with your name, email

address, postcode and proposed wedding date by email

to competitions@jaimemagazine.com with Luxury Show

competition as the email subject. Entries must be received by

5pm on Wednesday, September 19, and our winner will be

notified by Friday, September 21. Terms and conditions apply.

Visit www.jaimemagazine.com for further details.

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Moor Hall Hotel is the perfect venue for your civil ceremony,

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Our beautiful country house setting is full of character

and our sweeping lawns, sunken garden and newly refurbished

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Thursday 27th September 2018

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The George offers a delightful setting for civil ceremonies and

wedding receptions for up to 110 guests, in the heart of the Lichfield.

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J’AIME HAS TEAMED UP WITH THE PAVILION AT BRANSTON GOLF AND COUNTRY CLUB TO

OFFER READERS THE CHANCE TO WIN A WINTER WEDDING BREAKFAST FOR UP TO 50 PEOPLE

The team at The Pavilion love nothing more than

seeing their wedding couples taking their first steps

into married life together and the joy and happiness

that is shared with their friends and family on their

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Making your day as memorable and magical as

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Whether for your wedding and evening reception or

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team can cater for celebrations of every size from

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of wedding you have dreamed of, they can tailor a

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The Chatsworth Suite offers not only stunning

views over the golf course, but can be transformed

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of your wedding - from the ceremony and wedding

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but you can also enjoy the private Garden Room

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thoughts, touch up that flawless make-up or just take

two minutes with your new spouse to assess the day.

All of the wedding day food is made with locally

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The dedicated team of wedding coordinators are

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to ensure your dream wedding day comes true. The

team will work with you offering help and advice to

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and ensuring that everyone enjoys themselves right

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WHAT IS THE NAME OF THE PRIVATE ROOM THAT ALL

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Send your answer, along with with your name, email address, postcode and proposed wedding date by email to

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Wedding Breakfast is a set menu and is to be used alongside the Winter Wedding Package for up to 50 guests from October

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W E D D I N G S

Bloomin’ marvellous

SUTTON COLDFIELD FLORIST PEGGY PRENDERGAST, OF GREENERY AND CO,

TAKES A LOOK AT SOME OF THE BEST SEASONAL TRENDS FOR WEDDING FLOWERS

Whether you’re clueless about carnations or a pro

on peonies, choosing your wedding flowers is a big

task. Your wedding flowers play an important part in

the whole look of your big day, having the ability to

transform your venue and set the tone for the entire

proceedings, so it’s a decision which requires plenty

of thought - and, for most of us, some expert help.

Peggy Prendergast, from Sutton Coldfield florist

Greenery and Co, says that, while roses and peonies

will always be big-day favourites, brides in 2018

and beyond are increasingly going green with their

bouquets and floral decor.

“Foliage has been on trend for a while when it comes

to weddings but it is still very much the ‘in’ thing,”

explains Peggy. “Eucalyptus originally broke the

flower barrier with wild bouquets and is still very

popular. However ferns and more of the tropical

foliages are now taking the lead, appropriate for

many colour schemes and styles.”

As we head into the chillier months, pastel and

muted tones give way to bolder hues.

“Moody romantic is very much the trend for winter

weddings, using a dark colour palette of burgundy,

maroon, plum and dark green,”” Peggy says.

“Unusual, bold flowers are also becoming a bridal

favourite. If you want to make a statement, a large

focal flower is always a winner. Protea or even the

king protea is very popular for the alternative bride;

eye-catching and modern, the South African flower is

truly a talking point.”

But, says Peggy, many couples prefer to use their

wedding flowers to incorporate a slice of timeless

tradition into their wedding.

“Although there are plenty of equally beautiful trends

around, the ever-popular colour palette of whites,

creams, greens with a hint of dusty pink is still very

much a favourite. It’s a beautiful classic and, if you’re

unsure about your wedding flowers, this could be the

perfect look.“

FOLIAGE IS A HUGELY

POPULAR BRIDAL TREND

BOLD FLOWERS LIKE KING PROTEA CAN

MAKE A STATEMENT IN YOUR BOUQUET

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W E D D I N G S

Taking the stress out of the honeymoon

HONEYMOONS CAN BE JUST AS STRESSFUL TO ORGANISE AS THE WEDDING DAY ITSELF, BUT DON'T WORRY

WE’VE GOT YOU COVERED! HERE, OLIVER, DIRECTOR OF LICHFIELD’S RB COLLECTION, OFFERS SOME TOP TIPS

AND SUGGESTIONS TO HELP MAKE IT AN ENJOYABLE PROCESS, NOT A DAUNTING ONE

PETITE ST VINCENT IN THE

CARRIBEAN IS THE ULTIMATE

ISLAND GETAWAY

In the past, the term ‘luxury’ focused on gold taps

and marble bathrooms of five star hotels; however

the modern interpretation revolves heavily around

quality time with your loved ones and unique

experiences that create lifelong memories. We pride

ourselves on being a ‘luxury’ travel agency, but

appreciate everyone's interpretation of this word can

vary and we work hard to ensure our service meets

your requirements.

BUDGETING TIPS

Let’s face it; weddings are not cheap, and then

there’s the honeymoon to worry about. But don’t

panic. Yes, it can be a challenge but we are here

to help. Ask yourself if this will be a once-in-alifetime

opportunity - and maybe worthy of a larger

investment - or a shorter break for now, with a longer

trip planned for later.

Is there is a specific place you want to visit, but it’s

proving more expensive immediately after your

wedding? Consider delaying it to a time of year that

would be better value for money. Avoiding school

holidays and bank holiday is also another good way

of reducing your honeymoon budget.

We offer our clients a special ‘Gift List Service’

which allows friends and family to buy experiences,

upgrades and enhancements for your honeymoon

which will help with the overall cost. From spa

treatments to dinners and excursions, this is a fun

way to involve them in your trip. You simply provide

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them with a website address and code and they

choose from a menu of options and pay online. A

simpler version of this allows them to simply add

money to your account with us to help pay off your

trip.

SWEDEN'S STUNNING ICEHOTEL.

PHOTO BY ASAF KLIGER

WHERE TO GO?

Are you're looking for an ultimate desert island

escape, or an adventure week? Maybe a bit of

both? It can be a needle in a haystack to choose

where to honeymoon, and this is where we can

help.

A fun exercise to do together at home is write

down the three places in the world you think your

fiancé(e) would like to visit and what you think

they would like to do when they are there. You

can then learn very quickly if you have a good

understanding of what each other wants from a

honeymoon, or if you are off the mark entirely and

need to chat about it further! Either way, it should

help you both work out what type of trip you want.

Another option would be to focus on what you

want to do on your honeymoon and not get too

distracted with where you want to go. Then come

and meet with our travel experts who can then

recommend places for you based on what you want

to do when you are there.

DISCONNECT

We are so busy with our modern, digital lives

nowadays that we sometimes forget the importance

of time together. A honeymoon should be exactly

that and while we all want to capture the moment in

photographs, do we need to be digitally connected

while on our honeymoon? There is a real trend in

EXPERIENCE THE WONDER OF

NATURE ON A KENYAN SAFARI

‘digital disconnecting’ and this is something we are

really in tune with at RB. Disconnecting doesn't have

to just mean doing nothing on a desert island either,

although this does of course sound very appealing

doesn't it! You can also easily disconnect while still

‘doing’ something on your honeymoon.

One of our digital disconnecting experiences is a

safari in Kenya, and it

works perfectly for those

with less time to spare for

their trip too. Within five

days you can travel down

to Kenya and experience

mother nature first hand

with a luxury tented safari

that has no wifi or TV, just

you, your loved one and the

Big Five - sound exciting?

If you have more than five

days, we would extend

to trip to the beach in

Zanzibar or the Seychelles

for example. To see the

migration; visit between

July and October and for

lower rates January and

February are are best.


THAILAND CAN OFFER

EXCELLENT VALUE-FOR-MONEY

LUXURY

And why not combine two

holiday destinations in one

trip, it certainly makes it

feel like you are getting

better value for money. For

example, Bangkok for a few

days shopping and seeing

some temples, then a few

days on the island of Koh

Samui which we know very

well.

OUR FAVOURITE

HONEYMOON

EXPERIENCES

BEAUTIFUL BEACHES WITHOUT

BREAKING THE BANK

We pride ourselves by offering a five star experience

to our clients. This doesn't mean all the holidays we

arrange are only for the rich and famous. We also

know how to get fantastic value for money with our

experience of arranging holidays all over the world

for many years.

While the well known saying ‘You get what you pay

for’ is very true in the world of travel, you do not

necessarily need tens of thousands of pounds to have

the perfect beachfront honeymoon experience. There

are certain parts of the world that offer excellent

value for money for five star beach holidays. Take

Thailand for example; a private pool villa there can

cost in the region of £200

per night at certain times

of the year, compared with

£1,000 per night in the

Caribbean.

Many couples also like

the idea of a romantic

beach holiday, but also

like atmosphere and

socialising - will a desert

island getaway be the best

option for you? Maybe a

beautiful beachfront resort

in Mexico may be a better

choice - better value for

money than the Caribbean

still, lots of cultural things

to see and do, great food

and lots of people to meet.

Unique experience -

Sweden’s Ice Hotel

Winter: Sweden’s Ice

Hotel is a top choice of

ours. Prices range from

£1,100 per person to more than £3,000 per person

for the Ultimate VIP Experience, with champagne

on arrival, top suite accommodation and a host

of exciting winter activities such as husky trips,

snowmobile excursions and, of course, the chance

to see the Northern Lights. Why not combine the

Ice Hotel with the Tree Hotel and double up the

adventure.

Summer: You can now sleep on ice all year round!

In summer the excursions change and you can

experience white water rafting, the midnight sun

as well as the beautiful Swedish landscapes. The

Northern Lights even start to come out to play later

in August and into the autumn time.

THE HUSTLE AND BUSTLE OF

TIMES SQUARE, NEW YORK

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Short on time - Romantic cities

Spring and autumn: For those with limited time

to take a honeymoon, let us send you to one of

Europe’s romantic cities away from the crowded

summer months, but when temperatures can still be

warm. For example, Venice can get very crowded

in the summer but will still be warm earlier or later

in the year. For some, the idea of a gondola ride

through the backstreets of Venice is the perfect

romantic experience.

Winter: One of the most magical times of year for

New York is December where the lights are out and

the city comes alive for the festive season. Take in the

Christmas Extravaganza Show and enjoy spectacular

views from Top of the Rock at the Rockefeller

Centre.

Digital disconnect - Safari v desert Island

Winter and summer: Kenyan safari. Leave the

mobile phone at home and escape on this ultimate

safari experience in luxury tents to see the Big Five in

their natural habitat.

Winter: A lot of clients’ dream honeymoon would

be a deserted island getaway and we can offer exactly

that on Petit St Vincent in the Caribbean. There are

no TVs in the luxury villas and no wifi either, just

stunning scenery, beautiful beaches and quality time

together.

FIVE TOP TIPS FOR A

STRESS-FREE HONEYMOON

• FOCUS ON WHAT YOU WANT TO DO ON

HONEYMOON DAY-TO-DAY, NOT NECESSARILY

WHERE YOU WANT TO GO.

• CONSIDER DELAYING YOUR HONEYMOON TO

ENSURE YOU TRAVEL AT A TIME THAT OFFERS

THE BEST VALUE FOR MONEY, WEATHER AND

OVERALL EXPERIENCE.

•USE OUR GIFT LIST SERVICE FOR FRIENDS AND

FAMILY TO BUY SPECIAL ENHANCEMENTS TO

YOUR TRIP.

• BE OPEN MINDED, TRY NOT TO FOCUS ON

WHAT YOU THINK IS THE ‘DREAM TRIP’, THERE

MAY BE SOMETHING ELSE YOU HAVE NOT

CONSIDERED.

• TAKE THE PRESSURE OFF YOURSELVES BY

SPEAKING TO A TRAVEL EXPERT… LIKE US!

THERE ARE SO MANY DETAILS TO CREATE THE

PERFECT HONEYMOON THAT RELYING ON THE

PROFESSIONALS CAN MAKE IT A STRESS-FREE

EXPERIENCE, ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU ALREADY

HAVE THE WEDDING TO ORGANISE!

CATCH THE AWESOME DISPLAY

OF THE NORTHERN LIGHTS

FROM THE ICEHOTEL, SWEDEN

J’aime reader offer

free honeymoon gift list

MENTION J’AIME MAGAZINE WHEN

ARRANGING YOUR HONEYMOON WITH US

BEFORE THE THE END OF OCTOBER 2018

AND WE WILL PROVIDE YOU WITH OUR

ONLINE GIFT LIST SERVICE FREE OF CHARGE,

SAVING £50! THIS HANDY TOOL FEATURES

A PERSONALISED WEB PAGE WITH A MENU

OF ITEMS FOR FAMILY AND FRIENDS TO

PURCHASE AND PAY FOR ONLINE. YOU

CHOOSE WHAT THE ITEMS ARE WITH OUR

TRAVEL EXPERTS. THEY RANGE FROM SPA

TREATMENTS TO DINNERS, EXCURSIONS AND

ROOM UPGRADES, DEPENDING ON THE TRIP

YOU HAVE BOOKED. IT’S A HANDY AND FUN

TOOL TO ENHANCE YOUR TRIP.

Contact RB Collection to plan and book your

honeymoon on 01543 261550, or email vip@

rbcollection.com. Visit their office only on Boley Park,

Lichfield (next door to the Co-op with free parking).

Browse example holidays at www.rbcollection.com.

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LO CA L A R E A

What’s On Local

YOUR GUIDE TO THE BEST OF WHAT’S ON IN AND AROUND

SUTTON COLDFIELD, LICHFIELD, WALSALL AND BEYOND

WHAT:

Lichfield Proms

in the Park

WHERE:

Beacon Park

WHEN:

September 1

2018’s Lichfield Proms will see thousands of people

gathering in Beacon Park for a spectacular evening

of entertainment. Set to feature The British Police

Symphony Orchestra, the City of Lichfield Concert

Band, children’s entertainment, and a fireworks finale,

it is the event to end the summer in style. The free

entry event for the whole family is now in its twentieth

year, so audience members can expect some special

treats this year.

Lichfield Proms is free entry, although donations are

very welcome. There’s also the chance to reserve prime

seating at tables in front of the stage. So, grab your

picnic blankets, Union flags and end the summer with

us in style at Beacon Park. For more information visit

www.lichfieldhistoricparks.co.uk

WHAT:

Murder

Mystery

Evening

WHERE:

Moor Hall

WHEN:

September 14

An evening that will leave you shaken, not stirred!

You’ll join the members of the 007 Club at their annual

dinner - members love anything to do with fictional

spying 007 style and some even specialise in inventing

useful gadgets for spying. But which member thinks

they have a licence to kill?

The plot unfolds during The 007 Club’s Annual

Dinner, so join us and try to work out the dark secrets

of the members and watch out for vital clues to help

you spot the murderer.

The event costs £40 per person, includes a three course

dinner or £150 for two to include an overnight stay.

For more details visit www.moorhallhotel.co.uk

WHAT: Eco Festival

WHERE: Streetly Methodist Church

WHEN: September 29

Join in with a day of family fun celebrating ‘the good

life’ at Streetly Methodist Church’s Eco Festival.

Venture outside for woodland craft activities, including

weavers, spinners and dyers, as well as presentations

by the RSPB, Friends of Sutton Park Association and

the 1st Streetly Scouts. Musical entertainment will be

provided by Wildfire Youth Folk Group, New Streetly

Youth Orchestra, Halesowen Handbell Ringers and

Lichfield Lighthouse Company. There will also be an

array of delicious food available from Clare’s Country

Kitchen and Custom Rustic Pizzas, as well as an allday

barbecue. All are welcome; entrance is just £1 for

adults, and children are free.

More details can be found at

www.streetlymethodistchurch.org.uk and on the

Streetly Methodist Church Facebook page.

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WHAT: The Cathedral Icon

WHERE: Lichfield Cathedral

WHEN: September 14

Icon school students from Bethlehem set up a working

studio in Lichfield Cathedral during this summer - the

first of its kind outside the Holy Land.

The Bethlehem Icon School brought six students to

spend two months reviving the sacred art of religious icon

painting, to create a twelve by eight feet crucifix of Jesus

to hang above the nave. The cross will be dedicated at a

service on Holy Cross Day, September 14.

Rooted in sixth century Christian tradition, this new

icon of the cross, which, alongside the traditional crucifix

incorporates themes of hope through images of new

growth and blossom, has been commissioned by Lichfield

Cathedral to remind people of the suffering of war and

the hope and reconciliation of peace, as part of a series

of events in the Cathedral’s year-long Imagine Peace

campaign to mark the centenary of the end of the First

World War.

Local company, Midlands Conservation Ltd, spent

early June constructing a studio in the east end of the

Cathedral in preparation for the Bethlehem School’s

arrival, and visitors have been able to watch the icon

students at work every day, under the tutelage of the

school’s director Nichola Juha and visiting tutors, as they

recreate this ancient Christian art form alleged to “open

doors to heaven”.

The Dean of Lichfield, the Very Revd Adrian Dorber,

discovered the Bethlehem Icon School during a sabbatical

to the Holy Land in 2012, when he found nuns saying

Friday prayers in front of an icon painting called ‘Our

Lady Who Brings Down Walls’ at the Israeli-built wall

that divides Jerusalem from Bethlehem. His questions

about its artistry led him to the Icon School and it has

been a passion of his ever since to bring the school to

Lichfield to create something new and redolent of the

story of Christ for the city and beyond.

The Dean of Lichfield said: “Icons are said to be

gateways through which heaven meets earth, and I am

proud to support this ancient art form to create an image

of Christ who fills all things with new life. I want this new

icon to be a message: a message of hope and creativity:

a message that says here at Lichfield Cathedral, you can

explore deep things in life, you are welcome, irrespective

of your background or beliefs.”

The technique uses natural minerals from the earth,

including agate, plaster of Paris, and gold leaf, and dates

back over 1,500 years. The wood for the cross was made

and prepared by Dylan Hartley in his studio in nearby

Telford.

For more information, visit the Lichfield Cathedral

website at www.lichfield-cathdral.org

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LO CA L A R E A

What’s

Competition

on Second City

A LOOK AT SOME OF THE BIGGEST AND BEST

EVENTS TO COME TO BIRMINGHAM THIS MONTH

WHAT:

Whitney - Queen of

the Night

WHERE:

New Alexandra Theatre

WHEN: September 12

A stunning celebration of

the music and life of one

of the greatest singers of our time. This award winning

production features a sensational line-up of musicians and

artistes, and together with a powerhouse and breathtaking

performance in the spirit of Whitney, delivers a show that

exceeds expectation on every level.

Taking us on a magical rollercoaster ride through three

decades of classic hit’s that include, I Wanna Dance With

Somebody, One Moment In Time, I’m Every Woman,

My Love is Your Love, So Emotional Baby, Run to You,

Saving All My Love, I will Always Love You, and many

more, this show beautifully remembers the most highly

awarded female artiste in the world ever.

Whitney’s one true legacy was her music. Share her life

and get ready for the greatest love of all in Queen of the

Night! For more details visit

www.atgtickets.com/birmingham

WHAT: Biffy

Clyro - MTV

Unplugged

WHERE:

Symphony Hall

WHEN:

September 19

Even though Biffy Clyro are best known for their

electrifying and explosive live shows, the rock outfit have

often proven that their stripped back performances pack

just as much of a punch. This month, Biffy Clyro come to

Birmingham as part of a string of shows in support their

MTV Unplugged: Live At Roundhouse London album,

which was released in May.

Recorded at London’s iconic Roundhouse last November,

the set represented the UK relaunch of MTV’s legendary

acoustic series, seeing Biffy Clyro follow in the footsteps

of Nirvana, Oasis, Pearl Jam and more. The set featured

an array of fan favourites including Machines, Many of

Horror as well as tracks of the band’s latest album, Ellipsis.

The MTV Unplugged tour presents a chance for a wider

audience to see the band play a rare full-length acoustic set

in magnificent surroundings. For more details visit

www.thsh.co.uk

WHAT: Rip it Up - Dancing and Singing

Through The 60s

WHERE: Symphony Hall

WHEN: September 24

Following the smash hit success of Rip It Up

Dancing Through The 50s last year – which

was acclaimed as the most exciting Strictly

Come Dancing spin-off tour ever – Rip It Up

brings the fabulous soundtrack of the 1960s

to life in an explosion of song and dance.

Strictly Come Dancing champions Harry

Judd and Louis Smith MBE and people’s

champion Aston Merrygold will tour together

as the ultimate boy band of dance, presenting

everlasting hits from the decade that changed

not just a generation but the world; from

Mersey Beat, Motown and Mod to West Coast

and Woodstock. Backed by the exceptional Rip It Up live band and a stunning supporting cast of singers and dancers,

the Strictly champions will dance to songs from everyone from The Beatles and The Rolling Stones to Aretha Franklin

and Stevie Wonder. Rip It Up celebrates some of the most iconic sounds, sights and events from that tumultuous

period which transformed the 20th Century. For more details visit www.thsh.co.uk

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FA S H I O N

Animal instincts

IT’S A FASHION JUNGLE OUT THERE, SAYS AMY NORBURY,

AS ANIMAL PRINTS REIGN SUPREME FOR THE NEW SEASON

WHILE it may seem mere moments since we were basking in

a summer-long subtropical climate, the distinct downturn in

temperature has got us excited for the upcoming autumn months.

Cooler days mean we can bid adieu to those summer wardrobe

struggles, and embrace a season of new wardrobe possibilities.

Designers galore are going wild for animal prints; it’s a trend which

rears its head every once in a while but if the AW18 catwalks are

anything to go but, animal is the print of the season. Tom Ford

made a statement with head-to-toe bold red leopard, while Victoria

Beckham showcased several animal print looks in her collection,

including a seriously chic leopard print update on the classic trench

coat.

Forget any preconceptions you had about animal prints; for AW18

leopard brings a real chic feel to proceedings. From bright colours to

more understated influences, there are plenty of ways to inject a wild

touch into your new season wardrobe.

Start simple with an elegant blouse here, or a fine knit sweater there

- both looking super chic paired with slim-fit trousers or a classic

pencil skirt - but be prepared to unleash your inner animal as we see

wild prints on everything from trousers to coats, shoes to dresses.

And while leopard reigns supreme as the most prolific animal

print, it doesn’t stop there. Why not experiment with other spots

and stripes as well; zebra feels especially covetable again, thanks to

brands like Balenciaga, who featured gorgeous slinky zebra print

dresses.

The most on-trend way to wear the look is to really embrace it, and

by that we’re talking head-to-toe. On the Max Mara catwalk it was a

leopard print party: trousers, skirt, jumper and coat all roaring with

animal fierceness in one look. And while you might not want to go

this extreme - after all, trousers and skirt together really is overkill for

your everyday wardrobe! - pairing dresses and shoes, or mix-andmatch

animal print separates, will certainly elevate your look in the

style stakes.

For those loathe to fully commit, rest assured there is a solution:

some of the season’s greatest accessories come in the spirit of the

trend. Whether your penchant is for leopard or zebra, subtly classic

or bright and bold, there’s a splash of animal fashion out there for

you.

LEOPARD DRESS, £48,

AND TWEED BLAZER,

£60, BOTH OASIS

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£25

ZEBRA PRINT BLOCK HEELS,

DOROTHY PERKINS

£80

£45

£30

£45

DAVIE BAG, DUNE

ANIMAL PRINT

DRESS, NEXT

LAARIA SCARF, DUNE

ZEBRA JUMPSUIT,

DOROTHY PERKINS

KINZEY LEOPARD CALF

HAIR BOOTS, SAM

EDELMAN AT HARVEY

NICHOLS

£65

HELENA BELT,

HOBBS

£165

CAMEL LEOPARD PRINT

MIDI DRESS, £50, WALLIS

RED LEOPARD PRINT MIDI

DRESS, £65, OLIVER BONAS

ZEBRA KNIT, £38, AND

CHECK PENCIL SKIRT,

£40, OASIS


I N T H E N E W S

A new name for a

bridal business

A wizard

worktop wonder

A Sutton Coldfield

bridal boutique is

celebrating a year

under new ownership

with a change of

name.

Caroline Bailey took

over as the owner of

established bridalwear

specialist Singular

Sensation in Boldmere

last August, and has

made the decision to

put her own stamp on

the business by renaming the shop Caroline Bailey.

BRIDAL BOUTIQUE

OWNER CAROLINE

BAILEY

Caroline is also introducing her own line of bridal gowns,

which will be exclusive to the shop.

Caroline says: “I previously worked as radiographer at

the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and just over a year ago I

made the decision to leave my career and become the new

owner of Singular Sensation. This was a massive decision

for me and I know it’s a bit of a cliché, but I wanted to

follow a dream I had always had. So with the backing of

my family and friends I took the leap and I haven’t looked

back.

“I have always been creative; I have made wedding cakes,

wedding bouquets and centrepieces but designing and

helping my mum make my own wedding dress gave

me the real passion for bridal dresses. I dreamt that one

day I might have my own bridal boutique, so when the

opportunity arose I knew I had to take it.”

So on August 26 last year, the boutique was reopened,

following a makeover and the introduction of new dress

designers, including Demetrios, to complement the

existing designers such as Mark Lesley.

Caroline adds: “This last year has been a learning curve,

but with ongoing support from family and friends and new

support from brides, both past and present, and the all the

designers I really feel It has been one of the best decisions

I have ever made. Being part of a bride’s journey is very

special. I want every bride to feel happy, amazing and

beautiful and treasure the time they found their dress in

my boutique.”

For more information call 0121 355 8158 or visit

www.carolinebaileybridal.co.uk

If your granite worktops are looking a little worse

for wear, a new Midlands company is coming to the

rescue, working their magic to restore your stone to

perfect condition.

Granite Wizard has been set up by Neil Smith

to maintain and restore natural stone and quartz

worktops for both domestic and commercial clients.

From chipped edges to broken joints and unsightly

staining, Granite Wizard can give your luxury

worktops a magical makeover to restore their natural

splendour.

Neil says: “Granite is natural and needs to be sealed

to stop moisture and stains penetrating the stone. Not

many people know that granite when cutouts are there

like sinks and hobs, steel reinforcement bars are cut

into the underside and glued in to make the cutouts

strong enough to manufacture and transport the stone

in the kitchens.

“If the stone aren’t sealed stopping water getting into

them and silicon seals fail around sinks and walls water

causes the steel bars to rust, expanding and splitting

the stone beyond repair.

“This can all be prevented by sealing the granite

approximately every three years and replacing old

silicon around sinks and walls. I see more and more

of this every year, but with a few hours work it can be

prevented. Granite is a amazing worktop but it need

looking after and not many people know this. Granite

Wizard can seal and replace old silicon and check and

reseal sinks to stop this.”

For more details contact Neil at Granite Wizard

on 07525 725210 or email

granitewizarduk@gmail.com

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Life in the fast lane

M OTO R S

THIS MONTH, J’AIME’S MOTORING EXPERT AND RESIDENT RACING DRIVER MARTIN PLOWMAN

TAKES A LOOK AT A GROWING TREND IN THE MOTORING WORLD; VINYL WRAPPING

Vinyl wrapping has been around for a long time

already, but it has been rapidly increasing in

popularity thanks, in part, to powerhouses like

3M, who have been perfecting vinyl technology

and addressing the needs of the car world, making

vehicle wrapping an easy modification for both the

casual car tuner and the elite car collector.

Last month my marketing guru friend Ben called

and asked if he could borrow my car and whether

I would be willing to let my daily driver VW Golf

estate be vinyl wrapped for a 3M promotional

photoshoot? I love free stuff, so naturally, I said yes!

I was a little sceptical about the whole thing at first

as I had always imagined vehicle wrapping to be

exclusively something that joy-riding, Paul Walker

wannabes in Vauxhall Corsas did to their cars! To

alleviate any fears I met with Kevin Gelsinan, owner

of APM Customs and official supplier to Ultratek

Racing - who happens to be one of the leading 3M

authorised vehicle wrappers in the country - to learn

all I needed to know.

Arriving at their workshop it instantly felt more akin

to a Formula 1 factory; the place was spotless. Bright

white walls and huge downlights to illuminate the

cars, it did look a little like a scene from Fast and

Furious, like a car guy’s dream hangout. What stood

out to me was the sheer diversity of the current crop

of clients at Kevin’s workshop. On the ramp was a

brand new Mclaren 570s and next to it was a modest

Fiat 500; there were cars from all walks of life.

"Whether you drive a Fiat or a Ferrari, every

customer who walks through our doors receives

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the same high attention to

detail,” said Kevin. “We pride

ourselves on a great customer

experience from initial design

consultation where we get a

taste for what the client needs,

and maintain communication

throughout until the big

reveal. Every job that we do

is bespoke. Every customer

is unique, so it’s important

that we give them a look that

matches their vision."

So why choose a vinyl wrap

over a bonafide paint job?

The benefits of wrapping

stack firmly in its corner over

conventional paint. Cost and

convenience are two major

factors, when you consider

that vehicle downtime is only

a few days compared to weeks

for paint, and the cost of

wrapping is only a fraction too. The biggest factor

that I hadn't considered before was that a vinyl

wrap is not considered a permanent modification.

Therefore you don't have to mess around with your

car’s V5C logbook and, being non-permanent, it

won't affect the car's resale value.

The guys at APM did a cracking job on my car, I was

very impressed with how it turned out. I don't know

how they do it without getting air bubbles or ripples,

I know I've tried and failed to apply stickers many

times so the only logical explanation is that they are

wizards! While wrapping may not completely cover

every nook-and-cranny of the inside of the cars

door hinges, I was amazed about how the 3M vinyl

manages to adhere to the most awkward of shapes

and not ripple or

look stretched. The

finished product

looked amazing

and was certainly

a match for a

perfectly repainted

car.

From my own

personal experience,

I've definitely

become a fan of

the wrap. So next

time you get bored

of your red Ferrari

and fancy spicing

things up, I would

highly recommend

giving the guys

from 3M a call. It's

a lot cheaper than

buying a new car!

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