Women's Lifestyle
Prima UK

Prima UK July 2019

Prima delivers real life guidance, inspiration & ideas to simplify the lives of modern woman today. In Prima Magazine there is something for everyone - advice on how to look and feel your best, time and money saving solutions, quick and easy food, beautiful homes and gardens, and above all everything you need to get the most out of life. Prima addresses the emotional needs of everyday women, covering issues relevant to every life stage, through shared experiences and real life inspiration and advice. Its tone is supportive, warm, helpful and fun, with a positive approach to life and a modern point of view.

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12 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
smile, it’s summer!

Heading to meet Carol Kirkwood (p8), our cover star, I couldn’t help wondering, ‘Could she really be as lovely as she seems on TV? Could she really be that smiley?’ Well, guess what? She is! If anything, she’s lovelier. She even laughed after the make-up artist’s dog ate her salad when she wasn’t looking. ‘Well, the bit I had was delicious,’ she joked. What I also loved about Carol was her confident attitude: ‘I want to be toned and healthy at 57,’ she said, telling me how she was getting fit. And she certainly looked fantastic. I came away realising just how empowering positivity can be! Picking up on Carol’s healthy attitude, I’m taking particular interest in our exclusive six-week plan to drop up to a stone (p69). It’s been created…

10 min.
‘i’ve always been this positive, it’s my default’

Carol, 57, lives in Berkshire with her tabby cat Donald. She is celebrating 21 years as the face of the weather on BBC Breakfast. A NATIONAL OBSESSION It’s so inherently British to be obsessed with the weather. It’s always a topic of conversation; even if you pass somebody at a bus stop you might say ‘beautiful day’. I love my job with a passion, it’s as simple as that, and I do it to the best of my ability. People often ask me what the weather’s going to be like for big occasions, such as, ‘When is the best month to get married next year?’ We have long-range forecasts, but as for specific ones, they are too far out. If I say August or September and then it rains on that particular day,…

3 min.
make a splash!

In the swim A classic gingham one-piece exudes Riviera chic, and this flattering cut will boost your body confidence. Can you wear shorts? Of course! Tailored styles are perfect for holidays. They’re ideal to pull on over swimwear and also look great teamed with a soft white linen blouse for sightseeing days. Swimsuit, £34, 6-22, Next. Shorts, £50, 6-22, Boden. Hairband, £10, Topshop. Bag, £44.95, Gap Easy does it Trade in your kaftan and wear an oversized cotton shirt for this season’s coolest cover-up. Easy to throw on, this is practical, laid-back style at its best. For holiday jewellery, shells are a must-have this summer. A pretty necklace will glam up swimwear and add polish to simple dresses. Shirt, £24, 6-26, Next. Swimsuit, £59, 6-18, The White Company. Sunglasses, £8, Debenhams. Necklace, £17.99, Mango. Bag,…

3 min.
swimwear for your shape

TANKINIS Ruching, stripes and busy prints are all clever design details to look out for when buying a tummy-flattering tankini. TUMMY TAMING Choosing styles with supportive fabrics and hidden panels will result in a trimmer-looking tum. RUCHED SWIMSUITS The perfect style to disguise your middle! Find a design with secret mesh panelling for a smoother silhouette. HIGH-WAIST BIKINI BOTTOMS Big pants are super-slimming and will neatly cover tummy rolls, while moulded or underwired bikini tops offer support. BALANCE YOUR BOTTOM If your bum or hips are problem areas, go for bright patterned tops and dark-coloured bottoms to draw the eye upwards. POST-OP STYLES Practical and pretty, these mastectomy swimsuits are made from soft materials and have secure prosthesis pockets for comfort and confidence. CREATE A WAIST Want to give the illusion of a neat nipped-in waist? Opt for styles with belts or bands…

2 min.
buy it, wear it, love it!

Style solutions from our fashion director AMANDA MARCANTONIO SUMMER IN THE CITY Keeping cool when the temperature rises is a sartorial challenge, and that’s why we’re making a beeline for the lovely linen pieces that are on the high street. Classic cuts and clean lines in fluid, natural fabrics make summer dressing a breeze. BEACH CHIC BRACELETS These boho bracelets are a great way to add summer shades to your holiday wardrobe. They also look lovely mixed with fine gold chains and seashell charms. FIT FEET FitFlop has a range of sandal designs that are super comfy and even help with posture. This season, I’m going for gold – the metallic works with everything, especially summer skin! Looking for a travel bag that stands out from the crowd? Personalise yours at Lands’ End. Choose your size, colour…

9 min.
the holiday photos that tell a story…

‘Standing on the island, I made a special vow to myself’ After a difficult break-up, Vicky Zimmerman, 44, from north London, thought she’d never find love again – until an early morning walk on holiday got her thinking. Gazing out to sea on the beautiful Italian island of Ischia, a surge of optimism flooded through me. Deep blue oceans and vast skies; there seemed so much space and so many possibilities ahead for the future. Standing there, it hit me how the hurt of the past was behind me, and that it was time for my future to really begin. ‘I told myself I could still have adventures on my own’ Exactly 12 months earlier, in 2016, my life had turned upside down. I’d just celebrated a year of blissful happiness with my partner,…