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Best issue 2

Best delivers a varied and lively mix of ideas and inspiration to inform and entertain real women and help them get more out of every aspect of their busy lives. Best is topical, practical, offering more variety than any other weekly by embracing traditional topics in a modern way.

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United Kingdom
Hearst Magazines UK
52 Issues

in this issue

4 min
get glowing, get dating, feel fabulous

KEEPING ACTIVE IS KEY So how does our inspirational cover girl Ulrika get her glowing good looks? I don’t do any exercise,’ she admits. ‘I used to be a gym bunny and a serious swimmer (three hours a week!) But now all I do is walk the dogs for an hour; garden and I never sit still down in the day. The first time I sit down is at 5.30pm when we have supper. So I guess I'm just active …’ JEWEL IN THE CROWN You’re going to love this pink gem. Magnum has created a brand-new variant of its ice cream using ruby chocolate. That’s right; as well as white, dark and milk chocolate, there’s now ruby, made from the ruby bean which gives the chocolate a pink colour and berry flavour. Well, they…

3 min
mr darcy is back on the market!

Hooking up with the bad boy never ends well, does it? If you’re a woman at a certain stage in life who’s had her fair share of ‘cheeky charmers’ (think Daniel Cleaver in the Bridget Jones film series), you realise romance would be simpler if you opted for the solid, reliable fella. He’ll never forget your birthday, buys you flowers on Valentine’s Day, and won’t leave you for someone younger, prettier and skinnier. This man is Mr Darcy - aka Colin Firth, 59 – who’s now single having split from Livia, his Italian wife of 22 years. We’d happily watch him play-fight with Daniel Cleaver over us any time – we’d be rooting for him to win… THE BAD BOY DANIEL CLEAVER What is it about bad boys that some women can’t…

2 min
the suburban sex guru!

Want to get a bit more adventurous between the sheets, but not sure where to start? Look no further. I’m your girl. While ‘sex talk’, even between friends, may leave some people blushing, I’m not one of them. In fact, because I love a risqué double entendre, it had become a bit of a joke that I’d try out cheap and cheerful sex toys and ‘review’ them for my friends. However, when I sent them my verdict of ‘Justin’, a £5 vibrator from the adult aisle of Poundland – ‘I’d recommend him. He’s cheap, he gets the job done, and he doesn’t leave the toilet seat up!’ – they suggested I post it to a Facebook couponing group that I’d put a few tongue-in-cheek messages on before. So, in late 2018, I uploaded…

5 min
blissful breaks!

MANOR BORN CHAMPNEYS SPA AT EASTWELL MANOR, KENT Champneys spas have always made the most of their picturesque locations but Eastwell Manor is something special. This ivy-clad manor house sits in 62 acres of private grounds and landscaped gardens in the green heart of Kent – despite being only a 15-minute drive from Ashford International, it feels a world away from urban bustle. Unusually for Champneys, Eastwell is a hotel in its own right – there’s a bar, a smart restaurant, and so much to explore in the glorious gardens you’ll need a map, including croquet lawn, pétanque court, outdoor table tennis, golf course and even falconry lessons. But spa and fitness is what Champneys does so well, so there’s a huge range of classes (from Aqua Fit to Zumba), state-of-the-art facilities,…

2 min
happy never after!

‘Would you be prepared to not marry me for the rest of your life?’ is perhaps the most famous line to come out of Richard Curtis’ iconic Brit flick Four Weddings and a Funeral. It’s a question some women would probably dread being asked. Yet it seems this very scenario has worked wonders for one of Hollywood’s most enduring couples – Goldie Hawn, 74, and Kurt Russell, 68 – after vowing to never marry one another. While the stars crossed paths on the set of 1968’s The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band, they actually began dating in 1983, after re-connecting on the set of the film Swing Shift. Both were previously divorced – Goldie was formerly married to actor Gus Trikonis in 1969, then musician Bill Hudson in 1976, while Kurt’s…

3 min
love stories

The Far Pavilions MM Kaye Penguin, £14.99 This epic story is set in 19th-century India. Although it addresses themes of war, race and empire, the backbone of the tale is the forbidden love between an aristocratic Englishman raised as an Indian after being orphaned in the mutiny, and Anjuli, a beautiful Hindu princess. Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen Wordsworth Classic, £2.25 It is a truth universally acknowledged that anyone who reads this masterly comedy of manners cannot fail to be charmed by the slow burn romance between feisty Elizabeth Bennet and the haughty, arrogant Mr Darcy. All delivered in Austen’s elegant prose, it’s a delight. Me Before You Jojo Moyes Michael Joseph, £8.99 When Lou takes a job as a carer for a young man who was paralysed in an accident, she doesn’t expect to fall in love. But the magical…