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Best issue 3

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.

United Kingdom
Hearst Magazines UK
52 Issues

in this issue

1 min
time of our lives…

Growing older is mandatory, growing up is optional. Not all of us feel like that, but from Dame Helen Mirren, who ‘doesn’t give a flying about ageing’, to Davina McCall, who believes we should see each year as a ‘badass’ gaming level where the higher we go the better we are, to Janet Street-Porter, who (let’s face it, has never held back with her opinions), thinks growing older gives us at least one amazing positive – we care less and less about what other people think, how we spend our time and what we say… We dress as we like and we (mainly) say what we like. Ulrika is dating again, using an app for over-50s and happy to talk about it. While Carol McGiffin, now 60, yawned when I…

4 min
what’s new… get glowing, get dating, get fabulous

GLOW LIKE ULRIKA… Single ladies need to take the plunge and go on a dating app for the over-50s, like Lumen, says Ulrika Jonsson: ‘At the age of 52, after a marriage set against a barren sexual landscape and a five-year hiatus – I’ve had sex. ‘To be honest, two years ago, I had no expectations of ever having sex again.’ She described her self-worth as ‘lower than a tart’s knickers,’ but added the new sexual experience showed she ‘had not forgotten how to ride a bike (euphemism, for sure)’. WHAT DOES CBD REALLY DO? Today’s hottest pot product doesn’t get you high but fans claim it helps promote sleep, boost appetite, reduce stress, depression, anxiety, has skincare benefits and (with a doctors consent) may help with epilepsy. So it’s little wonder cannabidiol or…

8 min
yes, you can still be attractive over 50!’

Of all the surprises Kate Garraway faced in the jungle on ITV’s I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! at the end of last year, the biggest awaited her when she left the camp. Kate’s husband of nearly 15 years, Derek Draper, was in Australia, where the show is filmed, along with their children, Darcey, 13, and Billy, 10. Watching his wife cope with the deprivations of jungle life with great humour and winning many admirers in the process, Kate says, Derek ‘fell in love with me all over again’. ‘You’re told you can’t take any jewellery in,’ she continues, ‘I didn’t want to take my wedding ring off, but I did take my engagement ring off. When Derek came to meet me after, he was planning to propose again [with…

1 min
celebrate your shape

Softly does it! Relaxed tailoring in light shades is perfect for spring. Earn your stripes Step away from classic nautical and embrace a bolder stripe this season. The power of print Take a walk on the wild side with a statement animal print piece. Full circle Keep the top half fitted to emphasise your waist and avoid looking frumpy.…

4 min
long may she reign…

Explaining her philosophy that we should all ‘age disgracefully’, Helen Mirren said: ‘You die young, or you get older. There is nothing in between! You may as well enjoy it.’ Indeed, of the female celebrities who seem to be embracing the ageing process with fun, a wry sense of humour and a dose of irreverence, ‘Queen’ Helen, is at the top of the totem pole. Whether it’s running barefoot down the runway at Paris Fashion Week – or showing off her twerking skills on live TV (‘I do love to twerk. I am mesmerised by it’), Helen has always done things her own way. Promoting recent flick The Good Liar, she admitted that she absolutely detests people calling her ‘sexy ‘or ‘beautiful’ and will scream if anyone dares call her it again. At 74,…

4 min
pole fit at 61!

‘It may not be what you’d expect a 61-year-old to do week-in week-out, but pole dancing is something I love. It’s given me confidence, changed my body and given me a whole new lease of life. I’d always loved being outdoorsy, was an active person and had excelled at cross-country in my teenage years. Then, when I was 17, my boyfriend and I met a friend in the pub and she’d bought Melvin with her and he was a dead ringer for David Cassidy. He was dishy, and we got on brilliantly. It’s safe to say my boyfriend didn’t last long…! We married in September 1977 and went on to have Angela, now, 42, and Joanne, 36. As a family, we’d go on long walks, bike rides and encourage the kids to race…