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Best 21-2021

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
wedding bells for denise?

‘Eddie [Boxshall, a commodities trader] will be surprised when he watches this,’ she laughs, ‘but the conversation did happen in lockdown, and we would like to get married, so it would be nice to cement the relationship in this way.’ Denise doesn’t want an engagement, she just wants a small wedding with all her friends and family. We suggest someone buys her a copy of this week’s best if she doesn’t read us already! We are packed with ideas for those of us – possibly not on our first wedding – who want a mini rather than a maxi affair (page 47). As we say, it’s the Cool Bride’s Guide to getting married without breaking the bank. There’s outfit inspo for guests, too! Or anyone who just fancies a white dress this…

3 min
start your week with a smile

1 FEATHERED FRIENDS How gorgeous are these beautiful birds?! The male Splendid Fairy-Wrens were snapped by Mark Eatwell in Australia and we’re mesmerised by their striking markings and regal hues. They definitely won’t go unnoticed! Lisa keeps it clean with black and white but we also love pink lady Frankie and Motsi’s stunning gown too 2 Who wowed the crowd? We’re dotty for these frocks! Lisa Snowdon, 49, represented the high street during a recent stint on This Morning in this monochrome dress from the latest collaboration between Ghost and M&S, while FrankieBridge, 32, adds a-Spring-like touch of pink in this Oasis number. It’s Strictly judge Motsi Mabuse, 40, who adds some serious glam, though – with this stunning-off-the-shoulder gown. 3 CHEERS! She’s a lifestyle guru and A-lister, but we’re pleased that even Gwyneth Paltrow struggled…

2 min
midlife crisis? i’m too busy!

News anchor and author Kate Silverton, who turned 50 last Summer, has admitted she’s busier than ever – and has too much on to be suffering from existential angst over the milestone! The mum-of-two – who’s been married to hubby, former Royal Marine Mike Heron, since 2010, revealed recently, ‘Mike always says we’re too busy for a midlife crisis!’ Fresh out of home-schooling children, Clemency, nine, and Wilbur, six, while presenting BBC Weekend News, the TV star has also been counselling other childen, as part of her training to become a child psychotherapist. And Kate’s also just written a book, entitled There’s No Such Thing As ‘Naughty’: The Groundbreaking Guide for Parents with Children Aged 0-5. It focuses on how, in the early years of parenthood, raising your children right can set…

2 min
i want to look like alice cooper

Frequently hilarious BBC Radio 2 presenter Claudia Winkleman – famed for her smudged black eyeliner, choppy fringe and obsession with fake tan – has said she ‘can’t wait to be 50’ and ‘loves getting older’. The 49-year-old, who never lets us down with her unique take on life, added that her hope was to resemble ‘rockers like Gene Simmons or Alice Cooper’ when she gets older – and that she’s not a bit concerned with looking ‘young and bouncy and fresh’. Speaking to the Women’s Health Going for Goal podcast, Strictly Come Dancing host Claudia – who turns 50 next January – explained she’d been brought up to believe her looks were the least interesting thing about her. ‘It’s not that I want time to go fast, but I’m absolutely fine with it,…

4 min
‘duchess’ meghan family fortunes & harry’s new bombshell

She has various strings to her bow but, recently, Meghan Markle has cast herself in a new role – that of children’s author, with the upcoming publication revealed of picture book, The Bench. The story book, which will be published on 8 June, is described as ‘a modern children’s book about the special bond between father and son – as seen through a mother’s eyes.’ The book, which is attributed to ‘Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex’, includes illustrations by award-winning artist Christian Robinson of fathers playing with their small children, with one of the dads depicted as a red-headed soldier in combat gear, bearing more than a passing resemblance to Harry. Some have conjectured that it hints to Harry’s unhappiness at having been stripped of his military titles. Harry, who served in Afghanistan…

1 min
a baby girl, eighth in line to the throne…

As the world awaits news of Harry and Meghan’s imminent arrival, the couple’s second child, a little girl born in California – a world away, in so many ways, from her relatives in the Royal Family in Britain – the documentary A Very Royal Baby: From Cradle to Crown (Wed, 9pm, Channel 4) will explore what it means to be born Royal. In the case of Archie’s baby sister – she will be eighth in line to the throne, and eligible to run for president. Who knows what the future will hold for Harry and Meghan’s children. Let’s just hope the arrival of this little girl brings Harry happiness – and perhaps will help build bridges across the pond……