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Simply Woman & Home July 2021

Simply Woman & Home is the only wellbeing and fitness title on the market that offers women of any age, any shape, any fitness level, particularly women over 40, the inspiration to feel fabulous every day. Simple changes that fit real life are the prescription to make the most of their looks, feel younger, fitter, slimmer, reduce stress, increase vitality and live a healthier life. The magazine is divided into sections focusing on wellbeing, beauty, diet, fitness, health and ‘inner you’ and is packed with tips, expert advice and best buys.

United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
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4 Issues

in this issue

1 min
hello there, sunshine

Welcome to Simply woman&home, and to the glorious month of July. This year may feel a little different for some of us – less hola to the Med, more hello to what our own shores have to offer – but still as special. And this issue celebrating Outdoor Living is proof! We’re taking you to the beautiful beaches (p108), the gorgeous gardens (p88) and the perfect picnic spots (p76) of Britain. We’ve put together every recipe you’ll need to enjoy sunshine days with your family and dreamy evenings with your friends. And we’ve uncovered the latest trends and brilliant buys to transform your garden into a holiday destination in its own right. Plus there’s exclusive fiction from bestselling author Alexander McCall Smith (p42) and a handy guide to fun events…

5 min
here's to a summer of outdoor living

NATURAL TOUCH This summer’s top trend in outdoor furniture is all about keeping it natural, according to Ian Ellis, outdoor living buyer for John Lewis. Last year’s rattan fix is here to stay, and there are loads of ways to introduce the tactile material into your garden. ‘Opt for statement outdoor furniture in handwoven wicker or all-weather rattan,’ he says. ‘Or add a touch of the trend with a jute rug or floor cushion.’ For rattan and cane outdoor furniture, try johnlewis.com The green spaces around our homes have never felt so important. And even if that means simply stepping out of the back door, being in the open air with family and friends will boost your wellbeing, and allow you to get away from it all. Normality is on the horizon, but…

1 min
3 ways to be ready for any weather

Frivolous but fun, fringed parasols are this summer’s garden accessory of choice, offering protection from sun and rain. ‘Parasols are a nice way to add colour, especially if you don’t have many flowers,’ says Selina. Business & Pleasure Co umbrella, £290, selfridges.com On chilly evenings, cookery writer and author of A Table for Friends (£26, Bloomsbury), Skye McAlpine likes to bring out warming drinks to boost morale. Keep it seasonal with herbal infusions. ‘Offer people a steaming mug of mint or ginger tea,’ she says. Natural wool throws and hot water bottles also keep the cold at bay. Swap patio heaters for firepits or a woodfired stove, like the Feuerhand Pyron Fire Barrel. This stainless steel, double-walled barrel provides clean-burning flames – perfect for marshmallow toasting. From £240, le-petit-jardin.com…

1 min
easy pizza

Food writer Lucas Oakeley says nifty portable pizza ovens are the must-have cooking equipment for summer soirées. ‘If want to fire up the kind of beautifully blistered pizza you’d happily pay £12 for, there’s no better option.’ He rates Ooni’s wood pellet oven, £249, ooni.com (right). Try these tips from Pizza Pilgrims’ founders, Thom and James Elliot: DOUGHN’T STRESS Move quickly with pizza dough, as it can stick easily. KEEP IT SIMPLE Use just two toppings so the dough can cook through. SUMMER FLAVOURS Try pairing porchetta ham with sweet teardrop peppers or go all-out for a summer flavour explosion with asparagus, crispy pancetta and a lemon oil drizzle. CALL THE EXPERTS If you don’t have a specialised oven, Pizza in the Post from Pizza Pilgrims only requires a frying pan and an oven…

1 min
rethink the centrepiece

‘Table floristry at home doesn’t need to be complicated,’ says Gael. ‘Try using small, colourful glass vessels to hold flowers at different heights.’ Alice agrees: ‘Bud vases of different heights along the table can be impactful and it’s also thrifty. You can buy antique bud vases second hand and use a smaller amount of flowers to make the table feel full.’ For an easy alternative, Skye puts food centre stage. ‘I love to use fruit on the table for an abundant look that adds height and shape to a table,’ she says. Try piling stone fruits into low bowls or onto cake stands for a simple but effective display.…

1 min
lights, camera, action!

Is there a better way to use your back garden than hosting an outdoor film night on a balmy summer’s evening? Make sure you’re ready to press play with our tips… CHECK THE TECH Always look at the resolution and lumens count when buying a projector. 4K resolution is the gold standard, but HD portable projectors are fine for home viewing. The higher the lumens number, the brighter the image; anything over 3,000 will guarantee you can watch in lighter conditions. Try the Towond HD 1080P Video Projector, which offers 7,000 lumens and includes built-in speakers. £169.99, amazon.co.uk PICK A SUITABLE SPACE Although pop-up projector screens are available, a plain, pale wall or a pinned white sheet work just as well. Make sure the space is dry, sheltered and away from external…