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Holding back the years

Holding back the years

Upminster based beauty expert, Sue Moxley, shares the secret of the latest US treatment set to hit the UK and change the way we age

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Purple trousers, £89, with matching sequin top, £79, and purple shoes with bow, £95, all by Jacques Vert and from Quadrant. Silver, gold and peridot earrings, £125, and daisy pearl necklace, £345, both by Marisa Arna Jewellery. Christmas tree, from Christmas Wrapped Up By The Easters and Christmas decorations by The Willows Flowers

Get the party started

Essex Life gets dressed up for Christmas with this stylish collection for festive looks on show at Wakes Hall Lodges in Wakes Colne

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Christmas Lights switch on

Market values

Our high streets may well have changed over the years, along with our shopping habits, but one true survivor seems to be the market, offering customers fresh seasonal produce, clothing, bargains and banter. Nowhere is this more the case than Romford, explains Petra Hornsby

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Amy's Baking Year

5 Essex Things with Amy-Beth Ellice

At only 16 years of age, Amy-Beth Ellice has taken the baking world by storm. Since she was a small child, growing up in a creative family in Stanford Rivers near Ongar, Amy has loved to make cakes and sweet treats for her friends and family, inspired by her mother, Gillian. After many years of taking orders for her special cupcakes and decorated cakes, her first baking book, Amy’s Baking Year, has been published and is now on the shelves! Amy’s Baking Year follows the four seasons, including fresh, light recipes for Mother’s Day, Easter and summer picnics and warming treats for Halloween, Bonfire Night and Christmas, of course. Here, Amy shares her top five Essex things about the Christmas season…

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Enjoy the cosy surroundings at The Swan Inn

Dining Out

This month Stephanie Mackentyre reviews The Swan Inn, Monks Eleigh.

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9162 by Allure Bridals, £1,450. Available from Turner & Pennell

Bridal beauty

These delicious designer dresses offer brides inspiration for that unique look on their big day

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Coping with Christmas

Coping with Christmas

Christmas is a time of great excitement for so many children, but for people with autism, the changes to routine can be very challenging. Petra Hornsby learns more from Anglia Autism

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Summer days. Stained glass by Rosie Langford

Mixing art with...Christmas magic

With the festive season upon us, Coggeshall is in the spotlight as a group of talented artists combine their talents and put on an exhibition that complements the town’s Christmas Fayre

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Reversing the signs of ageing at The Beauty Rooms

Beauty Review

This month Holly Eells reviews The Beauty Rooms in Marks Tey, Colchester. Read on to find out more

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Waltham Abbey

In search of Saxon Essex

Historian and author Stephen Roberts takes us on a journey around modern day Essex as he searches for its connections with our Saxon heritage

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The arrival of the cold weather means it's time to dig out the jumpers and savour some delicious seasonal offerings

Autumn arrives

Penny Fordham compares the TRUE (The Real Unexplored Essex) with TOWIE. This month Penny reflects on the arrival of autumn

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Can you offer Teddy a loving home?

Home is where the heart is...

Every day, the RSPCA Danahar Animal Home in Wethersfield is looking to find caring homes for for animals in need of care and attention. essex Life showcases one each month in the hope that our readers can find it in their heart to give these animals a home...

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Cross Country Ski Copyright © Matthew Tomkinson / In Partnership 2007

Bringing the hills alive

John Carter, long-time presenter of TV’s Wish You Were Here programme and seasoned globetrotter, reignites his flirtation with the many delights of winter sports

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Kelly Turkey

The Producers

Kelly Turkeys represents three generations of the Kelly family. In 1971 Paul’s father, Derek Kelly, having worked in the turkey farming industry for some years, originally began the business selling higher quality white turkeys

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Ingatestone and Fryerning Victorian Evening

Celebrate a Victorian Christmas

Ingatestone and Fryerning Victorian Evening takes place on 5th December. Read on to to find out more about this magical event.

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EXG NOV 14 PHILANTH

Happiness, Happiness

Money may not bring you happiness, but giving money away, just might. Essex Life gets to the root of the issue with a look at how charitable giving may change your life

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EXG NOV 14 Travel 2

Fresh ideas

If you are scratching your head for a new place to visit for a family getaway, why not follow the lead of the Victorians and head to the Isle of Wight? Tim Saunders did

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EXG NOV 14 MOTORING 2

Making a Deal

With a family heritage stretching back 95 years, Deal of Kelvedon has a history to be proud of, as well as some very exciting plans for the future

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EXG NOV 14 HEALTH

Relax, the Roslin Retreat way

Escaping to the seaside always feels like a treat, but there are special delights in

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EXG NOV 14 SOUTHEND

Building for the future in Southend

Southend is famous as one of the UK’s classic seaside resorts, but, as Chris Penhall discovers, this family favourite has big plans for the future too

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