“I loved my body back then, and I do today as well”
The actor lost weight in recent months, prompting new headlines that seemed to accuse her of being a hypocrite. She’s not having a bar of it. “It would be sad if I would have to maintain my exact appearance and shape from three years ago in order to appear that I believe what I said when I said it,” she explains. “Did I love my body then? Yes, I did. I loved who I was and how I was able to be healthy and a functioning human. And I do today as well.”
When a man is murdered in the middle of nowhere during the train journey between Istanbul and London, all of the passengers on board become suspects – and potential victims. So begins cum-potential-victims. the stylish and suspenseful new movie based on Agatha Christie’s much-loved novel. Adding to the sense of glamour and grandeur provided by the opulence of the train and the dramatic, snowy landscapes it’s travelling through, an A-list ensemble directed and led by Sir Kenneth Branagh portrays the captivating cast of suspects- Passengers include an unlikeable American who believes his life is in danger (Johnny Depp), a Russian princess (Dame Judi Dench), a Spanish missionary (Penélope Cruz), a German professor (Willem Dafoe), a young governess (Daisy Ridley) and a brash American widow (Michelle Pfeiffer). Fortunately, at least for the innocent passengers on board, world-renowned detective Hercule Poirot (Branagh) is also on board. Keep up if you can as he unravels each suspect’s backstory and gathers the clues to work out whodunnit, howdunnit and whydunnit – before the killer strikes again. Combining one of the greatest mysteries of all time with the biggest A-list ensemble of the year, is set to be an unmissable cinematic event. Don’t let it leave the station without you.
As every Australian knows by now, the only safe tan is the one that comes from a can. “The key to nailing a flawless shade starts with selecting the right base colour for your skin’s undertone,” explains Le Tan senior brand manager Elizabeth Kazantzidis. “An ash base complements fair skin tones, a violet base works with olive complexions, and a green base is suitable for all skin tones, making it the perfect all-rounder.”
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Idon’t believe it’s on the statute books, but in interior styling there is, apparently, an edict known as the cantaloupe rule. Like all such rules it’s there to be broken, but I find this one quite useful. The basic premise is that whether you call them knick-knacks, tchotchkes or lifestyle accessories, nothing on display in your home should be smaller than a cantaloupe (or rockmelon), regardless of the dimensions of the room or surface on which they’re placed. It can, however, be bigger.
Daft as it might initially sound, the cantaloupe rule is surprisingly relevant, especially with more and more of us (this columnist included) living in apartments. Nothing makes a small space feel smaller than small things. It is advice I could have done with as a kid. My seashell collection and teeny Dutch clogs certainly didn’t meet cantaloupe code, nor did the palm-sized Eiffel Tower. My pre-adolescent bedroom must have looked like a gift shop – for elves.
But cantaloupes aside, thinking big really is the best way to go in a small space. Anything that draws the eye upwards will make a room feel taller. Floor-to-ceiling shelving (or shelves placed at a height) is a great idea, and although they’re not for the faint-hearted, vertical stripes on walls can have an elongating effect. Likewise, an oversized rug with stripes running lengthways will suggest the room is longer. Remember that unless you want the room to feel like a 19thcentury opium den, light is the most effective way to maximise its size. And choose pale colours that reflect, rather than absorb, light.
As every 1970s nightclub owner can attest, mirrors are also your best friend in a small space. I live in an apartment full of them and they make it feel twice the size. But large mirrors can be expensive for sure, so think about hanging a group of smaller mirrors, gallery-style, as if they were artworks. Don’t assume either that small-space furniture needs to hug the walls. Moving the sofa and chairs into the room to allow passage around them will create an illusion of space, plus you can always pop a console or credenza behind. And the cantaloupe rule not only applies to accessories, but to furniture too. One oversized piece can add scale and drama to a small room. I once saw Gaetano Pesce’s voluptuous Up Series chair in a studio apartment and it looked stunning. That chair ain’t called Big Mama for nothing. Neale Whitaker is editor-at-large of Vogue Living.