Hooray for AUTUMN!
There’s something about the dapple of light through autumn leaves, slight dampness in the early morning air and shortening days that always gives me that sense of new beginnings. Perhaps it’s just childhood memories of going back to school in the inevitable oversized uniform and starchy collared shirt, but I always get this feeling of anticipation and change. So I’m thrilled that this month’s issue of Prima captures that same excitement, with pages packed full of new fashion trends (think checks, tartan and tweed) and gorgeous make-up in plums and golds. And for your home, we’ve got the top 10 high-street looks to update any room in a flash (page 114). But, of course, autumn also brings back memories of putting your feet up in front of the telly – especially with the return of The Great British Bake Off. To celebrate, we’ve got some amazing recipes from the show’s latest book (page 98), and the most delightful and heartwarming feature, Recipes Of Love (page 38), where women share their favourite dishes and explain why they mean so much to them. I don’t know about you, but for me there’s nothing that stirs up emotions quite like the smell of a certain cake or loaf of bread baking in the oven. Our cover star Mel Giedroyc knows more than anyone about the power of baking – it was interesting hearing her thoughts on the new Bake Off and how she’s finally come to terms with no longer hosting the show with Sue Perkins. I hope you enjoy the interview with her (page 8). And, in many ways, Mel’s facing a time of change of her own, as she’s set to star in a London show. ‘Let’s do things we really want to do and let’s try to do them well,’ she says. Wise advice indeed!