Shopping in and around Cheshire

Shop Talk<br/>Compiled by Janet Reeder

Novella ideas for the New YearArgentinean photographer and designer Rossana Novella has created a beautiful collection of home accessories incorporating her distinctive images. Hers is a unique style created with a variety of old and new cameras for an authentic vintage look. Rossana’s collection of images, which include stunning close-ups of flowers such as apple blossom and orchids, as well as retro images of the English seaside can be applied to greeting cards, coasters and placemats. Visit for further details.

Step up to the plateHave your thoughts turned to shedding unwanted pounds? Maybe it’s time to take inspiration from 49-year-old Kay Illingworth, the Glossop lady who has helped more than 160,000 adults and children lose an incredible 6,720,000 million lbs by inventing and patenting The Diet Plate�. Kay came up with the idea for herself after putting on more than seven stone over three years. She found that although she dieted she couldn’t shift the weight and discovered the portions she was eating were all wrong. Now the plate, which is segmented so that people eat the right proportion of protein carbs, etc, is even under consideration by the NHS as a tool to help prevent obesity. For more information or to purchase a portion plate, priced around �19.99, visit or call 01457 862446.

Jewellery queen goes back to her roots Cult jewellery designer Chloe Moss has gone back to her roots, returning to the region where her label ChloBo began. From shoots in Vogue to a growing celebrity fan base, the brand has made its mark on the accessory world, and now 3: Eleven in Hale has been added to the carefully selected list of stockists of this in-demand range.Chloe, from Chester, says: ‘The ChloBo collections were originally stocked in boutiques in the Cheshire area, but due to demand we have branched out and are now stocked all over the UK. Boutiques like 3: Eleven are the essence of the label, and it’s such an amazing feeling to be stocked in boutiques back where it all began.’ For further information on ChloBo jewellery visit

Sneak previewOh we love it when the new collections start coming into the shops, so here’s a gorgeous dress from Cheshire boutique favourite Betty Barclay to get you looking forward to the spring/summer collections. This is the perfect little number for what we have now come to love as the ‘transitional season’  - that time of year when we want something new but aren’t quite ready to splash out on warm weather clothes. Dress, �90, Betty Barclay. Tel 020 7411 0322

Get an eyeful of the new make-up trendsRing the changes with a new make-up look, like this one Bobbi Brown has created for Tibi. Take note: this spring it’s all about the eyes and if you’re brave enough you’ll be reaching for the brightest colours and applying them in 1980’s style. Eye colours around �18 each by Bobbi Brown at major department stores.

Wrapper’s delightIconic album sleeve designer and Factory records co-founder Peter Saville is clearly exploring other ways of unleashing his creativity, hence this limited edition wrapping paper he has designed. He’s created the design as part of a wider recession-busting campaign commissioned by Cityco, Manchester City Council, Marketing Manchester and GMPTE and with a limited run of 5,000 the tubes of paper may even become collectible. It’s available at the Tourist Information Centre in St Peter’s Square, Manchester City Art Gallery’s shop, the gift shop at Urbis and on-line at and from Vinyl Exchange in the Northern Quarter, priced �2.99.

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GM Design

109 Wilmslow Road, Handforth01625 521 616

StyleThe perfect place to find inspiration for your new-look interior. After all, this is the time of year when we are all desperate to re-vamp the home. There are roomsets so it’s possible to get an idea of the interior design services you may want to call upon and soft furnishings and other pieces to make it easy to add those finishing touches.

What to buyReally cool lighting, seriously funky English-made sofas in Italian leather, dining furniture in wood or chrome, beautiful contemporary bedroom furniture, wooden flooring, carpet, hand-made rugs, curtains, bedding and other accessories.

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Anything else?Award-winning interior design services for anyone who needs help, whether they are refurbishing an entire house or just need help with one room.

Opening times9.30am-5.30pm Monday-Saturday

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