Big summer days and nights usually come with a dress code; but fear not! This is your chance to shine! Editor-in-chief at IMAGE magazine Melanie Morris and Village stylist and personal shopper Natalie Svikle are here to offer up their top tips to make sure you're ready for any occasion!
I love a good day out! Here are my tips on how to make your stylish mark and stay in the mood to celebrate.
1. Choose well-designed clothes made from good fabric. Check for dresses with linings, separates with good zips and buttons, ensure fabric is breathable and (relatively) crease resistant.2. Get your pieces tailored to fit. Ensure shoulders fit, necklines are in place, sleeves are just-so and hems skim in flattering proportions. Plus, you can nab a bargain that’s a little too big, and end up with a couture piece.3. Jump for it! These days jumpsuits are just as acceptable as dresses and skirts. Try this new take on occasion wear; the silhouette can be very becoming, especially if teamed with statement strappy sandals and a dainty cross-body bag.4. Look to home. Irish designers understand occasion wear; it’s a key category for business. Louise Kennedy and Umit Kutluk are highly prolific in terms of design, colour and statement, and they make clothes that flatter bodies of all ages and sizes beautifully.5. Labels like Ted Baker, Kate Spade and Karen Millen offer eye-catching pieces at brilliant prices.6. When in doubt, add a pop of colour. Pick a neutral palette, then liven it up with one big statement shade. This summer, tomato red, orange, magenta, and canary yellow are all in.7. Don’t forget accessories. A hat by Laura Kinsella or Martha Lynn; a clutch by Lulu Guinness or Anya Hindmarch; statement earrings and designer sunnies will bring personality to a plain, tailored (or jersey) dress.8. People remember the overall look, not the sum of the parts, so whatever you choose, dress for the finished result.9. Don’t forget great underwear, essential to successful occasion wear.10. Beauty matters too! Well manicured nails, freshly coloured hair, great make-up and a delicate, even tan will make as much of a statement as the clothes you wear.
And remember, you’re never fully dressed without a smile!
1. Dress for your figure – don’t get distracted by celebrity style, bloggers or your friends. Choose cuts that suit your proportions and show off your assets while effectively camouflaging the less flattering parts, if you have any.2. Be clear on what your fit preferences are and don’t settle. While I’m a big fan of experimenting with new styles, it is hard to compensate for the fit that doesn’t feel emotionally comfortable.3. If you have a few occasions this summer, opt for separates. L.K.Bennett and Louise Kennedy always have some fabulous options.4. Irish weather can be quite unpredictable so plan for a stylish cover up. Look for a dressy blazer or a summer coat. These can easily be used for a variety of other purposes. Só Collective has a great range of designers that offer stunning layering pieces for dressy occasions.5. Bold prints and striking colours are always a winner for an occasion dress. Diane von Furstenberg and Versace are the places to go if you are looking for strong pops of colour and a great selection of patterns.6. The beauty of plain dresses, on the other hand, lies in their versatility. They can serve as a blank canvas and be nothing short of a chameleon. In this case accessorising is a must! Pop down to Swarovski for a great selection of show-stopping jewellery or to Kate Spade for delicate necklaces.7. The right pair of shoes not only makes the outfit but has the power to single-handedly decide how much (or little) fun you have on the day. Take the time to find the pair that is comfortable! To find your perfect shoes, check out Karen Millen, L.K.Bennett, Diane von Furstenberg, Reiss, Pretty Ballerinas and Kurt Geiger Boutique among others.8. If fake tan is not part of your glam-up routine, yet you crave smooth legs with a touch of holiday glow, make sure to visit Falke and get a pair of Shelina tights that even out the skin tone while creating the bare-leg look.9. Long gone are the days of matchy-matchy accessories, so step out of your comfort zone and add a modern vibe to your look by choosing different coloured shoes and bag. If you prefer to stay within the same colour family, choose different textures, for example, patent shoes and suede clutch. Don’t be afraid to invest in an exquisite designer clutch from Mulbery, Anya Hindmarch or Lulu Guinness10. Invest in a pair of dressy sunglasses! They are just as much part of your look on the special day as the bag and shoes. David Clulow have a fantastic range of classic and contemporary styles, perfect for races and outdoor weddings!
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Big summer days and nights usually come with a dress code; but fear not! This is your chance to shine! Editor-in-chief at IMAGE magazine Melanie Morris and Village stylist and personal shopper Natalie Svikle are here to offer up their top tips to make sure you're ready for any occasion!
Joe's Coffee, in conjunction with Hazel Mountain Chocolate, hosted an indulgent Coffee and Chocolate Tasting event on Thursday 20 April featuring the creator of Joe's Coffee, Hatch and Sons and Alchemy Juice Co, Domini Kemp.
We managed to grab Domini for a quick chat before the event kicked off to get her top tips to maintaining a healthy lifestyle on the go without depriving yourself of the occasional treat!
KV: What is your favourite menu item from Joe's here in the Village?
DK: So, the thing I love about Joe's is not just the great coffee, we also have an amazing range from Alchemy cold pressed juices as well as wheat, diary, sugar free lunch boxes which are great if your following a low carb diet.
KV: What is your top tip for healthy eating?
We recently invited Irish fashion, beauty and lifestyle blogger 'The Style Fairy' aka Naomi Clarke along to Kildare Village to take a look at the range of occasion wear brands available in the Village.
The Style Fairy enjoyed a day of sunshine and shopping at some of fashion's top brands.
The Village boasts an array of choice for women's fashion from The Kooples, Ted Baker, Reiss, Só Collective, Diane von Furstenberg and French Connection to Kurt Geiger, LK Bennett, Karen Millen and Jigsaw (to name just a small selection!!). You can view the entire list of brands available here.
Naomi was blown away by the range of discounts available, with boutiques offering savings of up to 60% off the recommended retail price, if you need a look for any occasion you'll find it in the Village!
And it is not just the ladies who are catered for, for the gents there is Hackett, Brooks Brothers, Polo Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger and Jack Wills and there is a great selection for the kiddies too with the likes of Joules (one of my Naomi's favourite kids' brands), and also Pretty Ballerinas, Hackett, Cath Kidson and more!
We spoke to fashion and beauty blogger Paula's Beauty to discover her pro tips for being fashion ready for the races.
KV: What is the best piece of style advice you've ever had?
P: It doesn't have to match, and remember don't always follow fashion, follow yourself! A rule of thumb for the races is that you can never be overdresssed. How often do we really get the opportunity to go all out in terms of our style - Own the day!
KV: What essentials make it into your racing day clutch?
For a Ladies Day Racing oufit, you really need to incorporate your handbag into your overall look. I'd always be more comfortable with a clutch than without to be honest at such events. In it, you would find powder, lipstick, a small tube of perfume, a brush or comb, with enough room for the obvious phone, cash and keys.
Not an over-the-top hat in sight.
Soon-to-be brides and grooms without a trusty wedding planner, we salute you. If you’ve decided to brave the planning alone, you may already be regretting the decision. The flowers, the cake, the venue and, of course, the dress – it can all get a bit overwhelming no matter how many Pinterest boards you’ve got on tap. But where it really gets tricky is when your guests’ preferences are thrown into the mix (i.e. you have to decide what on earth to dress them in.)
Don’t panic, our foolproof guide will help you avoid those pre-wedding dress code dramas. You can thank us later.
Dress the best man
There’s a good chance the best man will feature heavily in the wedding album, so it’s important not to overlook him when making your style selections. A top-notch ensemble is a must – after all, he’s been chosen as the big day’s number-one wingman. Simple, clean lines and high-quality fabrics are always the way to go, while a three-piece is a timeless option that works in any colour, from classic grey right through to tweed. To finish off the look, a statement tie, pocket square and watch is an elegant alternative to patterned waistcoats and silk cravats. Dapper enough to look sharp, but restrained enough not to show up the groom, not that that’s possible.
Get through the season in style
We’re now stepping into wedding season – a sweet invitation to ubiquitous marquees, five-course tasting menus and the most Prosecco you’ve seen in one place, at one time. Sounds perfect, right? Wrong. The novice wedding goer might be surprised to know that anything can go wrong beyond RSVPing on time, but the amateur knows. You know. Here’s how to deal when the day just doesn’t go your way.
You didn’t plan your route and the venue is way further than you thought
Survive it: Communication comes through in various forms, so when you read or hear something, it’s easy to take mental note and move on, earmarking it for review at a later date. Problem is, the later date is usually the day of the event, leaving you with zero contingencies if you then discover what you thought was correct was actually wrong. The impact of the misunderstanding depends on the degree of the slip up, but when you confuse New York for York, there’s only one solution – lie. Make up a story, feign illness, kill off a family member (not literally, of course), anything’s better than admitting to a bride on the edge of breakdown that you didn’t bother to read the invite she spent two months designing. Truth is power, except not this time.
You’re on the bridesmaid sub list, and you’ve just been called to action
"Nothing defines a person like the dress they wore to the Oscars" said... well no one really, but we were all thinking it. Cate Blanchett's Giorgio Armani Privé gown – as worn to the 2016 ceremony – saw a surge of icy-blue hues make their way onto the high street, and after the love it/hate it debacle of Anne Hathaway's pink satin Dior dress in 2013, rumours flew around that she'd sacked her stylist as a result. Ouch. So in honour of the star-studded event returning for its 89th year, we’re looking back at the most unforgettable gowns. Champagne at the ready…ALL THAT SPARKLES For an event as glitzy as the Oscars, it’s no surprise that metallic hues feature highly on the red carpet. Reese Witherspoon stunned red carpet revellers for all the right reasons at the 2006 Academy Awards after stepping out in a 1955 gold embellished Dior gown, fit for royalty. And who could forget Felicity Jones’s emotional portrayal of Jane in The Theory of Everything (2015). Jones didn’t go home with the gong that night but she was certainly the people’s choice owing to the stunning Alexander McQueen bodice and floor-length skirt. FRILL SEEKERSThe Oscars is much like a free pass for A-listers to bring out their inner Disney princess, which is exactly what Amy Adams did in 2013 when she stole the show in an Oscar de la Renta frilled ball gown. In 2011, Marisa Tomei stepped back in time with a vintage 1950s Charles James dress, complete with a frilled train. And no Oscars round-up would be complete without a round of applause for Bjork’s much-mentioned 2001 swan dress by Macedonian designer Marjan Pejoski. The Icelandic icon even pretended to lay eggs on the red carpet; top marks for originality, Bjork. BELLES OF THE BALLEverything about Lupita Nyong’o’s 2014 duck-egg blue Prada gown made it a clear winner on the Oscars best-dressed list; the colour, the cut and the way it hugged her figure in such an elegant, understated way. She also found the perfect accessory for it slightly later in the night: the Oscar itself! When Jennifer Lawrence took a rather unfortunate trip at the 2013 Academy Awards – the twittersphere was too in awe of her show-stopping Christian Dior gown to mind. And let’s face it, if anyone can pull off a red-carpet tumble, it’s J-Law. TUX DELUXE
Ryan Gosling doesn't have to do much to please crowds with his appearance these days, in fact, quite frankly he could turn up in a bin bag and trend spotters would be hailing it as the signature look of the year. But when he presented the award for Best Adapted Screenplay at the 2016 event, it wasn't the winning film that got crowds applauding with such vehemence. It was his perfectly tailored Gucci suit, complete with matching white shirt and bow tie. Whilst David Oyelowo proved at the 2015 Oscars that bold colours aren't just for women. His red wine coloured Dolce & Gabbana tux was a daring choice, but one that totally paid off.
Step into the season on the right foot with Ted Baker’s gorgeous collection. Here’s everything we’re coveting for the months ahead… For the ladies It’s all about prints this season, ranging from the big and the bold right through to pared-back pastels. Make a subtle statement in artistic A-line dresses, mixed up with bold reds and pinks, perfect for the warmer evenings ahead. Geometric stripes give a futuristic feel to the range, pairing monochrome base colours with mint, coral and yellow hues. Sorbet shades are also set to be big this season and Ted Baker has it covered; expect floaty, loose-fitting dresses in soft vanilla, creams and powdery blues. Perfection. For the gents Gents; keep it casual with Ted Baker’s stylish yet minimalist tailoring. The floral herringbone shirts give an understated formal feel, perfectly paired with a deconstructed blazer. For a more casual feel, officewear meets sportswear with the collection’s tapered chinos in navy tones. Complete the look with a bright coloured jumper and soft grey suede bomber jacket.
Ready for the reboot? January’s mix-up of iridescent prints and cutting-edge designs are simply made for movement. It’s time to sweat.
Let’s get real for a second – fitting a killer workout into our day-to-day routine requires some serious packing prep. So whether you’re moving from dance class to desk – or from cardio barre to, well, an actual bar – these gym bags keep your style on point, even when your post-yoga ponytail is letting you down.
From streamlined support to breathable technology, train harder and smarter with a pair to suit your personal aesthetic. Low key and city ready, you won’t want to take these off post-sweat. Whether you are reimagining a classic or revelling in the latest hype – it’s a good job sneakers are the shoes of the moment.
Disney fanatics take note – you can now wear your love for the cartoon clan on your sleeves with the exclusive Disney X Coach collection, created with Coach Creative Director, Stuart Vevers. Inspired by 70s and 80s Mickey Mouse, the collaboration features handbags, backpacks and totes – in Coach’s signature styles – as well as trainers, coasters, keychains… we could go on. But, this is not your average Disney paraphernalia; the collection takes a timeless yet tongue-in-cheek approach that we just can’t get enough of.
Here are the five items at the top of our wish list…
1. The leather jacket
The quintessential embellished leather jacket, with a twist. While studs decorate the cuffs, a closer look reveals a certain favourite mouse outlined on the back for a tough yet decidedly playful look.
Places to be? When it comes to getting into the flow of occasion season, you’ll need a series of show-stopping looks to match. Whether your calendar is brimming with cocktail parties and you need an outfit just as high profile, or you’re looking to elevate your brunch style with a sophisticated spin, we’re here to make sure you create your best impression. Rise to the occasion with these key looks…
FOR THE COCKTAIL PARTY
The look:The perfect excuse to get dressed up, dial it up for a cocktail party with a sleek and sophisticated dress. Whether you stick to classic colours or bold hues, tick off this season’s trends with feminine finishes from frills to lace details, or for a sleek alternative, look to the jumpsuit.
The details:Bring the party with statement accessories; think sleek clutch bags adorned with embellishment as well as bold jewellery, from bejewelled earrings to look-at-me necklaces that will instantly add a dose of high-octane glamour into your cocktail party attire. And don’t forget the heels.
FOR THE GARDEN PARTY The look:With garden party season in full bloom, opt for free-flowing yet sophisticated silhouettes to master outdoor occasions. Channel effortless elegance with a maxi dress, adorned with botanical prints that match your surroundings. Don’t forget layers; a sleek jacket is a must for unpredictable weather.
Spring is finally upon us, and with it, brighter mornings, blossoming branches, the ever-faithful daffodils and an undeniable desire to spring clean and redecorate. We’re emerging from a long, grey winter and, quite frankly, we are in need of some colour. So, farewell hygge, we’re all about light and airy spaces for the new season.
GreeneryGreen is back in all its glory – that is until it’s warm enough for us to spend all day outdoors, obviously – and no, we don’t just mean the fiddle leaf fig kind. We mean Greenery, Pantone’s ‘fresh, zesty yellow-green’ colour of the year. Think freshly mown lawn (is there a more spring-like smell?), dimpled lime peel kissing the edge of your Margarita glass, lush palm leaves and crisply bitter green apples. Rejuvenating, bright, refreshing and new. If an eye-catching statement wall or a crushed velvet sofa is a bit too ‘jungalow’ for you, try different tones of green, like adding emerald linen napkins to your dinner table or pairing palm print scatter cushions with crisp white bed linen. And, of course, the humble houseplant is back in the spotlight so don’t forget to give them some TLC with a regular watering and a spot in the sun.
TextureWell-curated textures are the key to sending an almost-there-room to the glossy pages of your favourite magazine. Tactile pieces turn a room from something beautiful to behold into something enticing to experience, adding curiosity, interest and the undeniable, irresistible urge to reach out and touch everything. Swap out your traditional dining chairs for acrylic ones, and add cushions in bright, contrasting prints. Collect magazines in roughly hewn grass baskets or create a focal point in your bedroom with abaca side tables. Combined with statement lighting, contrasting texture will add that bespoke ‘collectors’ feel, while upholstered headboards are a quick and classy way to up the opulence-factor in the bedroom.
Geometric lightingIf we’re honest, we’ve seen one too many Edison bulbs hanging from bistro ceilings and the windows of our local coffee shops. Welcome to the classier, more artistic option: geometric lighting. From warm metals like brass and copper to structured chandeliers, spring sees lighting take on a sharper, more sophisticated look. Gone are the days of hiding your light bulb under a floral-print, frilly-bonnet shade. These days we’re all about strong lines, cage-like creations and hexagonal shapes. If you’re looking for an excuse to hang a geometric-inspired conversation-starter chandelier in your entrance hall, look no further. Statement lighting fixtures, just like first impressions, are everything.
Upholstered headboardsYou just have to spend a few minutes flipping through design magazines or perusing interior websites to know that this trend is on the up. Chic fabrics, iconic prints and unusual shapes are all big players in the bedroom this season. Choose a statement colour (we’d recommend green, obviously), pair it with an eclectic mix of linen in different textures – think roughly woven throws – and plush cushions and you’ve effortlessly combined three trends into one (so smug). Bedrooms are the centre of rest and relaxation and a luxuriously puckered headboard, or a simple wingback will add an undeniable old-world charm.
Feeling like your beauty regime could do with a spring clean? We hear you. Cue shimmering sun-kissed skin, rich berry-hued lips and those striking supermodel fringes we’re all dreaming of perfecting. That’s right – we’re bringing you the must-have beauty and hair trends fresh from the SS17s shows. If that wasn’t enough, we’ll show you how to recreate the looks and beauty rituals at home with a few insider tips. Let’s get started.
THE ALL NIGHTER Dial up evenings with dewy skin and vampy lips.
Master the art of the ‘All Nighter’ with a high-octane, dark power lip. Rich wine and purple tones from autumn/winter are sticking around for spring… because if it ain’t broke, why fix it, right? Enrich plum-hued lips with a sprinkling of glitter and keep the rest of the look minimal; think ultra-dewy skin highlighted across the cheeks, temples and cupids bow to give an added glow. To complete this low-key evening look, add just a flicker of mascara and keep hair ultra-shiny and sleek in a centre parting. This trend certainly makes us want to go out, out… who needs sleep when you can look like this?
BANGS & BOBSThe one word for spring’s biggest hair trend? Choppy.
To celebrate Easter, we’ve scoped out four of Europe’s most brag-worthy brunch spots to add to your little black book…
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THE VIBE: Eclectic cool. Plush velvet armchairs with bold floral accents complement the refined interiors and fresh bouquets. It’s the go-to spot for in-the-know Londoners.
THE MENU: There’s a hefty brunch menu – from Huevos Benedictos to braised beef. Oh, and if the bottomless Bellini brunch with fresh peach fruit purée doesn’t beckon you, we don’t know what will.
THE GUESTLIST: Take your interiors-loving mum and no doubt she’ll rave about this for months to come.
It’s no wonder that the country that takes credit for designers like Simone Rocha and JW Anderson is on the up and up. Make sure you stop by Só Collective at Kildare Village, a chic boutique which stocks a curated cast of Irish designers and covetable Gaelic souvenirs, such as cozy knits, artisanal candles, and hand-bound notebooks you can customize with your initials.
Not only do they have an in-store gallery with monthly exhibitions, but they invite local craftsmen–from poster printers, to weavers–to hold pop-up demonstrations and showcase their wares.
Só Collective, Kildare Village
Hand-bound books and beeswax candles at Só Collective
We recently invited Tara Marzuki back to Kildare Village, the Village has doubled in size since Tara's last visit two years ago, offering designer labels at more affordable prices and now stocking brands such as Diane Von Furstenberg, Armani, & Versace to name but a few. Tara was happy to discover her New York local Le Pain Quotidien has also opened up along with Joe’s Coffee, an Irish-run coffee shop. Tara found that she could easily spend a full day at the Village, perusing her favourite brands such as The Kooples & All Saints and hitting Dunne & Crescenzi to refuel with a spot of pasta!
Outfit from The Kooples, Leather Jacket from All Saints.
Outfit from Reiss
Stay on trend for SS17 with catwalk looks without the designer price tag! Stylist Annmarie O'Connor and the Irish Examiner tap into the top trends at Kildare Village.
Photographer: Miki Barlok.
Aquascutum 'Lola' Wrap Dress, RRP €275 Village Price €100 ; Diane Von Furstenberg Seahorse Silk Scarf, RRP €140 Village Price €84 ; Diane Von Furstenberg Mini 'Agent' Bag, RRP €263 Village Price €158 ; LK Bennett 'Leona' Patch-work Suede Heels, RRP €325 Village Price €216 ; Prada Sunglasses @ David Clulow , RRP €279 Village Price €179.99
Take a look at the stunning Spring women's fashion range from top brands available at Kildare Village featured in You Magazine, 18 Feb.
Special thanks to photographer Kenny Whittle and fashion editor Grace Cahill.
Umit Kutluk Pink Gold Button Coat, €599 @ Só Collective ; Ted Baker Grey Studded Heels, €110 ; kate spade new york Plain Light Grey Box Bag, €239 ; Leather Gloves, €114 @ Só Collective
February and March are the new June and July. Don't believe us? Take a look around the office and count the empty desks. Fresh off the heels of the year’s two toughest months, the start of spring offers boundless opportunity and a sunny outlook, hence why it’s the perfect time to indulge in some critical ‘me time’. We're not talking about all-inclusive drinks and French fries by the pool though, this pre-summer getaway is about winding down in order to build back up – a delight for both the body and mind. From boot camp to vipassana, yoga to juice detoxes, this is the time to really make good habits stick, so that when it finally comes to summer, you can really enjoy it. Read on for our pick of the best wellness getaways in Europe: THE ONE THAT FEELS LIKE A HOLIDAY MARINE ESCAPE; RADISSON BLU 1835 HOTEL & THALASSO, CANNESSix days, 24 treatments. There’s no need to say more. Radisson Blu’s ‘Marine Escape’ package is designed to fully service the body with minimal effort – perfect for those who seek solace in a fluffy, white bathrobe and an aromatherapy massage. With its own private beach, the hotel boasts a full-service spa, Turkish baths and a rooftop restaurant. Wake up to the sound of the ocean and spend long days nourishing the body with Thalassotherapy sessions – the therapeutic use of seawater, algae and seaweed to promote health – yoga, healthy food that actually tastes good, and half-board accommodation so that all thinking time and decision-making is kept on the down low.
Indulge in this Cure package and enjoy 4 spa treatments per day for as many as 6 days.
THE LIFE CHANGER YEOTOX; YEOTOWN RETREAT, NORTH DEVON, UKBased in picturesque North Devon, mapped by rolling hills and glorious surf, Yeotown offers its signature Yeotox programme – ‘a modern take on a traditional detox’. Over the course of five days you enlist in both physical and mental endurance and release – coastal hikes, strength training, reading, massage – and are fuelled by a ‘fad-free’ diet (no cabbage soup here). This isn't a detox or retreat that you leave at the checkout desk, the programme is designed to set you up for life, those five blissful days are a mere side product. The Yeotox programme runs every week from Wednesday to Sunday. The five-day Yeotox Programme costs £1,870 and all accommodation and meals are included.
THE MEDICAL DETOXDETOX PROGRAMME; SHA WELLNESS CLINIC, ALICANTE, SPAIN This macrobiotic-based wellness spa and clinic is the best of both worlds – it’s luxurious and good for you. Designed to detoxify and purify the body, help you combine a healthy diet with physical exercise and complementary therapies, and improve your general physical and mental wellbeing, the Detox Programme is like a check box of solutions to everything that’s wrong with city life. Don't let the five-star accommodation lure you into a false sense of security; a week here is no walk in the park. You'll be assessed through a medical exam and laboratory tests, and then prescribed a diet for the week, Chinese medicine and therapeutic treatments, and even lymphatic drainage, cryotherapy and colon hydrotherapy. Literally, a new you. A seven-day Detox Programme costs €3,150 and all accommodation and meals are included. THE ESCAPE FROM REALITYESCAPE TO SHAPE, LAKE COMO, ITALY (AND VARIOUS OTHER LOCATIONS) There’s no point in going somewhere Instagrammable and sunny only to spend a week holed up in a yoga studio or weights room. Escape to Shape offers a curated blend of travel, culture and wellness, and is designed to give you an off-the-beaten-track experience within some of the world’s most beautiful cities and towns. Although the company offers retreats everywhere from Cambodia to Chile, the Lake Como one is one of our favourites. Italian food? We're in. The only effort you need to make is pushing the button on the booking and travel to Milan. Once you're there, revel in the indulgence and luxury of an exclusive nineteenth century villa (complete with swimming pool, tennis courts and unparalleled views of Lake Como), enjoy morning power hikes, daily yoga, cooking lessons and cultural day trips. Still at your desk? You know what you need to do. A six-day retreat at Lake Como, Italy costs $4,500, based on two people sharing, and includes all accommodation and meals.
Clean lines, modern accents and athletic detail – it’s now acceptable to wear gym clothes 24/7. Here are the all-star looks to sport this season …WOMENSWEAR: FOR THE BOARDROOMIn case you hadn't clocked it yet, we've developed quite a penchant for all things active – and while the trend’s relaxed vibe is a dream for the weekend, it doesn't have to stop when you're on the clock. Playing the office style game has never been easier – infuse edge into your working wardrobe by mixing in core pieces with a sports luxe feel. Think streamlined track pants, sleek bombers and elegant pumps. Much like your Sunday morning yoga class, balance is the key. Going for bold detail? Stick to luxury textures. Opting for trainers and a sweater? Even it out with tailored trousers in a play-it-safe hue. Move over suiting, this is your new 9-to-5.MENSWEAR: FOR AFTER-HOURSTired of that faithful shirt and jean pairing? Re-energise your menswear evening look with a sporty sensibility. Wait a second though – we're not saying hit the bar in your sweats (sorry). So what are the rules? Stick to accents rather than statements – pivotal evening basics can be totally transformed by low-key twists. Basically, leave your tracksuit in the locker-room and you're good to go. These are the details you need on your radar.WOMENSWEAR: FOR RUNNING ERRANDS Too busy to deal? Minimise sartorial stress with a sports-meets-streetwear approach. Effortlessly cool and quietly comfortable, run your errands in a combo of cashmere knitted joggers and soft cotton tees – topped off with a sleek leather jacket for that credible city spin. As for footwear, as much as we love a good heel, sometimes we just haven't got time for the drama. Swap in for artfully designed trainers and move seamlessly in style from one errand to another. Cool running indeed. MENSWEAR: FOR THE OUTDOORS March might mean that spring has sprung – but we're not ready to lose the layers anytime soon. Luckily, this season’s sports inspired pieces make for a winning (and warming) combination. Tap into the trend with thick graphic sweaters or dare to be bold knitted cardigans of bright geometric prints. If the pieces push you out of your comfort zone, pare it back with a neutral cover up. Oversized coats are the laid-back hero of the moment – go big or go home people.
Post-winter blues getting you down? It’s time to shake things up and we don’t mean behind the bar. Introducing three wonderful – and maybe a little weird – concoctions mixed up by Jack Graham. As the master juice mixologist (yes that’s a thing) over at hip London health hang-out Raw Press, there’s no one better for the job. Thought argan oil was just for your hair? Think again. Let’s get mixing…MUSHROOM ESPRESSO MARTINI After soaking the almonds, blend them with dates, vanilla beans, Himalayan sea salt and coconut water, which really refines the flavour and makes it extra delicious.Once strained and chilled, finish off this wonderful and earthy espresso martini with a shot of coffee and a dusting of medicinal mushroom powder. Reishi mushrooms are the most famous of all the medicinal mushrooms; they have been used historically to strengthen the immune system, relieve stress and cleanse the liver. Winning.Say goodbye to your morning cappuccino and spruce up your cocktail repertoire; this is one mineral-rich jet fuel that you can definitely feel good about!RECIPE15g soaked almonds 1/2 medium-sized soaked and pitted datesA pinch of sea saltA drop of vanilla extract125ml raw coconut water 1/2 shot of coffee (preferably cold-brew)1g powdered reishi mushroomsBlend all the ingredients together except the coffee and the medicinal mushroom until smooth and creamy, strain through a nut milk bag or muslin cloth, mix in the coffee and the mushroom powder, and serve or chill for up to three days.
UPROOTED 94 Incorporating carrot, orange, fennel, turmeric, ginger and argan oil, our Uprooted juice is sweet and spicy, with a really unusual combination of ingredients. Turmeric is an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory that ordinarily isn't that well absorbed into the body, but is fat-soluble. It therefore becomes even more potent when combined with argan oil, which itself boasts numerous benefits including lowering bad cholesterol. Fennel and ginger calm the stomach, while carrots and oranges (rich in vitamins A and C) encourage clear skin. The Uprooted juice is one of our most popular concoctions, and here we are taking it to the next level with some fresh chilli and the addition of Seedlip’s non-alcoholic spirit, Spice 94, boasting botanicals of allspice, cardamom, oak, lemon and grapefruit. RECIPE – 250ML LONG DRINK3 carrots (approximately) (c.300g)1 fennel bulb (c.100g)150ml freshly squeezed orange juice5g fresh turmeric root5g fresh ginger root1tsp argan oil1 shot of Seedlip 94A pinch of freshly chopped red chilli to garnishSHOT IN THE DARKThe sea buckthorn berry contains some of the highest amounts of vitamin C found in fruit. They have a strong citrusy aroma and have become naturalised around Britain’s coastlands.Activated charcoal is another ingredient that has been super-popular in juicing circles over the past year or two, and is the perfect way to detoxify the system from various toxins. RECIPE A pinch of activated charcoal powder 1 tsp sea buckthorn juice, or 5 or 6 dried berries crushed in a pestle and mortar15ml aloe vera juice 15ml raw coconut water
Chanel, Alexander Wang, Nike – we don’t care who takes credit for sparking the sportswear ‘trend’ that’s refused to leave us for the last few seasons. All we care about is that it’s not going anywhere. Seriously – please don't take it away from us. Mastering sports luxe style is easy to underestimate; there’s more to it than just pulling on sweats, lacing up a pair of high tops, looping your hair into a ponytail, and calling it a look. Follow a few simple rules, however, and you'll have low-key dressing down to a tee (literally). SHOW CONTROL Self-restraint is the most difficult part of any comfortable look, but you have to draw the line somewhere. Pick one piece – an oversized hoodie is a good place to start – and incorporate it into your everyday repertoire. Look for elevated styles in luxe fabrics, with contemporary detailing such as raw trims, embellishment or graphic motifs. Grey, navy and bright solid-colour pieces will dissolve edgy all-black outfits, adding interest. Remember: style is often a juxtaposition, so although those running shoes feel like heaven, always balance low with high.THROW SHADE Just because something feels good doesn't mean that it can’t make a statement. Take your cue from Yeezy. Pick one base colour and plan your outfit around it – building tonal layers creates contrast and limits the time you need to spend considering your wardrobe decisions. Rich olive hues are universally flattering and team just as well with earthy sand tones and lighter moss shades. And the best part? It doesn't matter how low-key your outfit is; tonal dressing always yields maximum impact for minimum effort. Win, win. LAYER UP Sometimes, when a model makes an outfit their uniform, it lures you into the false sense of security that you too could make it yours. This isn't one of those times – thanks Gigi; we like your skinny-leather-leggings-and-bomber-jacket combo, and we're going to work it too. The draw with a bomber jacket is that it instantly adds a cool, athletic feel to your look, and you don't even need to zip it up. Drape it over your shoulders, tie it around your waist, double it up – choose a timeless style in olive or black, and wear it for seasons to come. NON-COMMITTAL As appealing as dressing down is to some, the mere thought makes others recoil. Here’s the good news – sports luxe is a still a trend you can tap. A bomber jacket in tactile satin or silk is lightweight and elegant, while embroidered and embellished detailing adds individuality. Keep your style as is and think of the athletic aspect as an add-on, rather than the focal point of your outfit. Try switching out heels for Converse with a slip dress or pairing leather culottes with an oversized tee or hoodie rather than a silk shirt. RIDE THE WAVE
Beach-blonde waves and sun-kissed skin isn't a prerequisite for Candice’s laidback style, but they definitely don't do it any harm. The perfect travel outfit, love-worn denim and a cropped white tee always looks fresh and feels comfortable. Kick the sports vibe up a notch, switching anything fancy for your best beat-up low tops, and wrap a bomber jacket or sweatshirt around your waist. It might feel like you circa your teenage years, but that’s what makes it cool.
Whether it be Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck gallivanting around the Italian capital on a Vespa, or Mathieu Kassovitz gazing into Audrey Tautou's enormous almond eyes at the Gare Du Nord, Europe easily bags the prize for the most romantic continent. With al fresco dining, winding lanes and il vino to be served with every course – your next romantic retreat is just a hop, skip and a quick mosey round the duty-free aisle away. GO BEYOND GAUDI Known for its impressive architecture, winding market streets and glorious climes, Barcelona isn’t a hard sell. But beyond the tourist trails of Las Ramblas, the sightseeing buses and the (admittedly stunning) Gaudi buildings, is a cosmopolitan metropolis just waiting to be explored. City strolling doesn’t get more romantic than at the Parc de Montjuïc; comprising of several museums to explore and the glorious Jardins de Laribal tree-laden walkway. Spaniards are night owls by nature, so be sure to save some energy to explore some of the exciting new eateries that the city has on offer. The Michelin-starred Alkimia, just outside the Gothic Quarter, combines industrial interiors with an elegant yet innovative Catalonian menu. Don’t leave the city without sampling their signature salt cod. Barcelona’s hotel collection is an impressive one, meaning that you never have to face a bad night’s sleep after all that exploring. Hotel Omm offers the ultimate in city-centre serenity; ideally located to maximise your time in Barcelona. BEAUTY IN BAVARIA It’s often claimed that Munich is Germany’s prettiest city, and with its Alpine mountain backdrop, striking Bavarian architecture and village-esque feel, it’s easy to see why. If you’ve ever found Berlin to be too much of a head spin, then Munich could well be the antidote you’re looking for. The stunning Marienplatz Square, located in the centre of the city, boasts a wealth of art galleries – or sample the simple but excellent dishes at Zum Dürnbräu, a traditional Bavarian tavern, whose dishes include the city’s staple Nürnberger sausages with sauerkraut and dumplings. For a room with a view, book into the Grand Hotel Bayerischer Hof, where you can enjoy stunning scenery of the city from its rooftop bar, Blue Spa Terrace. And finally, a trip to the nearby Ingolstadt Village makes for holiday shopping bliss, just in case lederhosen isn’t your thing. LONDON CALLING Leave the London Eye to the first-timers and enjoy the views of the city from the dizzy heights of Vista Bar, overlooking Trafalgar Square and beyond. No admission fees means more money to spend on Cosmopolitans, anyway. Shopping is big business in London so leave enough space in the suitcase for those must-have buys. Head to nearby Bicester Village where you’ll find all the world-famous names you could ask for in one place. Markets are also a must-visit when you’re in the capital, and Columbia Road Flower Market is about as pretty as they get. After all that exploring, a night at the Como Metropolitan Hotel will have you feeling rested and refreshed in no time, not to mention being ideally located to South Kensington’s array of museums and the sumptuous restaurants of Mayfair. We’re sold. LA VILLE DE L’AMOUR Paris isn’t called the city of love for nothing; the accent, the culture, the picture-perfect backdrops around every corner of the city; we can’t seem to get enough of the place! It was Audrey Hepburn who famously stated, “Paris is always a good idea”, and she sure had a point. It pays dividends to get organised before taking off. Most attractions, including the Eiffel Tower and The Louvre, allow you to pre-book online, meaning you’re less likely to spend the entire trip in queues. If you’ve visited before and are looking to travel further afield, a day’s shopping trip at La Vallée Village, just east of the city, will have you feeling (and dressing) like a Parisian! Sofitel Paris Le Faubourg Hotel offers excellence in comfort and is within easy walking distance from Champs-Élysées, the River Seine and the many other delights of Paris. Plus, to make your stay extra special, La Vallée Village have teamed up with Sofitel, Mgallery by Sofitel and Pullman to bring you an exclusive luxury travel package (click here for more details) – perfect for a romantic trip away. Bon voyage!
When it comes to the sartorial start over, there’s no one we trust more for the low down than Fashion Editor Harriet Quick. Get ready for trend overload.
THINK PINKPink has emerged as the colour of modern femininity. It displays as many qualities as women themselves, whether in soft blush tones, provocative, flirtatious fuchsia or wistful old-rose hues. Designers are embracing pink with a passion, from Chloé’s signature blush and Balenciaga’s bubblegum brights to Prada’s knowingly kitsch candy shades. The newest way to wear it is uncompromisingly in head-to-toe tonal layers. Seek out pink tailoring to replace monotones; baby-doll dresses with matching shoes; pussy bow blouses and cropped trousers, and even WAG-style tracksuits. Pink speaks volumes about optimism and that’s what we need right now. 80s GLAMThe era that delivered power shoulders, Working Girl miniskirts, slinky body-con dressing and a whole lot of lamé is back. A generation of designers who were toddlers at the time are pillaging the stylistic memes of the sex, power and glamour decade and reprising that exuberance for now. What this trend requires is guts and daring. Mini skirts will feel naked after seasons of flowing lines, just as bold shoulders will seem alien. Yet the confidence-boosting benefits are manifold. Look back to the icons of the era for inspiration from the supermodels in Alaïa to Nan Kempner’s taste for boxy tailoring and Paloma Picasso’s flamboyant big earrings and taste for Saint Laurent. STATEMENT SLEEVESOne of the best hacks for spring style is adopting big, voluminous sleeves. There’s a whole lexicon of shapes to consider from trumpet sleeves that burst out from the elbow like tulip flowers to theatrical leg-o-mutton lines that billow out from the shoulder and tighten in on the lower arm, and sweet, peasant-style drawstring blouses. If you prefer more tailored lines, search for men’s shirts with French cuffs that can be worn open and down to the knucklebone. RAVE DELUXEThose brilliantly hedonistic days of rave and ‘Madchester’ are filtering through to fashion, with creative talents as diverse as Miuccia Prada at Miu Miu and Fashion Award Emerging Talent winner Molly Goddard seizing upon the baggy style, the neon brights and, above all, the DIY spirit that defined the dance revolution. Tune into the pieces including floor-grazing baggy trousers and tracksuit tops; tie-dye and mesh T-shirts; satin trainers; neon sports bras and bomber jackets, and pile it on in layers. Add a cotton hat, a rucksack and find a dance party to lift your spirits up and away. ACCESSORIES TO COVETWhen it comes to those desirable ‘extras’, it is all about mixing not matching. Start with earrings and consider wearing mismatched pieces (whether in silver or crystal, they should look like cousins not strangers). For feet, follow the lead of Céline and Hillier Bartley and wear different colours on your left and right foot. This requires buying two pairs of the same style but oh there’s fun to be had in this eccentric style spin. Glammed-up Crocs, pool slides and flatform trekking sandals will boost your holiday wardrobe; while for the everyday, kitten heels are back. This bonsai-sized heel adds a little extra kick to tailoring and looks so cute after seasons of chunky shapes. Whatever way you adorn yourself, let individuality rule.
Style tips from personal shopper Tess Purcell:
Sticking to your budget will be easier, and you will get a more impactful result if you weave in your strategy. Your plan should include investing in a transitional piece, a classic piece, and a piece whose sole purpose is to update.
Transitional pieces will seamlessly bring you from one season to another but that’s not all they do. A clever transitional piece will also bridge your existing wardrobe . Think a pop of colour scarf, or a long cashmere cardigan that might double as a coat when needed.
Classic pieces, like an Aquascutum trench or a Mulberry Bayswater bag, lend gravitas to an otherwise basic outfit and virtually never date. If its something your Grandmother, Mother or you yourself would wear, then it’s a classic piece and this is the one worth investing in.
Your “updating” piece is the fun bit, and signals that while you might be a classic girl, you keep an eye on trends and know how to incorporate them. A good one here might be a to update your denim or any piece with a pop of colour in the 2017 pantone-green will be big.
Transitional dressing in Ireland is a bit of a misnomer as we can never be sure of what climate we’re actually dressing for! With this in mind, a light coat is a really smart investment as it can be a handy layer or the central focus of an outfit. I love the Jackie O style of matching dress and coat, but equally, a lighter weight coat works beautifully when teamed with a jumpsuit and strappy sandals for an instant, totally directional look.
Got a favourite summer dress you can’t bring yourself to retire yet? Update it with killer new accessories. I love Só Collective at Kildare Village because all the stock is created by edgy Irish designers, and produced in small enough numbers to be exclusive, without a corresponding price tag. A hat, statement necklace, scarf, wrap or bag from there will bring new personality and life to a treasured staple piece.
The idea of a ‘hosiery wardrobe’ sounds old fashioned, but as we see the return of sheer tights and stockings in an array of colours and textures, mixing up legwear can totally transform your look. Right now, we’re loving 15 deniers, fishnets and giant spots with everything.
There can be such a tendency to dress for an occasion when transitioning from season to season, rather than dressing in a way that amplifies your personal taste. This year, break loose and decide you’ll only buy pieces that you truly love, and ones that make you happy; you’ll be amazed at how much more you’ll wear them. What’s more, big days and nights out become far more enjoyable when you’re feeling great in your new finds.
Finally, don’t forget the basics. Put together a weekend or working wardrobe that you love, and you’ll feel ready for anything. Include classic & investment pieces and refresh your wardrobe with fabrics such as silk. Personal shopping is a great way to assemble a wardrobe that pulls its weight, so book an appointment early in the season and make the most of the months ahead.
Looking for the perfect snack to energise your day? Look no further than Le Pain Quotidien Crunola raw granola!This vegan, gluten-free mix gets its name from the French word for raw, ‘cru,’ combined with the name for its baked counterpart, ‘granola.’ Wondering exactly what this hearty mix is made of? Check out the ingredients below.Raw Buckwheat Groats. Don’t be deceived by the name—buckwheat groats have nothing to do with wheat, and technically aren’t even a grain! Rather, buckwheat is a seed, making it perfect for those sensitive to gluten. Its high rutin content counterbalances high blood pressure, and a moderate glycemic index combats diabetes. And, because whole groats are harvested as is, they retain their full nutritional value—costing you a lot less calories than other forms of oats.Almonds. Forget the myth that all fats should be avoided. Like many nuts, almonds are a healthy fat that promotes heart health and lowers bad cholesterol. Healthy fats also help keep you fuller longer—making them great if your New Years resolution is to get in shape! Flax, Sunflower and Austrian Pumpkin Seeds. Raw seeds pack a ton of nutritional value—from various vitamins and minerals to fibre and protein. And, they too help keep you feeling satiated—meaning the sprinkling of seeds in this mix goes a long way in powering you through your day!Thompson Raisins. Juicier and sweeter than regular raisins, these small, golden sultanas still pack all the same health benefits—vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and energy included.Gogi Berries. Some refer to these tangy red berries as the fruit incarnation of the fountain of youth. We can’t promise that, but we can say that gojis contain more iron than spinach, more beta carotene than carrots and more protein than whole wheat. Chinese medicine has a history of using goji berries to aid eyesight. And—besides packing antioxidants, vitamins and minerals—these berries promote the body’s production of Human Growth Hormone, which prevents aging. Sign us up!
Crunola Bar Recipe
Ingredients:(1 batch – about 12 bars)2 cups rolled oats ¾ cup honey1 ¼ cup almond butter 1 cup ground flaxseed (great source of fiber!)1 ½ cups Crunola raw granolaTo taste, any add-ins you desire
To stay energized, we look for grab-and-go snacks we can take with us each morning. While we keep our pantries stashed with staple power foods - like Organic Crunola raw granola - that are delicious on their own, we’re always looking for ways to switch up our snacks.
It turns out it’s easy to use these ingredients to make your very own energy bars! This no-baking-required recipe is based on our deliciously crunchy Crunola raw granola, but you can easily substitute for our Organic Granola.
Kickstart January with this delicious recipe from Madeline Shaw’s new book, READY, STEADY, GLOW Fast, Fresh Food Designed for Real Life.
Pan-fried trout with cucumber, apple and dill salad (serves two)1 cucumber, peeled, halved and cut into ½ cm semicircles1 tbsp Dijon mustard1 tbsp fresh dill, chopped (or 1tsp dried)1/4 tbsp apple cider vinegar2 tbsp olive oil1 large avocado, peeled and stoned1 apple, peeled and cored1 shallot, finely minced1 tbsp coconut oil or butter2 tbsp capers, plus extra to serve2 trout filletssalt, to taste.
The sweetness of the apple really goes well with this strong-flavoured fish, but if you can’t find trout fillets you could use salmon instead. Although capers are known to be high in sodium, they add an extra burst of flavour, which is just what the fish needs.
Place the cucumber slices in a colander, sprinkle with salt and let them sit for 10–15 minutes to draw out the excess water while you prepare the rest of the dish.
Mince pies, mulled wine and one too many chocolates from the tree… all sounding a little too familiar? Come January, enough is enough and after two weeks of pure indulgence, it’s time to get it together.
So to help kick-start our new year reboot, we’ve called upon the help of holistic health coach, blogger, chef and all round wellness guru Madeleine Shaw.
Here’s a play-by-play of how she gets back on track. So much goodness.
FOR THOSE WITH A COMPETITIVE STREAK
The resort:Chamonix, France
The crowd:With steep chutes, free riding areas and unprepared runs, this is one resort that’s best left to the pros. Advanced and adventurous skiers from all over the world gather here each year, braving the challenging slopes and boasting (join in if you dare) post-ski in one of the many mountain-top bars. In other words, leave grandma at home.
The vibe:Packed with thrill-seekers, Chamonix has an electric atmosphere that’s perfect for serious skiers wanting to put their skills to the test. Although the slopes are far from peaceful, nestled beneath the tumbling glaciers is a charming town full of quirky boutiques, bookshops and galleries. Perfect for the less athletically gifted to browse for hours on end.
FOR BEGINNERS PRONE TO TAKING A TUMBLE
1.Work with separates: while dresses are a typical go-to option for many women, give yourself more control over the fi nished looks by playing with separates.
2.Statement accessories: use your outfi t as a blank canvas and let accessories take the centre stage. Not only is it the easiest way to take your look from day to night, it is also a smart way of getting more wear out of your party pieces by giving them a diff erent look each time with diverse accessories.
3.Shine bright: to give your party looks some diversity, swap your statement accessories for a sparkly number like an embellished blazer or a sequin top. Keep the rest of the look clean and simple.
4.Modern alternative: meet your new party favourite – the jumpsuit. The right cut and fabric will look just as elegant as a dress and will signifi cantly up your style stakes.
5.Show your soft side: velvet is one of the hottest fabrics this season and there is no better time to dip your toe into the trend than by introducing a velvet piece to your party wardrobe. Think dresses, blazers or even shoes.
This is the time to draw on your own impeccable taste and shine through with an artful mash up of stylistic memes and singular, distinctive pieces. The only golden rule is to buy what excites both your heart and your mind.
Menswear for womenWe have moved on from the boyfriend jacket to fully plunder the men’s wardrobe. What we love about menswear is the quality of fabric, the uniform appeal and that fine attention to detail. Look out for lean-fitting pieces from brands, zoning in on blazers, city coats, biker and bomber jackets, sweatpants and French cuff fine cotton shirts. These pieces will be companions if not for life, then for the foreseeable future.
Jacquard and flockingConjure up images of Renaissance beauties and Pre-Raphaelite muses and that’s the kind of poetic opulence that fashion is indulging in right now. The richness is in the fabrics with silk brocades and floral patterned jacquards looking both noble and decadent. Floor-grazing skirts, high-waisted trousers or tunics and sinuous evening gowns will make you feel utterly ‘dressed.’
Puffa jacketsWhile the parka dominated last year, the Puffa jacket has come into its own for autumn and the bigger and more cocooning, the better. Count the Puffa jacket’s blessings: warm, rainproof, lightweight and wonderful to cuddle up under on a long-haul flight. Look out for jewel-like colours and make a Puffa your new topper for evening dresses and all.
Street chicDesigners have always been fascinated by the street and by the cults and tribes that flourish in urban areas across the globe. Now the classics of street chic are being elevated to take on a new superior guise. Hunt for oversized sweatshirts, hoodies, track-pants, and voluminous denim jeans or graphic T-shirts to create your own street capsule. The only thing to add is a little bit of attitude.
Renowned for its innovative approach to food, Akrame is without a doubt one of the city’s hippest hotspots. Carefully sourcing the freshest ingredients, Chef Akrame Benallal invents dishes that truly push creative boundaries. Combining tastes, flavours and textures in unexpected ways, Benallal delivers each dish to your table to discuss and describe the ingredients. The opulent yet understated interior only adds to the ambience – this is a Michelin-starred dining experience not to be missed.
19 Rue Lauriston, 75016 Paris, France
Carlo e Camilla in Segheria
This unique dining concept opened in 2014, but its unexpected offering and pioneering aesthetic continues to make waves across the city years later. Created by Michelin-starred chef Carlo Cracco and art director Tanja Solci and set in a former sawmill, take in the restaurant's soaring structure as you savour exquisite dishes. The graphic, monochromatic space is part of a new wave of creative dining – and it’s worth noting that this is as much a social experience as any, with visitors dining side by side on the elegant, elongated tables.
Via Giuseppe Meda 24, 20141 Milan, Italy
It’s a watch minefield out there, or a timepiece smorgasbord, or an overwhelming, overcrowded horological marketplace. Whichever way you look at it, we’ve broken it down to a few of the basics and some.
Quartz or mechanical
The issue of how your watch is powered is probably the biggest pre-purchase decision you will need to make. Quartz timepieces are more accurate, invariably cheaper and more convenient – you should only need to get the battery replaced every couple of years. If you love the inner workings of a watch and you have the budget, you should invest in a mechanical one – your choice is hand-wound (exactly that) or automatic – which relies on the movement of your wrist to store kinetic energy to power the watch.
Get with the lingo
The face of the watch is called the dial. The numbers are called indexes. The button that you wind and adjust the time with is the crown. The ring around the dial that protects the glass is the bezel. The parts of the case that join to the strap are the lugs. The amount of time your mechanical watch will last without being wound is the power-reserve. Any functionality that measures time, such as a race, is a chronograph. This is enough to get you through most ‘watchy’ chats with ease.
Bourne and Hollingsworth Buildings
Light, airy and eclectic, this Clerkenwell brasserie is a botanical paradise simply perfect for a spot of brunch. The characterful interior is a bespoke mix of old and new – with antique armchairs, sumptuous textures, clean lines and tropical plants. As for the menu, from homemade granola to Huevos Benedictos, B&H has got you covered – and don’t miss the bottomless Bellinis made with fresh fruit puree.
Salmontini Le Resto
Situated in the heart of Belgravia, Salmontini le Resto is our go-to for a decadent dinner in the city. This luxurious restaurant specialises in exquisite salmon dishes, sushi and other Middle Eastern fare, all served in an opulent setting. Stuck for choice? We recommend the Alaskan black cod with sweet miso marinade followed by the chocolate dome for dessert.
While dynamic workouts are a crucial component of that summer body reboot, the steps you take before, during and after exercise are integral for keeping your lifestyle goals on track. From mood-boosting superfoods to supplement-infused oils, energise your body and balance your mind with our top tips to training harder…
Upon waking: For your first glass of the day, try infusing freshly squeezed lemon and a sprinkle of cayenne pepper into your water. The vitamin C, antioxidants and electrolytes in the lemon stimulate the liver’s natural enzymes, helping to oxygenate and detoxify the body. Meanwhile the cayenne pepper helps to regulate blood sugar and kick-start the metabolism by raising body temperature.
Mood-boosting breakfast: For a revitalising twist on your usual smoothie or protein shake, why not experiment with different natural boosters? Try aloe vera for troublesome digestion, echinacea for its flu-fighting properties or ginseng for natural stress reduction.
The power of scent: If you tend to lose your focus mid workout, pack a small bottle of scented oil into your gym bag and massage onto your skin before you begin. Energising scents such as orange, peppermint and eucalyptus have been shown to improve concentration and hand-eye coordination.
We’re kickstarting the new season with a mood-boosting juice from Le Pain Quotidien...
One a Day Green Juice (serves 2)
Ingredients800 grams seasonal apple150 grams celery75 grams Swiss chard25 grams ginger150 ml orange juice20 ml lime juice
MethodMeasure all ingredients (keep the stalks on Swiss chard)
Transfer into a bowl and wash with cold water
From on-trend flares to edgy ripped roll-ups, make a statement with our handpicked selection of denim icons.
The slimClean and refined, a pair of slim-fit skinnies can be worn however you like. The distressed texture and light wash works best with basics, so add a white tee and leather slip-ons for effortless off-duty cool. Roll them up, stack them down or crop them at the ankle.
The skinnyPush sartorial boundaries with a skinny jean that’s both traditional yet defined. The tight fit draws attention to your shoes, so ensure your footwear is on point with a classic pair of converse or a leather Chelsea boot.
The straightFor a sharper take on casual, mix it up with luxe textures or embrace the utilitarian feel of straight-fit jeans with a relaxed shirt and lace-ups. We love cashmere crew necks in paler shades that really bring out those inky-blue tones.
Fashion Director Sorrel Kinder shares her top looks for the big day…
WomenFor a beach-inspired feel, go for a loose-fitting jumpsuit - not only does this versatile piece look ef-fortless with a delicate sandal in the day, but it can also be dressed up with a pair of heels for the evening celebration.
MenA beach wedding is the perfect opportunity to play with softer tones such as creamy beige and ice blue. A tie isn’t necessary, so opt for suits in lightweight fabrics and team with loose linen shirts. Keep the outfit pulled together with suede lace-ups or leather loafers without socks.
Discover the best hotel for your stay…
Housed in four gorgeous townhouses sharing a lovely garden in the centre of Dublin, the Merrion ex-udes elegance, from the graceful white marble reception through to suites and living rooms lavishly decorated with vintage furnishings and chic chandeliers. It’s also home to Ireland’s most decorated restaurant, two-Michelin star Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud.www.merrionhotel.com
Number 31Probably the cosiest of the lot, this award-winning small hotel – with just 21 guestrooms – is all natural tones, dark wood, sensual fabrics and soft lighting. Built by and formerly the home of Sam Stephen-son, a celebrated Irish architect who studied under Frank Lloyd Wright, Number 31 was always a glo-rious place to stay – Ted Kennedy and Grace Kelly were among the many house guests. After a small refurbishment, Number 31 now has a more contemporary feel, yet remains intimate and unpreten-tious, still more home than hotel. And if that wasn’t enough, they serve what many believe to be Ire-land’s best breakfast.www.number31.ie
MorrisonAmong the hippest hotels in the city, once owned by Irish designer John Rocha and recently refur-bished by celebrated local architect Nikki O’Donnell, the Morrison brings a modernist edge to the old stone streets of Dublin. Clean white walls and bold furnishings give the Morrison some serious class, while the artwork – from intricate sculptures to colourful fabrics – comes from Ireland’s newest de-sign talent.www.morrisonhotel.ie
Exquisitely crafted, elegantly cut and timeless in form, picking the perfect suit is an art. We’ve asked some of Europe’s top menswear bloggers for a sartorial snapshot of formalwear across the continent…
IRELAND: Damien of damienmbroderick.blogspot.co.uk/
Hackett is a favourite brand of mine, it’s very Savile Row. Not to mention Hugo Boss and Ted Baker – no corners are cut with their pieces and every detail is as important as the last. It's easier to look after these suits too, a trusted dry cleaner can keep them looking new and altering will not compromise the structure of the garment. I bought my first suit when I was 22 – a three-piece tweed ensemble. To achieve the perfect cut, I’ll fit the jacket to the chest and shoulders and then get the sleeves altered. Same goes with slacks, if you fit them to the waist you can alter the length as de-sired. In terms of accessories, I’ll invest in a smart pair of Chelsea boots or brogues and a simple trench coat.
Follow Damien’s style:Facebook: @DamienBroderickTwitter: @broderickdamienInstagram: @damienbroderick
UK: Ronan of thewild-swans.com
Whether it’s a classic carry-all or an elegant mini bag you’re lusting after, Europe’s street style icons are here to help…
IRELAND: Martina of www.martinasmark.com
I'm a girl who’s constantly on the go, so my favourite has to be the bucket bag. I'm a massive fan of Longchamp bags as they allow me to carry a lot. Kildare Village is a must-visit for handbag lovers as it caters for all. From the likes of Furla and Mulberry to the more affordable ranges of Cath Kid-ston and Ted Baker. One brand that I'm obsessing over at the moment is kate spade new york – her bags are so durable and match my aesthetic perfectly. I consider my bag an extension of my apart-ment as I carry a lot in it, from my Filofax to an umbrella! Needless to say I've been called Mary Poppins on a few occasions. I currently am using a blush-coloured leather bucket bag that goes sur-prisingly goes with everything. I also love leather handbags for their durability and longevity.
Follow Martina’s style:Facebook: @Martina’sMarkTwitter: @MartinaReynoldsInstagram: @martinasmark
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