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BEST DRESSED: THE OSCARS

"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.

Style Notes

SPRING STYLE: TED BAKER

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.

FOUR OF THE BEST: ALL STARS

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.

GYM BAGS

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.

SNEAKERS

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.

Travel & Lifestyle

EUROPE’S MOST ROMANTIC HOTSPOTS

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!

Style Notes

TREND REPORT: SPRING/SUMMER 2017

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.

Tess Purcell - Style Tip's

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.

Melanie Morris - Top Tip's

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.

Le Pain Quotidien: Crunola

Looking for the perfect snack to energise your New Year? 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.

From that must-have new investment to our favourite boutique hotel – here’s what’s on our radar this week.

THE FRIDAY FIX

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.

When it’s time to get back on track…

24 HOURS WITH A WELLNESS GURU

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.

MORNING

7 AM

Whether you’re a seasoned pro, keen to hit the slopes, or more excited by a log fire and glass of vin chaud, discover your perfect winter getaway with our edit of Europe’s top resorts…

EUROPE’S TOP SKI RESORTS

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

Natalie Svikle - Style Tips

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.

Fashion Editor Harriet Quick on the trends to watch this season…

New season new rules

 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.

City guides: 48 hours in Paris

City guides 48 hours in Paris

DINE

Akrame

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

Septime

City guides: 48 hours in Milan

City guides 48 hours in Milan

DINE

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

Pasticceria Cucchi

Editor’s tips: Finding the perfect timepiece

Editor’s tips Finding the perfect timepiece

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.

City guide: 48 hours in London

City guide 48 hours in London

DINE

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.

SUPERCHARGE YOUR WORKOUT

Supercharge your workout

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…

Invigorate

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.

Le Pain Quotidien: Energising juice

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

Denim icons

From on-trend flares to edgy ripped roll-ups, make a statement with our handpicked selection of denim icons.

MEN

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.

Wedding style a guide for guests

Fashion Director Sorrel Kinder shares her top looks for the big day…

Beach wedding

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.

Country wedding

Six of the best Dublin hotels

Discover the best hotel for your stay…

The Merrion

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

Sartorial suiting

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

Bloggers’ handbag picks

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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