Friday, 17 April 2015

A Happy and Most Delicious (Thai) New Year



This week we've been celebrating Songkran  - or Thai New Year - at Mango Tree in Belgravia. On a lovely spring evening we enjoyed delicious Thai food as well as stunning Thai dancing, which was as bright and colourful as the gorgeous flowers decorating the restaurant. 






In Thailand, Songkran is celebrated in mid-April and marks the end of the dry season and the beginning of the rains. Family and friends get together, visit their local temple, clean their houses - and also have huge water fights! 

Mango Tree's owner Eddie Lim


There were no water pistols to be seen at Mango Tree, but the restaurant's owner Eddie Lim did sprinkle fragranced water over the hands of diners (to symbolise starting afresh) whilst wishing them good fortune for the coming year. It was a lovely ritual to accompany the special four-course Songkran menu - including sea bass with fresh garlic and chilli sauce and honey mango and sticky rice dessert. 

Mango Tree's special Songkran set menu, £65 per person, is available 
until the end of April. www.mangotree.org.uk


Monday, 13 April 2015

Fashion: Wham Glam

 Stay tooned with pop-art prints and comic-book colours


Cotton top, £640, and Satin Skirt, £700, both Osman, from Matches.

Cotton T-shirt, £195; cotton short tube skirt, £195, and long skirt, £595, all DKNY. Shoes, £450, Sophia Webster
Coat, £755, Philosophy by Alberta Ferretti, and silk jacquard dress, £1,495, Mary Katrantzou, both from Harvey Nichols. Clutch, £1,270, Edie Parker, from Matches. Shoes, £425, Jimmy Choo.
Bonded crepe dress with leather belt, £1,260, Roksanda. Gloves, £16.99, Dents, from toutensemble.co.uk


Stockists
DKNY, 020 7499 6238
Harvey nichols, harveynichols.com
jimmy choo, jimmychoo.com
Matches, matchesfashion.com
Roksanda, 020 7613 6499
Sophia Webster, sophiawebster.com

Photographer Diana Gomez
Style Editor Philippa Bloom
Fashion assistant Emily Dawes
Make-up artist Kenneth Soh at Frank Agency using Chanel S 2015 and Chanel Body Excellence
Hair Christos Kallaniotis at One Represents using Bumble and bumble
Model Alicia Tostmann at The Hive
Producer Lucy Coghlan



Get The Look

French Connection Skirt, £60, asos.com

Kurt Geiger Heels, £90, kurtgeiger.com

Topshop Dress, £50, topshop.com

River Island Clutch, £30. riverisland.com

Gloves, £16.99, toutensemble.co.uk

Friday, 10 April 2015

The perfect barbeque starter kit…



Now the sun has deigned to come out, our minds (and stomachs) have turned to the joys of barbeques. And this year we’re going posh with some top-quality meat from Meat Porter, the artisan butcher which sources meat from free-range farms and delivers to fine-dining restaurants nationwide, as well as direct to your door.  



For summer, they’re launching their annual Barbeque Box (£45). No stunted sausages or rubbery burgers here, but everything from Cumberland sausages and pork loin steaks to lamb & mint burgers and rump steaks.  And having recently tried Meat Porter’s Steak Lovers’s box, we can testify that the meat tastes good even when you’ve stupidly overcooked it (definitely the sign of a quality cut!) Luckily we managed to perfect our chargrilling skills as we worked our way through the box of rump, ribeye and sirloin steaks - with deliciously tender results.




And if you really want to turn up the heat on your BBQ, we recommend the Smoked Chilli Ketchup from Gran Luchito, the award-winning Mexican smoked chilli brand. The Ketchup is smokey, garlicky and has a nice gentle heat which will enhance rather than overwhelm the taste of your burgers (they do a lovely Smoked Chilli Mayo too…)

Meat Porter’s Steak Lover’s Box (£40) available now: Barbeque Box available from Monday 13th (£45) www.meatporter.com ; Gran Luchito Ketchup, £3, and Gran Luchito Mayo, £3, www.luchito.co.uk



Sunday, 5 April 2015

Behind the shoot location: Angsana Lang Co, Vietnam


The fashion team here at YOU scour the world for the best locations for our shoots and we are honoured to share with you where we shot this week’s story in beautiful Vietnam.... see the full shoot here.


WHAT : ANGSANA LANG CO, VIETNAM
As the world becomes increasingly accessible and homogenised, Vietnam still manages to offer the experience of being off the beaten track on the road less travelled. With rich cultural history, the natural beauty of the landscape and exemplary local cuisine, it is not surprising that Vietnam is fast becoming a go to spot for those who are a little past their post university backpacking years but still in possession of their sense of adventure.    
Nestled in between Da Nang and Hue in central Vietnam, the all pool villa resort in Lang Co Bay offers the perfect spot to enjoy all that the relatively untouched region has to offer whilst denying yourself no personal luxuries.

The design of the hotel has taken care to infuse vibrant Vietnamese decorative elements and contemporary chic offering the perfect location for our summer holiday themed shoot. Nothing can describe the sheer bliss of relaxing in your personal balcony pool whilst overlooking spectacular views of the East Sea and the magnificent Truong Son mountain range. The area is still very under developed with just Angsana and its sister hotel Banyan Tree situated on the bay, so nothing can obstruct your view!


WHERE: Angsana is placed between 3 UNECSCO world heritage sites; the imperial city of Hue, the charming old town of Hoi An and historical ruins of My Son, an ideal base for explorers. Their helpful staff are always on hand to offer recommendations and bespoke tours with knowledgeable and helpful tour guides. Or should you be taking a walk on the wild side take out one of their dune buggies and explore the nature trails, beaches and mountains yourself! Whilst you are exploring the local area, keep an eye out for the famous Linh Ung Pagoda with a 24 metre high white seated Buddha – its presence is hard to miss!


THINGS TO DO: When you are not off exploring everything Vietnam has to offer, Angsana has more than enough to keep you happily contented! In addition to your personal pool, the resort possesses a fantastic communal pool area, private beach, beautiful spa with an exhaustive selection of treatments or for the more active, a fully equipped gym, water sports centre and an 18 hole golf course designed by none other than Nick Faldo.


WHAT TO EAT: No trip to Vietnam would be complete without full immersion into local cuisine. Angsana has 3 resort restaurants. Market Place, which specialises with an indo-chinese menu, and Rice Bowl and our personal favourite was the traditional Vietnamese cuisine at Moomba, with a focus on the freshest sea food whilst overlooking the pristine beach.  
As you would expect from its location, fishing is pivotal part of the local community and as part of Angsana’s commitment to preserving tradition, they offer guests a unique fisherman for the day experience. During which you learn the traditional practices from local fisherman in Lang Co bay, where they teach you how to master the round basket boats that are specific to the region.

NEED TO KNOW: Kareoke is a national past time in Vietnam and cannot be neglected on your visit! Strolling round the packed streets of any of the neighbouring towns you are falling over bars dedicated to the toe-curling (yet ridiculously fun) entertainment. As I have mentioned, Angsana is blissful in its quiet remoteness, however on an evening should you be looking for a little more be sure to book in to the Rice Bowl restaurants private karaoke room at no extra charge. Nestled in the corner of the restaurant, the YOU team can personally vouch for the English language song list, it contains all the classics you could need. For the slightly more introvert members of your party be sure to combine with the bars well thought out cocktails!
The resort itself has its very own lagoon that connects Angsana and its sister hotel Banyan Tree and traditional barge for getting between the two – be sure to ask reception to organise a boat transfer for you. Although it’s a short distance between the two properties, the journey itself is pretty special and not to be missed!


GETTING THERE: Vietnam Airlines (www.vietnamairlines.com; 020 3263 2062) offers four nonstop flights per week to either Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City (both approximately 1 hour from Angsana) with fares currently starting from £436 return. From 31 March, Vietnam Airlines will operate from Heathrow, with frequencies set to rise to a daily service following the introduction of Vietnam Airlines' brand, new next-generation Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners on its UK routes in July 2015. The new aircraft will feature in-flight WiFi and fully flat beds in Business Class, and will also herald the launch of Vietnam Airlines’ new branding and corporate identity - firmly establishing it as the leading carrier for the Indochina region."

HOTEL: Angsana Lang Co, Vietnam. For reservations and enquiries, please contact +84 54 3695 800 or visit langco@angsana.com. Prices at Angsana Lang Co start from approx. £132 based on two people sharing a Deluxe Room King on a bed and breakfast basis. For more information on Angsana Hotels & Resorts, please visit www.angsana.com

Lucy Coghlan

Fashion: Some like it sultry

There’s nostalgia afoot as the season’s holiday wardrobe channels the long hot summers of the past. Think 50s-style swimsuits, gingham dresses and shoes by the label we’ve fallen back in love with Clarks! 

Cotton dress, £129, Hobbs. Shoes, £75, Clarks. 

Cotton Swimsuit, £186, Tara Jarmon. Belt, stylist’s own. Shoes, £110, Clarks x Orla Kiely.

Cotton Dress, £195, Antipodium. Sandals, £45, Clarks.

Cotton mix bra top and Shorts, price on application, Orla Kiely. Sunglasses, £330, Dita, from Selfridges. Shoes, £150, Clarks x Orla Kiely.

Cotton-mix Bikini, £80, Isabel Garcia. Merino wool cardigan, £199, Orla Kiely.Sandals, £45, Clarks.


Style Editor Philippa Bloom
Photographer Vanessa Woodward
Fashion assistant Emily Dawes
Make-up Marina Keri using Bobbi Brown
Hair Choccy at One Represents using Bumble and Bumble
Model Anna Emilia Seewald at The Hive
Producer Lucy Coghlan

Shot on location at Angsana Lang Co, Vietnam. For more information on Angsana Hotels & Resorts, please visit angsana.com; for reservations email langco@angsana.com. Vietnam Airlines (vietnamairlines.com) offers four nonstop flights a week to Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City, from £436 return. In July, Vietnam Airlines will launch brand-new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners with in-flight wi-fi and fully flat beds in business class.

Online exclusive! See our top 10 Clarks edit below.... click to buy!
Left: Netrix Rose, £50. Right: Romantic Moon Sandals, £50.

Left: Orla Beatrice Heels, £140. Right: Orla Betty Sandals, £130.

Left: Chorus Tempo Court, £50. Right: Dulcie Molly Smart Sandal, £45.

Left: Compass Zone Flatforms, £40. Right: Festival Glee Pumps, £55.

Left: Ski Tropical Sandal, £45. Right: Rosalie Petal, £60.


Wednesday, 1 April 2015

YOU's favourite Easter Eggs... yum

Just three days until  Easter Sunday and we’ve been celebrating early and nibbling on chocolate eggs already - so we can recommend  the best ones (aka the ones that disappeared fastest at YOU HQ!)

The Classic

The Classic:
Everyone has their favourite Green & Black’s bar – but we’ve yet to find a soul that doesn’t love their Butterscotch or Sea Salt flavours. And this has both - two bars nestled beneath a milk chocolate eggshell. Divine. 
Green & Black's Milk Collection Easter Egg, £10.99, greenandblacksdirect.com


The Red Velvet

The Red Velvet:
Red Velvet might be a great cake, but it’s even better in truffle form! We’ve shouted about our love of these before – throw in an egg and we are sold.
Prestat Red Velvet Truffle Easter Egg, £15, prestat.co.uk


The Rabbit

The Rabbit:
Lindt’s famous golden bunny – gone large. Demolished surprisingly quickly, this giant rabbit is both insanely creamy and hilariously big.
Lindt 1kg Golden Bunny, £39.99, available from most major supermarkets, Selfridges and Harrods


The White One

The White One:
White chocolate eggs are little bit rare and special – and some YOU staffers are white chocolate fiends. This one is lovely and chunky and filled with an array of pretty treats!
Hotel Chocolat The White & Light Extra Thick Easter Egg, £27, hotelchocolat.com


The Eco-Egg

The Eco-Egg:
Easter chocolate – check.
Oversized and unnecessary packaging – no chance of that here!
Dark chocolate and cocoa nibs provide an instant hit without all the wasteful extras.
Montezuma's Organic Dark Chocolate with Cocoa Nibs Eco-Egg, £7.99, montezumas.co.uk

P.S. As we're heading for a chocolate-flavoured weekend, those clever people at Dentek sent us a reminder to floss - a bunch of Dentek Triple Clean Floss Picks together with a Thorntons egg to eat before we put them to good use. Made us smile...

Monday, 30 March 2015

Fashion: Spirit of '73

 Pay attention to details and you’ll have spring’s 70s revival sorted


JUMBO FLARES: cotton knit top, £415, and cotton Twill jacket, £1,100,both Miu Miu, from net-a-porter.com. Corduroy trousers, £463, Awake. Shoes, £700, Prada

CROCHET: viscose shirt, £360, Awake. Viscose Vest, £42, Topshop. Sunglasses, £165, 3.1 Phillip Lim by Linda Farrow.
TOPSTITCHING: Leather Jacket, £2,360, and Linen Shirt, £430, both Prada. Silver and turquoise Ring, £329, Jessie Western.

COLOUR-POP COATS: Cotton twill coat,£2,220, and jeans, £260, both Michael Kors. Top (just seen), £250, Carven, from Browns. Sandals, £50, Asos.
DOUBLE DENIM: Shirt, £700, and Jeans, £785, both Gucci. Vintage silk scarf, from a selection at Paper Dress Vintage



Fashion Editor Hannah Hughes
Photographer Jimmy Bridger
Fashion assistant Alisha Hockenjos
Hair Heath Massi at Frank Agency using Hair Rehab
Make-up Kenneth Soh at Frank Agency using Delilah Cosmetics & Antipodes Skincare
Model Frances Aaternir at The Hive
Producer Lucy Coghlan

Stockists
ASOS, asos.com
AWAKE, a-w-a-k-e.com
GUCCI, gucci.com
jessie western,jessiewestern.com
LINDA FARROW, lindafarrow.com
michael kors, michaelkors.com
Paper dress vintage, paperdressvintage.co.uk
PRADA, prada.com
topshop, topshop.com


Get The Look
Topshop flared trousers, £40, topshop.com

Urban Outfitters Crochet Top, £48, urbanoutfitters.com

Boohoo Colour Pop Coat, £30, boohoo.com

Flared Jeans, £58, Asos.com


Oasis Denim Shirt, £35, oasis-stores.com