Friday, 27 February 2015

A fairytale night out in London (and nails fit for a Disney princess!)

A few of our favourite things here on YOU mag: unwrapping chocolate truffles…cab rides in the rain…nails painted in pretty colours…& Happy Ever Afters. And last night we managed to combine all four with a trip to the Soho Hotel - courtesy of Red Carpet Manicure and Morgan Taylor - for a preview screening of the adorable new Disney Cinderella film (starring Lily James as Cinderella , Richard Madden as her Prince Charming and the cutest mouse family ever!)



We were picked up from YOU HQ by the new LINDOR Bliss Taxi, a black cab that has been given a delicious makeover by the chocolate brand (think fluffy red carpet, comfy cushions and LINDOR truffles on tap of course.) The idea is to give passengers some moments of blissful calm during a busy day, and we were certainly feeling relaxed and in the mood for a fairytale film when we arrived at our destination (not to mention amazed by how many chocolates we could eat between Kensington and Soho!)

Since every princess needs lovely hands (as well as feet fit for a glass slipper), both Red Carpet Manicure and Morgan Taylor have launched special collections to tie in with the 27th March launch of Cinderella - with shades as sweet as Cinderella!



RCM’s limited-edition Cinderella Collection features a Collector’s Edition Gel Polish Pro Kit and six new Gel Polishes (£12.95 per bottle); shades include Life is Short, Wear a Tiara (a light blue glitter) and Well, Aren’t We Lovely (a hot pink crème); meanwhile new varnish shades from Morgan Taylor’s Cinderella 2015 Collection (£10.99 per bottle) include Ella of a Girl (a light pink crème) and Best Ball Gown Ever (iridescent periwinkle).  The collections will be launching on 1st March on sallyexpress.com
@MTMorganTaylor       @RedCarpetMani

       


For the chance to win one of 100 free rides in the Bliss Taxi, visit lindorblisstaxi.co.uk #MomentofBliss @LindorUk

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

WIN a Tabitha Webb watch with #YouTWWatch


Tabitha Somerset Webb, designer and entrepreneur behind the luxury fashion label Tabitha Webb, loves accessories. Here she gives us the lowdown on how to take outfits from day to night by adding a few simple touches.

I LOVE accessories. Throw me anything in a bit of metallic and it makes me very over excited. It really, truly doesn't take much to turn your outfit from a boring daytime outfit into a headturner. So, on that note, here are my five top tips on how to use accessories to make sure you are bang on trend: 

  1. Big bracelets are must-have accessories for this season! I have a selection of statement bracelets that I love. Wear them on their own or stack them up to add some arm candy to any outfit. Every time I see someone with a bracelet stack I immediately think cool…..
  2. I’m a bit of a watch addict and I like to have a few on rotation. Greedy I know. I always find a simple leather strap or a stainless steel bracelet is perfect for every day and gold plated one will add a touch of glam. Although I tend to see them more as an accessory than for telling the time, because as everyone will tell you I’m always late. 
  3. Earrings are a really easy way to make something a bit more dressy….I love the long chain earrings, I think they make your look really modern.
  4. We all have those pieces in our wardrobes that we couldn’t live without and often they’re in need of a refresh. Maybe try adding a big colourful necklace or a long pendant to make your outfit more up to date…I have so many long necklaces that I choose between everyday – a statement piece like this will do a lot of the work for you. 
  5. Rings – beautiful, gorgeous rings that sparkle – I love them! And you don't have to be a millionaire to enjoy them. I love wearing vintage rings that I have found in antique markets – just imagine the stories behind them! But they are also a really cool way to turn your work clothes into the ultimate night time look. 
For your chance to win the beautiful Tabs by Tabitha Webb watch worth £139.99, follow and tweet us explaining what your favoruite accessory is using the hashtag #YouTWWatch

Tabitha Webb watches are available online at tabithawebb.co.uk 

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Brilliant BBQ at HotBox

Food is fashionable. It may not be fashionable to eat a whole lot (although, times are changing, hurrah!) but like a lot of things, there’s always a new, hot trend. From coconut water and kale, to the slightly less healthy salted caramel, there’s always a new favourite food that is gracing just about everywhere we look. But one, above all, seems to have stuck around longer than others- pulled pork.

Dancing on the edge of Spitalfields Market is brand new Friday night favourite- HotBox. It has all the watermarks of this type of place; tables reminiscent of those you had at school, that sit length ways and offer benches in place of seats. Dark and mysterious lighting only just bright enough for you to see your menu, and a cool, chilled vibe bustling with friends catching up over beers and BBQ.


Barbecue joints, or “Smokehouses” with their laid-back atmosphere and mix of comfort food and hip surroundings, are the place to be seen at the moment. Since before the Victoria’s Secret girls were spotted at much-loved London smokehouse Bodean's, people’s love of succulent smokiness has been fuelled by ever emerging restaurants offering meat, meat and more meat. Succulent, juicy and slow-cooked pulled pork adorns the top of everything on London’s menu’s from brioche buns to duck confit. This food, born from our American cousins, has become so popular, that a barbecue restaurant won’t be around for long unless it’s on the menu. So, in this saturated market that features such giants as MEATLiquor and Pitt Cue, how do you put something as ordinary as this on the menu but actually manage to overshadow it with what else you have to offer? Well, one East London barbecue place is doing just that.



We started by lining our stomachs downstairs at the bar gleefully named 46 & Mercy. Head Barman Ollie introduced us to his world of wonderfully weird cocktails including the “Blessed Thistle”, a meat martini made of pork-fat and thyme, and the mouthwateringly moorish concoction of prosecco and gin named “Fernet Me Not”. The bar is ran by East London resident bar man Terry Cashman, who brings his experience from familiar haunts Callooh Callay and The Hoxton Pony.


We were then shown to our table to begin our meaty journey. Sat next to a young couple
on one side and 3 burly lads on the other, we struck up conversation to see what they had ordered. True to form, the couple were sharing a few plates and having a try of as much as they could, whereas the lads to our left went for the menu’s “Smoked Selection”, a clever way to have a bit of everything if you’re not up for sharing.

                                                                           
We decided to dig into the beef rib and pork rack with a side of Mac and Cheese and, of course, the pulled pork. None of which disappointed. The meat was succulent and juicy with mouthwatering flavours, while the mac and cheese, another ever-increasingly popular dish, hit the spot with a hint of smokiness. The range of palette-pleasers were all distinctively different and each dish was better than the last. As we relaxed into the laid-back vibe we slipped further into our food coma with the pies de resistance. The couple next door had forewarned us of their power, that they weren’t for the faint hearted, and how right they were. Forget pulled pork and Mac and cheese. Forget taste-sensation, one-of-a-kind cocktails, THIS was a food revolution. Now, I’m not usually one for batter or anything fried. The very sight of it turns me off. But this was special. 3 little words- Deep. Fried. Oreos.


Now, I know what you’re thinking “This girl just lost any credibility she may have had”.  Well, then I challenge you to try them. Accompanied by molten chocolate and velvety vanilla ice cream, these balls of calorific-craziness were simply amazing. Making us remember the child inside of us while satisfying the indulgent adults we had become, we couldn’t stop fighting over them. On the advice of the couple next door, we agreed to share a portion. If only they knew what serious repercussions this would have.


HotBox was a great experience and we thoroughly recommend grabbing a bunch of besties and bringing on the BBQ!


HotBox London
46-48 Commercial Street

Call: 0207 247 1817

Post by Kristina Gorur.




Rosewood London launches Slow Food and Living Market

Rosewood London's Slow Food and Living Market
From this Sunday, one of our favourite London hotels, Rosewood London will launch a weekly ‘Slow Food and Living Market’ smack bang in the middle of their stunning inner courtyard, set back off the bustle of High Holborn in central London.

Rosewood London's beautiful courtyard

Gosnell's London Mead

Celebrating clean, thoughtfully harvested and fairly produced food from over thirty local growers and foodie artisans including meat and charcuterie from O’Shea’s Butchers, beer from Gosnell’s London Mead, oils from Arganic and flowers from Field of London, it will be a complete antidote to the sanitised supermarket shopping experience we’ve all become used to.

Rosewood London’s Executive Chef, Amandine Chaignot will be overseeing the weekly market and best of all, the amazing produce available to buy will be incorporated into the Rosewood London’s menus at their Holborn Dining Room and Mirror Room. So make a day of it, pick up your groceries for the week and grab a delicious brunch, knowing you’re supporting local, seasonal producers.


Clare Geraghty 

Monday, 23 February 2015

Happy Birthday to a Clarks design classic!

Maple Suede Shoe to celebrate the desert boot anniversary

Having grown up wearing Clarks shoes, we’re big fans of the brand. We love the way it combines a great heritage with all the latest trends - a talent demonstrated in the company’s home town of Street in Somerset where the modern Clarks outlet shopping village is right next door to the wonderful 1930s Greenbank outdoor pool. Funded by family member Alice Clark (so female factory workers would have somewhere more private to swim while the men dived in to the nearby river), the pool is now a registered charity and still very much in use (boys are allowed in too these days!) A dip in this hidden gem one of our favourite summer treats (especially on rainy days when you can float virtually undisturbed in the lovely heated water, overlooked by just the old factory chimney….)

Trigenic Flex shoes shot in Clarks’ Street HQ


This modern-meets-tradition quality is also epitomised by the iconic Clarks Originals desert boot, which celebrates its 65th anniversary this year. Created in 1950, the original was made from suede from Charles F Stead tannery in Leeds, and you can still buy the classic styles made from suede produced in that same tannery. But the desert boot has also been reinvented to give it a contemporary athletic look - the Trigenic Flex in white nubuck with its flexible 3-part sole is perfect for running around town this spring. And with any luck, we’ll be running around with man in a pair of classic desert boots - always a cute look. Our new-season favourite is the Jink Desert in green canvas, but we also love the limited edition Maple Suede shoe with its commemorative fob and fetching flat cotton laces in sapphire blue (sapphire to reflect the 65th anniversary of the desert boot).

Men’s Jink Desert in green canvas


Women’s Trigenic Flex in white nubuck


Women’s Trigenic Flex, £100;  Men’s Jink Desert in green canvas, £70; Men’s Maple Suede Shoe, £89; all available at selected stockists, in store and online at:


Rosalind Lowe


Fashion: Zing it on Sophie:

Sophie Dahl dazzles in easy, affordable essentials from the label that’s putting a spring in our step: designer Ben de Lisi’s range for high street hero Debenhams.

Shirt dress, £38, and shoes, £35
Shirt dress, £38, and shoes, £35

Jumper, £35, and trousers, £30.
Jumper, £35, and trousers, £30.
Dress, £35, and jacket, £35
Dress, £35, and jacket, £35
Shirt, £30; jeans, £32, and shoes, £45.
Shirt, £30; jeans, £32, and shoes, £45.
Tunic, £32, and shoes, £39
Tunic, £32, and shoes, £39
All clothes and silver shoes, Principles Weekend by Ben de Lisi at Debenhams. All other shoes,
Faith at Debenhams; debenhams.com

Photographer Lorenzo Agius
Styling Zanna Roberts Rassi
Make-up Lucy Halperin using S 2015 and Chanel Body Excellence
Hair Sascha Breuer for Wella Professionals

Mothers day gift idea: The ultimate chocolate and flower combo – Wildabout and Lindt collaboration


As Mother’s day is fast approaching ( Sunday 15th March for those that need a gentle reminder) luxury Swiss chocolatiers Lindt and contemporary florists Wildabout have teamed up to ensure no mother need be disappointed!

The aptly named ‘Leading Lady’ bouquet comprises of a collection of white and gold astibles, cymbidiums, ranunculus, roses and hypericums for those in the know. Truly beautiful and a gentle reminder that spring is most definitely on its way. And to the chocolate, every bouquets best friend, Lindts traditional Swiss praline chocolate masterpieces, true indulgence!

It might be worth sending this link to your sons to avoid the well-meaning petrol station flowers and mars bar combo! http://www.wildabout.co.uk/store/view/the-leading-lady/?Pid=117&CategoryId=2156

Prices: Small bouquet & Lindt Swiss Luxury Selection 145g £65, Medium bouquet & Lindt Swiss Luxury Selection 350g £85.


Lucy Coghlan

Friday, 20 February 2015

Tongue Twister teaches us why Listening to Blondie makes your Chablis taste zestier


Did you know that if you drink Chablis and listen to Blondie it is scientifically found to taste 45% zestier? Or if you dye apple juice orange, no one can recognise the flavour? When we were sent an invite stating this and suggesting we come on down to Westfield early this morning to see for ourselves, we were a teeny, weeny bit skeptical.



The genius twosome behind London based agency Condiment Junkie, the multi-sensory pioneers that combine the senses to create experiences like no other, using scientific studies and research to discover how to enhance experiences of food and taste by waking up sound and smell, and Westfield shopping centres in London, have teamed up to bring you Tongue Twister.

Two "New Age "Oompah-Loompahs


Director of Marketing for Westfield Myf Ryan expressed her excitement for the Willy Wonka-Style weekend saying “With 80% of all visitors to Westfield buying some form of food or beverage, we’re now offering our customers a much more interactive and exciting experience like no other.”

What you can expect from this taste bud-tingling adventure for the senses is similar to that of top chef and science enthusiast Heston Blumenthal who Scott and Russell, founders of Condiment Junkie, have collaborated with on projects such as his famous “Sounds of the sea” dish served in his multi Michelin-starred Berkshire restaurant The Fat Duck.


Heston's "Sound of The Sea" Dish complete with iPod


Tongue Twister offers four rooms to discover including a “Cleansing Room” where neutral smells and mint sorbet will cleanse your palette ready for you to start your experience. You can then visit the “Taste Room” where a bed of fresh herbs change colour to alter the flavour and a range of deceiving drinks taste confusingly different to what they seem. You can also check out the “Smell Room” where giant pink trumpets blast out aromas such as black pepper, gingerbread and curry ready for you to make your own mash up of flavours with a bulk of different jellybeans to go with them.


Also scattered across the top floor of the shopping centre are “Smell Booths” that supply jellybeans from dispensers and aromas such as “cookies” at the press of a button, to give you the chance to create your own interesting cocktails of flavour.



It's safe to say that after getting the chance to discover which kind of tasters we were, and listen to two pioneers in sensory experience, they convinced us. Heart of Glass and a Chablis it is!

Would you like to give it a go? If you'd like to find out more about Tongue Twister, just Click here.





Thursday, 19 February 2015

Right as Rain


            Poncho, £19.95, Wellies £69.95                          Coat £119, Wellies £39.95


It’s that time of year when our spirits become dampened, literally, by the definite showers that spring carries. 

However, luckily for us Joules have created an abundance of brilliantly bright and decorative attire so we can outwit the British weather with style.


Tying in with the SS15 collections of designers such as Marissa Webb, J Crew and Proenza Schouler, this apparel is sure to keep you on trend. We love the fun colour pops and festival ready wellingtons.


Shop their spring collection here!

Kate Morris