Monday, 29 June 2015

Fashion: Free Spirit

Summer’s best festival list channels a chilled-out 60s vibe 

Silk Dress, £225, Topshop Unique. Shearling waistcoat, £140, Artemis. Suede boots, £895, Jimmy Choo. String of lanterns, £58, Anthropologie. Rug, from £75,

Silk Dress, £225, Topshop Unique. Shearling waistcoat, £140, Artemis. Suede boots, £895, Jimmy Choo. String of lanterns, £58, Anthropologie. Rug, from £75,

Suede Top, £125, and Silk Blouse (worn underneath), £225, both Leon Max. Trousers, £30, Dorothy Perkins. Necklace, £58, Boudicca,from Anthropologie. Multicoloured throw, £230, Missoni Home, from lights, £29.99, planter, £48, and Candle, from £22, Illume, both from Anthropologie. Furry rug (on chair,below), £265, Toast. Orange cushion, £34, Persian rugs, £150 each,John Lewis

Suede Top, £125, and Silk Blouse (worn underneath), £225, both Leon Max. Trousers, £30, Dorothy Perkins. Necklace, £58, Boudicca,from Anthropologie. Multicoloured throw, £230, Missoni Home, from lights, £29.99, planter, £48, and Candle, from £22, Illume, both from Anthropologie. Furry rug (on chair,below), £265, Toast. Orange cushion, £34, Persian rugs, £150 each,John Lewis

Silk Shirt, £375, Paul & Joe. Crochet bra, £20, RaisedByWool, from Trousers, £920, Missoni. Sunglasses, £175, Miu Miu,from Sunglass Hut. Friendship Bracelets, from £70 each, Lucy Folk, from Rings (worn throughout): thin, from £34 each, Tada & Toy. Gold-plated gemstone, £120 each, Monica Vinader.
Silk Shirt, £375, Paul & Joe. Crochet bra, £20, RaisedByWool, from Trousers, £920, Missoni. Sunglasses, £175, Miu Miu,from Sunglass Hut. Friendship Bracelets, from £70 each, Lucy Folk, from Rings (worn throughout): thin, from £34 each, Tada & Toy. Gold-plated gemstone, £120 each, Monica Vinader.
Suede Jacket, £1,400,Jessie Western. Suede shorts, £385, Tory Burch. Bracelets, from £65, all ChloBo. Sandals, £99.99, Zara
Suede Jacket, £1,400,Jessie Western. Suede shorts, £385, Tory Burch. Bracelets, from £65, all ChloBo. Sandals, £99.99, Zara
Sequined top, £28, Dorothy Perkins. cotton blouse (worn underneath), £121, Mes Demoiselles. waistcoat, £35, Asos. Trousers, £39.99, Zara. hat, £34, Anthropologie. Cuffs, £135 each,By Malene Birger. white fringed Bag (justseen), £50, River Island. Mules, £240, See by Chloé,from On door: silk kimono, £499, East. Suede cape, £349, Jessie Western.
Sequined top, £28, Dorothy Perkins. cotton blouse (worn underneath), £121, Mes Demoiselles. waistcoat, £35, Asos. Trousers, £39.99, Zara. hat, £34, Anthropologie. Cuffs, £135 each,By Malene Birger. white fringed Bag (justseen), £50, River Island. Mules, £240, See by Chloé,from On door: silk kimono, £499, East. Suede cape, £349, Jessie Western.

Blouse, £1,100, Chloe. Necklaces, Carnelian Point pendant on rose chain £180 (orange and clear tip crystal), Circle and losange chain £69, Purple Crystal necklace £119 all Mirabelle. Right hand rings same as before. Left hand rings, three thin rings, from £34, from Tada & Toy, Two coloured rings, £120, Monica Vinader, worn throughout .Suede Skirt, £75, Topshop.
Blouse, £1,100, Chloe. Necklaces, Carnelian Point pendant on rose chain £180 (orange and clear tip crystal), Circle and losange chain £69, Purple Crystal necklace £119 all Mirabelle. Right hand rings same as before. Left hand rings, three thin rings, from £34, from Tada & Toy, Two coloured rings, £120, Monica Vinader, worn throughout .Suede Skirt, £75, Topshop.

Fashion Editor Hannah Hughes
Photographer Lucia O’Connor-McCarthy 
Fashion assistant Alisha Hockenjos
Make-up Kenneth Soh at Frank Agency using Dr Organic skincare and Givenchy Le Makeup
Hair Marco Testa using Bumble and Bumble
Model Roxane Glineur at Premier Model Management
Producer Lucy Coghlan
Shot on location at Wilderness Reserve, Suffolk,

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Off The Shoulder Blouse, £34,

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Fringed Rucksack, £18,

Thursday, 25 June 2015

The perfect pre-Wimbledon outing.

We've been warming up for Wimbledon in the beautiful surroundings of The Hurlingham Club in Putney - at the BNP Paribas Tennis Classic.

The pristine courts are the perfect place for players to hone their grass skills, whilst the leafy riverside grounds are the ideal location for spectators to enjoy a glass or two of pre-match Lanson champagne.

We were little lucky enough to get a seat close to the action - where we could admire the players' service skills as well as their witty asides (this is very much a light-hearted affair...)

The sunny opening Tuesday was attended  by Emilia Fox, Kara Tointon, Lilah Parsons, Camilla Kerslake, Tara Palmer-Tompkinson and socialites Henry Conway, Percy Parker and Alistair Guy. On Centre Court, Grigor Dimitrov beat 18-year-old rising star Borna Ćorić, who will be making his Wimbledon debut next week, in straight sets. And - in a hugely-entertaining game of 'Legends' doubles, Goran Ivanisevic and self-styled 'Court Jester’ Mansour Bahrami beat Xavier Malisse and Mikael Pernfors - after amusing the crowd by enlisting the ball-hitting services of a ball girl and even a small boy in the crowd!

The BNP Paribas Tennis Classic runs through to Friday 26th

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Easy (& brilliant) seafood dishes

Looking for an easy way to impress your next dinner guests? Then we really recommend the fresh crab, not to mention the fabulous scallops, from Cornwall’s Fish for Thought - the brilliant mail order seafood company.

We ordered some fresh brown and white crab meat, which we served with rocket, chopped chives and a few squeezes of lime (we’d forgotten to buy lemon!) together with bread and butter (though actually we couldn’t resist eating a few spoonfuls of crab straight from the pot!) The scallops were fried in butter for just a couple of minutes - and served with melted butter and lemon juice. The great thing is that with high-quality fresh ingredients like these you really don’t need to do much to make them taste amazing (for a really low-effort-but-impressive starter, we also recommend the Lobster Bisque.)

It's not always easy to buy really fresh fish in the UK - despite our miles of coastline - but now everyone can effectively have a great ‘neighbourhood’ fishmonger - order by midnight on the day before dispatch (i.e. 2 days before delivery) and your fish will arrive the next day, packed in ice and ready to be cooked or decanted in to your freezer.  The products are sustainably sourced, and each packet is clearly marked with where the fish or seafood was caught...Our hand-picked crab from Newquay and scallops from Brixham evoked lazy summer holidays spent on the Cornish coast and in the pretty Devon harbour town...Lovely.

For barbeque season, Fish for Thought recommend mackerel, sardines, squid and hake (there are brilliant recipes on their website too.) Fish for Thought delivers all over England, Wales and Scotland to just north of Edinburgh. The minimum order value is £25. The delivery charge is £7.95. Delivery is free on all orders over £100 except on Saturdays (extra £10.00). Fish for Thought offers free delivery on all first orders over £40 and a free lunch for 2 (2 portions of delicious Cornish seafood on them)

Monday, 22 June 2015

Fashion: Match point

It’s game on for Wimbledon this month… Anyone for crisp whites, retro pleats and cable knits?

Crepe playsuit, £145, Iris & Ink, from Cotton-voile scarf, £130, Gucci, from Leather Bag, £795, Paul Smith. Watch, £59.99, Sekonda, from H Samuel.
Crepe playsuit, £145, Iris & Ink, from theoutnet.comCotton-voile scarf, £130, Gucci, from net-a-porter.comLeather Bag, £795, Paul Smith. Watch, £59.99, Sekonda, from H Samuel.

Cotton Jumper, £530, Preen by Thornton Bregazzi, from Harvey Nichols. sweatband, £3, American Apparel.
Cotton Jumper, £530, Preen by Thornton Bregazzi, from Harvey Nicholssweatband, £3, American Apparel.

Viscose waistcoat, £425, and viscose culottes, £595, both Temperley London, from Watch, £229, Michael Kors. Cotton Socks, £2.99, New Look. Shoes, £52, Vans, from Schuh.
Viscose waistcoat, £425, and viscose culottes, £595, both Temperley London, from Watch, £229, Michael KorsCotton Socks, £2.99, New LookShoes, £52, Vans, from Schuh.

Silk top, £276, and silk organza skirt, £727, both Ports 1961. Watch, £229, Michael Kors.Socks, £5, Monki. Trainers, £65, Adidas, from Schuh
Silk top, £276, and silk organza skirt, £727, both Ports 1961. Watch, £229, Michael Kors.Socks, £5, Monki. Trainers, £65, Adidas, from Schuh

Shirt, £215, Equipment, from Cane visor with silk scarf, £800, Piers Atkinson
Shirt, £215, Equipment, from Cane visor with silk scarf, £800, Piers Atkinson

Style Editor Philippa Bloom
Photographer Natasha Mygdal 
Fashion Assistant Emily Dawes
Make-up Vanessa Guallar at Frank Agency using Chanel S 2015 and Chanel Body Excellence
Hair Heath Massi at Frank Agency using Ojon
Model Rebecca Gobbi at Next Model Management
Producer Lucy Coghlan

American apparel,
Harvey Nichols,
H Samuel,
Michael Kors,
New Look,
Paul Smith,
Piers Atkinson,
Ports 1961,


Image 1 of ASOS Cricket Jumper With Blocking And Tipping
Jumper, £36,

Cropped Trousers, £25.99,

Hat, £59,

Dress, £85,

Thursday, 18 June 2015

Father's Day Favourites

If you’re sick of giving your dad the typical pair of socks or Toblerone triangles then look no further…

T M Lewin Silk Pocket Squares
If your dad is a suit man (and don’t older men look lovely in a proper suit and tie?!), then we reckon he’ll love a silk pocket square – a stylish touch that’ll make him look really dapper! 


Prestat Velvety Milk Chocolate Thins - Orange Cardomom Chai
Delicious discs of Prestat’s creamy milk chocolate delicately flavoured with orange and spiced cardamom. A delicious alternative to the usual chocolate orange…..

Elemis Deluxe Shave Experience
An extra special treat for dads of all ages! At the recently refurbished Mandara Spa your dad will get to sit back, relax and enjoy a truly brilliant facial (not just for the ladies!), a leg massage and the closest shave money can buy. A really luxe experience, with particularly slick service that will ensure he leaves feeling like a million dollars.
£85, 020 7620 7300


Handmade Cocktail Company The Gin Martini Cocktail
If you don’t have the mixologist skills to whip up your dad’s favourite tipple at the drop of a hat then turn to the Handmade Cocktail Company. Big chunky bottles with prohibition-esque labels are filled with delicious, ready-made, high quality booze. Just add a twist of lemon peel and an olive or two!
Currently priced at £32.95,

Filofax notebook
And for the classic dad – he lists, he scribbles, he possibly needs a helping hand getting organised… Filofax have a selection of chic but hardwearing notebooks in a rainbow assortment of colours, all with a very clever binding system. So handy you might even find yourself lusting after one for yourself too…

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

YOLO moments at YO! Sushi

If you’re a regular at YO! Sushi, you’ll be familiar with the fear of missing out (FOMO) - as your favourite dish speeds past on the ‘kaiten’ conveyor belt! And now the Japanese restaurant chain has launched YOLO specials - weird and wonderful new dishes, which will be available for just a few short weeks each…

This month’s YOLO offering is a J-Dog, a quirky Japanese take on an American classic. A pork arabiki sausage is served in a soft brioche bun, with a topping including crispy shallots and sesame seeds, spring onion, crunchy nori and sticky sweet teriyaki sauce. What’s more, it comes with its own limited edition mini bottle of spicy Sriracha sauce on a key ring to keep (for whenever you need to spice up your diet…). Described as ‘ketchup with a kick’, ingredients include jalapeno chilles and garlic - and the cute, refillable bottle (Sriracha2Go) has a bit of a cult following (Ashton Kutcher was spotted with one clipped to him…)

It’s definitely worth grabbing this this cool J-Dog-and-Sriracha2Go combo while you can - we enjoyed ours in one of the cool booths at the Festival Hall branch. And we were happy to grab a couple of our more familiar favourites alongside - including the delicious Kimchee Salmon Oishii Bun and Albacore Tuna & Truffle Ponzu Sashimi.

J-Dog, £6, available during June, while stocks last. #YOMENT @YOSushi The exclusive YOLO dishes will be launching throughout summer so keep your eyes peeled for the next dish launching!

Appy news for theatre fans

Love going to the theatre but hate shelling out a small fortune for tickets? Then help is at hand, quite literally, with a whizzy new app. YOU was recently invited to London's Serpentine Sackler Gallery for the UK launch of TodayTix, which allows you to buy last-minute tickets (both on the day and up to a week beforehand), with lots of great discounts to be had. 

Guests including Jack Whitehall and his impossibly glam girlfriend Gemma Chan were treated to a live performance by singing sensation Kerry Ellis (who took over from Nicole Scherzinger as Grizabella in the recent revival of Cats), as she belted out showtunes including that Cats classic 'Memory'. We also got a chance to meet the incredibly lifelike Joey puppet from War Horse (if you haven't caught that show yet, add it to your must-see list pronto).

TodayTix is the brainchild of Broadway producers Merritt Baer and Brian Fenty, whose credits between them include The Merchant of Venice (starring Al Pacino), Death of a Salesman (starring Philip Seymour Hoffman), Romeo and Juliet (starring Orlando Bloom) and The Bodyguard: The Musical. Already a big hit on the other side of the pond, it's just arrived here this month, so now you can enjoy a helping of culture and still have enough cash to go out for dinner afterwards. Result.

Maria Realf

Monday, 15 June 2015

The most decadent (and delicious) corner of Harrods

Tartufi & Friends' Stefania Centi holding a black truffle

If there’s one ingredient that can elevate practically any dish to the sublime, it’s truffle - and Harrods have now devoted a corner of their store to this much-coveted delicacy, with the opening of Tartufi & Friends. Originally launched in Rome (followed by Milan), this high-end Truffle Lounge has found the perfect spot, right next to the wine shop on the store’s lower ground floor. The tan leather banquettes exude luxury - and we were very happy to order a glass of one of our favourite white wines (Cervaro della Sala 2012)  - but it’s the menu that really had us swooning: black truffle with pretty much everything!  Having spent a blissful week in Alba (near Turin) during white truffle season a few years back, this was our idea of absolute heaven…

As business developer Stefania Centi explained, all Tartufi & Friends’ truffles are sourced directly from Tuscany. Truffles thrive in humid conditions and grow underground around the roots of trees - hunters use specially-trained dogs to locate them. (‘People think we use pigs - but you can’t train a pig not to eat a truffle when it finds one!’) You can hunt for truffles all year-round, but the white truffle, which has a more delicate and lingering flavour and is considered the most prized (and is, accordingly, more expensive), is found just during the autumn months so the restaurant is serving exclusively black truffle dishes for the time being. As Stefania pointed out, many people prefer their slightly earthier taste in any case.

A few shavings of truffle (or some truffle oil) gives most dishes an added dimension (not to mention, a delicious smell), but there are some classic - even ancient - truffle pairings which are particularly delicious, including pasta, cheese (especially soft cheese like goat’s or fondue), eggs and honey. From the Appetizers menu, we especially loved the Bufala Burrata and honey with truffle; from the Meat second courses, the Rossini beef fillet with foie gras, cooked in red wine sauce with fresh truffle, is one of the menu highlights. But, for a simple (and simply amazing) dish, we recommend the restaurant’s signature fresh Tagliolino with Cacio & Pepe cheese and fresh truffle (this dish would really impress a first date who knows his - or her- Italian food!). And for dessert, the delicate summery flavours of vanilla ice cream with pine nuts and dried figs in truffle honey were just perfect.

Bufalo Burrata and honey with truffle

The restaurant's signature fresh Tagliolino 

The perfect summer dessert 

How happy were we to discover that Tartufi & Friends also sell their own range of goodies (with no artificial flavours or scents added, as is sometimes the case with inferior truffle products). We took home some dried figs in truffle honey - so that’s pudding sorted for our next dinner party (and, also, that’s the shopping sorted next time a foodie friend has a birthday!)

Tartufi & Friends has opened in Harrods on the Lower Ground Floor
Tel: 020 7225 5800. White truffle season begins in October