Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Head to Boots for specs that target wrinkles...

Whether it’s creams or serums, anything that promises anti-ageing effects always catches our eye – and now Boots are promoting anti-ageing glasses, too! They’re on a mission to reduce the damaging effects of harmful UV in sunlight on our eyes, by including Boots Protect lenses (previously an optional £40 extra) as standard in all their spectacle orders. These offer UV protection to shield the delicate skin around the eyes, plus the correct prescription will prevent any (wrinkle-encouraging…) squinting as well.  

A style to suit all

Two short-sighted YOU staffers were keen to try the new range – Features Assistant Alice who wants to delay the development of fine lines as long as possible, plus Assistant Editor Rosalind, who has reached the age where crows’ feet are inevitable (well, without the help of botox!), but would love not to have too many more! Both switch to sunglasses in summer, but as Boots Optometrist Victoria O’Connor points out, ‘Thirty-forty per cent of UV rays reach you even on a cloudy day…’

Of course, the new lenses didn’t just appeal to our vanity.  It seems UV light can damage our eye-sight too: it's been linked to macular degeneration (the leading cause of blindness in the UK), the development of cataracts (which affect vision by gradually making our eyes’ lenses cloudy) and even cancer of the eyelids.   Also, it’s reassuring to know that every Boots eye test includes digital retinal photography at no extra cost, which takes a picture at the back of your eyes and can help to pick up tell-tale signs of health issues such as high blood pressure and diabetes. 

Features Assistant Alice shows off her retinas

We loved the range of designer glasses on offer at Boots, and are very excited to celebrate National Eye Health Week (22nd-26th September) with some fabulous new wrinkle-targeting specs. Trying on almost every pair, from Boots’ own collection to frames by Givenchy and Orla Kiely, we were spoilt for choice! And knowing how well our eyes will be protected, both inside and out, we’re very happy with our smart new designs…

Alice takes a closer look at some Marc by Marc Jacobs frames

To book an eye health check (£10), speak to your Boots Optician or make an appointment by calling 0345 125 3752 or visiting boots.com/en/Opticians/Eye-Health

Rosalind Lowe

A new approach to Ibiza: Es Vive Hotel

As the nights begin to draw in and everyone’s minds begin turning to the festive season, cosy knits, freezing nights and essentially hibernation, we want to remind you that all is not lost quite yet! With temperatures staying way up in the high twenties, Ibiza is still very much a desirable option for a last minute European break.

Before you write off the suggestion with a knee jerk reaction, Ibiza is rebranding, after the all-out hedonism Ibiza championed in the 90’s, design led hotels are popping up all over the island and offering a laid back yet luxurious holiday experience and a different type of clientele are flocking accordingly.

Hotel Es Vive is perhaps the best example of this (so much so it was recently voted the number 1 boutique hotel in Ibiza Town on Trip Advisor), an art deco fortress of white washed walls with turquoise highlights, reminiscent of a cosmopolitan Mykonos by way of seventies LA.

Situated between the charming Old town and party central Playa D’en Bossa, Es Vive offers the best of both worlds, a whole world away from the young and slightly garish San Antonio. However, it does not ignore the islands deep rooted musical heritage, resident DJ's offer a classic chilled Ibiza sound track round the pool every day so there is no forgetting where you are.

Art deco highlights throughout reception and bar area are truly opulent and perfectly punctuate the clean white expanses. The bedrooms themselves are a little on the cosy side, whilst keeping minimalist inspired design and style key.

However, once you have discovered the roof top terrace with gorgeous panoramic views of the island and luxurious day loungers, you will not want to spend your time anywhere else. A personal recommendation of the Watermelon martini served by Scotts bar cannot come highly enough. Opening around 4pm, it’s the perfect spot to watch the sun go down and enjoy dinner from thoughtfully constructed menu, featuring classic yet colourful Mediterranean inspired dishes bursting with fresh produce. Bliss!  

For those still searching for their little piece of hedonism, it is worth mentioning that the closing parties in Ibiza go on until mid – October…. and what a wonderful place Es Vive is to recuperate!

Hotel Es Vive, Ibiza, mid season rates from €145 per night based on two sharing. http://www.hotelesvive.com 

Lucy Coghlan

Monday, 22 September 2014

Mango Kids: Mini Me campaign

The YOU magazine fashion desk are obsessed with the adorable campaign imagery from Mango's Kids
collection for Autumn Winter 2014.

Available to shop online and in-store now, it's the coolest way to pull of matchy mother-daughter/father-son style!

We're loving the super cute Ciao Bella tee's. Let us know what your favourite look is below!

Sarah-Rose Harrison

Stand Up To Cancer with Henry Holland:

British fashion designer and YOU magazine favourite, Henry Holland is making a stand this autumn by designing a limited edition charity charm band in support of the Stand Up To Cancer campaign.

A joint national fundraising event from Cancer Research UK and Channel 4 Stand Up To Cancer was formed to accelerate new cancer treatments to patients and save lives: their fundraising total from 2012 exceeded 8 million pounds, funding 12 clinical trials across the UK!

 A cause close to Holland's heart he said: "I'm Standing Up To Cancer for all the members of my family who have been affected. I wanted to design something that represented the fight to stamp out this horrible disease for good."

Encompassing both Stand Up To Cancer and House of Holland's bold aesthetics, the bespoke charm band is a defiant statement in support of the charity and those suffering from the disease.

Released ahead of the March On Cancer nationwide sponsored night-walk (find your closest city here!) and Stand Up To Cancer show, airing live on Friday 17th October. Holland expressed his hope that, "by wearing the band as a symbol of your solidarity you can join us on the frontline in the fight against cancer, and raise as much money as possible to get innovative new treatments to patients."

The charity charm band costs £5 and is available to purchase directly from the charity here, as well as at House of Holland concessions in House Of Fraser.

Follow the campaign at: @StandUp2C

Sarah-Rose Harrison

Fashion: Boardwalk Empire

For brilliant autumn basics at a snip, we’re loving the new collection from high-street hero BHS
Jumper, £25; Skirt, £22, and 
Boots, £30, all BHS
Jumper, £25; Skirt, £22, and Boots, £30, all BHS

Coat, £65; Jumper, £25;
Shirt, £15; Trousers, £26, and
Necklace, £14.50, all BHS
Coat, £65; Jumper, £25; Shirt, £15; Trousers, £26, and Necklace, £14.50, all BHS

Dress, £30; Jumper, £15, and Boots, £35, all BHS
Dress, £30; Jumper, £15, and Boots, £35, all BHS

Coat, £45, BHS
Coat, £45, BHS

Jumper, £15; Cardigan, £35, and Skirt, £25, all BHS
Jumper, £15; Cardigan, £35, and Skirt, £25, all BHS

All clothes, BHS, bhs.co.uk
Photographer: Stockton Johnson
Stylist: Philippa Bloom
Fashion assistant Emily Dawes
Hair Yoichi Tomizawa at Art Department for Oribe
Make-up Deanna Melluso
Model Maria Senko at Wilhelmina NY
Producer Lucy Coghlan

The YOU fashion team stayed at the Cassa Hotel, New York, cassahotelny.com, 00 1 212 302 8700. Autumn/winter rates start at around £180 a night 

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/you/article-2760610/Fashion-Boardwalk-Empire.html#ixzz3E2kQDqLB
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Friday, 19 September 2014

Moschino SS15: From catwalk to closet

Last season saw a collection inspired by Spongebob Squarepants and the McDonald's golden arches, but for SS15 Jeremy Scott is back and stunned crowds as usual with his Barbie inspired collection for Moschino at Milan Fashion week last night.
image credit: vogue.co.uk
image credit: vogue.co.uk
The show titled 'Think Pink: Shop the Dream' saw vibrant bubblegum pinks, fabulous floral prints and tons of girly accessories. Each guest even received their own Barbie doll too!
image credit: vogue.co.uk
image credit: @LesAssorties

Luckily for us, a set of items have been released straight off the Milan catwalk for immediate purchase at Browns.

Items above are on sale online 21st September and in-store 22nd September. For more pieces available go to the Browns website.

Zoe Botchin

Welcome back Gemma Ward!

Gemma Ward opening Prada SS15 show

After a 6 year hiatus, the dramatic return of Gemma Ward opening the Prada show in Milan was a surprise and delight to the industry. In time when runways and campaigns are heavily populated by celebrity offspring, music stars and personalities, its great to see the return of a modelling great! After bursting onto the scene in 2003 Gemma dominated the industry with her wide eyed fresh faced doll like features.

Favourite: Prada Fall 2004 campaign featuring Gemma
We haven't missed her completely during her absence, she has been concentrating on her acting career, appearing in Pirates of the Caribbean, Great Gatsby and a number of critically acclaimed independent movies in her Australian homeland. Not to mention, developments in her personal life including the birth of her daughter last December.

Polaroids released by her agency IMG models today
Gemma's agency IMG models released the definitive statement that this is not a come back, that she is most definitely here to stay, we eagerly await her next steps!

Lucy Coghlan

Thursday, 18 September 2014

LFW SS15 round up: trends you can shop now!


The talk of LFW this season was Shrimps, a dreamy faux-fur label started by Londoner Hannah Weiland

image credit: @shripms__

Faux-fur became fun in Weiland's beautifully styled presentation inspired by "the witticisms of modern art and a playful engagement with pattern and texture." 

Showcasing a selection of luxury faux fur jackets, boas, gilets and accessories (her bags are a dream!) in pastel pink and sunshine yellow, offset by pearl-on-pearl manicures by celebrity manicurist and Maybelline New York nail expert, Michelle Humphrey and fluffy shoes by YOU magazine favourite Sophia Webster

Photo credits: @nailsbymh and @sophiawebster_

Weiland's collection was given the seal of approval by Alexa: who, like us, is a huge fan of the Daisy clutch taking hers from FROW to bar!

Shop Shrimps' current collection here!

Photo credits: @shrimps__ and @scrunchiegirl


Flats were the shoe of Fashion Week with editors, bloggers and off-duty models opting for style and comfort whilst dashing between shows. 

The trend thankfully doesn't look set to leave us for the forthcoming SS15 season with Burberry Prorsum showcasing bold colour-clash 70's-style trainers at their show. We're besotted with the fun multi-coloured styles seen on Suki and Jourdan! 

                                                                         Photo credits: @fashgasm and @cocoandamy

You can shop the look now, with New Balance and Nike both offering bold shades. Team yours with a cropped jacket, sheer tee and a layered skirt to emulate Jourdan's look!

Check out En Brogue for further flats inspo.


Already a trend set to hit the big time this AW14, SS15 has been sharp on it's heels: re-imagining rich-toned winter florals and romantic dresses into deep-hued bold and beautiful styles. Appliqu├ęd florals in various forms were at the forefront of Holly Fulton, House of Holland and Marchesa's SS15 collections. 

We loved the elaborate-yet-delicate, soft-pastel toned gowns adorned with big, beautiful flowers that floated down the runway at Marchesa, as much as the subtle ditzy embellished florals at Holly Fulton.

image credits: lurchlhoundloves and @lovebridalveil

Despite florals being a given trend within spring/summer collections each year, designers brought a new dimension to this season, brightening up both casual and formal styles.

The retro prints, ladylike shapes and vibrant shades at House of Holland in particular were dreamy. Never shying away from colour, this almost psychedelic collection is something we're really looking forward to wearing next summer.

image credit: @lucylocketvintage

Shop embellished styles or upcycle your old LBD with DIY sparkles to get the look now.

Sarah-Rose Harrison

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

M&S Collection recycled wool coat: an elegantly ethical winter coat!

Since April 2012 Marks and Spencer customers have helped to recycle an incredible 7.7 million garments through the Shwopping campaign!

Kickstarted back in 2007 in conjunction with their charity partner Oxfam and supported by YOU Magazine favourite and plan A ambassador Joanna Lumley. The Shwopping initiative is an ongoing revolutionary campaign with the objective to stop the one in every four items of clothing purchased in the UK ending up in landfill sites.

Through encouraging consumers to adopt a "buy one, give one" ethos it enables unwanted items to be  recycled, reused or resold through Oxfam whilst also facilitating a greater sustainability on the high street.

All Marks and Spencer's stores accept any used and unwanted items of clothing, from any brand, all year round. With the mission to collect 350 million items a year to ultimately recycle as many clothes as it sells.

In the meantime the results of the Shwopping haul have made it into the covetable M&S Collection, the YOU fashion desk are absolutely besotted with this recycled-wool camel coat!

Crafted from recycled fabrics, this camel style is the style staple for your winter wardrobe. Created from used, unwanted and damaged garments which are reduced to a fibre form, cleaned before being spun into a new, luxuriously rich wool-blend fabric. The entire production process has a significantly lower impact on the environment in comparison to other manufacturing processes, in particular the virgin fabric production process which is the single biggest contributor to a garments carbon footprint.

When you start searching for the perfect winter coat this autumn, do consider this elegant and ethical style and Shwop your old one!

Sarah-Rose Harrison

A delightful lesson in sake appreciation at Ocean House Yashin

We’re big fans of sushi here on YOU mag (and we do like a tipple…) so we were thrilled to be invited to try a special Sake Pairing Menu at Ocean House Yashin – one of London’s top Japanese restaurants.

Some of the colourful bottles of sake on offer at Ocean House Yashin

The event showcased some of the premium sakes that are imported from Japan every year (we were intrigued to discover that many of the brands which are widely on offer in the UK are actually produced in the States). Made from fermented rice, sake brings to mind both white port and vodka, and is usually ready to drink as soon as it’s brewed (though some are matured for up to seven years). Our modern Japanese pairing menu helped us appreciate the subtle differences in taste. We particularly enjoyed the mellow, sweet-toned varieties plus the sparkling sake Ume no yado which was served as an aperitif.

Perfect mouthfuls of sushi...

We learned that sake is best served at room temperature to complement sushi and sashimi (both were divine, and our dining companion went into raptures about the tuna with wasabi!). But the most memorable dishes were the grilled stone bass served with nuka melon and a thick porcini cream and the Wagyu – perfectly cooked beef with aubergine. Plus the caramelised hazelnut cake gave us a few sweet mouthfuls to go with our delicious ‘dessert’ sake. 
The label of Ume no yado sake showing the delicious Yuzu fruit

Our favourite sake overall? The refreshing Ume no yado. Flavoured with Yuzu (a type of citrus fruit used in Japanese cuisine), it has a wonderfully light summery taste and would be a wonderful chilled aperitif at any time of year. 

A sake for every dish (and occasion!)

Yashin Ocean House, 117-119 Old Brompton Rd, South Kensington SW7 3RN
020 7373 3990.


Rosalind Lowe