Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Fashion: Mad about the boho

From shimmering maxis to foxy faux fur…for glam with a bohemian bang it has to be Biba. Fifty years since it opened its doors, it’s still rocking the fashion rules

Dress, £169, Bibaat House of Fraser.
Dress, £169, Bibaat House of Fraser.

 Blouse, £69; pleated Skirt, £99, and BAG, £125, all Biba at House of Fraser. Sunglasses, £250, Bottega Veneta
 Blouse, £69; pleated Skirt, £99, and BAG, £125, all Biba at House of Fraser. Sunglasses, £250, Bottega Veneta

Knitted Dress, £75, and Coat, £169, both Biba at House of Fraser. Suede Boots, £225, Dune London, from House of Fraser.
Knitted Dress, £75, and Coat, £169, both Biba at House of Fraser. Suede Boots, £225, Dune London, from House of Fraser.

Blouse, £79; leather Skirt, £189, and Silk scarf, £50, all Biba at House of Fraser. Shoes, £130, Carvela at Kurt Geiger, from House of Fraser
Blouse, £79; leather Skirt, £189, and Silk scarf, £50, all Biba at House of Fraser. Shoes, £130, Carvela at Kurt Geiger, from House of Fraser

Fashion Editor: Hannah Hughes
Photographer: James Grace
Fashion assistant: Alisha Hockenjos
Make-up: Kenneth Soh at Frank Agency using YSL Beauté
Hair: Jamie McCormick at Frank Agency using Kérastase
Model Luisa Bianchin at Viva
Producer Lucy Coghlan
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Friday, 17 October 2014

Amazon's AW14 coat edit:

Are you struggling to find the perfect coat for autumn/winter 2014? Don't worry, Amazon have it covered!

Curated by Amazon's in-house stylist, Marie Davies, their AW14 Coat Edit features all of autumns most lusted after outerwear labels including: Maison Scotch, French Connection and Tommy Hilfiger.

With 400 men's and women's styles available at the click of a button, you can discover which trend tribe you belong to and shop the looks with with free delivery!

On the YOU magazine fashion desk we're partial to oversized styles, modern duffles and a timeless leopard print coat as well as these classic styles!
For those of you looking to invest in a timeless autumnal staple, look to one of Amazon's many gilets and biker jackets. With a vast selection of pieces there's something for every style and budget!

Shop the edit here!

Sarah-Rose Harrison

Gü menu at Plum+Spilt Milk

This week is chocolate week and to celebrate, Gü’s ever-so-clever Head Chef, Fred Ponnavoy, has joined forces with the incredible Mark Sargeant at Plum+Spilt Milk inside the Great Northern Hotel at King’s Cross station. Their exclusive menu promises pure chocolate indulgence, and not just for dessert as it features four types of chocolate as core ingredients in the savoury dishes as well as the sweet.

When reading a menu, scallops, cauliflower and white chocolate are not typically expected to be components of the same dish. But not only is the starter on the Gü menu absolutely delicious, but the white chocolate really does complement the delicate sweetness of the scallops! A rather surprising discovery.

Pan-fried scallops, white chocolate and cauliflower puree, sherry vinegar caramel

Next came loin of venison with cocoa nib roasted squash (a revelation) and a bitter chocolate and red wine sauce. Wonderfully tender meat with such a gorgeous sauce that our only conversation consisted of nodding and ‘mmm-ing’ until plates were scraped clean.

Loin of venison, cocoa nib roast squash, bitter chocolate and red wine sauce

Last but by no means least, we finally got our hands on Gü Head Chef Fred’s ultimate Chocolate and Tonka Bean Melting Middle. Served with caramelised white chocolate ice cream and a mandarin confit, it was perfectly chocolatey without being overly sweet – the perfect ending to an incredible meal. Who knew chocolate would be so versatile?!

Gu Head Chef Fred Ponnavoy's ultimate Chocolate & Tonka Bean Melting Middle

Unfortunately for us, their specially created menu is a limited edition. So limited, in fact, that it’s only on for a few more days, and runs until 19th October. So if you do fancy sampling the delights that Gü along with Plum+Spilt Milk have to offer, then you had better get your skates on…

3 courses - £48

Alice Robertson

Thursday, 16 October 2014

YOU's Brand Manager on Clarins

Since September YOU magazine has been working in partnership with Clarins to promote the newly formulated Super Restorative range.

Clarins focuses its attention on the beauty concerns of women of a certain age, addressing them with the Super Restorative collection of advanced treatment technology, which uses years of botanical wisdom. 

I have been using both the Super Restorative serum and the night cream, and although at 35 I don’t quite hit the age demographic the products are aimed at, I have seen visible results to my skin.
 It feels firmer,  my complexion is brighter with my fine lines also visibly reduced. 

My mum (65) is also using it, and she is absolutely hooked too. I first started using Clarins as mum was a big lover of the brand and it is safe to say we will both be continuing to use Clarins, especially the new Super restorative products.

With all the benefits the range brings, it’s no surprise that many of our readers love it too!  

Check out this weekend's (19th October) YOU magazine to see some of the comments from our lovely readers.     
As part of the partnership, Clarins and You Beauty Discovery are giving away 80 Beauty Boxes every other week for six weeks, containing a different selection of Clarins products worth around £120!

Enjoy and good luck, we hope you enjoy using Clarins as much as we have!  

Amy - You Brand Manager

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

The Great Escape

Need a fresh idea for your Christmas festivities? Bored of the same old venues for birthdays? Or simply been watching too much Broadchurch? Then get yourself over to the Escape Hunt and put your detecting skills to the test pronto.

The London Whisperer

Already a hit franchise in multiple countries around the world (it's currently the #1 rated tourist attraction in Bangkok on TripAdvisor), the Escape Hunt has recently arrived in London, challenging you to pit your wits against the clock. You and your elite squad (two to five per team) are locked in a room, where you have 60 minutes to crack a series of clues and solve the puzzle. At present there are three different scenarios - a murder mystery, a kidnapping conundrum or a deadly poison disaster - though the games will be changed every six months to keep things fresh. Plus with ten rooms available, up to 50 people can take part at a time, making it perfect for some highly competitive team-building with a twist.

My partner in crime and I picked the murder mystery, and tried to deduce which of several suspects had killed a womanising artist. Hunting high and low (literally) for evidence, we had to decode riddles and work out combinations for locks, which in turn then unveiled even more challenges. Luckily if you get stuck you can ask for help from your Escape Hunt games master (our first hint, after five minutes rooting round in the dark, was that there was actually a light switch...doh), though this may cost you time penalties.

In the end, we escaped the room with five minutes to go, buzzing with adrenaline and itching to take on the other two cases. As Arnie might say, we'll be back...

The Escape Hunt, George Yard, London, EC3 9BW is open seven days a week, 365 days a year; prices vary by group size, ranging from £24 to £29 per person.

SPECIAL OFFER! 25% discount for bookings made by 21 October 2014 using the code EscapeHunt25; call 020 7283 3883 or visit

Maria Realf

Monday, 13 October 2014

Fashion: Downtown Girl

High glam and head-turning hues meet workaday pieces and sporty details…hot off the New York sidewalk
Wool jumper, £756,Preen by Thornton Bregazzi, fromStart London. silk skirt, £938, Preen by Thornton Bregazzi, from Backpack, £1,200, Mulberry. Rose-gold WATCH, £149, Guess Watches. Rings, from £56,Maya Magal. CLUTCH, £250, Sophie Hulme, from Liberty. Trainers, £62, Adidas
Wool jumper, £756,Preen by Thornton Bregazzi, fromStart London. silk skirt, £938, Preen by Thornton Bregazzi, from Backpack, £1,200, Mulberry. Rose-gold WATCH, £149, Guess Watches. Rings, from £56,Maya Magal. CLUTCH, £250, Sophie Hulme, from Liberty. Trainers, £62, Adidas

Wool-mix jacket, £290, Filippa K. Viscose and cotton dress, £250,Topshop Unique. Earrings, £180,Kasun London. Wool scarf, £35, Cos. Necklace, £199,Nocturne, from Ring, £212, Dannijo. DuffEL Bag, £639,Desa Nineteenseventytwo, from, £150, Carvela, from Kurt Geiger.
Wool-mix jacket, £290, Filippa K. Viscose and cotton dress, £250,Topshop Unique. Earrings, £180,Kasun London. Wool scarf, £35, Cos. Necklace, £199,Nocturne, from Ring, £212, Dannijo. DuffEL Bag, £639,Desa Nineteenseventytwo, from, £150, Carvela, from Kurt Geiger.

Wool coat, £225, and wool trousers, £89, both Cos. Jumper, £150, Nicole Farhi. Ring, £189, Kasun London. Bag , £349, Piquadro. Leather and calf-hair shoes, £261, Loeffler Randall, from Harvey Nichols
Wool coat, £225, and wool trousers, £89, both Cos. Jumper, £150, Nicole Farhi. Ring, £189, Kasun London. Bag , £349, Piquadro. Leather and calf-hair shoes, £261, Loeffler Randall, from Harvey Nichols

NEOPRENE jumper, £150, Etre Cécile. Cotton shirt, price on application, House of Holland.Skirt, £179, Emma Cook. Earrings, £242, and Necklace, £520, both Dannijo. WAtch, £169, Guess Watches. Bag, £335, Loeffler Randall, from Harvey Nichols. Socks, £10 for three pairs, Nike,from JD Sports. Shoes, £395,Rupert Sanderson.
NEOPRENE jumper, £150, Etre Cécile. Cotton shirt, price on application, House of Holland.Skirt, £179, Emma Cook. Earrings, £242, and Necklace, £520, both Dannijo. WAtch, £169, Guess Watches. Bag, £335, Loeffler Randall, from Harvey Nichols. Socks, £10 for three pairs, Nike,from JD Sports. Shoes, £395,Rupert Sanderson.

Sheepskin coat, £1,935, Paul & Joe, from Harrods. Silk Camisole, £39, Jigsaw. Wool skirt, £315, DKNY. Belt, £310, Roger Vivier. Bracelet, £430, Versace, from Ring, £85, Mei-Li Rose. Sunglasses,£325, Prada Voice, from Sunglass Hut. White clutch, £340, Victoria Beckham,from Liberty.Yellow Clutch, £510, Stella McCartney,from Liberty.
Sheepskin coat, £1,935, Paul & Joe, from Harrods. Silk Camisole, £39, Jigsaw. Wool skirt, £315, DKNY. Belt, £310, Roger Vivier. Bracelet, £430, Versace, from Ring, £85, Mei-Li Rose. Sunglasses,£325, Prada Voice, from Sunglass Hut. White clutch, £340, Victoria Beckham,from Liberty.Yellow Clutch, £510, Stella McCartney,from Liberty.

Leather jacket, £1,100, Each x Other, from Liberty. Wool and mohair jumper, £150, Designers Remix, from Selfridges. Wool trousers, £1,795, Bally. Faux-fur scarf, £155,Charlotte Simone.Shoes, £115, Senso, fromHarvey Nichols
Leather jacket, £1,100, Each x Other, from Liberty. Wool and mohair jumper, £150, Designers Remix, from Selfridges. Wool trousers, £1,795, Bally. Faux-fur scarf, £155,Charlotte Simone.Shoes, £115, Senso, fromHarvey Nichols

Style Editor: Philippa Bloom
Photographer: Ben Lamberty
Fashion assistant: Emily Dawes
Photographer’s assistants: Nick Damiano, Alex Ryerson
Digital tech Will Wang for Shio Studio
Make-up Mark Edio for See Management using Nars
Hair Jerome Cultrera for See Management using Oribe
Model Karmay at Wilhelmina NY
Producer Lucy Coghlan
The YOU fashion team stayed at the Cassa Hotel, New York, Rooms start at £159

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