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 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

jessie western,
michael kors,
Paper dress vintage,

Get The Look
Topshop flared trousers, £40,

Urban Outfitters Crochet Top, £48,

Boohoo Colour Pop Coat, £30,

Flared Jeans, £58,

Oasis Denim Shirt, £35,

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

The juicy route to feeling good

Our resident juicing enthusiast, Deputy Features Editor Victoria Woodhall is evangelical about the merits of juicing in terms of health and wellbeing, so we were keen to try it out. She says that she has a turmeric, lemon and ginger shot every day as well as a fruit and vegetable juice in the morning, and not only does she have great skin, feel more energetic and have more focus (even mid-afternoon), but she notices that on days when she juices she tends to eat better too!

The Very Berry (carrot, apple, celery, blueberry, blackberry and mint) was a hit

The lovely Irina, founder of Purifyne Cleanse (a juice cleanse company which specialises in organic and cold-pressed juice) was also keen for us to give their Bespoke Cleanse a go. This meant we would forgo meals in favour of a variety of juices, supplements and teas each day, for a period of 1, 3 or 5 days. 

Irina is the founder and CEO of Purifyne Cleanse

She says that when we drink fresh cold-pressed juice we are, “providing our bodies with the best nutrients directly into the blood stream which is paramount, not only for our body to function at its optimum level, but also to boost immunity. It does wonders to your mindset as you slowly notice the change in your attitude to eating, which is where a long-term change happens.” 

Just juice – no food, no WINE? How ever would we manage…

Sweet Digestion was a favourite too

The evening before we started our cleanse, a cooler bag filled with big bottles of colourful juices landed on the doorstep, along with several supplements. With delicious sounding bottles like Sweet Digestin (carrot, pineapple, ginger and cinnamon) or Liver Booster (carrots, apple, blueberries, sweet potatoes), we were excited to taste everything, though a little worried we might have growling stomachs by the afternoon of day 1. It was a shock to discover that we weren’t peckish at all, bar one stomach grumbling moment late at night on day 2 (we managed not to crack, though...)

By day 3 we were bounding out of bed every morning, our energy levels were off the charts all day (and I mean ALL DAY – 4pm slump begone!) and we had compliments on our glowing skin and sparkling white eyes.

Feeling great, with such a noticeable difference in energy and not feeling hungry throughout was a huge surprise. In fact, by the end of our final day, we didn’t want to stop! Call us converted.

Plus, Purifyne now has a Work Smart Juice Pack – which comes with added seeds, spices and micro-nutrients – for you to have as part of your daily diet, keeping you hydrated, nourished and alert, and your brain functioning at top speed! The best of both worlds if you’re not quite ready to take the plunge with a full cleanse.

The Purifyne Cleanse Work Smart Juice Pack

Purifyne Bespoke Cleanse, 3 days from £199.00
Purifyne Work Smart Juice Pack, from £75.00

Alice Robertson

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Chelsea Flower Show secrets (& fizz) at The Dorchester

Beautiful flowers + cream tea = bliss

The first day of the Chelsea Flower Show is as exciting as Christmas morning for the keen gardeners here on YOU mag - so we were thrilled to meet one of this year's show garden designers Dan Pearson over tea at The Dorchester. The hotel was giving us a sneak preview of its Chelsea Flower Show Afternoon Tea, which will be launched in May - serving elegant sandwiches and scones along with sweet garden-inspired cakes (we especially loved the almond & berry flower pot and the cute sugar ladybird and bee…) and a glass of delicious Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé. We were fascinated to hear all about Dan’s show garden, which is sponsored by the Champagne House.

Elegant finger sandwiches

Edible flowers and flower pots (and bees)

Inspired by the Paxton-designed rockery garden at Chatsworth in Derbyshire, the Laurent-Perrier Chatsworth garden will feature large boulders with a sinuous water feature running through - to parallel the ornamental trout stream at Chatsworth (described by Dan as a lovely ‘doodle’ running through the rockery). He described how the pleasing parallels between Chatsworth and the Champagne House appealed to him - both are presided over by families who go back generations and have great respect for tradition. Passionate about sustainability in his work, he was lured back to design a Chelsea show garden (his first since 2004) by the promise that his garden will have a 'second life'. Far from being discarded after Chelsea, the planting will be uprooted and transported to the original rockery in Chatsworth - where future generations will be able to enjoy it from 2016.

Chelsea Flower Show garden designer Dan Pearson

Floral arrangement inspired by Dan's 2015 Chelsea garden

The very naturalistic planting will include native trees such as oaks and hawthorns alongside flowering shrubs and perennials in shades of green with 'pin pricks' of colour running through  - especially delicate yellows and whites (whitebells instead of bluebells, for instance). Meanwhile, at The Promenade at The Dorchester, the famous palms will disappear for the week of the Chelsea Flower Show, to be replaced by trees and flower arrangements referencing Dan’s garden design - including ivy, Asplenium, Polygonatum, peonies and iris.

Chelsea Flower Show Afternoon Tea from Monday 18th - Sunday 24th May, £59 per person including a glass of champagne (or £65 including a glass of Laurent Perrier Cuvée Rosé), £35 per child.

Rosalind Lowe

Monday, 23 March 2015

Fashion: A budding romance

 Introducing spring's dusty florals and delicate blossoms.

Satin devore Dress, £1,498, Preen by Thornton Bregazzi. Sandals (just seen),£110, Aldo

Lace dress, price on application, Erdem.

Sequined tulle dress, price on application, Luisa Beccaria

Cotton and satin Bustier, £1,032, and cotton and satin skirt, £1,432, both Oscar de la Renta, from Matches. Leather shoes, £1,940, Giuseppe Zanotti.

Lace-mix shirt dress, £260, Self-portrait.Sandals, £110, Aldo

Giuseppe Zanotti,
Luisa Beccaria,
Preen by Thornton Bregazzi,

Photographer Lucia O'Connor-McCarthy
Style Editor Philippa Bloom 
Fashion assistant Emily Dawes
Make-up Helen Lyons using Bobbi Brown
Hair Sven Bayerbach at Factory using Davines
Model Felicity Peel at Elite London
Producer Lucy Coghlan
Flowers Wildabout Flowers,


Dress, £120,

Dress, £200,

Dress, £98,

Dress, £75,

Dress, £149,

Sunday, 22 March 2015

A secret lair loaded with luxury at the Sri Panwa, Phuket Thailand.


WHAT: Hidden away amongst the tropical mountain side lies a rare gem in the luxury travel market, blissful seclusion! So carefully planned out is the site, each of the 52 terracotta villas is so perfectly nestled it has no view of another villa or any obstructions, some of the rooms have up to 300 degree panoramic views of the sea and surrounding islands! This privacy allows the glass enclosed bedrooms to take full advantage of these views, bringing the inside in with you… why would you want to forget your setting for even a second!
Personal infinity pools wrap round each bedroom, meaning you can literally step from the bed to the pool if it all gets too much!

The seclusion and style is wonderfully reminiscence of a Bond villain’s secret lair and the luxury what you would expect to accompany it, no wonder it is such a hit with celebrities but more about that later! The tech specifications in the villa are up there too, including surround sound system with preloaded ipods, to add the perfect soundtrack to blissful lounging.

INTERESTING FACTS: The Sri Panwa’s awards and accolades are extensive but some of the best include…
No 2 in best beach bars in the World – CNN traveller
Best resort hotel in Thailand – Lonely Planet
Hotel with the best view in the world – Beach Tomato
Just so you have an idea of the level of resort to expect! It does not disappoint!

THINGS TO DO: Secluded private beach, state of the art gym and all the amenities you’d expect from a resort of this calibre you will be in no way disappointed.  In particular Cool Spa provides specialised treatments – and importantly come to your villa, should you find yourself unable to tear yourself away, understandably so!
The service being second to none, from yachting to elephant trekking the dedicated concierge team are on hand to create a bespoke experience for you. Given the views, standard of accommodation and service, it is unsurprising a popular wedding destination for the most stylish of society, entrusting their special day to be played out beautifully at the Sri Panwa.

As well as a huge selection of in-villa dining Sri Panwa has 2 superb restaurants, for traditional thai be sure to visit the seductive and romantic Baba Soul, beautifully decorated. Be sure to ask the staff for their recommendations their knowledge of the menu is extensive and they will be sure to match you to the perfect dish!  

WHO GOES THERE: With the likes of Rita Ora, Snoop Lion, Gordon Ramsey and numerous Royal families from around the world, it is unsurprising that the Sri Panwa is a celebrity haven. Villas range from 1 – 5 bedrooms, so you can even bring your entourage if you are that way inclined! 

Baba Nest by day

NEED TO KNOW: BOOK BABA NEST IN ADVANCE! Understandably so the new Baba Nest space is in high demand! Without doubt the coolest location to enjoy a cocktail on the island; 60 metres above sea level, lounge back on beanbags, listen to a carefully selected soundtrack and enjoy the panoramic sunset over the Andaman sea.

Baba Nest by Night

TRAVEL INFO: Sri panwa, Phuket. website:, t: +66 76 371000. Transfer from Phuket airport is approx. 45 minutes by car.

Lucy Coghlan

Friday, 20 March 2015

Dr Hauschka and COMO Shambhala – a great partnership

When Dr Hauschka, the natural skincare company, announced their spa partnership with COMO Shambhala Urban Escape within London’s Metropolitan Hotel, we were eager to experience one of their bespoke treatments. Arriving at the boutique hotel in Old Park Lane we took the lift to the spa, a peaceful haven from the traffic-filled streets below. Stepping out of the lift we were immediately met with the lovely aroma of geranium – COMO Shambhala's signature scent, which also contains eucalyptus, peppermint and lavender essential oils and is found within all their spas across the globe.

We were there to try Dr Hauschka’s Classic Treatment, a facial which works to balance the skin, calm the mind and relax the body. Therapist Mamiko (from Japan) began with a warm footbath then a very gentle leg massage using Dr Hauschka’s Revitalising Leg and Arm Tonic, scented with rosemary essential oil to melt away stress. 

Mamiko then placed warm compresses fragranced with lavender on the face and shoulders, warming the skin; beautifully scented soft rose oil was applied to nourish the décolletage. Using soft brushes Mamiko lightly stroked the face to stimulate the skin. After cleansing, toning and moisturising, refreshing lemon body oil was applied to wake up the skin. 

Pampered, rested and calm we lingered a bit longer over a ginger tea, reluctant to leave the sanctuary and face the bustle of the London streets below…

Revitalising Leg and Arm Tonic
Moor Lavender Calming Body Oil
Lemon Lemongrass Vitalising Body Oil

For information on Dr. Hauschka's Classic Treatment, 120 minutes - £185 and COMO Shambhala Urban Escape visit

Dr Hauschka products are available from

Susan Hope

Thursday, 19 March 2015

A deliciously summery lunch - at The Real Greek in Soho

A lovely little slice of Greece has just arrived in Berwick St - with the opening of The Real Greek’s new Soho restaurant. And, to mark the occasion, they've shared one of their favourite summery recipes - for honey-glazed prawns (see below), a mouth-watering dish which tempted us to pop in to the restaurant for lunch when we were in the neighbourhood. 

It’s smaller than some of the other branches (like the Bankside restaurant overlooking the Thames, which is the perfect people-watching spot…) and has more of a cosy taverna atmosphere. The kitchen team is led by three Greek chefs who pride themselves on giving the dishes an authentic feel (ingredients such as olive oil are sourced directly from Greece), and the friendly staff are all keen to recommend their favourite dishes. 

The menu consists of hot and cold meze, and our waiter told us we should definitely choose a lamb dish - since the Greeks really know their stuff when it comes to cooking lamb!  The Lamb Cutlets he suggested were a highlight of our meal - succulent high-quality meat, pink in the middle, flavoured with Greek mountain thyme and a few squeezes of lemon juice. We also loved the smokey flavour of the Melitzanosalata (smoked aubergine blended with garlic, shallots and lemon) and the Grilled Octopus which was cooked to perfection, char-grilled on the top and soft underneath. 

All our dishes were accompanied by deliciously fluffy Greek flatbread (we recommend ordering the olive oil and Dukkah, too - a spicy mix of ground, try roasted nuts and seeds for dipping) and we were glad we took our waiter’s advice when it came to wine too. The Kanenas Red is apparently one of the most popular red wine in Greece right now and was wonderfully rich and aromatic.

We told ourselves we were definitely too full for pudding…but that was before we spotted the Greek Filo Custard Pie on the dessert menu - an irresistibly  divine concoction of filo pastry filled with warm custard cream and topped with vanilla ice-cream. (A slightly unnerving 958 kcal according to the menu listing, but - hey - at least we were sharing, and we didn’t touch another morsel of food for rest of the day!)

Honey glazed prawns   
Seafood was an essential part of the Ancient Greek menu, and this recipe is taken from the poem Banquet of Philoxenus, dated to 400BC. The poem celebrates traditional Greek cuisine, such as “honey –glazed shrimps beside my love”. Fish sauce is essential to this dish, and Greeks are known to use the sauce in both savoury and sweet cooking.

Serves 2
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes

225g large tail-on prawns, peeled
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 tablespoons fish sauce
3 tablespoons clear honey
2 tablespoons fresh oregano, chopped
Freshly ground black pepper to taste


Step 1 - cooking the prawns
Heat oil in a saucepan, add in fish sauce and honey, stirring gently
Add in prawns and sauté until cooked through and pink in colour
Remove the prawns from pan and cover in foil to keep warm

Step 2 - making the sauce
Keep sauce mixture on a steady heat, stirring until it has reduced by half
Add oregano and black pepper to complete sauce
Pour the sauce over the prawns

The Real Greek Soho is now open