Monday, 1 September 2014

Exclusive 30% discount at Beumont Organics!

The new autumn collection at Beaumont Organic 

September has officially been labelled 'Organic September' so we're treating it as the month to give organic products a real boost. We’re sure you’re all up to scratch on organic foods and beauty products by now but have you considered organic fashion? 

To kick start your love of organic fabrics we're offering you a 30% discount at the luxury clothing company BeaumontOrganics. We love their mix of simple relaxed tailoring, cool sweatshirts and cozy cashmere all made ethically in Portugal with organically sourced fabrics. 

Just type the code 'press' at the online till to receive your 30% discount


Organic cotton sweatshirt £130 and Luxury leather bag made from factory offcuts £199 both Beaumont Organics
Organic cotton striped sweatshirt £125 and sheepskin cuff mittens £95 both Beaumont Organics

We don’t often think about it but the fashion industry has an enormous impact on the environment because most fabrics are grown using pesticides, or treated with toxic chemicals in their production process.

Organic fabrics may not seem as high up on the agenda as food but here are 3 reasons why detoxing your wardrobe actually matters:

Pesticides don’t just land on crops, they make their way into our water system and food chain (enough said!)

* Many of the chemicals used in textile production has been associated with cancer and hormonal defects.

* Investing in organic fabrics helps protect farmers in developing countries

A growing number of companies such as M&S, H&M and Levi's are leading the way on the high street by incorporating organic cotton & bamboo into their basic ranges. We'd love to see the rest of the high street follow suit.

Here's our pick of the best organic fashion of the moment...

Organic cotton & natural rubber gold trainers £94 and ecologically tanned clutch bag £95 both  Veja

100% organic silk Mondrian print dress £276 Valentine Gauthier and Organic cotton dress £265 Svilu at Reve en Vert 

Organic cotton limited edition pencil skirt £25 and skater dress £35 both Annie Greengable at Topshop

Organic cotton denim dress £87.50 and organic cotton jumper £70 both Komodo

Organic cotton dress £110 organic cotton top £42 both People Tree

Organic cotton sixties turtle neck top £69 Skunk funk, Organic silk scarf £115 Tamasyn Gambell both at

Organic cotton long sleeve t-shirt £80 Chinti & Parker    Organic denim boyfriend jeans £107 Eileen Fisher 

Organic bamboo socks £4.99 Liberty Bee at Not on the high street   Organic cotton striped Breton top £39.95 Seasalt Cornwall

To see more organic fashion and read more on ethical style tips visit The eco style editor

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Fashion: Gaucho Club

Strict styling for wild beauties with the wind in their hair. 

COTTON, FAUX LEATHER AND FAUX FUR DRESS, £455, Toga Pulla, from Matches. SHOES (just seen), £165, Senso, from Coggles
COTTON, FAUX LEATHER AND FAUX FUR DRESS, £455, Toga Pulla, from Matches. SHOES (just seen), £165, Senso, from Coggles
SLEEVELESS JACKET, £600, Peridot. SHIRT, £140, Atea Oceanie. WOOL TROUSERS, £480, Michael Kors
SLEEVELESS JACKET, £600, Peridot. SHIRT, £140, Atea Oceanie. WOOL TROUSERS, £480, Michael Kors
DRESS, £395, Peridot. MOHAIR HAT, £220, Tibi
DRESS, £395, Peridot. MOHAIR HAT, £220, Tibi
LACE TOP, £470, Carven. COTTON SKIRT, £245, Atea Oceanie
LACE TOP, £470, Carven. COTTON SKIRT, £245, Atea Oceanie
SILK TOP, £129, Self-Portrait. WOOL SKIRT, £79, Cos. NECKERCHIEF, £6, Asos. RIDING BOOTS, £830, Michael Kors
SILK TOP, £129, Self-Portrait. WOOL SKIRT, £79, Cos. NECKERCHIEF, £6, Asos. RIDING BOOTS, £830, Michael Kors

Atea Oceanie,
Carven, 020 7225 7110
Michael Kors,
Ports 1961,

Style Editor Philippa Bloom
Photography Lucia O'Connor McCarthy
Fashion assistant Emily Dawes
Make-up Amanda Grossman at Frank Agency using Mac Cosmetics and Rodial Skincare
Hair Elvire Roux using Tigi Bed Head
Model Frankie at Established
Producer Lucy Coghlan

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Korean-American BBQ treats at Old Bengal Bar

There may be a chill in the air, but we're not giving up on summer just yet!  And we've found the perfect place for a relaxed after-work dinner: the terrace of Old Bengal Bar near Bishopsgate is currently hosting a pop-up Busan BBQ, mixing bold Korean flavours with American diner classics such as chicken wings and pork ribs. 

We especially loved the delicious Busan Burger, dunked in Bolgogi sauce (basically a spicy Korean marinade!) which went perfectly with a summery Highway Lights cocktail (including Tanqueray Tin, pink grapefruit juice and  a soda top). With big umbrellas and comfortable chairs, the stylish decked terrace is the perfect spot to enjoy a barbeque, come rain or shine (plus if you're passing, you can pop in for a take-out too).

Make sure you catch the Busan guys while you can - their last residency dates are 25th and 26th August.

Homage at the Waldorf Hilton - one of the many reasons to visit the North Bank

We've recently been exploring London's North Bank - the neighbourhood around Aldwych and the Strand, which was once home to celebrated institutions such as the former HQ of the BBC World Service at Bush House.  The area's become a little down-at-heel in recent years, but money is being invested in re-branding it, to rival its popular sibling south of the river. Plus it's already got lots to offer, including historic Somerset House, lovely Embankment Gardens just in front of the Savoy, theatres such as the Aldwych and the nearby Waldorf Hilton Hotel (which was built during the Edwardian era, and has a suitably elegant interior).

The Waldorf Hilton Hotel's elegant exterior

With its imposing architecture (and a distinctly less frenetic feel than the South Bank), North Bank is the perfect location for a Sunday stroll. And after a recent promenade in the sunshine, we booked a table in the Waldorf Hilton's Homage restaurant for dinner. 

Homage restaurant - a grand place to dine! 

The set menu offers simple classic dishes - created by new head chef Robert Prendergast. We especially enjoyed the Salad of rare Scottish beef with horseradish cream followed by the well-cooked tender pork chop and red cabbage with prune gravy and sage potato. And the warm flourless chocolate cake was the perfectly light dose of sweetness to finish off the meal! The grand dining room - all chandeliers and stylish columns, and with comfortable banquettes  - is ideal for a pre-theatre dinner. We thought it would be the perfect place to take our parents when they next come to stay! or to make a reservation call +44 20 7836 2400 

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Biju – totally our cup of (bubble) tea

Bubble tea rooms are popping up all over the place, but we’ve been particularly taken by Biju on Old Compton Street in Soho.

Mixing bubble tea, cocktail-style

Also known as pearl milk tea, the drink was invented in Taiwan and combines tea with fruit or milk, and contains chewy tapioca balls. But when Biju entrepreneur Nick Phan visited Taiwan to do bubble background research, he decided to give his teas a uniquely fresh twist – Biju’s USPs are that they brew new tea for every customer (their slogan is ‘never stewed, always freshly brewed’) and they always use fresh organic milk (rather than powered), with fruit toppings and nectars (no artificial sweeteners) for flavouring.

Lots of delicious flavours to choose from!

The colourful zig-zags on the tea room’s walls match the array of colourful drinks on offer. We loved the Chai Milk Tea (with cardamon and cinnamon – it made us feel kind of Christmassy) and the refreshing Lychee Coconut Water and Honeydew Melon Milk with sweet Egg Caramel Pudding topping. Our 16-year-old work-experience student Sam was especially keen on the Chocolate Milk with Dark Chocolate Sauce (so keen in fact, that he was reluctant to let us have even a sip!) As he said, ‘Biju Chocolate Milk is literally ten times better than milkshake! I’m definitely going to bring my friends here.’ Plus we were fascinated to learn that the tea gets its name not from the bubble-like tapioca balls (as we’d always assumed), but from the fact that it’s shaken cocktail-style. Very cool…. 

Work-experience student Sam experiences Biju bubble tea!

Please visit for more information.

Rosalind Lowe

Free yoga in the park from Lululemon athletica: Serpentine Summer Sunset

Lululemon, a sportswear brand offering luxury yoga and running-wear at affordable prices, is offering a complimentary yoga class for all levels led by the Lululemon ambassador, Celest Pereira.

It will take place against the stunning backdrop of the Serpentine Pavilion in Hyde Park - the perfect way to relax both body and mind. You then have the chance to share drinks and canapes with your fellow yogis whilst admiring the sunset.

This will follow on from the brand's previous event The Movement outside the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and promises to be equally successful.

Admission is on a first come, first served basis so there is no need to RSVP though it might be worth getting there early to claim one of  300 highly prized spots!

Serpentine Pavilion, Hyde Park
Class from 7:30-8:30

Warning: side affects may include severe relaxation!

By Flora Scott-Barrett

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Why we love working next door to Le Pain Quotidien

We’ve long been fans of Le Pain Quotidien here on YOU magazine. Indeed our Kensington office looks out on to the Young Street restaurant, which is super-handy when we need a coffee and cake fix!

Our friendly local branch of Le Pain Quotidien

What we really love about LPQ, though, is that they combine indulgent with healthy so perfectly. We’re always especially keen to try their seasonal specials – which use the freshest fruit and veg, and ensure we never tire of the menu. On a recent lunch outing, we shared some dishes from the Summer Specials menu: a fresh and filling British Heritage Tomato & Mozzarella di Bufala Panzanella Salad (with LPQ’s trademark sourdough on the side) and Avocado Toast Tartine (with mashed avocado and super-seeds, but so divine we could hardly believe it was good for us too). From the regular menu, we ordered one of our favourite dishes – the  Home Baked Spinach & Three Cheeses Tart.  And all was washed down with a 1-a-Day Green Juice (fresh pressed daily with seasonal greens, celery, orange, apple, lime and ginger).

We didn't just restrict ourselves to our favourite Strawberry Victoria Sponge (right)

So that was the (deliciously) healthy bit, but we never can leave LPQ without sharing a bite of something sweet too (every branch has its own pastry chef, and their creations are fabulously tempting.) Our current favourite? The summery Strawberry Victoria Sponge filled with British strawberries, organic cream and strawberry jam. And we made sure we had that caffeine fix too….cappuccino served in a cute LPQ coffee bowl.

You can take LPQ goodies home with you too

Features Desk

Monday, 18 August 2014

Deliciously juicy pop-up at Avenue in Mayfair

Organic cold-pressed juices are hugely popular in health-conscious New York, so when Radiance Cleanse launched their first pop-up, it's not surprising they chose to do so at Manhattan-style restaurant Avenue in Mayfair, where their juices complement the brunch menu perfectly. 

Until end October, the Radiance pop-up is offering their luxury blends to drink in or take away, including the bespoke Rise and Shine (a deliciously zingy mix of pineapple, orange, lemon, ginger and turmeric root  created exclusively for Avenue) and the hearty Deep Roots (beautiful beetroot-red,  and with subtle tones of fennel as well as courgette, apple and broccoli).  

The juices went perfectly with the fresh flavours of our appetiser of compressed watermelon salad, cucumber, mint and fresh goat's cheese, which was a deliciously healthy start to the day. But since we were brunching on a lazy Saturday morning, we also treated ourselves to the wonderfully indulgent Eggs EspaƱoles with spicy tomato, chorizo and organic yogurt. And who could resist the Buttermilk Pancake stack with maple syrup and streaky bacon?!

The Radiance Cleanse juices make the soft drink option super-appealing but to spice things up, the London-based brand has also collaborated with Avenue's bar team to create four juice-infused cocktails including Deep Roots Bloody Mary, a blend of the Radiance Juice with Avenue's house Bloody Mary mix and vodka. The healthy juice cancels out the alcohol hit - or, at least that's what we're telling ourselves!

Rosalind Lowe

Competition: See what happened when our lucky competition winner went for a 'Mind Makeover'!

In our issue of 25th May we offered one lucky reader the chance to win a ‘Mind Makeover’ with the inspirational Sharron Lowe.   Sharron – the author of The Mind Makeover, which we serialised in YOU - can show you how to turn your life around by banishing those negative thoughts that hold us back.  Sharron has worked as a success coach with some of the best known luxury brands in the world including Chanel, Clinique and Dior, and has generated millions of pounds for these companies by giving their employees their very own ‘Mind Makeover’, thus helping them recognise and attain their full potential.  Not only does Sharron coach some of the most prestigious companies across the globe, she also works with Centrepoint, a charity based in London which helps the young and homeless, where she gives workshops for disadvantaged young women, showing them how - despite their circumstances – they can make positive changes such as re-taking exams or learning a new skill.

Sharron with Sophie

Sophie, our winner, was already a big fan of Sharron after reading her advice as she felt it had ‘struck a chord’, and was therefore over the moon when she learned she had won a one-to-one Mind Makeover session with Sharron herself.  Describing it afterwards as ‘the most inspiring meeting [she had] ever had in [her] entire life’, Sophie says it has ‘given her a completely different perspective on life’.  Sharron comments, ‘many people allow FEAR to dilute and hold back their career progression and their potential, life joy, and fulfilment.  Sophie’s Mind Makeover session turned FEAR into “False evidence that appears real” and she left at the end of her session – in her own words - “with a completely new outlook on things that have stopped me in the past from achieving my full potential, and living with my highest levels of joy, confidence and self-belief ever’.
If you would like to take control of your life, create a positive inner voice, stop negative influences ruling your decisions, and build your confidence and self-belief then just click the link below to purchase ‘The Mind Makeover’ by Sharron Lowe.

Neon Jumble: Get the Look

Love the pop culture pick 'n' mix in this weekend's fashion story? Now get the look for less....

              Dress, £28, Topshop                 Polo neck, £22.50, Marks and Spencer

          Coat, £159, Zara                                             Top, £15, Monki

 Joggers, £32, Topshop                             Sweatshirt, £30, Topshop

Emily Dawes