Thursday, 18 December 2014

Christmas Gift Guide 2014: YOU's Features Team Loves...

Rosalind Lowe, Assistant Editor, Features:
 “I'm a huge fan of Olivia Burton’s pretty watches – and I’m a fan of bees!”

Victoria Woodhall, Deputy Features Editor:
"I've just bought a new grey sofa with a view to adding colour with cushions and throws. This gorgeous ‘Pixel’ blanket has ‘Prosecco and boxset’ written all over it."

Amy.E.Williams, Commissioning Editor:
"My new year resolution is to walk to work every day – these might help! I love that the gold caps are interchangeable."

Clare Geraghty, Features Writer:
‘I’m a stickler for proper, hand written thank you cards and nobody does them chicer than Kate Spade. I’d love to find these under my tree’

Susan Hope, Researcher:
“I have my eye on this raspberry coloured cashmere scarf from Gap; it’s really soft and I just love the colour”

Sarah-Rose Harrison

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Christmas Gift Guide 2014: YOU's Fashion Team Loves...

The YOU magazine Fashion Team reveal what's on their Christmas Lists this season: from novelty Pineapple Candle Holders, to Tom Ford's Shade and Illuminate Palette we've got inspirational pieces for all!

Fashion Editor, Hannah Hughes:
"Tod's just get their colour combo’s so right and these navy & oxblood leather boots are no exception. Flats are my best friend so I’ll wear these forever."

Style Editor, Philippa Bloom:
"So many people have recommended Tom Ford's beauty range to me, I'm really eager to try the products out. His Shade and Illuminate Palette is said to blend nice and evenly: perfect for contouring!"

Fashion Bookings Editor, Lucy Coghlan:
"The Canon EOS 1200D comes with an amazing free app that talks you through how to use all the functions, enabling you to optimise your cameras full potential: it's also such a handy size for taking on location recces."

Fashion Assistant, Alisha Hockenjos:
"I'm moving house in the new year and these will make a lovely addition to my lounge."

Junior Fashion Assistant, Emily Dawes:
"I’d love to spend my Christmas day stroking this leopard number from one of my favourite bag brands Meli Melo…. Cool enough to make a statement but classic enough to pair with any outfit all year round."

Fashion Intern, Sarah-Rose Harrison:
"I love Valentino's Rockstud range and would love to start my collection with this seasonal studded bracelet."

Sarah-Rose Harrison

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Fairytale festive tea at the Corinthia Hotel

The Corinthia Hotel's stunningly decorated Lobby Lounge

Log fires and candles, glittering white decorations and ceiling-high Christmas trees...Right now the Corinthia Hotel on Northumberland Ave feels as wonderfully warm and sparkly as a favourite Christmas movie - which makes it the perfect setting for a festive afternoon tea.  (To add to the fairytale atmosphere, there's even a 10ft edible gingerbread Xmas tree in the hotel's florist's, alongside an advent calendar made up of rows of numbered gingerbread houses...)

Saturday 13th on the edible Advent calendar

A delicious tree made of gingerbread

We settled in to some cosy armchairs in the Lobby Lounge to feast on finger sandwiches made with artisanal breads - including the seasonal Roast Turkey and Stuffing with Fresh Cranberry Compote and Loch Var Smoked Salmon. These were followed by playfully-named sweet treats, such as (our favourite!) Sugar Plum Fairy (Plum Crumble Tartlet, Spiced Frangipane and Muesli Crumble) and Santa's Little Helper (Chestnut Cream and Blackcurrant Macaroon with a Sugar Snowflake) - not forgetting warm scones with lashings of clotted cream and jam. And alongside the wonderful choice of tea blends, there was added sparkle with a glass of delicious Laurent-Perrier champagne!

Afternoon tea tower

Guess which one is called Rudolph...

The Lobby is also the ideal place to lounge with a cup of hot chocolate....The Corinthia serves one of the very best in town, poured from a china teapot and accompanied by a choice of mini-marshmallows, chocolate flakes  - white and dark - and whipped cream. And if you're looking for the perfect perch to share a glass of bubbly and a gossip, we recommend the glamorous and beautifully-lit Northall bar - plus the hotel is just minutes from Trafalgar Square, so you can admire the famous towering Norwegian spruce topped with its Christmas star en route!

We want to try this at home... 

Festive Afternoon Tea from £55 per person To book, please call us on +44 (0) 20 7321 3072 or email

Rosalind Lowe

Monday, 15 December 2014

Party season beauty

Having just about recovered from our YOU mag Christmas Party, attention has now turned to the photo-booth evidence of the evening and just how well YOU HQ can scrub up! We’ve gathered up a few of the secret weapons we swear by to help you prepare for the party season…

Arran Aromatics Feel Good Formulas Seaweed & Mineral Salt Scrub, £12.75,
A scrub for the scrub addict, this magical tub stimulates tired, rough, winter skin and really does buff away bumps. The oil in this makes it a proper treat and leaves skin extra silky, so no need for a moisturiser!

Smooth Skin Gold IPL, £299,
A ridiculously easy and non-threatening IPL device which can be used on the face as well as body if you so choose. The flashes of intense pulsed light provides permanent hair reduction and has a setting just for sensitive skin. With a Glide mode (for easily treating larger areas like legs) and a Stamp mode (for maximum precision or smaller delicate areas), this IPL system is foolproof.

Dr Lewinn’s Renunail Triple Strength nail colour, £14,
This cult nail strengthener has always been popular for sorting out damaged fingertips, but here you don’t have to sacrifice colour for strength. We saw a few fingers displaying the gorgeous graphite shade on Tuesday night…

Electric Hair P4 Prep Spray, £15.50,
A recent discovery which works wonders on all hair, but a few fine-haired gals have found this particularly useful. Instead of weighing hair down with a thick mask or lots of products, try misting a few sprays of Prep Spray over damp tresses before blow-drying. Super-conditioning but lightweight, hair magically looks better than ever and thanks to the genius misting nozzle you end up with no crispy sections overladen with product.

Nanogen Hair Thickening Fibres, £18.95,
While on the subject of hair… We stumbled upon a couple of volume junkies sprinkling a bit of Nanogen onto their heads in the office loos – these hair fibres stick to your hair with an electrostatic charge, lending a noticeable oomph to your style.

Jan Marini Holiday Face Scrub, £51,
Smells Christmassy! If that’s not enough to convince you, it has soft spherical beads which gradually dissolve for gentle exfoliation, while a gentle glycolic acid resurfaces the skin with no stinging.

Bobbi Brown Scotch on the Rocks lip colour in Sultry Red, £22,
A classic red is always a winner and Bobbi Brown lipsticks have long been a make-up bag hero product, with fantastic staying power and ensuring lips stay smooth and soft. This collection is limited edition so be quick if you want to catch it.


Champney’s chilled pamper mask, £7,
Keep this in the fridge and then slide the silky soft mask over your eyes. Soothe away any puffy eye bags and they’ll never know.

Itsu & Calgary Avansino vegetable juices, £2.95, available from Itsu stores nationwide
An awful lot of veggie juices on the market are more fruit-based than they let on, and some even have added sugar! We’ve been topping up our vitamins today with our favourite flavour, Tomato & Red Pepper – the slightly spicy kick had us feeling like we were sipping a Bloody Mary at our desk! Though much more virtuous of course…

Alice Robertson

Christmas Gift Guide 2014: YOU Loves... Luxury Leather

We love this luxurious seasonal red clutch from Loewe. 

The modern cut and smooth leather is embossed with the Loewe Anagram, featuring the label's characteristic T-bar profile with hand-painted edges and herringbone patterned lining. 

A timeless classic in both cut and colour, this large pouch is perfect for fashion friends and loved one's alike who are certain to appreciate the innovative craft and detail. We'll be treating our sister with Loewe's super-cute Elephante Purse.

Sarah-Rose Harrison

Fashion: The feel good factor & get the look

From sequins and shine to a flurry of feathers, texture is having a moment. The new way to nail party dressing? Wear them all at once!

Wool organza Coat, £1,095, Teatum Jones, from Liberty. Feathered jacket, price on application, Matthew Williamson. Wool jumper, £95, Self Portrait. mesh skirt, £695, Fitriani.Shoes, £850,Christian Louboutin
Wool organza Coat, £1,095, Teatum Jones, from Liberty. Feathered jacket, price on application, Matthew Williamson. Wool jumper, £95, Self Portrait. mesh skirt, £695, Fitriani.Shoes, £850,Christian Louboutin
Wool jumper, £957, Just Cavalli, from Harrods.
Wool jumper, £957, Just Cavalli, from Harrods.
Wool Jacket, £680, JC de Castelbajac. wool-mix bodice, £540, and embellished feather Skirt, £3,030, both Marni
Wool Jacket, £680, JC de Castelbajac. wool-mix bodice, £540, and embellished feather Skirt, £3,030, both Marni
Laminated top, £218,Toga Archives, from neoprene and wool dress, £999, Edeline Lee.Shoes, £460, Nicholas Kirkwood for Roksanda. Hematite-plated-rhodium, resin and swarovski crystal ring, £115, Eshvi.
Laminated top, £218,Toga Archives, from neoprene and wool dress, £999, Edeline Lee.Shoes, £460, Nicholas Kirkwood for Roksanda. Hematite-plated-rhodium, resin and swarovski crystal ring, £115, Eshvi.
Silk organza dress,£2,754, Roksanda. acrylic Clutch, £1,050,Edie Parker, from Earrings, £157, Eshvi. Silver nail ring, £81, H&H.
Silk organza dress,£2,754, Roksanda. acrylic Clutch, £1,050,Edie Parker, from Earrings, £157, Eshvi. Silver nail ring, £81, H&H.
Viscose jacquard sweater, £795, and Rayon jacquard skirt, £350, both Issa. Silver and Swarovski crystal Ring, £375, H&H

Christian Louboutin,
Edeline lee,
Fitriani, 020 3283 8943
harrods, 020 7730 1234
JC de Castelbajac,
Liberty, 020 7734 1234
Marni, 020 7245 9520
Matthew Williamson,
Nicholas Kirkwood for Roksanda,
Roksanda, 020 7613 6499
Self Portrait,

Style Editor Philippa Bloom
Photographer Nikolay Biryukov
Fashion assistant Emily Dawes
Make-up artist Holly Silius using Bare Minerals and H&H Nails
Hair Keiichiro Hirano at David Artists using Bumble & Bumble 
Model Jet at The Hive Management 
Producer Lucy Coghlan

Now get the look from Sunday's fashion shoot for less with these high street hits...

Jacket, £195, Coast
Dress, £49.99, H&M

Cardigan, £65, Topshop
Skirt, £95, Topshop

Coat, £227, Whistles

Dress, £69.99, Zara
Backpack, £295, Whistles
Heels, £30, Next

Dress, £39.50, Marks & Spencer

Mohair bomber, £31.50, Marks & Spencer

Friday, 12 December 2014

Fashion: Red Hot

From flaming crimson to blazing cinnabar; go head to toe in the season's feistiest shade. 

Wool coat, £795, Issa. Viscose top, £16, Marks & Spencer. Viscose-mix Skirt, £35.99, Zara. Suede boots, £1,245, Paul Andrew, from
Merino wool jumper,£995, Pinghe. Cotton-mix skirt, £670, Marni. Suede boots, £335, Stuart Weitzman for Russell & Bromley.
Wool Coat, £1,274, Preen, from Dress, £245, Reiss. 18-carat gold Ring, £1,450, Georg Jensen. Boots, £335, Stuart Weitzman for Russell & Bromley.
Viscose Dress, £570, and leather Belt, £195, both Sportmax. 18-carat gold Ring, £1,450, Georg Jensen.
Cotton-mix dress, £595, Alice by Temperley. 18-carat gold Ring, £1,450, Georg Jensen. Shoes, £75, Miss KG

Photographer Stockton Johnson
Fashion Editor Hannah Hughes  
Fashion Assistant Alisha Hockenjos
Hair Marco Testa using Bb. BumbleandBumble
Make-up Justin Lee
Model Yudu at Esee Model Management
Producer Lucy Coghlan
The YOU fashion team stayed at the Sheraton Shanghai Hongkou, 

Alice by temperley,
Georg Jensen,
Marks & Spencer,
Marni, 020 7245 9520
Miss KG,
Russell & Bromley,
Sportmax, 020 7499 7902

Love the look? See our high street edit here!

Christmas Gift Guide 2014: YOU Loves...Organic Beauty

Indulge your family and friends this Christmas with Organic products from of our favourite beauty brands. We'll be buying Page Thirty Three's Essential Oil Candle Burner for our best friend a perfect addition to either the boudoir or bathroom!