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Cashmere Must Have

Madeleine Thompson has impressed the cashmere segment yet again. We’ve had a sneak preview of her beautiful SS10 collection which looks perfect for those long cool summer evenings or cosy nights in. Favourites include a menswear-inspired tuxedo cardigan and matching waistcoat which finds the perfect balance between masculine-chic but with a feminine flair. For a more casual look, the soft boyfriend cardigan can be worn over a simple white t-shirt/vest and your favourite slim jeans, ready for a romantic sunset stroll along the beach or on a warm spring night. Madeleine Thompson says “My focus is on elegance & simplicity.  […]

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Check into 2010

No, we’re not talking your NYE party soundtrack dilemma, rather London’s two very different yet equally tantalizing new hotel offerings. Jostling for 2010 supremacy are The Arch and Rafayel. In central London it’s all about The Arch, the elegant London townhouse hotel on Great Cumberland Place comprising seven Georgian Grade II listed buildings and two mews houses. The Arch’s 82 individually designed guest rooms are spread over six floors and feature nine suites and outdoor terraces complete with all the mod cons including complimentary Sky HD sports and movie packages, iPod docking station, wireless internet and Nespresso machine. And even […]

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Beefeater 24 at 69 Colebrooke Row

  Beefeater 24 is Beefeater Gin’s new super premium expression infused with green tea.  Tannins help to combine the flavours of anything with which they are mixed so they blend with the different botanicals already present in the the gin for an infinitely smoother and fresher flavour. The brew launched with a stellar party for 400 VIP guests at the magnificent Syon House themed on the old Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens – a stone’s throw from the location of the Beefeater distillery today. But even better, the brand has joined forces with maverick molecular mixologist, Tony Congliero of 69 Colebrooke Row […]

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Real Hair

Josh Wood and Belle Cannan have been running Real hair for ten years now and have mounted up the longest list of high profile clients imaginable. Specialising in transforming clients’ manes into any shade they desire, there are endless miracles that go underway in the Real Salon, and their latest is the new Brazilian Keratin permanent blow dry. Although salons all over London are tuning in to this new phenomenon, Real seem to have stolen the prize for the highest quality treatment. Layered onto freshly washed hair, the keratin treatment, which comes in a variety of fragrances, is spread over […]

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Barter Economy

Bartering has long been a mechanism on which the art world spins – from Picasso exchanging sketches for meals and London’s YBAs running tabs at The Ivy in exchange for pieces of their work to adorn the venues walls. Even Manhattan’s Chelsea Hotel, home to a slew of famous residents including Bob Dylan, Allen Ginsberg, Dylan Thomas and William Burroughs would once accept art in lieu of rent from its cash strapped incumbents. Now, however, curators Lauren Jones and Alix Janta are organizing a show that takes things to the next level. It is to feature work from 50 London […]

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“GILTy” Pleasures

    GILT, the five-star Jumeirah Carlton Tower Hotel’s sophisticated champagne lounge, is fast becoming our guilty pleasure.  It’s the perfect place for whiling away an afternoon or evening following a spot of retail therapy on Sloane Street.  Get back to the simple pleasures of yester-year playing beautiful wooden board games such as Marcala, Labyrinth, Chess, Backgammon, Draughts and Puzzle Box – bought from Harrods, natch – or gadget addicts may prefer the ultimate test of a steady hand, the classic Buzz Wire Game where players must move their wand from one end of the wire to the other without buzzing […]

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In A Barbie World

The story leaked almost a year ago, but we are finally seeing the fruits of Christian Louboutin’s labours, now that his own customised Barbie has hit the online shopping mecca net-a-porter. Well, it’s only a sign-up list for now, but December will see the launch of the series of three dolls, all given the glam treatment by the man of the ubiquitous red soles. One of the infamous dolls is dressed in very on-trend black pleather, wearing a pair of killer heels that can be interchanged with the whopping 4 pairs that come with each doll. Each perfectly crafted show […]

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The Museum of Everything

This freshly launched space in Primrose Hill, north-west London, has been open for a month and is causing a stir amongst aesthete addicts. Originally only supposed to last throughout Frieze week and perhaps the week after, due to its popularity it has remained open till December. Founded by James Brett, the Museum has taken art to a different dimension by swerving the subject towards ‘outsider art.’ Yet, despite Brett being a keen collector of this form of work, he is quick to dismiss this term, declaring it “too loose and inaccurate.” Brett argues that his artists are “not always artistically talented, but they […]

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Otylia Roberts

    Otylia Roberts has been established in London for over 30 years.  She’s the lady credited with introducing the Brazilian waxing technique to the UK so where better than her swanky new George Street salon for a spot of below the belt grooming.  With a client roster that reads like an issue of Hello Magazine from Victoria Beckham to Gwyneth Paltrow, I was certainly in good company.  A Brazilian isn’t for the faint-hearted but at least her favoured hot wax technique uses natural beeswax with added soothing agents, is more effecitive at removing hair than strip wax and is […]

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Courvoisier Architectural Punch Bowl

Food experience company Bompas & Parr and leading cognac brand, Courvoisier, are hosting an unusual experimental show where they will be building an architectural punch bowl filled with 1000 litres of Courvoisier’s winning cocktail and is large enough to row a boat across.  The exhibition will involve flooding 33 Portland Place and the experiment aims to create a multi-sensory experience, similar to that of the scratch and sniff cinema shows earlier this year. Visitors of the installation will be offered the opportunity of not only stepping onto the rowing boat to scull across the surface but also to enjoy a […]

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