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All War and No Peace

 “The Last Station” is an adaptation of the novel by Jay Parinia, based on the last years of “War and Peace” author Leo Tolstoy’s life. Parinia and Director Michael Hoffman, who also wrote the script for the film, will attend the London premiere on Tuesday January 26th, along with the rest of the star cast, which includes Christopher Plummer, Helen Mirren and James McAvoy. The Last Station is set during the last year of the life and turbulent marriage of the great Russian writer Leo Tolstoy (Christopher Plummer)and his wife the Countess Sofya (Helen Mirren). The film depicts the savage […]

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A Brilliant Proposal

Avoid the wrong ring, wrong guy scenario…stylishly Remember that infamous episode of Sex and the City, when Aiden gave Carrie the “wrong” ring? And that infamous discussion amongst the SATC girls over Cosmopolitans about how the “wrong ring” spells “wrong guy”? Ask any woman and she will tell you that jewellery is a very personal matter and always difficult to get right. So ladies, why on earth do we leave it down to the man in our life (who frankly, many of us are reluctant to let loose on the task of choosing wallpaper) to pick the most important ring […]

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House of St Barnabus opens until Spring 2010

Quintessentially Soho at The House of St Barnabas, the not-for-profit charitable members' lounge and events space in the heart of London, has announced that it will extend its operations until Spring 2010. Originally planned as a 3 month 'pop-up' social enterprise to raise money for the House of St Barnabas and the Quintessentially Foundation, the remarkable success of the venture has led to a renewed partnership between the House of St Barnabas and Quintessentially. Even better, hold your event there and 100% of your venue hire is a donation to the charity. www.hosb.org.uk

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Out With The Old

For some, New Year’s resolutions may already have fallen by the wayside but not so acclaimed chefs Atul Kochhar and Mikko Kataja. Yes, 2010 marks a new beginning for two of the capital’s favourite restaurants, Berkeley Square’s Benares and The Avenue of St James. Last year a devastating fire forced Kochhar’s renowned Michelin starred Benares to shut up shop in September but it has now risen anew like a phoenix from the ashes with an exciting redesign of epic proportions. The new look restaurant boasts a Chef’s Table, Sommelier’s Table plus impressive new private dining facilities, making a total of […]

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Chanel Mushroom

  If you still turn green with envy when you spot a fashion rival’s jade-painted talons If the sight of them alone is the visual equivalent of hearing them scrape down a blackboard If you’re secretly fantasising about ripping off her extensions one by one You have three options: A    Get a grip B    Consider anger management therapy C    Put the little green monster to bed once and for all and make sure you land a pot of Chanel’s new must-have Mushroom shade, hitting the shelves of Selfridges from 29 January. We’re talking agaricus bisporus with lavender undertones as opposed to […]

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Sony World Photography Awards

Last night, The Sony World Photography Awards 2009/10 exhibition opened at Art Work Space in The Hempel Hotel. The boutique hotel created by highly acclaimed British designer, Anouska Hempel, houses The Art Work Space on the lower ground floor and the independent art gallery is renowned for displaying emerging artists. The event showcased the winning and finalists’ works of the 2009 Sony World Photography. The different genres, including winning UK photographers Edgar Martins, Dave Watts and Tamany Baker, stretched from sport, fashion and climate change to photojournalism. Leading British Curator and 2009 Honorary Judge Zelda Cheatle remarked, “This exhibition reflects the […]

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The Purple Bar at The Sanderson

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Sanderson Hotel this year the Purple Bar are launching their " deluxe list " for those who enjoy the very finest things in life …..one of the cocktails is called The Proposal – made of fresh plum crushed and blended with hibiscus nectar, charged with Dom Perignon '95 presented in two Baccarat champagne flutes.The idea being the person proposing orders the cocktails in advance as well as their engagement ring created by uber rock n roll jeweller Stephen Webster ( to be paid for separately)  – the two drinks and the ring are […]

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Charlize Theron and TOMS

A firm favorite in many an ‘A’-listers wardrobe, the ethical pumps TOMS have recently teamed up with award winning actress, Charlize Theron.  Collaborating with Charlize’s charity, Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project (CTAOP), TOMS have donated 10, 000 shoes to Africa. AND…to celebrate this laudable partnership Charlize and TOMS have created a limited-edition shoe, which will benefit both Charlize’s charity and TOMS One for One Movement.   Charlize’s charity is committed to creating a safer, healthier and better life for many impoverished children and families, especially those affected by HIV/AIDS.  So, not only is this shoe a trendy addition to any […]

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Art at the Grand Palais

Parisian star venue the Grand Palais is usually in the spotlight thanks to Karl’s catwalk creations, but it is also home to one of the most ambitious contemporary art events in the world. MONUMENTA is an opportunity for artists invited by the Ministry of Culture and Communication to fill the 13 500m square Nave of the iconic building with the creative endeavour of their choice. This year’s selection is Christian Boltanski, a leading figure in French art who established his place on the contemporary scene in the ’70s. His installation at the Grand Palais is entitled ‘Personnes’, translating to both […]

Fashion & Beauty

Rodin Lip Balm

Rodin Olio Lusso, the skincare range created by Manhattan stylist Linda Rodin, has turned into a beauty hit overnight.  While most skincare brands include the usual oils calendula, neroli, arnica, and argan, Rodin Olio Lusso contains seven further oils which give you a heavy dose of antioxidants, fatty acids, and antibacterial benefits; so you can imagine the stir their latest addition, Rodin lip balm, is causing. Coming in a glamorous glass container, Rodin is one of the few lip balms that isn’t packaged in an unsightly tube.  Incorporating her usual trademark floral scent with completely natural products the balm is filled […]

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Develop a slick skin

Fake tatoos will be the new fake tan now that the tangoed look is no longer in Vogue. As seen on the catwalk models of Chanel and Rodarte, transferable tattoos are set to be a big stick this Spring. A host of super models have the real deal, including Kate Moss, Gisele Bündchen and Erin Wasson but until now, their presence has been left unexplored by designers. Now, however, designers such as Chanel have created a painless style stamp that won’t scar you for life – or your bank balance. From 1st March, Chanel tatoos, which depict flowers, beads and […]

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Philip Kingsley Elasticizer

When no amount of conditioner seems to be taming your hair this winter, it’s worth turning to treatments and the ‘hair doctor’ you should be following is Philip Kingsley and his multi award winning hair treatment, Elasticizer. Kingsley is an English Trichologist, or in other words a hair scientist, and his products work. Elasticizer is a deep treatment which is layered onto each section of dampened hair before shampooing and left for anything up to twenty minutes (depending on damage of hair.) Ideally the hair should be covered by a cap so the heat is kept in to give a […]

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