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Jo Malone Orange Blossom

  We’re already big fans of Jo Malone’s original Orange Blossom cologne, a tantalising blend of fresh cut florals, crisp citrus and dewy greens inspired by the beautiful scented gardens of a Bel-Air hotel. Now, the brand has just introduced its Orange Blossom body collection, bath oil for relaxing bath time bliss, shower gel to stimulate your senses and body lotion to leave skin feeling silky soft and deliciously scented. So you can create your own bathtime oasis with Orange Blossom’s notes of lemon grass and crushed clementine leaves that sparkle above a heart of Water Lily, lilac and orange […]

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Capital New Ventures

This year two of London’s most exclusive hotels are welcoming new blood. The Dorchester Hotel and The Mandarin Oriental have both invited new talent into their kitchens. First up in April, Park Lane’s The Dorchester Hotel is welcoming a very special guest from across the pond for a five day sojourn. Yes, fresh from LA, The Dorchester’s sibling, The Beverley Hills Hotel’s legendary Polo Lounge will be setting up shop at The Dorchester’s Promenade, bringing with it trademark LA-infused cuisine, service with a smile and good old-fashioned Hollywood glamour. In homage to its Beverley Hills namesake, the Promenade’s Polo Lounge […]

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NESCAFÉ Green Blend

    You’ve heard of green tea, well let us present green bean coffee.  NESCAFÉ® has launched a new type of coffee which contains high levels of naturally occurring polyphenol antioxidants. Made from a blend of unroasted green coffee beans, NESCAFÉ Green Blend has been specially created by coffee experts to deliver great tasting coffee, rich in flavour and aroma, with added health benefits. Polyphenol antioxidants – also found in green tea and cocoa –  can help protect the body’s cells from day to day damage. Gary Williamson, Professor of Functional Food, School of Food Science and Nutrition at the […]

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I aim to be more organised…

It’s that time again to look forward into the new year and start making reams of exciting plans…but where to write them? The classic diary debate rears its head once more, and the usual suspects are back with a vengeance. Bond Street’s finest and the giant of the stationary world, Smythson, is offering new collections of sumptuous leathers in beautiful jewel-like tones. The Malachite collection is particularly covetable, with its sea-greeny blue crocodile print and a new signature Italian briarwood clasp with gold settings – who knew a pocket diary could look so very exclusive? Amongst the usual office and […]

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The Big Weigh-In

  We all know that your weight is a serious business.  Especially in January.  But we’ve found a lighter way of looking at things which is just as well considering that every bottle of wine you consumed on New Year’s Eve equated to something in the region of two Big Macs.  Allow us to present the Animal and Celebrity weighing scales.  These two genius gadgets won’t tell you your actual weight – that would be far too depressing.  Instead, they measure the load in either ducks, rabbits and the odd horse or celebrities ranging from Gizmo the Gremlin and Mother […]

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A Real Life Saver

  We all know that a strapless push up bra can be a real life saver and that stiletto wedges can mean the difference between mile long legs and truncated pins but as far as saving actual lives, well, that killer dress tends to fall a bit short.  However, OmniPeace, the humanitarian fashion label founded by social entrepreneur Mary Fanaro, is successfully bridging the gap.  25% of all profits go to charities promoting peace, education and human rights and Fanaro hopes to play her part in ending extreme poverty in Africa by 2025. OmniPeace has found celebrity supporters in a […]

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Go Bare

Waking up on Christmas morning to discover Father Christmas has delivered a stocking stuffed with fabulous make-up is any girls dream.  All good girls this year have been hoping for the Bare Minerals range from Bare Escentuals, the new additive free make-up to hit the UK from America.  It is innovative in its composition with no irritants or additives, thus this make up allows all women to ‘go bare’ in the words of the CEO Leslie Blodgett. For those not so good girls, don’t panic!  As not only can you treat yourself to Bare Escentuals in House of Fraser, but […]

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Paradise Boot Camp

You might be more accustomed to drinking your body weight in wine at Kate Moss and Mark Ronson's favourite boozer, however, next month you can work off your Christmas weight gain at the newly introduced Paradise Boot Camp. Every Saturday morning throughout January, popular west London gastropub Paradise will host a series of personal training sessions with leading experts in heath and fitness development. Available to everyone and totally complimentary, patrons will don a sweatband and head to nearby Queens Park for a fun and energetic group workout. As well as saving your pennies by attending these free sessions, every attendee will be […]

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Are you in the know…?

    Google Wave.  Currently in preview.  Which we think, is a slightly less Greek way of saying in beta, yet somehow with more democratic connotations.  It’s also the self appointed new Facebook. Now far be it from us to pour cold water on the self appointed new anything so we’re going to delay judgement until we can find enough mates with whom we can attempt the full Mexican.  However, there’s one new online event going live in the spring that we’ll bet our the entire contents of our Christmas stocking won’t be a disappointment.  Yes, we’re talking the new […]

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Food for thought

Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen group and former Fifteen chef and nephew of Mick Jagger, Arthur Potts Dawson’s social enterprise, Acorn House may be the most high profile ventures to undertake the training of disadvantaged youngsters but now Thomasina Miers’ Mexican mini chain, Wahaca has partnered up with The Prince’s Trust. The group’s new Canary Wharf venture has been actively targeting young people living in the capital’s Centrepoint hostels with a two week course which marks the latest in an on-going programme. And now, seven unemployed Londoners have defied the credit crunch by scooping jobs at the restaurant. The course, which comes […]

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Grace Jones and Chris Levine

A unique collaboration between icon, Grace Jones, and ground-breaking light artist, Chris Levine, is to be shown to the public for the first time at the Vinyl Factory Gallery in Poland Street, London. These exclusive portraits will go on show from 18 March until 01 April 2010. Chris Levine is a unique artist with a rare sensibility for the use of light. Renowned for his 3D and still images of iconic figures, ranging from Massive Attack to HRH Queen Elizabeth II, he has now gone on to create a series of stunning 3D holographic portraits of legend Grace Jones. Stillness […]

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Flavour of London

    Swanky London venue, The Kensington Hotel, which opened in April 2009 following a £20 million pound refurbishment, has launched an exclusive package to tempt food lovers to the capital for a festive weekend of shopping and fine dining.  Set across a line of Regency-style townhouses, this stylish 150 room pied-a-terre is located in the heart of South Kensington.  You’ll feel as if you’ve wandered into a giant jewellery box as you cross the velvet-lined entrance hall to reception and marvel at the elegant period drawing rooms complete with bay windows, working fireplaces, luxurious fabrics, parquet floors and original […]

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