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Carnaby 20% off & Kingly Club Pop-Up

  The fat lady may have sung for the Newburgh Street Wish You Were Here swap but you know what they say about one door closing… Today, Thursday November 12th sees Grazia Magazine’s annual shopping event on Carnaby Street.   Thrifty shoppers can enjoy a 20% discount at over 100 shops, bars and restaurants in the 12 streets off Carnaby between 5pm and 9pm.  Expect live music and DJ sets as you shop, plus complimentary treats, competitions and shopping tips. We’re talking LA shoe designer, Steve Madden’s new venure on Broadwick Street, American Apparel, newly uber fashionable Brit heritage brand, Barbour […]

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Tangle Teezer

It’s debatable whether the best candidates have been voted out of X-Factor or not but one thing’s for sure, the tycoons of Dragons’ Den certainly passed up a great business opportunity when they failed to back hairdresser Shaun Pulfrey’s Tangle Teezer. It’s ergonomically designed to fit comfortably into the palm of your hand and individual teeth mean that it glides through the hair breaking down knots on impact rather than gripping and breaking already damaged locks. Since the product launched online last year, it has enjoyed phenomenal success.  Now available in over 1000 salons nationwide including Boots the chemist, the […]

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Christmas Cracker

Footsbarn Theatre, which brought us The Shakespeare Party at the Globe last year, are giving us the Globe’s first ever Christmas production.  Normally only open during the summer, the Globe has decided to open its roof for Christmas this year and judging by the popularity of The Shakespeare Party, it looks like this could be a sell out show.  The performance, which will feature a madcap group of rich and bawdy pagans, is inspired by the complete works of Shakespeare.  Christmas Cracker will be suitable for all ages and will be not only full of  jokes but magic, singing, dancing, puppetry, […]

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Champagne Chic

Fashion and champagne have always gone hand in hand so Harvey Nichols' new Fifth Floor Belle Époque Champagne Bar and Mews of Mayfair's collaboration with Piper-Heidsieck and Christian Louboutin are a match made in fashionista heaven. The original Fifth Floor bar was a chic if somewhat masculine affair but thanks to an exclusive collaboration with Perrier-Jouët and interior designer Shaun Clarkson, the new version is definitely one for the ladies. Inspired by the grand turn of the century salons and Emile Gallé’s iconic 1902 anemone bottle design for the Cuvée Belle Époque the new bar is all contemporary Art Nouveau. […]

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Etre Touchy Gloves

  The most simple tasks become tricky in the cold.  When you’re wearing a toasty pair of regular gloves, the touch sensitive screen technology that we take foregranted is rendered useless or worse … Operating a mobile phone becomes synonymous with Russian roulette, i-pods start playing those tracks you wish you’d never downloaded and cameras inexplicably start taking pictures of you feet.  And the alternative chilblains are so unattractive.  So Etre’s new Touchy gloves are a happy compromise.  Their missing thumb and index fingertips allowing you to touch, tap, stroke, slide and pinch these devices’ displays or anything else for […]

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Square Mile Clubbing

Time for City boys to come out of hiding. Two new East-side venues are sure to tempt even the most chastened party animals out of retirement. Just like the legend of Atlantis, there have been whispers for some time but finally, it's official. This month, Nick House and Piers Adam, mogels behind Mayfair's enduringly popular Mahiki Club are opening a new Polynesian themed paradise of a bar in the City. Taking its name from the Tiki God of the Sea, Kanaloa, is a laid back tropical island that guests enter via a wooden bridge. Think Tiki motifs, fresh flowers and […]

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Jo Malone Vitamin E

Jo Malone’s Vitamin E Gel, which launched over 20 years ago, remains the perfect aid to moisturise dehydrated or weathered skin. Originally a beauty product made up by Jo Malone herself, the gel’s beneficial results have made it a cult hit. Full of antioxidants, the Vitamin E helps protect the skin from the environment and neutralises free radicals. The rich gel manages to give the skin immediate moisture, providing a protective layer from the damaging effects of sun and wind, while at the same time softening it.   Thicker than oils, the luxurious gel is absorbed deeply into the skin, forming a safe barrier […]

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Get Glowing with St Tropez

We’ve hit November and just before our skin really turns to the usual winter pallor, we’ve been saved by St Tropez launching their Christmas gifts.  The A-list’s favoured brand has produced five limited edition sets which contain selected products from their classic range.  Odour free and easy to apply, St Tropez gives a gradual tan and leaves no streaks or orange disasters but instead a gentle golden hue which automatically brings back health to greying complexions.    The ‘St Tropez Everyday Bronzing Set’ helps develop a natural colour without the fear of looking fake.  The bag contains two different lotions […]

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Cazadores Dia di los Muertos

It’s official – Dia de los Muertos is the new Halloween.    Top tequila brand Cazadores took over The City of London’s new Bathhouse venue on November 3rd for an evening of agave treats without the trickery … unless you count the spirit’s devilish ability to worm its way into the sensible side of your brain before you’ve even got past the lime salted rim of your margerita glass.  Time Out’s best new venue tucked away in a graveyard off Old Broad Street proved an apposite location to celebrate The Day of The Dead.  However, the occasion was as far […]

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First into Fashion

It is the dream of every young designer slogging away in tiny ateliers all across London – a store to call one’s own. Two East London girls have won the rights to a brand new shop space in the West End, rent free for six months, alongside the invaluable words of wisdom from the femme fatale of retail, Jimmy Choo’s Tamara Mellon. The lucky girls in question are Julia Smith and Joanne Stoker, both graduates from the prestigious London College of Fashion, who fought off strong competition from the capital’s best young talent in a competition run by their alma […]

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Guerlain Idylle

Guerlain’s latest fragrance Idylle, which features the Bulgarian rose, has teamed up with Swarovski to create a limited edition of Idylle perfume adorned with crystallised Swarovski elements on the bottle. Idylle is the first perfume created for Guerlain by Thierry Wasser. He wanted to produce a new fragrance aimed at younger customers and used the Plessis Robinson rose as the star ingredient and accompanied this with white musk, freesia, lily of the valley, lilac peony and jasmine, to give the scent its rich, yet subtle, flowery quality. The newly launched golden bottle has been devised by up coming French designer, Ora-Ito, […]

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Gold Rush

The price of gold has risen for the eighth consecutive year, currently weighing in at about £659 per ounce and everyone wants a piece of the action. However, it's not just confined to the work-dodging Jeremy Kyle ad-break audience as there's nothing a posh person likes better than a bargain. Those who prefer not to mail off their 'unwanted gold' in handy resealable bags, have a number of more entertaining options. One such is Ounces to Pounds, the precious metal equivalent of Ann Summers which invites clients to host their own gold parties. The company only started out at the […]

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