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Reflexions Reflexology

Tucked right underneath the building of 250 Kings Road there is a very humble looking beauty salon. However do not be put off by the décor, there are currently renovations underway and it certainly isn’t a reflection of the quality of the treatment. Although a novice with reflexology, this being my first, it’s easy to see why this seems to be such a popular treatment to have. The benefits are numerous, including restful sleep, removal of aches and pains as well as improving eczema and asthma. Reflexology aims to open up energy pathways, relieving tension and working on soothing different […]

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Frais Hand Sanitizer

Cult Beauty has added some fashionable glamour to the current Swine Flu epidemic with the launch of their new hand sanitizer Frais. The new product is Eco friendly, using only high grade pure sugar cane alcohol and recyclable packaging in either pocket sized portable 6ml or 50 ml. Clinically certified to kill 99.9% of the germs encountered in everyday life, Frais is a safe and useful way to protect yourself from influenza, bird flu and other germs. Coming in a cocktail of eight natural essential oils including ginger, tangerine, lemon myrtle and grapefruit, Frais is free from artificial colours or […]

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Digital David

  Art icon David Hockney has ditched traditional painting for the digital paint brush. Describing the new technique as “fantastic,” Hockney’s latest portrait and landscape work has been composed entirely by computer. Previously software has given art an obviously computer generated look. Here, however, Hockney acknowledges “you can get incredibly subtle effects.” Although he recognises that physical texture is lost he emphasises that “the gain is speed, with colour that’s quite unusual.” It seems Hockney is not the only one to have been seduced by the new style. Hans Ulrich Obrist, the co-director of exhibitions and programmes at the Serpentine […]

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The Fox Club

Even the most enthusiastic city-dweller finds themselves yearning for some green open space and the chance to relax as spring awakens – and one of London's quirkier private members clubs is helping us make the most of the sentiment. Enter The Fox Club, a venue which works to change the Mayfair members club image and provide a more relaxed atmosphere for the discerning guest. A stone's throw away from Green Park and a mere stroll from the famous vast space of Hyde Park, The Fox Club is making a wise move by using its impressive surroundings to offer patrons a […]

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LOFT Design By… opens

LOFT Designs By… the French lifestyle brand, is opening its first UK site in Westbourne Grove this May. Celebrating its 20th birthday this year, LOFT Design By… has a long established reputation for the quality of its products and is a collection of essential casual wear for men, women and children with a focus on elegance. The tailoring is primarily simple with interesting detailing, and the palette largely consists of neutral shades of cream, white and grey. The company concentrates on natural fabrics such as cashmere, cotton mixes, silk and bamboo and all fabrics and colours are developed and created […]

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Train de Nuit

    Yesterday, the 5th May, was officially designated Chanel No.5 Day in New York City, in celebration of the legendary fragrance and the release of the latest short film advertisement, entitled Train de Nuit.   The film stars Audrey Tautou, of Amelie fame, and the star of the upcoming biopic of Coco Chanel’s life, Coco avant Chanel. She joins a long list of stylish and iconic women who have represented the brand, most recently Nicole Kidman who reportedly made millions thanks to her endorsement of the mega-brand. This year’s cinematic piece is the work of Jean-Pierre Jeunet, whose pairing […]

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Spendthrift Launch

Fu-sion 360 presents the launch of international label ‘Spendthrift’ by Falguni and Shane Peacock. Well established and highly regarded Indian design duo introduce their new womenswear collection to the UK this summer. Spendthrift blends Indian craftsmanship with high glamour to create a beautifully made and elaborately decorated soft Goth and rock chic collection. Couture designers Falguni and Shane Peacock are the dynamic duo behind Spendthrift. The celebrity designers love to dress their women in ultra-feminine and glamorous collections and having shown at numerous fashion weeks around the world including London Fashion Week for the last two years they are now […]

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Culture

Anyone for Tennis?

Now there’s no excuse not to pick up that tennis racquet. Luxury luggage designer Alison van der Lande has created an ultimate chic new tennis bag that’s sure to be a winner. Made from soft Italian leather and using traditional craftsmanship, the bag is light and easy to carry. It has an extra front zip pocket for tennis balls and accessories and a detachable shoulder strap and comes in two sizes, a standard for two racquets and an extra large which fits in four. Since her launch in 2004 van der Lande has captured a strong celebrity following and her […]

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Sitting in a Tree

  Dating agencies far too often get bad press – but it appears that the awkward, contrived situations most commonly feared are now over, thanks to bespoke matchmaking service Sitting in a Tree. Far from a blanket approach, the three Cupids behind the company select only ten percent of their applicants, and take the time to really get to know their clients so that their pairings are perfectly tuned. Their attitude is casual yet focused, centering the conversation around tea-and-cake meetings and avoiding the formalities of profiles or check-boxes as may be found at other companies – dates will undoubtedly […]

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St Pancras Grand Rosé Challenge

Visit the award-winning St Pancras over the May bank holiday weekend for a Rosé Challenge. The St Pancras Champagne Bar and Restaurant will be serving four Rosé and four complementary canapés and the challenge is to match the Rosé with the canapé. Try two light bodied Rosé – Côtes du Provence Reserve du Chateau St Baillon from France and Primrose Hill 'Tenterden Estate' from England – and two more full bodied Rosé – Vivanco Rioja Rosado from Spain and Rosé des Tourelles de Longueville from France. Paired with delicious canapés of charcuterie, potted shrimp, ham hock terrine and strawberry shortbread, […]

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A book for the beach

Former Senior Editor at Harpers threw a soiree at The Langham for the launch of her book A Partial Indulgence last night. Snow Queen vodka cocktails were flowing as was the conversation which was buzzing between guests all evening. The curly-haired writer told The Handbook it was important to take risks when writing, well she did recently take a swipe at a few celebrities when she wrote a piece for the Daily Mail recently about her party days, and then thanked everybody heartily for coming before sitting in a corner with her proud mum and dad on the sofa at […]

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Fred&Ginger

Glamourous lingerie company Fred&Ginger has announced the arrival of their online bridal boutique, providing brides-to-be with a sumptuous array of antique ivory intimate apparel for their big day. The collection, designed by Victoria Holt, draws on the glamour and sophistication of the 1950’s, combining French silk satins, crinkle chiffons, Chantilly lace and the somewhat more modern stand-by, Swarovski crystals. Holt has great experience of the fashion industry, having worked at the international fashion house Jenny Packham. She is now producing Fred&Ginger, a unique brand that reflects past elegance whilst appealing to a contemporary audience. The collection is made up of both […]

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