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One Night with Paris

Paris Hilton isn’t one to keep quiet on sensitive subjects such as sexual conquests or how much she gets paid for her job (that’s turning up to nightclubs for those of you who are shocked that she actually has one). Paris explained,”I’ve only done it with a couple of people. People make up stories, but mostly I just kiss.” But perhaps she’s put her personal life on hold to throw herself into her work instead… She was busy populating the nightclubs last year both here and across the pond, including private member’s club Raffles on the King’s Road and Mayfair’s […]

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St James Hotel and Club

For a sublime afternoon tea experience head down to St James Hotel and Club. Set in a wonderfully discrete location on Park Place and nestled between Mayfair and Piccadilly this hotel screams pure luxury. On Thursday nights particularly, the bar is the place to be seen, with nonchalant beats from DJ Bas Ibellini and a young, rich, good-looking crowd. The 1930s artwork is quite incredible to gawp at while you sink into their deliciously comfortable chairs. All guests are presented with sweet, innovative newspaper cones filled with flavoured popcorn such as ginger and smoked bacon or chicken tandoori. The tea […]

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Jo Malone Candle

New offerings from the ever-impressive house of Jo Malone. Available as of January 1st of this year is the White Jasmine and Mint Candle inspired by their best-selling cologne. This truly smells quite lovely heady scents of white blossoms and fresh mint will fill your room and ease you away from the stresses of work and into a tranquil bubble. Definitely my new favourite, perhaps more so than Diptyque. Despite being priced at £37.50, the delicate fragrance and the slow-burning nature of the wax will ensure you get your moneys worth as one of these will last you for hours. […]

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Openings & Launches

The Commander

The Commander Porter house and Oyster Bar will land its digs on Hereford Road in Westbourne Grove planting itself cosily among Daylesford Organic, Urban Turban and Carluccious making this area somewhat of a foodie destination. What sets apart this new eatery is what the publicity experts call the 360-degree dining concept. For those who need a little more elucidation, think of a crisper Villandry with shrill American influences apparently the interiors boast huge window-side leather banquets to lounge around in, bars with solid metallic zinc tops and black lacquer-esque tiling covering the walls. We are promised a champagne and oyster […]

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Prada

Prada seem to have taken pole position yet again with their new Spring/Summer 09 advertising campaign. Photographed by the highly acclaimed Stephen Meisel and Heidi Slimane, the collection is Classicism with an edge. The women’s collection has been shot to look like an ancient stone bas-relief. Like the mythological characters, the models are positioned as though they are all interconnected, creating a dance-like effect. With porcelain skin against the brilliant gold and python print, Meisel shows just how integration between ancient and contemporary is done. For the menswear, Heidi Slimane captures timeless classicism with black and white and poetic stillness. […]

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Twilight – The Movie

When Christmas rolled around again, cinema-goers were expecting the usual Harry Potter release, filled with magical effects and festive cheer. When the latest instalment was delayed, and we were handed Twilight instead, a fantasy vampire movie based on novels by Stephanie Meyer, few would have anticipated chart-topping success, let alone the spawning of a media phenomenon – but here it is. Twilight topped the box office on its opening weekend, taking £2.5 million following a massive $49.6 million in the US the week previous. The London premiere caused quite a commotion, with hundreds of teenage fans turning out to catch […]

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Miu Miu

When the third Miu Miu shop opened this year in New York, the avid fans gave a sigh of relief. House prices may be plummeting, Woolworths may be going under but Miu Miu remains bullish in the retail world. Who would expect otherwise though, when Miu Miu is one of the 220 stores managed by the Prada Group. Formed by Prada in 1993, it’s no wonder that Miu Miu retains a sensual and sophisticated touch throughout its collections. Patrizio Bertelli, Prada’s chairman and chief executive officer, told WWD, “Miu Miu, with its strong and independent identity, has reached a worldwide […]

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Bars, Clubs & Drinks

Paper

One of London’s hottest clubs will be bowing out on the brink of 2009 – following in the footsteps of Boombox, which held its huge farewell party last NYE, Paper is set to close for good after ringing in the new year. Paper is now a grand three years old, the creation of the team behind Grill Room who brought fashionable life back to the cellars of the Cafe Royale. Comprised of a restaurant, an upstairs bar, Glass, which features fine cocktails and bar food, and the main downstairs club, the 400 capacity venue has been host to a large […]

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Riot Hyatt

The hotel which was home to some of rock'n'roll's most infamous debauchery is set to be rebranded and glossed over by hotel giant Hyatt. The West Hollywood hotel is set to reopen on January 8th with a luxurious boutique feel under the label Andaz, a sub-brand within the company offering design-driven environments, vibrant social spaces, and friendly yet attentive service. The hotel first opened in 1963 as Gene Autry's Hotel Continental, the first high-rise on the Strip. Its location, close to noted celeb hangouts of the '70s such as Whisky a Go Go and House of Blues, meant that it […]

Fashion & Beauty

Lymphatic Drainage

So you’ve eaten too much turkey, you’ve drunk far too much red wine and there is no longer the Yuletide excuse for you to continue to over indulge.  Yet if the thought of hitting the gym or taking any strenuous exercise seems too unbearable, then Paul Drinkwater may be just the answer.  Specialising in Oedema Lymphatic Drainage, where the system is healthy but sluggish, the 1 hour treatment aims to remove all toxins from your body. The therapeutic massage involves very light pressure with long, gentle, repetitive strokes, so as not to damage the valves just beneath the surface of […]

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Hypnotherapy

The world of Hypnosis can seem terrifying before you’ve even begun.  Maybe it’s the thought of being in a trance and not being in control. Yet, in reality hypnotherapy is far removed from this preconceived idea, especially with Helen Craven.  Trained in clinical hypnotherapy, Craven has a reassuring approach and deals as much in your past and present life consciously, as she does in the relaxation or hypnosis period after.  Following a lengthy talk, with Craven looking at diet and your everyday life, the relaxation process begins.  What’s so novel about Craven is that she shows hypnosis is something scientific […]

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Brazillian Chic

Inspired by two very different cultures, Sushinho is an exciting new destination restaurant that opens on The King’s Road, Chelsea, on 12th December. Sushinho mixes Brazilian chic with the practicality and efficiency of Japan. The opening of Sushinho could not be more timely; for 2008 marks the centenary of the arrival of the first Japanese immigrants in Brazil. Numbering an estimated 1.5 million, there are now more people of Japanese descent in Brazil than anywhere in the world outside of Japan itself. The 'usual suspects' of sushi and sashimi are very much in evidence, alongside dishes infused with Brazilian/South American […]

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