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Motivation 101

The holidays have ended and summer has come to a close. No, there is not a bank holiday in sight until December – and when you realise that is three months away, you’d be forgiven for wanting to hide under the duvet. So, want to get your motivation back but not sure how? Here are some easy strategies to help you get back on track!


Remember why you’re doing things

Be it work, life or anything in between – remind yourself of the purpose behind every action. What is the why behind your job? It could be as simple as paying the bills so you can survive whilst you look for a better job, or as fulfilling as it being your calling. Even in your day-to-day life, you can put the why into anything to bring more motivation to it. Why do you do laundry? So that you can have clean, fresh clothes and smell good (and personally, I also find it quite meditative to hang the laundry up to dry). Why do you exercise? So you can be healthy, feel more energised and eat more treats (at least that’s one of my motivations ;).

Identify where you’re going

Knowing where you want to get to is the first step to going anywhere. What is it that you want to achieve? What goals do you want to reach? What is your dream scenario when it comes to work and life? When you remind yourself of this, you will feel motivated to take the steps needed to get there.


Interact with people who inspire you

Follow them on social media, read their books, or meet them for coffee. Think about why they inspire you and how. Discover how they got to where they are today, and how you can learn from them. Personally, when I’m feeling stuck, I sometimes use questions like: “What would Oprah do in this situation?” (Yes, I find Oprah incredibly inspirational!)

Schedule Exciting Things

Take 15 minutes to brainstorm an idea you want to put into action. Go check out the new coffee shop that’s opened. Schedule a lunch date with your uplifting friend over lunch break. Read that book that you’ve been meaning to read for months.It doesn’t matter how big or small the thing is, as long as it’s something that excites you and gives you something to look forward to.


Create moments to relax and recharge

Ironically, in order to get motivated and to stay motivated you also need to have downtime when you are not doing anything. As a human you thrive on balance and need just as much time to recharge and recover as to do things that move you forward. Sleeping is an obvious recovery time but it’s not enough (especially because most of us don’t get the recommended seven to nine hours of sleep a night). Book time in your calendar to take a bath, read a good book, get a massage, or simply to just be.

Adapt Your Exercise

If you’re feeling lethargic and low, don’t force yourself into intense ashtanga classes or circuit training – unless you know they make you feel better. Normally, it’s good to match your exercise routine to your mood to slowly nudge yourself out of it. Feeling high? Go to a fun ‘Dance like Beyoncé’ dance class to further boost your positivity. Feeling low? Do some nurturing yin yoga or take a gentle stroll in the park to turn your low mood into a contented one. Feeling frustrated and stressed? Go do some cardio like a spinning class or boxing workout to release the negativity.


For more insights like these, sign-up for free updates from Susanna Halonen – the Happyologist, at www.happyologist.co.uk. As a happiness coach and author of Screw Finding Your Passion, she can help you to build and live a life you love.

The Information Overload

We’ve never been so connected, thanks to endless social networks and constant content sharing. So why does it feel so meaningless? Endlessly absorbed in our phones, forgetting to look up, to actually interact with each other. What have we become? And where on earth are we going? Andrew Sullivan’s powerful personal account isn’t a quick read – but it’s a necessary one. Make time to read this – and take time to have a think.


I Used to Be a Human Being. An endless bombardment of news and gossip and images has rendered us manic information addicts. It broke me. It might break you, too. Read more: New York Magazine.


Today would have been Roald Dahl’s 100th birthday.  A master storyteller, true creative wordsmith and a man with a boundless imagination, what better way to celebrate his centenary than with a look at some of his most magical quotes from those books you read and read again as a child. They’re every bit as powerful and inspiring now as they were then… 


12 quotes from Roald Dahl books to live your adult life by. There’s a whole lot of wisdom in those treasured childhood tales… Read more: Radio Times.

RIH Drinks

Do you fancy some tea in your G&T? We’re very partial to a good cup of tea, and we’ve never been known to say no to cocktails, so spirits made with the finest blends of tea sound like a truly magnificent idea. Meet T.E.A. – short for Tea Enriched Alcohol. Offering something just a little different, T.E.A. is an award-winning British spirits brand using premium loose leaf tea and a melange of botanicals to add an unusual – and delicious – edge to cocktails. Do Earl Grey and Jasmine teas sourced from Sri Lanka and Assam pair beautifully with botanicals including rose petals, coriander, bay leaf and orange zest? Certainly. Do they work in vodka and gin? Of course.


The artisan spirits brand produces just 120 bottles per batch in special copper stills, and – just to make things even more premium – removes the ‘heads’ and ‘tails’ every time. The result? Each bottle contains only the ‘purest heart’ of the batch, meaning a really smooth superior spirit. All of T.E.A.’s spirits have won awards at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition – so the industry insiders think they’re pretty darn good too!


So, how to drink T.E.A.? To really taste the complex flavours, we’d recommend trying them with soda, tonic or just ice. Even better? In cocktails, of course! The brand actually has a rather intimate little bar tucked down a side street in London’s Soho where you can try a selection of cocktails created by T.E.A.’s resident mixologists – and with a concise menu of bar snacks on offer too. Alternatively? Get your shaker on and mix up a few pre-dinner drinks or host your own little cocktail party chez vous. What do you fancy? How about a twist on everyone’s favourite classic Italian cocktail: the Negroni?


You can make this cocktail with either vodka or gin – the latter is used traditionally, but actually either works well shaken with the bittersweet flavour of Campari and a hint of aromatic elderflower. T.E.A.’s Earl Grey Vodka is what we’ve used here – and it makes for a very, very moreish cocktail, garnished with a few fresh berries and served extra chilled over lots of ice.


30ml T.E.A. Earl Grey Vodka or Gin
20ml Campari
20ml Belvoir Elderflower
Berries to garnish

Fill the shaker with ice and all the ingredients, then shake. Serve over ice. We can tell you now, you’ll probably want to make more than one!


For more information on Tea Enriched Alcohol including cocktail recipes and stockists, see the brand’s website. You can also find T.E.A. cocktails at the Urban Tea Rooms, 19 Kingly St, London W1B 5PY.

Ask A Celebrity Facialist

It’s fair to say that not everyone gets chance to access their own personal facialist, but yes, we’re pretty good to you here at RIH. Anti-ageing queries or acne concerns? Fine lines or under-eye circles? Each month, we give you the chance to put your questions to celebrity facialist and skincare expert Teresa Tarmey

using retinol anti ageing

I keep hearing about retinol and honestly it seems like there’s so much confusion and conflicting advice that I don’t know where to start. I’m 29 and starting to have some fine lines on my forehead and around my eyes, so I think retinol sounds like it might be a good idea. What do you advise?

Retinol has to be one of my favourite skincare products on the market – if you’ve not heard of it before, it’s a topical Vitamin A-based product which can be bought over the counter. Retinol has many benefits for the skin, basically acting as an exfoliator on a very high speed – and when I say exfoliator I don’t mean the same effect that you would get from a peel or a glycolic acid-based product. Not everyone – but most people – will slightly peel from retinol which in this case is taking away the dead skin as the same time as all the other amazing benefits. Put simply, retinol increases the cell turnover, resulting in fresher, brighter and more evenly-toned skin. I would never advise anyone under the age of 18 to use retinol, as their skin might be too sensitive, but it has great benefits for anyone 18+ that suffers from acne, plus it has fantastic anti-ageing benefits for anyone aged 30+.

retinol skincare tips

As retinol makes the skin more sensitive, I would recommend always using an SPF, or a moisturiser that has an SPF in it. Retinol is suitable for all skin types, but I would still advise you to start by testing a small area before applying it to your whole face.

Product-wise, I personally love Aestheticare as it’s a gentle retinol that over time gradually builds up the percentage. I would get advice on the best way to use it for your skin type and always make sure to ask about the potential of peeling and skin sensitivity. I recommend starting with a low percentage such as 0.3% – 0.5% 2-3 times per week and gradually increasing. Once the skin can tolerate retinol, you can use every night after cleansing. And once your skin gets used to the percentage, you can creep up to the next strength and so on. I would recommend using it in the evening – simply let the product soak into the skin first and then apply your usual products whether that’s a serum or a night cream.


Got a skincare question? Fill in our form with full details and you might have the chance to have Teresa Tarmey answer your question next month! For more information on Teresa, see her website.

RIH Eats

It’s the restaurant that’s been raved about by foodies and restaurant critics, and won an impressive number of awards despite only having opened in 2014. We’re talking about – of course – The Palomar. If you’ve been, you’ll know all about the spectacular “food of modern day Jerusalem” it serves, the buzzing ambiance and the chefs knocking back shots of arak at the kitchen bar. And now, just a couple of years on, comes the Soho eatery’s much-anticipated cookbook. According to sources, even Ms Natalie Portman has been itching to get her hands on a copy of The Palomar Cookbook

shakshuka the palomar

And it’s no surprise. After all, the team describe their recipes as “easy, fun, quick and simple to create, always beautiful to look at and utterly delicious to eat”. Who doesn’t want some of that? Plus it’s a true reflection of the experience you’ll have dining at The Palomar, in fact. In The Palomar Cookbookyou’ll find restaurant favourites like Polenta Jerusalem-Style, Octo-Hummus and Shakshukit, alongside simple recipes for the beautiful mezze – the “meal before the meal”, as they so aptly describe it! The Palomar is all about “heritage with a twist; modernity with lasting style,” according to its creative director, Layo Paskin. So we’re delighted to publish an absolutely delicious recipe from the book right along those lines: the New-Style Shakshuka. Enjoy!

  • salt
  • 1 small cauliflower, broken into 3–5cm evenly sized florets
  • 50ml (2fl oz) olive oil
  • 1 aubergine, cut into 2cm cubes
  • pepper
  • ½ tsp chilli flakes
  • 1 tbsp toasted and ground cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp toasted and ground coriander seeds (optional)
  • 2–3 garlic cloves, sliced, or very finely chopped
  • handful of fresh oregano leaves
  • 200ml (7fl oz) or water
  • 1 courgette, shaved into ribbons with a peeler
  • 8 eggs
  • handful of chopped parsley to garnish



new style shakshuka palomar

Start by placing a large pan of water on the hob with 2 tablespoons salt added and bring to the boil. Blanch the cauliflower florets for 2–3 minutes, then drain and set aside.

Meanwhile, heat a large pan over a medium-high heat, add the oil and then the aubergine cubes. Now this is important: make sure you season every ingredient that goes in the pan with some salt and pepper and a little of the chilli flakes, cumin and coriander (if using) to ensure that your shakshuka bursts with flavour — you can mix the dried spices (but not the salt) together to make them easier to add each time.

shakshuka recipe the palomar

Cook the aubergines for about 5–7 minutes until they have a nice golden colour. Then add the cauliflower florets, garlic and oregano, season as before and cook, stirring, for 3–4 minutes.

Crank up the heat, add the stock or water and scrape the base of the pan with a wooden spoon (that’s where all the flavour is) to deglaze. Leave the stock to boil for 30 seconds, then add the courgette shavings and the rest of the spices. Break the eggs gently into the sauce and drag the egg whites.

the palomar cookbook

Lower the heat and cook for about 10–15 minutes until the whites have set but the yolks are still runny. Season the yolks with salt and pepper, sprinkle with the chopped parsley and rock on.

From the Octopus Publishing Group, The Palomar Cookbook is available to buy online here. For more information and to book at the restaurant, see The Palomar’s website.

The Anti-Ageing Essentials

Sometimes it can feel like you need to be a beauty expert when you’re buying skin products. Sure, you want to choose skincare with anti-ageing benefits, but as a normal person – not a facialist or a beauty journalist – how on earth are you meant to choose between peptides and collagen, retinoids and vitamins? ICYMI, this round-up of the best anti-ageing skincare essentials from Dr Sam Bunting is a great place to start.

antiageing skincare

8 anti-ageing ingredients that actually work …and two that don’t. We asked a dermatologist to blow the lids off of our skincare regimes. Read more: Get The Gloss.

Couture Cocktails

From now onwards, there’s only one way we want to test out new perfumes. Trying scent at the beauty counter is all well and good, but the Hotel Café Royal has come up with something really rather special. The decadent London hotel has partnered with Parfums Givenchy to create a capsule collection of cocktails – inspired by the iconic French brand’s super luxe L’Atelier de Givenchy scents. Do we love perfume? Bien sur. Are we partial to cocktails? Do you really need to ask…

cocktails givenchy

Served in the Hotel Café Royal’s sophisticated Green Bar – all marble tables and glossy deep emerald tiles – the collection of cocktails includes ten creations inspired by Givenchy’s chicest fine fragrances. It’s a unique adventure, a different way of experiencing cocktails and perfume – and a must-try for scent aficionados and mixology enthusiasts alike.

hotel cafe royal green bar

Of course, we’re aware of the connection between the senses, but the magical link between how we experience aromas and flavours is really brought to life in this unusual experience. It’s all thanks to Derren King – the Hotel Café Royal’s resident Bar Manager – and a man who’s truly passionate about mixology. Working closely with Givenchy, King has poured hours of research, expertise and creativity into replicating the French label’s luxurious fine fragrances in beautifully-crafted, thoughtfully-prepared cocktails.

Parfums Givenchy Cocktails

Don’t expect to look through a menu, you’ll choose your cocktail once you’ve explored the ten glass jars placed in front of you – all filled with brightly-coloured scented buttons. Nope, this isn’t your average cocktail bar! Will you choose a woody, oriental-inspired Gaiac Mystique – with rich notes of amaretto and almond contrasting with a sharp-sour hit of pomegranate and lime? Or perhaps a light, floral Chypre Caresse; light, bright citrus scents blending with Peychauds Bitters and aromatic maraschino concluded with a flourish of Prosecco? We’ll have both, please.

hotel cafe royal givenchy cocktails

Sometimes it’s hard to remember where the scent begins and the cocktails ends as the two really are so similar that senses are almost instantly muddled. We didn’t manage to work our way through all ten, but suffice to say that – in the name of good journalism – we’ve road-tested enough to assure that whatever your usual scent of choice, there’s a cocktail you’ll love here. And sometimes the perfumes that you definitely wouldn’t choose to wear, actually result in the most delicious cocktails.

givenchy cocktails hotel cafe royal

The velvety, sensual, smoke-tinged Oud Flamboyant, for example, is a delicious mélange of Coconut Noir iced tea, whiskey, honey, flash-flamed cinnamon and kumquat. Not a scent you might ever opt for – and certainly a curious blend of ingredients, but a complex, extremely moreish cocktail. There’s ten of them to try – and you’ve got until the end of September to enjoy the experience. Whether you love perfume, cocktails – or just want to do something new and different, this is an unmissable treat.

For more information and to book, please contact the team directly on +44 (0)207 406 3310 or via email restaurants@hotelcaferoyal.com. You can also find out more on the Hotel Café Royal’s website.

The Best Beach Reads Of All Time

We’re not always fans of these Best Reads OF All Time lists, but this one? If you’ve been desperately trying to find the perfect book to take to the beach/on holiday, well you’ve come to the right place. The best beach books of all time? Sure, there’s trashy (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Prep, Jackie Collins), but there’s also some page-turning, must-read classics (Bonjour Tristesse, Edith Wharton, Brighton Rock) that are just exactly what you want to read on the beach. Just remember to apply suncream before you get too engrossed!

best beach books of all time

Whether mass-market candy or high literature, a beach read needs narrative momentum, a transporting sense of place, and, ideally, a touch of the sordid. Even a book that takes a little work shouldn’t feel that way in the hot sun, and you’ll hardly break a sweat with any of the 100 greats listed here, in chronological order. Read more: Vulture.

Exhaustion: A Status Symbol

Endless emails, relentless deadlines and the constant pressure to keep up with social media, the news, life, the universe and everything – not to mention friends and family. It’s easy to imagine that feeling exhausted by it all is a typically 21st century concept. Not so – if we told you exhaustion was nothing new, well, would you feel quite so exhausted?


Exhaustion is a vague and forgiving concept. Celebrities say they’re suffering from it when they go to rehab and don’t want to admit to depression or addiction. You can attribute your low mood or your short temper to exhaustion, and it can mean anything from “had a couple of bad nights’ sleep” to “about to have a nervous breakdown.” It also seems like a peculiarly modern affliction. From sloth to burnout, each age remakes exhaustion in its own image. Read more: New Republic.