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.

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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.

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!

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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.

How To Listen

Hands up if you’re a great listener? We all are, right? How hard can it be anyway? Don’t interrupt, give your friend time to speak, and nod or make responses at the appropriate moments. Turns out, listening is a little more nuanced than that. And being a good listener will actually increase your self-esteem, self-confidence and give you a better understanding of yourself too.

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Chances are you think you’re a good listener. People’s appraisal of their listening ability is much like their assessment of their driving skills, in that the great bulk of adults think they’re above average. Read more:  Harvard Business Review.

Working with Mindfulness

If you haven’t heard about mindfulness by now then you must have been hiding under a rock. Today, mindfulness is cropping up everywhere from the prison service, the military, education, health care, parenting, sports and business as well as in popular mainstream activities such as mindful gardening, eating, walking and so on. But how can it help you in the workplace? First, a little background on the buzzword of the moment…

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‘Mindfulness’ was first introduced to the West in the late 1950’s and was then secularised into mainstream medical circles in the 1970’s where it was initially trialled – with extreme success – for patients with incurable and/or terminal pain and illness. It was discovered that focusing on the present moment, with open awareness and non-judgemental attention to whatever arises (thoughts, feelings, body sensations), reduces our levels of stress and increases our sense of well-being. A wealth of research supports mindfulness as a highly effective technique for (deep breath): stress reduction, pain management, increased productivity, enhanced creativity, improved memory function, greater self-confidence, better self-awareness and self-care and, above all else, a significant increase in happiness and well-being.

In the workplace, this all translates to being able to get your job done more effectively and with less stress, which is good for you – and for your business, colleagues or company. The major reasons that mindfulness is so beneficial to working smarter are that it increases focus and attention. Most of us tend to rush around under the illusion that trying to do several things at once is an effective strategy. Whilst research consistently indicates that women are better at multi-tasking than men, it still isn’t a smart way to work. In fact, multi-tasking is sometimes dubbed ‘the art of messing several things up at once’ – this is NOT an accolade. With mindfulness, the art is in learning to train your mind to become more focused, to sustain this focus and to get each task you have to do done with clarity and efficiency. The result is that you will become more productive and less stressed – fantastic!

how to be mindful at work

It does often feel counter-intuitive not to rush about haphazardly from one thing to another, even if you know it isn’t really helping, and this is because you may have trained your brain to be heavily distracted – at work, according to research, this can actually mean that for up to 50% of the time your mind may be wandering off task. So it is time to rewire your brain to get focused, effective and really productive using the simple practice of mindfulness.

If you want to try training your mind to become more focused give the following very simple exercise a go, try it frequently (2-3 times a day) for at least a week:

● First begin by noticing that you are breathing. You should find that you are doing this all the time, everywhere you go! This means you can do this exercise anywhere, anytime.

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● Watch your breath flowing into your body, starting at the nose or mouth, and then follow the course of the breath as it leaves the body. Allow yourself to pay good attention to the physical sensations of breathing.

● If your mind wanders, don’t panic, this is just your habitual distractibility appearing, it is inevitable and normal. Just be gentle but firm in guiding your focus back to the sensations of breathing.

● Any thoughts, emotions or physical sensations that you notice can now be observed, you do not need to engage with them, embellish them or push them away. Just see them appear and come back to the breath.

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● Allow yourself to watch the breath come and go for a few minutes. Doing this keeps you present-moment focused, and every time you notice and are aware of the present moment (in this exercise by watching the breath) you are strengthening concentration.

With time and practice you will see that your distractibility decreases and that you can apply the same technique that you have used here for watching the breath towards any task, so that you learn to work smarter. To find out more about how mindfulness can help you reduce stress, gain confidence and get more done, check out Working with Mindfulness.

Working With Mindfulness

Dr Michael Sinclair and Josie Seydel are the authors of Working with Mindfulness. It is out now, published by Pearson, priced at£13.99. ‘Working with Mindfulness is an engaging and practical guide to reducing stress, transcending setbacks and enhancing performance at work. With more than 50 mindfulness exercises, it’s a perfect introduction to a more fulfilling way of working.’ – Arianna Huffington, Editor-in-Chief of The Huffington Post.

RIH Drinks

A fresh zing of mint and lemon, aromatic soft apple and elderflower flavours and the unmistakably delicate, crisp flavour of cucumber – plus some killer artisinal gin. Sweet, sour and incredibly refreshing served icy-chilled, this cocktail is pure summer in a glass.

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And aside from the Elderflower & Cucumber Flavoured Gin – which can be ordered online – there’s no obscure ingredients or complex mixology involved. Even better, this is a cocktail which you can make quickly – and in quantities should you be hosting a garden party or having people over for supper one summer evening. The flavours are wonderfully clean, fresh and seasonal – somehow this cocktail tastes even better outside too!

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Based in North Yorkshire, The Little Red Berry Company hasn’t stopped winning industry awards since it launched in 2011. The artisan spirit company specialises in delicious liqueurs, made by hand with locally-sourced fruits and fresh produce. The liqueurs are traditionally made, by steeping the fruit and sugar together with spirits, and – even served simply with tonic – the flavoured gins are a revelation for any gin fan.

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Makes enough for two

50ml Elderflower & Cucumber Flavoured Gin
3 Granny Smith apples
Bunch fresh mint
1 cucumber
1 lemon
Tonic or soda water to finish

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Blend or juice the apples with a generous handful of mint leaves and the juice of half a lemon. Strain (if you’re using a blender) and taste, adding more lemon juice if you prefer a sharper flavour. Pour the Elderflower & Cucumber Flavoured Gin into a cocktail shaker with the fresh juice and shake with ice to combine. Taste – adding more lemon or gin if required. Fill two highball glasses with ice and pour over the cocktail, topping up with a little soda water or tonic. Garnish with sprigs of mint, and slices of cucumber, lemon and apple.

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For more information on The Little Berry Company and to see stockists near you, see the brand’s website. You can also find The Little Red Berry Company products available to buy online via Not On The High Street.

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Oliver Bonas Marble Chopping Board

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Fever Tree Tonic Water

John Lewis Paloma Highball

Elderflower And Cucumber Flavoured Gin

Our Exclusive New Skincare Columnist

Teresa Tarmey. Chances are you’ve heard the name (if you read Vogue, Tatler, Vanity Fair et al- we won’t go on). And if you haven’t? Well you’ve certainly seen the results on the red carpet. We don’t like to name drop, so we’ll just pop a few pics of the celebrities who regularly enjoy (or are rumoured to…) Teresa Tarmey’s facials here. Pretty damn impressive, we think you’ll agree – and that’s just the people we’re allowed to tell you about. Offering results-driven facials which really do deliver, Tarmey’s built up a reputation as the go-to facialist for flawless skin since she first opened her doors in West London, providing in treatments to the great and the good – all in the utmost privacy, of course.

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More recently, Tarmey has opened a beautiful flagship salon in Westbourne Grove, with facials combining the latest clinically-proven technology and a holistic approach including her signature facial massage – using lymphatic drainage techniques to lift, plump and firm skin instantly. So we’re delighted – and very excited – to welcome Teresa Tarmey on board as our latest columnist, answering your questions on skincare. But first – a little bit about the dedicated skincare expert herself…

How did you get started in your career?

I started 20 years ago and been obsessed ever since. At the start of my career I was a beauty therapist with the perfect skin. When I hit 20 I started with acne out of the blue which is when I started to become really interested in skincare and facials, as opposed to the other traditional beauty treatments.

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The best thing about being a facialist?

Being able to make a difference to not only people’s skin but also to their confidence and how they feel when they leave the salon – that’s what I really love about this.

One question everyone always asks you? And what’s the most common skincare mistake?

Clients always ask about skincare as opposed to treatment first assuming that they can fix things by simply putting on a product. Yes the product helps but it’s also about lifestyle and what they put into their body. Biggest mistake would also have to be about the sun. Not protecting and burning the skin is an absolute disaster in my eyes.

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How often would you recommend having facials?

We have to remember that facials are a treat, especially when it comes to aesthetics and the treatments I do – with mesotherapy, chemical peels and LED therapy, for example. I aim to get visible results that last and provide more than just a short term fix. People tend to come and visit me about once per month for a results-driven course of treatments that we work out together, to suit them and address their concerns.

Top anti-ageing tip?

Top anti-ageing tip has to be don’t purposely put your face in the sun and always protect your skin with an SPF.

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Where can you cut corners with skincare? Any decent cheaper brands?

Something I always tell clients is “if you could buy in a bottle what water does to your skin, you’d pay thousands”. Drinking enough water is the answer to many skin problems – and it’s cheap as chips! My favourite cheaper skincare product has to be Simple Facial by Simple.

Your five can’t-live-without beauty products?

● Water – yes, it’s that good
Heliocare SPF 50 Gel
NeoStrata Ultra Smoothing Cream
SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic
NeoStrata Foaming Glycolic Wash

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Now’s your chance – do you have a skincare question you’d like to put to Teresa? Pop your details below and if you’re lucky, you’ll get the answer to your query! Yes, it’s pretty exciting to have exclusive, direct access to an acclaimed facialist, but that’s how we do things around here….

For more information and to book facials with the lady herself, see Teresa Tarmey‘s website.


Linda Rodin is a woman who does things differently. Can you launch your own beauty brand with a single product? You betcha. And what are your chances of your luxury facial oil becoming a cult must-have pretty much overnight? You just watch. Yes, that’s Linda Rodin – the instantly-recognisable creator of best-selling Rodin Olio Lusso, and one-woman phenomenon behind the Rodin beauty brand. The media might not show enough stylish ‘older women’, but 68-year-old Rodin – with her signature silver mane and elegant, understated look – is an exception to that rule. And why do things like everyone else? You fancy launching a capsule collection of lipsticks? You damn well do it!

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Yes, that’s exactly what Linda Rodin did next – launching her own Rodin line of five lipsticks. Guess what? They’re as fantastic as you’d anticipate they might be. So why lipcolour? “I feel a bit naked without lipstick… my mother never left the house without it,” says Rodin. She’s spent over a year creating the collection, personally attending to every detail from the creamy, velvety-matte texture to the transparent packaging – a clever detail which makes grabbing your favourite colour on the go (or from the depths of your handbag) easy-peasy.

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Matte lipsticks can be drying, but – of course – these are infused with Rodin’s luxurious Olio Lusso blend of jasmine and neroli oils, leaving lips feeling soft, smooth and hydrated. There’s also Vitamins C and E to nourish, rose and lavender flower waxes and rich apricot, argan and meadowflower seed oils. And the colours? Just five shades makes for a concise collection, but there’s something to suit all complexions here – whether you wear bright lipstick on the daily, add a sexy slick of colour come sundown, or file it under ‘strictly for special occasions’.

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Winks is a zingy, lively cerise shade, while reds come in the form of Red Hedy (a true, bright red named after Hedy Lamarr) and Tough Tomato (a punchy orange-red that looks great on blondes). Then there’s Billie On The Bike, which is a gloriously feminine suits-everyone berry shade named after Rodin’s mother. So Mod – the fifth lipstick in the collection – is the perfect pale pink nude colour à la Brigitte Bardot. The lipcolours “magically bring the face to life,” says Rodin. “No one we know can choose just one.” Right again Ms Rodin, right again.

The Rodin lipstick line is available to buy online via Liberty, Net-a-Porter and Panache Cosmetics.

The Fashion Fix

When something’s a big deal on Instagram, we’d usually like to say we’re the first to raise an eyebrow. Fashion blogger style? Not really our thing. Style rules aside, there’s something that will always, always get our attention: the perfect summer dress. And that, dear friends, is something that Instagram’s hottest label of the moment – Réalisation Par – excels at.

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Realisation Par Valentina Ozzie

A summer dress needs that whimsically nonchalant feel that says “Oh this old thing? I just threw it on.” Because you really did. That’s all you need to do with a sundress; throw it on, add shoes, perhaps a little jewellery and maybe a spritz of SPF and you’re good to go wherever the sunshine takes you.

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Réalisation Par is the brainchild of Australian blogger slash model Alexandra Spencer and fellow Aussie and NYC resident Teale Taylor. Of course, both are pretty darned gorgeous – in that glowy, golden, sunkissed way that Aussies wear so well. But they’re also pretty decent designers, delivering clothing collections that have got all Instagram talking – and snapping/sharing pics, of course.

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Their dresses are just the right length to have that perfectly beachy, summery feel. And necklines to show of a hint of sexy, suntanned decolletage – perhaps accessorised with a necklace or two. There’s pretty, tea dress-inspired prints aplenty, as well as coquettish shoestring straps, senorita-style ruffles and gorgeous backless details. Of course, it can’t hurt that their pieces are all over everyone from Alexa Chung and Emily Ratajkowski to fashion bloggers Lucy Williams and Pandora Sykes. Réalisation Par‘s sexy summer dress style? You can count us in.

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The Diane in Navy Star        The Ozzie in Pansy

The Goldie in Star Struck

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The Valentina Dress in Daisy        The Kate Dress in Rust Spot

The Christy Dress in Black

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The Diane in Red Star        The Ozzie in Navy Star

The Goldie in Cherry


A Hotel For Hats

We really do love it when companies think outside the box and do things a little differently. With its Duchess rooms scheme for solo female guests, picnics in the park and the very bar that saw the conception of Mr Bond’s iconic ‘shaken, not stirred’ martini – well, the DUKES Hotel in Mayfair already likes to challenge expectations. So what’s else could London’s most charming boutique hotel roll out to impress us? How about a partnership with one of London’s most legendary milliners: Lock & Co. Hatters?

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The world’s oldest hat shop, no less, Lock & Co. Hatters has been supplying all manner of headgear to the great and the good since 1676. Holding a Royal warrant, customers of the milliners include Oscar Wilde, Winston Churchill and Charlie Chaplin – in fact, Lock & Co. actually invented the latter’s favourite, the bowler hat. And as Lock & Co. is but a short stroll from the esteemed front doors of DUKES – it’s a partnership that makes perfect sense.

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“We feel the two have perfect synergy: both quintessentially British, both transcending the test of time to become a true classic in their respective industries,” say DUKES of the partnership. And so, hotel guests can enjoy a variety of complimentary hat-related services during their stay – ideal for those enjoying the activities of London’s busy social calendar, or perhaps dressing to impress for a wedding or garden party. Choosing a frock is complicated enough, but finding the right hat? If Lock & Co. can’t find that flawless finishing touch, no one can.

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During your stay, we’d highly recommend a visit to the hotel’s elegant restaurant, Thirty-Six. Overseen by Nigel Mendham since 2011, the chef’s traditional British style focuses in the best of seasonal produce with an inventive twist and a hint of contemporary refinement. Everything is carefully prepared, beautifully presented and – unusually for a hotel restaurant in Mayfair – actually very competitively priced. If you do fancy trying Ian Fleming’s favourite tipple in the DUKES bar – definitely remember to book. It’s a favourite of non-residents and cocktail fans alike, and you’ve probably got more chance of tea with the Queen than scoring a walk-in table at the DUKES bar sans reservation. There’s a rather bijou Perrier Champagne Lounge though, should you miss out on martinis.

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That said, if you do manage to book in a cuppa with Liz, Lock & Co. Hatters can certainly organise suitable hats and offer complimentary millinery services such as changing a band or bow, fitting headpieces or even top hat-shining. You won’t get that at just any boutique hotel. Lock & Co.’s expert staff can advise on styles to suit – whether it’s a pretty feathered fascinator or sophisticated wide-brimmed panama. Since we stopped wearing hats so often, there’s a real sense of occasion to them and to choosing one to match your social engagement. Hurrah for hats, we say!

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Nightly rates in a DUKES room at DUKES LONDON start from £311 inclusive of VAT and breakfast, with complimentary upgrade to next room category. For more information please call 020 7491 4840 or visit