Fostering creative spirit and exploring passions, UGG Australia’s Creative Council is an initiative that may make you think just a little differently about everyone’s favourite purveyor of classic, comfortable shoes.
The Creative Council is made up of a hand-picked group of inspiring individuals, from fashion director Natalie Hartley and actress Suki Waterhouse to pop-up restaurateurs Check On.
Reconsidering what modern, classic style means, breaking down S/S ’14 trends and hosting creative events, the Creative Council is all about inspiration.
For more information on the project, check out Ugg Australia Creative Council.
Life lessons? There are more than a few important takeaways in writer Pamela Druckerman’s brilliant opinion piece – and they’re lessons that make sense whether you’re 24 or 44.
There are no grown-ups. We suspect this when we are younger, but can confirm it only once we are the ones writing books and attending parent-teacher conferences. Everyone is winging it, some just do it more confidently. Read more: New York Times.
A glimpse of shimmering silver or the elegant addition of a hint of rose gold can’t fail to make a statement. Style with neutral wardrobe staples: a skinny black cigarette pant, a dove grey merino sweater or a simple white tee will ensure that you look more luxe, less magpie.
Is it possible to take control of happiness by changing our behaviour? A six-week course in happiness might just be the place to start…
We tend to define our lives by the pursuit of happiness, but happiness is not some nirvana we can only access when all our desires fall into place. Neuroscience dictates that 40% of our personal happiness is absolutely in our control, 10% is due to personal circumstance and 50% is in our genes. Can you train yourself to be happy? Read more: Huffington Post.
A fascinating and really unmissable series of interviews, The Observer’s New Review spoke to female politicians including ’Buddhist-feminist’ Bangkok senator Rosana Tositrakul, Afghan MP and women’s rights acitivist Fawzia Koofi and Brazil’s culture minister Marta Suplicy.
Are the obstacles faced by female politicians unique to British political culture? Or do women around the world experience something similar when they break into male-dominated elites, and might they have useful insights to offer? The Observer’s New Review set out to talk to women politicians worldwide about their experiences in power, with thought-provoking results. Read more: The Observer.
Is it possible to satisfy those sugar cravings in relatively healthy manner? Absolutely! From nutritionist Jenna Zoe’s Super Healthy Snacks and Treats these Chocolate and Mint Tartlets are dairy- and gluten-free desserts which are even suitable for vegans.
- 145g almonds
- 135g dates, stoned
- 2 tablespoons unsweetened desiccated coconut
- Pinch of salt
- 2 teaspoons coconut oil
Mint Chocolate Filling
- 1 large banana
- 60ml coconut oil
- 60ml pure maple syrup
- 40g unsweetened cocoa powder
- 6 fresh mint leaves OR half a teaspoon mint extract
Put the almonds in a food processor and mix until crumbly. Add the dates, desiccated coconut, salt and coconut oil and continue mixing until a smooth mixture forms. Remove the mixture from the processor and divide it into 4. Press each portion into a tartlet mould so that it neatly lines the base and sides of the mould. Ideally you want the tartlet cases to be about 1cm thick all the way around, with plenty of room for the filling. Don’t worry if you have a little extra mixture- you can roll this into bite-size energy balls and save for a healthy snack later on.
For the filling, first make sure the coconut oil is liquid. If it isn’t, put it in a pan over low heat and melt. Allow to cool completely, otherwise the hot oil will start to cook the other ingredients in the filling. Place the filling ingredients in the food processor, one set at a time, and mix until smooth. Freeze for at least 15 minutes to set.
These will keep in the freezer for up to 2 weeks, so they’re a great make-ahead option for tea and dinner parties.
A new season with a whole new host of beauty trends to dip your toe into? From coral lips and bright eye colours to romantic tousled chignons and sideswept waves, we say yes please!
Nothing beats a new beauty look for sheer feel-good factor. Here are 10 new trends that’ll keep you looking fresh all spring. Read more: Get The Gloss.
There’s no doubt that music and fashion have long been happy bedfellows, so it makes perfect sense that the BRIT Award statuettes are designed by none other than milliner extraordinaire and royal warrant holder Mr Philip Treacy OBE. In fact, you’ll find an enormous replica of the 2014 statue residing in all its gigantic glory just a short walk from London Fashion Week’s home of Somerset House - in the atrium of the tres stylish five-star ME Hotel. And that’s not the only eye candy; the luxury hotel is also currently offering a very special BRIT-themed afternoon tea in the rather futuristic Marconi Lounge.
Along with the tea (culture as well as cake, if you please), there’s also a BRITS photography exhibition on show at the ME Hotel. Some rather memorable snaps of previous BRITS winners by photographer John Marshall are on display; I fell in love with his snap of our Amy from 2007 after she performed Rehab. Looking serenely beautiful and so genuinely happy, it’s a real treat to see her so luminous. And then there’s the powerful 2010 image of Lady Gaga performing in the white lace McQueen jumpsuit just days after the fashion designer’s death. The exhibition’s star-studded cast includes everyone from Bono and Bowie to Robbie and Rihanna.
And as for that tea? Well tea is very important to me, I am a Brit therefore I believe it to be genetic and I am known for drinking tea so strong that you can stand a teaspoon up in it. The fact that Afternoon Tea at the ME Hotel comes with a menu, not only listing the teas and aromas but also mapping them across the world is very impressive (and for any other aficionados of the classic British blend of ‘Builders Tea’, may I recommend to you the Palace Blend). Left to steep in a GIANT Jasper Conran for Wedgewood teapot, giving the leaves plenty of room to manoeuvre, it truly was a perfect cup of char.
This essentially flawless cup of tea complements a beautifully-balanced afternoon repast of traditional savoury finger sandwiches and freshly baked buttermilk scones with clotted cream and jam. There’s also an incredible Jaffa Cake macaron. Could patiserrie get any more quintessentially British than that? I guiltily shovelled down the fancy top tier: a pina colada-flavoured egg custard and a luxuriously moist pistachio and lemon gateau. And then it was Back to Black for the piece de résistance: a dark chocolate and cherry mousse topped with a chocolate record. What do you mean there isn’t an Outstanding Contribution to Cake award?
The BRIT S photography exhibition is on display until 10th March in the ME Hotel’s Marconi Lounge, with the special afternoon tea priced at £35 including a glass of Champagne. For more information and to book, see the ME Hotel’s website.
Whether you consider yourself a morning person or not, these five morning rituals will definitely make you reconsider how productive you are first thing. From calendar blocking and refocusing to manageable exercise targets, these tips really make sense.
Most of us work long hours: 40, 50 or even 60 hours each week. But chances are, given distractions like online entertainment, office snacking habits and ill-designed time management, we’re only churning out high-quality work a portion of each day. Here are five practical steps to incorporate into any morning routine to optimize your time at the office and maintain productivit all day long. Read more: Entrepreneur.
Once you’ve finished pressing snooze and you’re feeling ready to face the day, it’s far too easy to simply reach for your wardrobe failsafes and throw something on quickly. We’ve all got those go-to pieces that we know are suitable for nine-to-five-monday-to-friday. And they’re generally in a navy/black/neutral colour palette.
“No brights for me thanks, I’m going to work,” sound about right? Well, we think that should change – and pronto. Extensive research shows that wearing bright colours to the office has wide-ranging effects on the wellbeing and positivity of the workplace*, so go for it, be bold, and add a colour pop.
*We made that up. Sorry.