RIH Drinks

Beer in a cocktail? OK, you could be forgiven for thinking “Have the RIH team been drinking?” The answer is no – we haven’t. But try one of the new cocktails available at the House of Peroni pop-up venue in London and we think you’ll agree that accompanied with the right ingredients, beer in cocktails works beautifully.

peroni nerone cocktail

Our favourite? The Nerone is a surprising mélange of fresh and exotic flavours, served long – perfect for relaxed sipping, perhaps with a marinated olive or two to nibble on…

150ml-170ml Peroni Nastro Azzurro
20 ml lemon juice
10 ml hot chilli gomme (1kg caster sugar, 750ml water, 15 sliced Bird’s eye chillis – cooked for 15 minutes then strained.)
10 ml lapsang souchong gomme (1kg caster sugar, 750ml water, 20 Lapsang Souchong tea bags – cooked for 15 minutes then strained.)
20 ml passion fruit puree

peroni cockail

Shake all ingredients together and then double strain into a long glass. Garnish with a passion fruit circle and a Bird’s eye chilli.

The House of Peroni is open 3rd– 31st October, Monday to Saturday, 12 noon to 12 midnight, at 64 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London WC2A 3JX. The House is free to visit (18+ only), with events priced from £25. For more information and to book,see the House of Peroni website. More information on Burro & Salvia can be found on the store’s website.

Malala Power

Truly deserving of her Nobel Peace Prize, Malala Yousafzai has an eloquence and courage far beyond her 17 years.  In this speech to the UN from last year, she explains “I speak, not for myself, but so those without voice can be heard”.

The consequence of her being shot in the head by the Taliban? “Weakness, fear and hopelessness died. Strength, power and courage were born”. A light in our world and an icon for our time.

Taking Time For Me

As I have become older, and my career demands quite frankly inordinate amounts of my time I have found myself appreciating time spent on, and also by myself more and more. During autumn as the days are getting shorter and the weather remarkably more dreary by the minute, there is no better time to treat yourself to a quick fix. Just one hour, that’s all you need.

blo by realhair

A treat-yourself-trend hot on the heels of the increasingly popular walk-in manicure (my nails literally repel varnish, chipped before I even get out of the door), is the walk-in blow dry. Should you find yourself in chichi Belgravia with half an hour for yourself and twenty five quid may I suggest hitting up blo by real hair on Elizabeth Street? Responsibly using products developed specifically to protect hair from heat treatments to banish any fears of split ends, in just thirty New York minutes you can have supremely glossy locks to swish all the cold air and impending darkness away with.

peggy porschen

Celebrate the bounce in your barnet afterwards over the road with one of Peggy Porschen‘s Salted Caramel cupcakes and a pot of tea for the ultimate indulgence. Or a glass of fizz should you fancy. Cake and a blowdry; there’s no easier way to banish the post summertime blues – book yourself in for some me-time.

New Nails

The shades to nail for Autumn/Winter 2014? As we move into a cooler colour palettes, look to soft wintry nudes and jewel tones from deep dramatic scarlets to sophisticated sapphires and violets…

nail trends autumn winter 2014



new nail colours autumn winter 2014


nude nail colours 2014

Chic Chocolate

In the past decade, artisan chocolate has really come into its own – it’s fair to say that the days when Milk Tray and Ferrero Rocher were considered posh chocolate are long gone. Phew.

vioko chocolate
One of our favourite places to find delicious new brands doing scrumptious and exciting things with chocolate has to be Selfridges, which stocks an amazing range of artisan chocolate bars. Our latest discovery is Vioko: a small Barceloneta-based company making insanely moreish chocolate with the finest ingredients sourced from only the best producers: “pistachios from Iran, flowers from France and hazelnuts from Piedmont in Italy”. Yes, please to all that!


But it’s with the marvellous flavours that Vioko really comes into its own. Something sweet yet slightly different? Try the white chocolate with tonka beans and sea salt. It’s an absolute flavour revelation. Or fancy something with a sexy, sensual edge to challenge that gourmet palate of yours? Go for the black chocolate with cayenne pepper. A classic with a twist? Gotta be the dark chocolate with pistachios. Maybe not actually a massive chocolate fan at all? We recommend the white chocolate with yoghurt and raspberry. The crystallised violets bar and the blond chocolate also come with our stamp of approval. Try them all, love them all. Moderation recommended…. If you can.

For more information, see the Vioko website, or shop the range online at Selfridges here.

Privet – London

It’s only been open for four months but the verdict from the beauty cognoscenti is in: for all forms of body topiary, plus knot-busting massages and immaculate manicures, put Privet on your speed dial immediately. Set back from Portobello Road, Privet already has a devoted clientele, won over by the fantastic treatments and unique interiors. Created to be gender-neutral, the feel of the London salon is rustic chic.


There’s an indoor manicure garden surrounded by pages from old books featuring flowers which colour co-ordinate with nail polish shades, while each of the treatment rooms is kitted out like a cabin with cool flea market finds from work benches and old radios to terracotta pots and typewriters. Aspiring authors can request the Writing Room, the green-fingered can try the Potting Shed or book into the Orangery for a speedy spray tan.

privet writers room

While strip and hot wax cover all your de-fuzzing requirements as quickly and painlessly as possible, the branded treatments themselves have been cherry-picked to offer the best from professional ranges. Nail colours come from Essie, tans courtesy of St Tropez and facials from leading US dermatologist range Murad. Add to that exceptional Swedish and deep tissue massages and it’s easy to see why Privet is becoming a much-loved one-stop-shop.

log  cabin privet

For a taster – or a post-work, pre-date emergency – book in for a Bonsai Makeover. The 60 or 90 minute sessions mix mini massages, fast nail maintenance, glow-inducing facials and waxing. My fabulous therapist Erinah treated me to a perfect mani and pedi, luxurious lash tint and virtually painless leg wax in record time and with the added bonus of her lovely company. It may be garden-themed, but garden variety Privet certainly is not.

For more information and booking, see the Privet website. Privet – 214 Kensington Park Road, London W11. Tel: 0207 221 5674

Dining in Style

If we had to choose one word to sum up The Goring? Actually we’d choose two: just so. From the charming staff and faultless concierges to the beautifully manicured gardens and elegant suites, it’s all quite, quite lovely.

The goring hotel

And while you’ll no doubt have heard tell of the luxury hotel’s legendary afternoon tea, you might not be au fait with The Goring’s restaurant. After all, hotel restaurants can be tricky things; it’s rare that one makes sense within the context of the other. You’ve had the Best Night’s Sleep Ever in a dream of a luxurious suite, only to find that the scanty excuse for continental breakfast doesn’t quite measure up. Or there’s a jarring misbrand: the slick, modern restaurant doesn’t really match the quaint charm of the hotel’s sleeping quarters. Of course, this is absolutely not the case at The Goring.

Salt Marsh Lamb

For the first time in 15 years, there’s a new chef in situ, making The Goring’s dining room as much of a draw as an overnight stay. And – ahem – a slightly more economical way of testing out the hotel’s hospitality too… Michelin-pedigree chef Shay Cooper joins The Goring from The Bingham, having cut his teeth at The Vineyard at Stockcross and worked as Head Chef at Olga Polizzi’s Endsleigh House. And Cooper won’t be allowing himself – or The Goring – to rest on their laurels: “I am here to make a mark, we want a kitchen that is ambitious, rather than content.   We are cooking modern British food with personality – as befits The Goring – but food that is rooted in sensibility.  It’s all about restraint.”

Eggs Drumkilbo

Cooper’s deft touch has resulted in an elegant, imaginative and refined menu – it’s the very best of British, with the sophistication you’d expect from The Goring. Signature dishes include the famous Eggs Drumkilbo (the Queen Mum’s favourite, if you please) and the classic lobster omelette, served with moreish chips triple-cooked in duck fat. As well as the restaurant’s classic roasts, hand-carved at your table, there are daily specials such as Salt Marsh lamb with rosemary jus, fish pie served with English peas and fennel, and the quintessentially British steak and kidney pudding. Classic dishes, yes, but prepared, cooked and served with finesse. Just so, if you like…

Plaice Fillet

For more information and to book, see The Goring’s website or telephone +44 (0) 20 7396 9000.

The Fashion Finds

Don’t get us wrong, we love Net-A-Porter as much as the next credit-card-flexing fashionista. But sometimes, shopping the etailer’s gigantic selection of stylish goodies can be a little bit overwhelming. There’s just SO MUCH amazing stuff on there. So we are really quite delighted with N-A-P’s new Finds section:

Je M'En Fous Bikinis

“A unique curation of ever changing pieces – discovered by our buyers on their travels across the globe. Gems that you won’t want to miss – bags to tote, dresses to dance in, jewelry that everyone will want and much more. These are buy now, treasure forever finds and we can’t promise they will be here for long.”All Things Fabulous

Exciting eh? We’ll be checking back regularly to explore the buying team’s latest finds… Right now we’re in lust with these fantastic printed shorts from All Things Fabulous.… And then there’s the vintage-inspired rock and roll tees from MadeWorn – perfect styled with a tailored blazers or worn as weekend wear with denim cut-offs…. Other new labels not to be missed: Muzungu Sisters‘ statement embellished totes, Italian brand Je M’En Fous‘ super sexy bikinis, Shore Projects‘ slick watches and Finnish designer Minna Parikka‘s adorable bunny ear sneakers.


Shop Net-A-Porter’s Finds selection online here.

The Scent of Summer

Pretty packaging – check. Deeply hydrating ingredients – check. Summery scent – check. Since it launched ten years ago, Elemis’ Frangipani Monoi Oil has carried off awards too numerous to name and become a staple of beauty editors everywhere. In celebration of the anniversary, Elemis unveiled another exotic bodycare treat: Frangipani Monoi Body Cream.

Elemis Frangipani Monoi Body Cream

Generally we find body moisturising about as interesting as trying to understand cricket or watching paint dry, but anointing oneself with Frangipani Monoi Body Cream is actually rather lovely. Made with Tahitian monoi oil, the delicate fragrance is what we imagine might be the scent of a tropical island at dusk, the sun setting over the ocean – and it lingers on the skin too. Easily absorbed, it’s enriched with nourishing macadamia and rich sesame oil, leaving skin supple, smooth and moisturised. Warning: this may cause you to smell yourself repeatedly – this is completely normal, and no cause for concern.

Elemis Frangipani Monoi Body Cream is available to buy online here.

Jewellery & Justice

We’ve long been fans of Finchittida Finch‘s exquisite jewellery, but with their latest collection the talented design duo are taking things one step further. Not content with creating their signature ornate statement pieces, Finchittida Finch have teamed up with MAG (Mines Advisory Group): a global humanitarian charity which clears live weapons, explosives and bombs left by conflict. Via the long-term partnership with MAG, every purchase helps bring safety to places affected by war. So far, so political.

Finchittida Finch empress collection

However, look a little closer at the campaign images for Finchittida Finch’s A/W 2014 collection and you might just notice something about the model. Aside from the fact that she’s absolutely, show-stoppingly beautiful, she’s actually got what the fashion industry would consider a fairly substantial imperfection. But rather than covering up Li-Ann‘s scar, the designers chose to make this the moment to make another statement, really accepting and embracing her imperfection.

Finchittida Finch

“Li-Ann had no qualms about her scar but asked if it would be a problem for us. Our automatic reaction was to say “don’t worry, we can airbrush it out.” Then it hit us how damaging those words were, no one should be made to feel ashamed over their ‘imperfections’. We decided to make a feature of Li-Ann’s scar, to show that there’s nothing wrong with ‘imperfections’. The whole team including Li-Ann felt it would be a great message.”

Finchittida Finch AW 2014

Pow! The world needs more brave, courageous designers like the Finchittida Finch twins.

For more information, see the Finchittida Finch website