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

RIH Eats

Best-selling cookery writer Anjum Anand certainly knows her stuff when it comes to Indian food; her breakthrough book (Indian Food Made Easy) actually knocked Harry Potter off the top spot! From her latest title - Anjum’s Quick and Easy Indian – this recipe for Indian stir-fried spring veg vermicelli with peanuts is a made-in-minutes supper staple. And it’s super healthy to boot!

Vermicelli and rice noodles feature on Indian menus, the former in desserts in North India as well as in quick stir-fries in many regions, the latter mostly in the South. This recipe is inspired by those northern vegetable stir-fries. If you make the recipe with fine vermicelli (available in Indian stores), you will produce a softer, more unctuous dish. Rice noodles, used here, are more textured but also more widely available. Both work well. Add edamame beans for a little protein, but you can use broad beans or peas for a burst of sweetness if you prefer.

stir-fried spring veg vermicelli with

  • 2–3 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 dried red chillies
  • 1 tsp brown mustard seeds
  • 2 tsp chana dal
  • 14 fresh curry leaves
  • 1 red onion, finely sliced
  • 15g root ginger, peeled weight, finely shredded
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1⁄4 tsp turmeric
  • 1 large carrot, cut into 7.5cm matchsticks
  • 12 asparagus spears, tips cut whole on the diagonal, stalks finely sliced
  • 2 spring onions, finely sliced on the diagonal
  • 2 handfuls of edamame beans
  • 300g packet fine rice noodles
  • 2–3 tbsp lemon juice, to taste
  • small handful of finely chopped mint or coriander leaves
  • small handful of roasted salted peanuts, lightly crushed

 

noodles

Heat the oil in a large non-stick sauté pan. Add the chillies and mustard seeds and, once the popping dies down, the chana dal and curry leaves. Once the lentils start to colour, add the red onion, ginger and seasoning and sauté for three to four minutes before adding the turmeric. Fry for 20 seconds, stirring to mix well, then add the rest of the vegetables.

Stir-fry for two minutes, then add the rice noodles and lemon juice and continue to cook for another two minutes, or until the noodles are soft but the vegetables are still crunchy. Stir in the herbs and peanuts and serve hot or warm.

100 Years, 100 Legacies

It can’t have escaped your notice that this year marks 100 years since the outbreak of World War One; a conflict which truly shaped society, politics and the world we live in today. Commemorating the anniversary, the Wall Street Journal has launched an inspired and absolutely fascinating resource: the 100 Years, 100 Legacies microsite.

100 Years 100 Legacies

“Wall Street Journal editors from around the world have selected 100 legacies that still shape our lives today. History is always open to interpretation, but as the war to end all wars retreats from living history, it feels more important than ever to remember its impact. It is everywhere you look.”

From drinking hours to Dada, passports to Pilates and wristwatches to the women’s vote,  100 Years, 100 Legacies is an interactive site that will keep you occupied for hours….

New Nails

Banish black and get rid of grey! Summer is the season to embrace bright colours, which are scientifically proven to make you 87.5% happier too. From award-winning four-free nail colour brand Nailberry, the Summer Collection features a range of six bold, bright colours perfect for fingers and toes.

nailberry summer 204

Our favourites? The punchy Rio (canary yellow) and De Janeiro (mint green) colours look fantastic on fingertips, while A Smart Cookie (deep raspberry pink) is chic pedicure choice. While we’re aware that nail colour won’t change your life, it is rather nice isn’t it?

Nailberry’s Summer Collection is available to buy online here.

 

RIH Eats

Pastries, heavy sauces and beaucoup of fromage – you could be forgiven for thinking that French food is anything but healthy. Inspired by the best of Gallic cuisine, Delphine de Montalier’s Raw Food French Style is nothing short of a revelation. Eating raw food doesn’t have to mean the same-old salads either – this is a cookbook full of inspiring recipes, packed with intriguing flavours. Focusing on seasonal, fresh ingredients, and packed with beautiful images to accompany the recipes, the book is a joy to read. And particularly for reinvented classics such as this delicious – and saintly – Raw Lemon Tart.

raw lemon tart

  • 170g blanched whole almonds
  • 50g pine nuts
  • 13 pitted dates
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • Zest of 2 organic lemons
  • 1-2 tbsp water
  • 150 g cashew nuts
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla powder
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • 4 tbsp coconut oil

 

 

To make the pastry case for the tart, first remove the zest from both lemons using a fine zester tool to scrape away tiny pith-free shreds. Reserve the zested lemons for the lemon juice for the filling. Follow the instructions for mixture before blending and reserving the remaining zest for a final garnish.

Soak the almonds in a small amount of warm water for at least an hour. Drain them and blend with the pine nuts, dates, honey and enough water to obtain a reasonably smooth mixture. The dough should be very well mixed and should not stick to your fingers.

raw lemon tart recipe

Use the palms of your hands to spread out the dough in a tart tin with a removable base. With the flat, damp base of a glass, continue to press the dough into the tin. Remove any excess dough from around the edges.

For the filling, drain the cashew nuts and blend them in a food processor or blender with the vanilla powder, lemon juice and coconut oil, to obtain a smooth mixture. Pour the mixture into the pastry case, and refrigerate the tart for at least 2 hours. Garnish with lemon zest before serving.

Animal Kingdom

Our latest jewellery obsession? In LOVE with these amazing pieces from Bill Skinner. Unique, fantastical and beautifully made. We can’t quite pick a favourite…

Bill Skinner jewellery

Bill Skinner jewellery available to buy online here. You can also find the brand on Facebook or follow on Twitter @billskinneruk.

Not Sorry?

A shampoo ad that’s all about feminism and empowering women? You’ve got to be kidding us, right? Just watch Pantene’s clip and you’ll see what we mean. Since the video launched, Pantene’s #ShineStrong campaign has gone viral, provoking discussion and encouraging debate in countries across the globe.

Isn’t it time you stopped apologising? Be strong and shine! #ShineStrong

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Rethinking Women & Violence

You know how sometimes you have a lightbulb moment of realisation? Watching this TED talk by activist Jackson Katz, prepare to have one of those.

Domestic violence and sexual abuse are NOT women’s issues. They’re men’s issues. Pass this clip on, share it with your friends and let’s talk about this.

 

 

 

The Sweet Rose of Damascus

Packed with health-boosting antioxidants and magnesium, research regularly shows that dark chocolate – savoured in moderation – is actually good for us. And thanks to Cocoa Hernando, there’s now another reason why the black gold is beneficial for body and mind. The gourmet chocolate purveyors offer luxurious sweet treats inspired by travels around the world, with the latest global discovery being none other than Damascus. Sustainable 70% dark chocolate is blended with the exotic floral aroma of Damascan Rose, capturing the energy and spirit of the Syrian capital’s souks.

Cocoa Hernando Syrian Chocolate

And the best bit? Your delicious fine chocolate also includes a warm, fuzzy glow as standard; 10% of the profits from sales of the new bar are donated to a Syrian Humanitarian Appeal in association with The Philanthropy Club. The appeal aims to reduce the health burden on the millions of Syria’s internally displaced people. Good stuff all round!

Cocoa Hernando’s 70% Dark Chocolate with Damascan Rose is available to buy online here.