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.
“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….
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
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.
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 available to buy online here. You can also find the brand on Facebook or follow on Twitter @billskinneruk.
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
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.
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.
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.
Can you distill the essence of a season? If we had to describe the taste of summer, it would definitely involve the sweet, tart succulence of strawberries. So we’re pretty excited about BLOOM’s Strawberry Cup – a new, limited edition from the London Dry Gin brand. Created by Master Distiller Joanne Moore, BLOOM Strawberry Cup is incredibly versatile – and very, very moreish. Pour over ice and top up with soda or ginger ale – or try the completely foolproof and wonderfully sophisticated BLOOM Strawberry Cup Fizz. Served in pretty vintage cocktail glasses and garnished with fresh fruit, it’s a chic sip sure to impress.
50ml BLOOM Strawberry Cup
Top with Prosecco or Champagne and serve in a chilled champagne flute.
BLOOM Strawberry Cup is available to buy at Spirited Wines and Harvey Nichols. For more information, see the BLOOM Gin website.
So yeah, the World Cup is just around the corner eh? For some, 22 men kicking a ball around may be a good reason get excited about Brazil, but we can think of better ones. Such as the pure sunshiny bright beach staples from Hipanema. The Brazilian brand specialises in summery pieces; from boho luxe bracelets to embellished bikinis and colourful woven beach bags.
For more information, see the Hipanema website, or see here for exclusive discounts on this season’s collection.