Just Dance!

Ahhh wonderful watching. How many Hollywood classics can you name? Add the subtitles to see all the film titles – from Lady Be Good and Girl Crazy to Broadway Melody and It Happened In Brooklyn… About time for an old school Hollywood movie marathon anyone?

Bathing Belles

Oooh what could be nicer after a hard day at work than a long soak in the tub? We love an indulgent bubble bath – it’s got to be one of the easiest ways to let go of those stresses and strains. As you relax into the scented foam, the rushed commute, boring meetings and looming deadlines don’t really seem so important any more…  Whether you’re a fan of luxurious scented bath oils, detoxifying mineral salts or muscle-soothing soaks, these are the very best bath products to help you relax, unwind and enjoy some much-deserved me-time.

rose bath oil

REN Moroccan Rose Otto Bath Oil

Bamford Jasmine Bath Oil

Dr Hauschka Almond Soothing Bath Essence

indulgent bath foam

Wild Argan Oil Bubbling Bath

Ginger Float Cream Bubble Bath

Laura Mercier Honey Bath – Ambre Vanillè

indulgent bath products

Elemis Jasmine and Rose Milk Bath

Cowshed Spoilt Cow Bath Creme

Green & Spring Indulging Shower and Bath Foam

detox bath salts

Therapie Joie Bath Infusion

Elemental Herbology Detox Botanical Bathing Infusion

African Botanics Kalahari Desert De-Tox Bath Salts

energising bath foam

Moa Fortifying Green Bath Potion

Fuji Green Tea Bath Tea

Rituals Tao Wu Wei Calming Bath Foam

muscle aches bath

Molton Brown Seamoss Stress Relieving Hydrosoak

Mio Liquid Yoga Restorative Bath Soak

Elemis Aching Muscle Super Soak

relaxing bath oil

Aromatherapy Associates Deep Relax Bath Oil

Lucy Annabella Date Night Organic Bath Milk

Kiss the Moon After Dark Bath Oil Dream
luxury bath oil

Jo Malone London Nutmeg & Ginger Bath Oil

Maison Caulières Milky Bath Oil

Susanne Kaufmann Oil Bath for the Senses

luxury bath products

Sisley Eau du Soir Perfumed Bath and Shower Gel

Lucy Annabella Muscle Quench Organic Bath Milk

Décleor Bain Relaxant – Relaxing Shower and Bath Gel

deep sleep bathSusanne Kaufmann Alkali Salt

Body Shop Deep Sleep Comforting Milk Bath Float

This Works Deep Sleep Bath Soak

relaxing bath salts

Aveda Soothing Aqua Therapy

Therapie Himalayan Detox Salts

Ila Spa Bath Salts for Inner Peace

luxury bath salts

Mauli Himalayan Healing Salts

Peter Wilkin Organics Sooth & Relax Bath Salts

Ortigia Zagara Bath Salts

perfumed bath oil

Floris Rose Geranium Bath Essence

Penhaligons Lily of the Valley Bath Oil

Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Bath Foam

Active Wear

For anyone who has ever spent much of the weekend wearing Lycra but not actually exercising…

The Century – London

Diaries and pens at the ready ladies (or should we say smartphones and tablets) because the cultural extravaganza that is The Century is about to hit London. The Century is a glittering and exhilarating, intelligent and fascinating opportunity to immerse yourself into and explore any decade from 1900 to the year 2000. Pick a decade (or a few) and prepare to be transported back in time with music, talks, fashion, drama, literature and even the very smells that defined each era. No dull history lesson, The Century is a unique opportunity to understand the past better, and in doing so the present, with a smashing assault on the senses.

The Century

The briefest selection of highlights include taking an imaginative journey through the 1930s aboard a luxury ocean liner with Tony Cooke, author of Art Deco goes to Sea, quaffing cocktails that tell the story of LA noir in the 1940s with Times drinks columnist Alice Lascelles, listening to Kerry Daynes expertly decoding the body language of the 1980s TV divas from Dynasty and Dallas, or revisiting the 1990s with digital humanist and technological expert, Dr Tom Chatfield, the writer behind How to Survive in a Digital Age.

the century london

In each era guests will be further immersed into the past by their sense of smell thanks to Lizzie Ostrom, a.k.a Odette Toilette, the author of Perfume: A Century of Scents. Expose your olfactory system to the infamous tang of the 1960s ‘Hippie Stink’ (marijuana), get all nostalgic with the Top 10 Saturday Night Scents we spritzed on through the 1990s and reminisce over the aroma of obsolete technology whether that’s typewriter ink or photographic chemicals of the dark room. As Lizzie says, ‘Scent offers an enticing lens through which to imagine [a] world, as if by smelling the same perfume we might also breathe the same oxygen’.

odette toilette the century

The Century is the brainchild of event producer Helen Bagnall of Salon London and scent expert, the aforementioned, Lizzie Ostrom. Salon London is known for curating cultural content for Latitude, Wilderness, Soho House and Tate Britain – you’re in safe hands – and there’ll be a whole host of speakers, authors and experts bringing each decade to life.

the hoxton apartment

The events take place at the beautiful mid-century styled setting of The Apartment at The Hoxton, Shoreditch and tickets start at just £18, including a cocktail. Pick and mix which decades you want to attend or book for the whole day. The decades 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930 and 1940 run between 10:30am and 5pm on Saturday 7 November. Otherwise you can enjoy 1950, 60, 70, 80 and 90 from 10:30am to 5pm on Saturday 14 November. Each session covers a decade and lasts one hour. For more information and tickets, see Salon’s website.

RIH Drinks

We don’t think we’ve ever heard of a cocktail than sounds more fun than the Waggledance Punch… It’s a cocktail that would definitely stay up way past its bedtime, dancing the night away and behaving very badly. From Ryan Chetiyawardana’s Good Things to Drink with Mr Lyan and Friends, this is just one of the tantalising cocktail ideas featuring in the acclaimed bartender’s first book. The founder of London’s award-winning White Lyan and Dandelyan bars, there’s no doubt that Chetiyawardana is a man with some serious expertise and imagination when it comes to delicious drinks. Whether you’re an alcohol aficionado, amateur mixologist or just interested in trying something a little more adventurous than your regular G&T’s, Good Things to Drink is a book to fire up your cocktail-making imagination. From modern takes on classic tipples to brunch cocktails and warming drinks for wintry evenings, intriguing ideas simply explained plus beautifully-photographed pages make Good Things to Drink a delight from start to finish. Now, back to that Waggledance Punch.

waggledance punch

This is as fresh as they come: quick to assemble and equally quick to disappear. It’s a combination of flavours that just works every time, but it’s still complex enough to warrant an extra cup. It’s also a showstopping drink to serve and easily caters to a group. When put together properly it bears no resemblance to those frat-boy concoctions that lurk in tubs in the corner of house parties. It’s perfect to drink outdoors, and if you don’t have a punch bowl, a soup urn or large pot works grand.

1 orange
3 litres/120oz boiling water 3 lemons
3 ripe peaches
8 shots (200ml/8oz) sugar syrup
1 bunch mint
1 bunch lemon verbena
500ml/20oz gin
2 litres/80oz cloudy apple juice
2 bottles chilled prosecco

good things to drink

To make the orange block, start the day before. Slice the orange thinly and put in an empty ice cream tub or similar. Fill with boiling water, allow to cool and freeze overnight.

Peel then juice the lemons, and stone and slice the peaches. Set the juice and peach aside. Add the lemon peel with the sugar syrup and half the mint and half the verbena leaves to a jug or bowl. Blitz with a stick blender (or in a food processor), then strain through a sieve.

good things to drink cocktails

Add your infused sugar syrup, lemon juice, peach and all the remaining ingredients – except the prosecco – to a punch bowl or soup urn. Mix well (be careful not to tear the herbs). Add the block of orange ice, then the two bottles of prosecco. Stir gently then ladle into cups. Try to get a slice of peach and a few leaves of herbs in each serving.

Books For Syria

Buying books is always a good thing, no doubt about it. And it’s even better when buying books means donating to a really important cause. Waterstones’ Buy Books for Syria campaign is raising one million pounds for Oxfam’s Syria Crisis Appeal.

Waterstones' Buy Books for Syria

An amazing and extensive selection of books have been donated by their publishers, and 100% of the RRP will help Syrian refugees. And these are books you’ll really want to buy too, so there’s no token effort involved. Not sure what to buy? You can’t go wrong with a page-turning bestseller – how about David Nicholls’ One Day, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson or perhaps We Need To Talk About Kevin? There are prize-winners too – Hillary Mantel’s Wolf Hall or Karen Joy Fowler’s We are All Completely Beside Ourselves for starters…

waterstones syria

Your bookshelves will thank you for one of the classics – Dracula, Great Expectations or the Picture of Dorian Gray, maybe? And every woman needs a copy of Caitlin Moran’s How To Be A Woman – a book to read, reread and give to friends, family and everyone you know. With the full cover price of all these titles helping Syrian refugees, there’s never been a better time to get stuck into a good book!

For more information, see the Waterstones website.

The Boudoir Effect

No one wants to leave the house in a mad dash, do they? Running for the bus? Applying their eyeliner on the train? Don’t get us wrong – we’ve been there and we’re not pointing the finger – but isn’t it so much nicer to start the day off in a calm, cool, collected fashion, rather than sprinting to work, feeling like you’re playing catch up before you’ve even got started? What you need to get yourself firmly into this mindset of morning calm is a silk robe.

fleur of england

Fleur of England Heiress Guipure Silk Robe

Fleur of England Blush Silk Robe

Fleur of England Caviar Silk Robe

A silk robe is the first essential element in becoming that serene woman who easily has time for a cup of tea or two and a leisurely breakfast before work. But of course she can fit in blow-drying and styling her hair while seated at her dressing table. She probably has a moment for conversation with her significant other/kids/cat/housemates too. And the purveyor of the finest silk robes? Fleur of England, bien sur.

fleur of england silk robe

Fleur of England Crème De La Crème Silk Robe

Fleur of England Signature Nude Belted Silk Robe

Fleur of England Esme Silk Robe

“If it is not exquisite it will not leave the door,” says Fleur, the brand’s founder. A motto we like a lot. Although collections are updated seasonally, these are timeless designs, so rest assured they’re pieces you’ll want to wear forever. The quality is impeccable and the finish is flawless. These are robes that might just make you set your alarm clock just a little earlier so you can lounge about/drink tea/not have to run for the bus…

fleur of england lingerie

Fleur of England Scarlet Silk Robe

Fleur of England Signature Black Belted Silk Robe

Fleur of England Geisha Silk Robe

Look Good, Brush Better

For most women, applying makeup in the morning is a normal, everyday experience. But for some – those with the visible effects of cancer treatment – adding a pop of blush and a slick of lipstick really makes a huge difference to self-confidence, self-esteem and feeling strong enough to face that big, bad world out there. If you’re in need of some new make-up brushes – or you just fancy giving a helping hand to some pretty amazing women, you should definitely be spending your cash on the range from Look Good Feel Better.

Look good feel better brushes

The global cancer charity supports women undergoing cancer treatment, offering free make-up and skincare workshops which aim to help them feel just that little bit better – regardless of everything else going on around them. Look Good Feel Better has been operating for over 25 years, but their makeup tools range is a recent development, created in partnership with beauty etailer Look Fantastic. With every purchase, 8%-12% of the whole sale price goes to the charity – and there’s a guaranteed donation of £30,000 every year too.

There’s no scrimping on quality either, the make-up brushes are beautifully soft, featuring delicate synthetic bristles, perfect for even the most sensitive skin. They’re all handmade too, with smooth wooden handles making them a pleasure to use. Here’s what we’ll be buying…

Look Good Feel Better Mini MAsterclass Set

Look Good Feel Better Mini Masterclass Set

Look Good Feel Better Sponge


Flawless Complexion Sponge
Look Good Feel Better Angled Contour Brush

Look Good Feel Better Angled Contour Brush

Look Good Feel Better Makeover Brush Set

The Makeover Brush Set

Look Good Feel Better makeup brushes

Concealer Brush

Multi-tasking Brush

Detailed Eyeliner Brush

For more information, and to shop the collection, take a look at Look Fantastic where you’ll find the full range available to buy.


Postcards 2.0

Sending actual post with an actual postage stamp? How very, very quaint. What with holiday Instas, Snapchats and tweets, who has time to send a postcard these days? Well before you jet off to sunny climes, download Touchnote and get ready to embrace the joy of sending postcards. And with none of the hassle of deliberating over which postcard for who or working out how to say “one international stamp, please” in the local language…

Simply select your envy-inducing holiday pic – be it a glorious sunset, hotdogs-or-legs snap next to the pool or humblebrag image of a must-visit cultural institution or Michelin-starred eatery. Add an address and then take time to compose a message your recipient won’t be embarrassed by the postman reading. Postcards take a couple of days to arrive at their destination – depending on where you’re sending – so it may be that it arrives back before you do! They cost about $1.99 each – and we all know how lovely it is to receive a postcard, and realise that our loved ones are thinking of us… Wish you were here?

Touchnote is available to download for free here.

Shower Secrets

Can a showergel change your life? Probably not. But a scented moment of indulgence in the shower can have a transformational effect on your mood and really kickstart the day. What do you fancy when you’re showering? Something floral and sweetly-scented to uplift your mood and rejuvenate the spirit? Or maybe it’s got to be rich, creamy and comforting, leaving your skin silky-soft… Or perhaps deeply sensual and wonderfully feminine? And who can underestimate the power of something to awaken and refresh, with zingy, energising notes?

energising shower gels

Liz Earle Energising Body Wash

This Works Energy Bank Shower Gel

Elemis Revitalise-Me Shower Gel

rose showergels

Korres Japanese Rose Shower Gel 

Le Labo Rose 31 Shower Gel

Aromatherapy Associates Renewing Rose Body Wash 

luxury perfume shower gel

Byredo Gypsy Water Body Wash

Diptyque Revitalising Shower Gel

Byredo Bal d’Afrique Body Wash

sensual shower gels

Neal’s Yard Geranium & Orange Shower Gel

ESPA Nourishing Shower Cream

Liz Earle Bath & Body Tiare & Jasmine Creamy Shower Nectar

indulgent shower gels

Burt’s Bees Milk and Shea Butter Body Wash

Clinique Deep Comfort Body Wash

Laura Mercier Almond Coconut Creme Body Wash

luxury shower gel

Champneys Spa Indulgence Oriental Opulence Shower Cream

Therapie Boost Hair & Body Wash

Balance Me Super Toning Body Wash

relaxing shower gels

Molton Brown’s Oudh Accord & Gold Body Wash

Kiehl’s Orange Flower & Lychee Liquid Body Cleanser

Aesop Coriander Seed Body Cleanser

refreshing shower gels

Grumpy Cow Uplifting Bath & Shower Gel

Caudalie Fleur de Vigne Shower Gel

Malin + Goetz Bergamot Body Wash

scented showergels

Jo Malone Pomegranate Noir Body & Hand Wash

TOM FORD Neroli Portofino Shower Gel

Jo Malone Lime Basil & Mandarin Body & Hand Wash