365 Positivity

Once upon a time, your friends used Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to share snaps of their pet or inform the world-at-large that they were making a cup of tea. These days? Social networks seem to be wall-to-wall motivational phrases. It’s like Deepak Chopra’s PR team have contacted everyone you know and asked them to repost their positive quotes. If you’re loving all those uplifiting vibes, you’re going to ADORE 365 Positivity.

365 positivity

The free mobile app serves up one mindful quote each day of the year, designed to be motivational and empowering. “Don’t seize the day, seize every day”, “Time is precious, so love now” and “Health is wealth” are a few of the gems you can expect. Yeah, it might seem trite, but taking just a few moments to be mindful and think about who you are, where you are and how you feel can really have such a positive impact on your everyday life. The app is totally free, so it’s hard to see where you could go wrong really. Do it!

positive quotes

365 Positivity is an entertaining new self-improvement app that pings original empowering quotes to your mobile each day for one year. Available from Androiad and iOS devices, you can download the app for free here.

The Fitness Fix

“Hot and not bothered” – yeah, that’s us sweating and loving it at the end of a really, really good workout. As part of its This Girl Can campaign. Sport England has launched a new range of cool gym clothes for women in partnership with Marks & Spencer. Not only does the range of activewear look great, it also supports This Girl Can by raising funds to help women get involved in sport, exercise and getting active. Win!

this girl can marks and spencer

Cotton Rich This Girl Can Logo Hooded Sweat Top

Pure Cotton This Girl Can Vest Top

This Girl Can Performance Leggings

The campaign is all about inspiring women – regardless of age, shape or size – to get active, and actually celebrating women in sport. Whether you love swimming, cycling helps you switch off or feel fantastic at the end of a boxing match/spinning class/game of tennis, This Girl Can! And the campaign has had a real impact too: in December 2015, Sport England’s Active People Survey revealed that the number of women playing sport and getting active once a week, every week, has increased by 148,700.

THIS GIRL CAN

What’s more, the number of women playing sport is actually increasing faster than the number of men. Result! Of course, we’re not saying that you need a load of snazzy new gym gear if you want to get active, but the range is well-designed and made in performance fabrics – these are pieces that we’d definitely wear. That Hot And Not Bothered Gym Bag is just exactly what we’ve been looking for….

this girl can gym wear

Cotton Rich This Girl Can Cropped Joggers

This Girl Can Slogan Shopper Bag

This Girl Can T-Shirt

The This Girl Can range is available online and in selected Marks & Spencer stores in sizes 6-22. Sport England receives 8% of all sales to support This Girl Can projects which support and celebrate women getting active.

RIH Drinks

‘Tis the season to be celebrating and there’s nothing we like more than a festive cocktail or two. Don’t get us wrong, mulled wine is lovely, but a cocktail somehow feels that little bit more special and sophisticated. So what will we be tippling on this year? A sumac-pomegranate gin fizz is the answer. Bright and sweet with the delicate scent of pomegranate, underscored with a spicy, zingy sumac kick and finished with a splash of sparkle and a spritz of citrus.

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This is a cocktail that looks as good as it tastes too – garnished with mint and a sumac-sugar rim and served long, it’s a tipple to savour. And no complicated mixology skills are required here either – once you’ve infused the gin with sumac, you can knock this cocktail up in a matter of minutes; ideal if you’re playing host.

 

To prepare the sumac-infused gin, simply place 250ml of gin in a kilner jar with two tablespoons of sumac. Leave for a couple of hours to infuse in the fridge. You can also add fresh mint, lemon peel or ginger if you like. Any gin is fine, but we especially like the subtle spiced oriental botanicals of Opihr Gin. Equally, you can top this up with either soda water, tonic or – if you’re feeling particularly celebratory, Champagne or prosecco.

gin sumac cocktails

30 ml sumac-infused gin
Seeds from half a pomegranate
Lime
Sumac
Cane sugar
Mint
Soda water or tonic

Place the pomegranate seeds in a cocktail shaker with a sprig of mint and use a rolling pin to muddle the ingredients.  Add the gin, juice of half a line and some ice then shake. Wipe the rim of your glass with lime then mix the sugar and sumac together before dipping the top of the glass into the mix to coat. Add ice cubes, a couple of lime wedges and a sprig of mint to the glass and then pour over the cocktail. Top up with tonic or soda to finish.

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…

RIH Drinks

Who can resist a cocktail called the Pomegranate Paloma? Not us for sure! The charmingly-titled iconic cocktail is part of the newly-launched Classics. Perfected. cocktail menu from The Savoy. Created by the London’s luxury hotel’s award-winning master mixologist Erik Lorincz along with expert bartenders from four other international Fairmont hotels, the menu is available globally, celebrating cocktail culture and the best old and new classics.

pomegranate paloma

If you love a margarita, the Pomegranate Paloma’s going to be right up your street. Zingy citrus flavours of grapefruit, lemon and Cointreau combine with a kick of Tequila and delicate hint of pomegranate, served long over ice. Add a salted rim to offset the pomegranate’s sweetness and the sharp citrus tang and this is one seriously tempting sip. If you’re hosting a party and want to make this a virgin version, simply omit the alcohol, multiply fruit juice quantities and finish soda.

1 oz (30ml) Casamigos Reposado Tequila
1 oz (30ml) Cointreau
1 oz (30ml) pomegranate juice
3/4 oz (20ml) fresh grapefuit juice
1/4 oz (10ml) fresh lemon juice
2 dashes Angostura bitters

pomegranate paloma savoy

Shake all ingredients then pour over ice cubes. Serve in a tall glass with a coarse-salted rim. Garnish with half a lemon wheel and a few pomegranate seeds if desired.

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.