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.
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…
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.
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 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 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 Scarlet Silk Robe
Fleur of England Signature Black Belted Silk Robe
Fleur of England Geisha Silk Robe
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.
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
Flawless Complexion Sponge
Look Good Feel Better Angled Contour Brush
The Makeover Brush Set
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.
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.
Let’s be honest here – who isn’t just a little bored of Pimm’s? The summer cocktail staple is wonderfully fresh, but really we’re ready to try something new. Belsazar‘s Fruit Cup is just what you’ve been looking for – a moreish mix of fortified wine, aromatic with botanicals, oodles of ice and summery flavours of apple, cucumber, berries and mint. This is perfect as an aperitif served with a few nibbles or as an afternoon tipple to while away a few lazy hours in the garden with friends. Actually, as long as the sun is shining, this is pretty perfect at any time of day!
60ml Belsazar White
10ml Apricot Brandy
10ml Lemon juice
15ml Apple juice
Layer the ingredients into a tumbler or high ball glass with plenty of ice. Garnish with slices of apple and cucumber, along with mint, berries and lemon zest.
For more information on vermouth, your nearest stockists and some more delicious summer cocktail recipes, see Belsazar’s website.
“Try the optimism of yellow. The passion of red. the harmony of green. The zen of indigo. The purity of white. The comfort of pink. We believe colour makes the world a brighter place.” Welcome to Prismologie: a new luxury bodycare range designed to inspire, uplift and enchant the senses through colour.
Whether you’re looking to start your day feeling energised and uplifted, or relax and unwind come evening, each of Prismologie’s thoughtfully-created holistic and natural products offers something different. The concept might sound a little out there and ever-so-slightly hippy-dippy, but these are actually really lovely bodycare products – made with luxurious ingredients – and they all feel indulgent and quite special. Perfect for a gift for someone deserving – or simply a gift for you, of course!
With zingy citrine and bergamot plus brightening mineral and botanical extracts, these good morning bodycare treats will leave you feeling glowing, confident and ready to take on the world. Yes, a shower can be that amazing!
Sensual and soft, pink is for soothing tenderness – taking a moment to enjoy me-time with rose quartz micro-crystals and a pretty petal light scent.
Sapphire micro-crystals and a calming oud fragrance to help soothe tired spirits, both the massage candle and the sensual foot cream are perfect for a little PM indulgence.
For more information see the Prismologie website. The luxury bodycare range is exclusively available at SpaceNK.
Grace, Audrey, Talitha, Marilyn… A quick-fix moodboard of the iconic muses currently inspiring our summer style… Patterns, textures and colours from sun-bleached pastels to vibrant primary tones – the summer’s a carefree, casual time – let the sunshine inspire you to try something new and take chances with style.
A healthy cocktail? That has to be a contradiction in terms, surely? Well, a CÎROC Pineapple Colada may be just exactly that! Created by CÎROC’s Master Distiller Jean-Sebastien Robicquet, CÎROC Pineapple has been crafted from fine French grapes that are five times distilled for supreme quality, before infusion with delicate natural flavours of freshly crushed pineapple. It’s the taste of summer, bottled. Add coconut water, a twist of lime and a little fizz and you’ve got yourself one seriously, seriously moreish cocktail. Cheers to summer!
1.5 oz CÎROC Pineapple
1 oz coconut water
.5 oz lime juice
.5 oz simple syrup (optional)
Splash of soda water
Mix all ingredients over ice except soda water and pour into highball glass over ice. Top with splash of soda water and garnish with lime wedge
Therapy might seem like a big step for some of us. If we’re just feeling a little down, slightly overtired or a bit stressed, is therapy really the best option? Created by the always-marvellous School Of Life are three rather cool mobile sites/apps: Books as Therapy, Art as Therapy and Food as Therapy. We’ll let you guess which is our favourite…
Simply select your current malaise, and suggestions will be generated for you in terms of reading matter, artworks or recipes. Food as a therapy for boredom? Why, you need to whip up some Salsa Verde – described as “the gourmet equivalent of a roll in the snow after a hot sauna.” Would you like to feel more grounded? Some easily-made, super-delicious soda bread (made in under 12 minutes) is just the ticket.
Perhaps you find a lot of people annoying, but you don’t want to be lonely… The book you need to read is Anna Karenina – and of course, there’s a very convincing SoF explanation as to why! Art-wise you could be perusing Pieter de Hooch (your job is banal), David Hockney (you can’t bear the rain) or Diego Velazquez (you think that everyone but you is having fun). So before you resort to the therapist’s couch, maybe it’s time to sit down with a good book – or cook a batch of strawberry jam!