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

RIH Drinks

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!

belsazar summer cup

60ml Belsazar White
10ml Apricot Brandy
10ml Lemon juice
15ml Apple juice
Dash bitters

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.

Life In Colour

“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.

prismologie

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!

Prismologie Yellow

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!

Prismologie Pink

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.

Prismologie BLue

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.

Summer Style

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.

grace kelly

francoise hardy

marilyn monroe summer style

degrade mode summer

summer style vintage

summer style boho

summer style flowers

sharon tate

cz guest

1970s summer

norman parkinson

summer style street style

jean shrimpton

talitha getty

audrey hepburn summer style

RIH Drinks

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!

ciroc pineapple

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

Alternative Therapies

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…

books as therapy

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.

art as therapy

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!

Heads Up

For the first time since 1987, a film directed by a woman will open the Cannes Film Festival. La Tete Haute (Heads Up) is actress and director Emmanuelle Bercot’s fourth full-length film. La Tete Haute follows a juvenile delinquent’s journey as he grows up, with a social worker and children’s judge trying to keep him on the straight and narrow.

It’s also Bercot’s second film starring legendary French actress Catherine Deneuve, following her 2013 release Elle S’en Va. It’s great to see a female-directed film occupying the opening slot at Cannes – let’s not leave it almost 30 years next time eh?

 

RIH Eats

From best-selling cookery writer and presenter Anjum Anand, these Grilled Chickpea Seekh Kebab Wraps are perfect for a casual supper – or delicious packed lunch. The brains (and tastebuds!) behind authentic food range The Spice Tailor, Anand specialises in healthy, contemporary Indian cuisine full of flavour.

Normally seekh kebabs are made with lamb mince cooked on skewers and served as they are or wrapped in thin flatbreads with some crunchy bits. This protein-packed version is equally delicious and satisfying enough to make a healthy, light meal. I know it is odd to see cheese in Indian food but it really helps to add some umami flavour here and helps bind the kebabs together. You can also lightly fry them in a non-stick frying pan (with or without skewers) in which case you don’t need to brush with butter. You can leave out the butter if you are being healthy and eating them with the yoghurt, if not you should add the fat as they will taste a bit dry.

kebabs

1.5 tbs. vegetable oil
1 medium red onion, half finely chopped and half finely sliced (for the wrap)
2 tsp. finely chopped ginger
2 good cloves garlic, finely chopped
400g can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1-2 tsp. finely chopped green chillies to taste
3 tbs. finely chopped red capsicum
20g grated cheddar cheese

1 tsp. cumin 
1 tsp. garam masala
1 tsp. dried mango powder (or serve with lemon wedges)
3 tbs. breadcrumbs
Salt and freshly ground black pepper or to taste
2 small fistfuls of chopped fresh coriander
1 rounded tbs. butter, soft or melted
Large skewers, soaking in water as you cook

To Serve

6 Tortillas or thin flatbreads
8-10 Iceberg lettuce leaves
Small fistful of chopped mint leaves
Small fistful of coriander leaves
½ lemon
250g thick Greek yoghurt

 
wrap ingredients

● Mash or blend the chickpeas until they are a coarse puree.

● Heat the vegetable oil in a small non-stick frying pan and add the chopped onion and some salt; cook until soft and then golden. Add the ginger, garlic and chilli and stir fry over a gentle flame for 1 minute or until the garlic is just cooked. Add the cumin and garam masala with a splash of water and cook out until there is no moisture left in the pan and you can see the mixture frying in the oil. Add this to the mashed chickpeas, along with the fresh coriander, dried mango powder, cheese, capsicum and breadcrumbs. Mix well together, taste and adjust the seasoning to taste. Leave to cool.

● Meanwhile, stir the handful of chopped mint and coriander into the yoghurt along with salt and pepper to taste. Marinate the sliced onions in a good squeeze of the lemon juice.

wrap

● Roughly portion the kebab mix into 6 and with slightly oiled hands, form the seekh kebabs around the skewers, you can make these round or slightly flattened. Preheat your grill setting in your oven place the skewers on oiled foil and place about 4” away from the hot grill and cook for 10 minutes, carefully turning halfway, or until browned on both sides.

● Place the breads in foil in the oven to heat through for the last 3-4 minutes before the kebabs come out. Brush the cooked kebabs with the butter (they will be dry and quickly absorb the fat). Quickly ease the kebabs off the sticks and place straight on the breads, top with the onions, lettuce and yoghurt, wrap and serve.

The Fashion Fix

It is a truth universally acknowledged that the French are impossibly chic. And it doesn’t get much chicer than Inès de la Fressange, now does it? You might think that money can’t buy you style – and certainly not at high street prices – but you would be wrong there. Since its launch last year, the Ines x UNIQLO collection has been going from strength to strength, proving a sell-out success each season: “UNIQLO and Ines want to help women discover the clothes that they most want to wear every day, and this is where their journey begins.”

ines uniqlo

For Spring/Summer 2015, de la Fressange’s take on ‘unconventional luxury’ is all about effortless summer style. Inspired by Morocco, the 27-piece collection includes beautifully-made basics designed to be dressed up or down – whether you’re packing for a beach break or channelling sophisticated city chic.

“I think it’s important to look elegant, even if you have limited items. We can dress well even with just a few pieces of clothing. Luxury isn’t about buying expensive things. It’s about having good taste and enjoying beautiful things,” says de la Fressange.

ines de la fressange uniqlo

 
In cotton, cashmere, silk and linen, the Ines x UNIQLO collection relies on beautiful fabrics – and, of course, impeccable tailoring and fit. Every single piece feels easy to wear, with subtle sportswear-inspired detailing featuring in relaxed jogger-style trousers, slip-on dresses and retro bombers.

uniqlo idlf

 
Although de la Fressange’s legendary androgynous insouciance dominates the collection, there are nods to a sensual femininity too, with floral tea dresses and button-through skirts. With pretty polka dots and vintage-inspired florals working alongside muted neutrals, it feels very Paris-meets-Provence. Summer fashion is all about simplicity – it looks like Ines x UNIQLO has come up with yet another winner. Vive la France!

For more information and to shop the collection, see the UNIQLO website.

uniqlo