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The floral edit

This summer, internationally renowned florist Nikki Tibbles has transformed Las Rozas Village – and her beautiful displays have inspired our style for the season.  From on-trend micro florals to free-spirited prints and bold pops of colour – take note from nature and elevate your summertime style with luxe textures, a standout palette and intricate details. Shop the edit now…

Travel

Pack like a pro

It’s a universally acknowledged truth that nobody likes packing. Can’t we just be sunning ourselves on the beach already? The list writing, the moving almost identical sandals (yes we can tell the difference) between the ‘definite’ and the ‘maybe’ piles… it’s not quite as glamorous as those enviable travel flat lays make it seem. Then there’s the task of fitting our inevitable new purchases, into our already overflowing bags for the trip home. It’s enough to erode all the good ‘resting-up’ we’ve been doing.

No need to have a breakdown before you’ve even got on the plane – just get wise and follow our guide.

ITINERARY READY

Yep. We told you it wasn’t all pina colada-filled holiday snaps. But jokes aside, being organised is the best way to make sure you don’t overpack. Envisioning what your holiday will entail is sure to help you work out what you need wardrobe-wise. Write up an itinerary for your trip so you know roughly what you’ll be doing on each day – whether it be long beach days or mornings spent brunching around the hottest spots in the city. That way you can pack specific outfits for each day or event, staving off the wild need to add the tenth bikini into the mix.

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Lifestyle

Five summer apps we can’t live without

Whether you’re looking to get SPF savvy or you just want to escape the hustle and bustle of the city, we've rounded up the five must-have apps that will help you manoeuvre your way through those scorching (with any luck) days of summer like a pro. So grab your phone and get to downloading.

For the die-hard coffee lovers – Secret Menu for Starbucks

Tired of the plain and the plain old crazy options – unicorn concoction we see you – itching to move on to something new to quench your never-ending thirst for caffeine? Feel free to swap your usual iced mocha lattes for the unpredictable – Butterbeer Frappuccino anyone? – with a little help from the not-so Secret Menu Starbucks app. The trusty app lets you browse and try the hidden gems you can’t and won’t stop raving about. And if you’re hiding an inner barista, you can even submit your own recipes.

For the ‘do-it-on-a-whim’-ers – Whym

So you’ve committed to a last-minute weekend getaway, but you’re stuck on what to do and what to see when you touchdown, we know the feeling all too well. Whym is the app for the last-minute, spur-of-the-moment, devil-may-care getaways, as it can help you score cheaper tickets for every bike tour or backstage pass your heart desires. Try Whym on a whim, your weekend break may just depend on it. No pressure.

Fashion

The art of city dressing

Long balmy evenings and effervescent social calendars, balcony brunches and rooftop sips – not to mention your fellow commuters actually cracking a smile for once. Yes, the idea of summer in a buzzing metropolis is bliss. The reality of the rising heat on your #OOTD? You know the score.

It also just so happens that summer is the most photogenic season of them all – and hell hath no fury like your best friend with the latest Snapchat filter. So, if you’re ready to panic-buy a portable hand-held fan, please refrain. Summer in the city doesn’t have to equal a style sacrifice. Here’s how to up your game for everyone’s favourite season…

LIGHTEN IT UP

Thank the fashion gods that pastels are back in. While dark colours absorb heat, light colours reflect it, so it goes without saying that sweltering days call for blush pink, mint green and crisp white. They look breezy and summery too – and nothing shows off a post-Mediterranean tan quite like it. The lighter the fabric, the fresher you’ll feel – much-needed when we’re hopping in and out of Ubers all day long.

Fashion

Reboot your summer look

Your warm-weather wardrobe needs a reboot? We hear you. The most fuss-free way is to swap the old for the new. And with these three covetable styles, you’ll nail it quicker you can ‘gram your OOTD.

WOMENAn unexpected hero piece, statement stripes and the brave new world of pink. Ladies, we bring you the soon-to-be-everywhere styles you need to flawlessly transition from spring to summer.

The hero piece: The embroidered cover-up Swap: your everyday denim jacket for an embroidered version Denim jackets have been a wardrobe staple since we care to remember, and it’s unlikely they’re going anywhere soon. You can invest in a new piece or breathe new life into distressed denim by turning to tapestry. Take our word for it, embroidery equals instant personality. How to wear it: For a military-inspired turn, opt for a longline utility jacket with intricate embroidery and style it with dark denim cut-offs. Or for a polished take, layer an embroidered lace jacket over a slip dress.

The staple: 50 shades of fuchsia Swap: florals for fuchsia Yes florals are forever pieces, but if you've overdosed on the trend, it's time to think pinkish. Every shade has flooded the catwalks, but not in your average blush tones. Get ready for an influx of hot pinks, raspberry reds and lilacs. How to wear it: Top to toe. Style a pastel satin bomber with a cerise jumpsuit and strawberry-red suede pumps for a highly Instagrammable take. The statement maker: Stripes Swap: Slogan tees for statement stripes There are stripes as you know them and there are statement stripes. The new school of stripes are banker, pinstriped, punchy and everything in between. How to wear it: Flaunt your fashion-forward ways with sleeveless asymmetric silhouettes or off-the-shoulder pieces in… you guessed it, stripes!

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Lifestyle

5 Tips for living creatively

Inspired by the art, music and culture of festival season? Us too. There’s something to be said about seeing the world slightly differently, thinking outside of the box and living a little more creatively. It all starts with inspiration and we’re here to kickstart yours. Paintbrushes at the ready…

Get curious Life is full of so many interesting things – and let’s face it, no matter how much yoga we do or green juice we sip, we’ll never have enough time to experience it all. So make it a challenge to try something new every week, whether that be indulging in the latest foodie trend (cronuts are so least season) or ditching your Google Maps and finding a new route to work. Push yourself to be curious about the world around you and pay attention, who knows what you’ll find.

Get festiveNot all festivals require days of trudging through mud and fighting off crowds in a mosh pit. From family-friendly beachside celebrations full of organic eats, surf lessons and cookery workshops to nights spent under the spectacularly star-lit skies of the Sahara– nothing unleashes creativity quite like a week spent doing something new. Discovering new artists, tasting new cuisines, meeting new people and dressing with flare and abandon awakens our minds and souls to new possibilities and ideas.

Get outdoorsBelieve it or not, there’s a whole world outside your four walls. Getting out of your space for a few hours is always refreshing. Why not pick an area you’ve not spent much time in before and plot out a walking route, complete with a riverside pub lunch? Or ditch the tech for an afternoon, pick up a book on something you’ve always been interested in and spend the afternoon in the park reading. Sounds blissful, because it is.

Get more playWe’re so over routine. Have desert for breakfast (twist our arm), or throw on some music and put Beyoncé to shame. Get down to the photogenic art shop you’ve always walked past and invest in some mermaid-hued acrylics and a huge blank canvas. Block out the afternoon and go wild. Create a masterpiece worthy of the Louvre – or your Instagram at least.

Fashion

Who's your festival style tribe?

Cropped tops, crochet knits and fringing galore, hold on to your flower crowns because festival season is in full force. We've taken notes and put together a guide for finding your style tribe, whether you’re a first-timer, a seasoned pro or somewhere in between.

The First TimerEasily spotted by your brand new wellies, a zippable bum bag – borrowed from one beaming dad – and the look of sheer terror on your face every time you lose sight of your plus one. You’re the designated person for snacks, sanitizers and even pocket-sized survival books. By day two that glossy first festival glow will have rubbed off thanks in part to a pop-up tent that just refuses to stay up. Sporting: Whatever the weather dictates. Rain, hail, sleet, seriously you’ve come prepared for any eventuality.Spiritual Home: Home sweet home, where the Wi-Fi is dependable and sheets are squeaky clean, on laundry day.Style Icon: Cara Delevingne? You’re still undecided.

The New BohemianThough you hail from the English countryside, your heart belongs to sunny California. Coachella may be thousands of miles away and you’ve had to settle for a smaller scale festival, but you’re determined to be there in spirit, dammit. You’re refreshing every blog and ‘zine covering the festival, while getting a temporary tat.Sporting: It's all about fringing, faded denim, and flared trousers. You’ve also stocked up on playsuits in psychedelic prints, crochet dresses and on-trend tassels. Cuban heels and moccasin boots are your go-to day or night.Spiritual Home: Coachella obviously.Style Icon: Alessandra Ambrosio.

The Music Maven You’re with the band, at least that’s the story you’ll be sticking to when trying to blag a backstage pass. You like it loud and you’re probably one half of an indie duo. You’re here for the supporting acts and the late-night jam sessions.Sporting: Burnout or authentic band tees, second-skin leather leggings – switching to distressed denim shorts when the temperature soars – an oversized utility jacket and platform lace-ups.Spiritual Home: Download Festival and Glastonbury.Style Icon: Zoe Kravitz in full Lola Wolf mode.

The Glam GirlYou’re the one with the fresh manicure, and the hair and make-up on point, sipping from a paper cup of freshly poured Moët. You don’t do camping: the smell, the bathroom queues, the mud… but the nearby hotels were fully booked, so you’re grinning and bearing it, after all you’re here to network and collaborate with like-minded souls.Sporting: Crop tops, scalloped shorts, a suede fedora hat and heeled ankle boots – your designer wellies are only in case of mud pools. As for your hair, it’s in an intricately braided updo, because not a drop of mud will touch those tresses.Spiritual Home: Your dot com. You’re fully committed to working your way up from part-time to full-time influencer.Style Icon: Rosie Huntington-Whiteley off duty.

Fashion

May Must-Haves

Summer’s on the up and it’s time to finally shed those layers. Stay cool by keeping it simple – then pepper your look with striking accents. Think unique tees, embellished kicks or out-there sunnies. It’s time to throw some shade.

STYLED TO A TEE The T-shirt may seem basic, but does it have to be? Slogan, branded or plain, fitted, oversized or cropped… the options are endless and an impeccable collection will stand you in good stead, allowing you to get creative with your summer ensembles. From the clean lines of James Dean and Brando, to the ripped-up styling of The Ramones, all the way through to the new, hip-hop inspired long-line. No matter your preference, there is one key to the perfect tee – it’s got to be

FRAME IT Statement shades are your one true must-have. Save yourself the squinting (and the ensuing smile lines) and keep a pair on you at all times. To make it easy, when it comes to this season’s hottest styles, it’s a case of anything goes. Keep it classic if that’s your MO or get as loud and proud as you like. With options this bright, you gotta wear shades!

KILLER KICKS Fresh kicks are the linchpin for nailing that nonchalant summer look. After all, it makes a lot of sense to start at the bottom and work your way up. Clean white sneakers are the perennial summer go-to, but why not add a statement sneaker to your collection this season. When it’s too hot to fuss around with the rest of your outfit, cool kicks are a great way to show off your personal style.

Beauty

All about that braid

The braid is back in a big way – sleek and centre parted, tousled or woven into a crown, we’re all about these easy, breezy styles. Because no one has time for third-day festival hair.

THE MESSY BRAIDLet’s face it, looking flawless and fuss-free is #goals. Time to embrace that messy braid we say.

The steps:1. Give yourself a deep side part, separating your hair in two sections. Then separate each section in two again, which will leave you with four sections of hair.2. Starting with the section on the far left, cross underneath the second section, then over the third section – you get where we’re going with this – as though you were basket weaving your hair. Continue until your hair is completely braided and secure the end with a clear hair tie.3. Gently tug sections of the braid apart to loosen it up a bit, for that Instagrammable ‘I woke up like this’ look.

Wear it with: A slinky slip dress, layered jewels – nothing clunky though – and ankle boots. Carry your essentials in a tan leather backpack.

Lifestyle

Festival Snapchat 101

No matter how handy you are with an iPhone – trying to capture your Gigi-inspired make-up, overpriced (but oh-so-photogenic) jackfruit burger and the awkward dancer in the crowd after a few too many rosés is, quite frankly, impossible.

So if you want to induce FOMO in your followers this festival season (and ensure you have some cracking Snapstories backed up for the long journey home) just read on.

Snap hacks

There’s more to Snapchat than face-changing filters; so for those who have moved on from the flower crown, it’s time to discover the number of extra features. Think animated stickers, GIF profile pictures and our favourite Bitmoji add-on that allows users to create their own cartoon character. Total game changer.

Try: Activating airplane mode and creating stories sans Wi-Fi. It will save your data – need we say more?

Travel

Europe’s Best Glamping Getaways

Love the idea of the great outdoors, but can’t quite do without your creature comforts? We’re talking more of the hot tubbing and less of the mosquito swatting that comes with camping. Home and away, this is glamping at its finest.

DE ETCHYNGHAM, UKTHE SCENEA little retro, a little chic. Geodomes, woodland and wildflowers – oh my! Named after a sixteenth-century medieval castle, you’ll find De Etchyngham on the site where Glottenham castle once stood, overlooking picturesque woodland and lakes.THE SELLING POINTPerfect for those in search of slow paced living, serene scenes or that elusive electronic detox.THE SUITCASEWarm and wet weather gear – so trusty Wellington boots or leather ankle-grazing hiking boots and parkas are just some of your must-haves. In other words, come prepared for an English summer!

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MONTESCUDAIO TREEHOUSE, ITALYTHE SCENELaidback luxe. Yes, this is an actual treehouse built around a large oak tree overlooking the sea. It comes with a private yurt that serves as a living room, houses up to five guests and has private bathroom facilities nearby. Need we say more?THE SELLING POINTWhere else can you take in panoramic views of the Tuscan archipelago while getting a dose of R&R? Be warned, living with your feet on the ground may seem like a foreign concept when you touch down.THE SUITCASEAiry kimono tops, bold-hued slip dresses, straw hats, espadrilles – opt for leather ones for an on-trend take – and oversized shades.

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Fashion

Borrow from the Boys

Tomboy style has always been a sartorial cult classic – but now more than ever we are seeing menswear-inspired looks saunter down the runway. There’s no question that borrowed-from-the-boys is a look that’s here to stay. And with good reason… it’s just plain cool. Struggling to nail down that effortless, dishevelled vibe? We’re here to help. STRIKE A BALANCEGoing all in on a menswear look can be too much – but go too-girly and you’ve lost that cool girl sensibility. As always with styling, it’s a matter of striking a balance and paying attention to detail. You have to think masculine versus feminine at all times and incorporate elements from both ends of the spectrum. If you’ve got a girly dress, think to yourself, “how can I add edge?” and throw on an oversized blazer, biker jacket or some chunky boots. On the other hand, if you have some tailored pants and abutton-up, think about adding something traditionally feminine like heels.

SHOW YOUR STRENGTHLike anything from coffee to make-up, you first have to determine your own personal level of intensity. This is where it can be good to pick a celeb style to emulate, so start your Pinterest board now. There is also the so-called model off-duty look – a fine tradition pioneered by Freja Beha Erichson and Daria Werboy, carried on today by new models like Binx Walton. If you’re a beginner to tomboy, start on the girlier side of things then kick it up a gear over time.

WATCH YOUR PROPORTIONSIn the same vein as striking a balance between masculine and feminine, you also have to watch your proportions. Oversized and menswear-inspired might be on-trend but you can’t wear all oversized at once. Balance volume with fitted, so if you wear volume on the top, keep it tight on the bottom and vice versa.

ADD SOME POLISHAll of the celeb tomboy style masters have one thing in common, their looks are sprinkled with some feminine elements and a certain amount of sophistication. Whether it be by adding a strong heel or flawless hair and make-up, there is always that push-pull of feminine versus masculine, casual and tailored, unplanned and deliberate. A great way to pull a look together is with accessories. If you’ve gone with a boyish look, add some girlish Mary Janes, sky-highpumps and a traditionally feminine colour or print.

BUILD IT UP If you’re not sure where to start, start small. Add in one element and go for the slow build. Pair a dress with some Oxford lace-ups or chunky boots, or throw a blazer or biker jacket over the top. If you always keep in mind blending female and male energy, you will be well on your way to nailing tomboy style.

Fashion

Menswear Masterclass

There’s more to your look than you know. It only takes a quick peek of street style galleries from Fashion Weeks gone by to see there’s a clear set of tribes emerging in the menswear sphere. Time to know and own your clique we say, because it beats going it alone. The Creative You sport thick-rimmed glasses and you’re never seen without a high-brow ‘zine or journal to scribble in. Face it, you’re a creative intellectual (sub)consciously modelling your look after a bassist or burgeoning artiste. Your style is part cerebral rebel, part off-duty model. Swears by: Oversized trench coats and worn-in leather jackets. Distressed jeans, a slim fitting V-neck tee and lace-up boots are part of your daytime uniform. And when you want to dress it up, you opt for skinnies and throw on a denim button-down shirt. Spotted at: A lesser-known gallery away from the hustle and bustle, debating conceptual art or assemblage. Berlin's Kreuzberg district is your spiritual home. Soundtrack: Anything new, fresh and undiscovered. Indie bands headlining boutique music festivals home or away – would be on your playlist.

The Contemporary

You know which style blogs are worth their weight in Yeezys. Either you dabble in style blogging or you frequent fashion weeks like an insider. You’re a style-conscious, selfie-savvy gent and you know it.  Swears by: Designer collaborations and anything making the rounds on the runway will go straight to the top of your wish list. You’re eyeing up slogan tees and certain horsebit loafers as we speak. Spotted at: FROW at the latest ingénue designer showcase. By night, you can be seen sampling boundary-pushing dishes at an invite-only gastro pop-up.

Soundtrack: Drake, the latest Bieber album and The Weeknd feature heavily on your playlist, though you might not want to admit it. 

Food & Drink

Summertime Cocktails

Thought summer drinks were all pink bubbles and pina coladas? Au contraire. While crisp rosé and minty Pimms are certainly staples for sun-lit soirees, sometimes one requires a drink with a little more je ne sais quoi. Think South American twists or the paired-back elegance of dance-on-your-tongue Prosecco, shaken up with a bitter and woody sage.

Cocktail mixing is an enviable skill, and these balmy summer nights present the perfect opportunity to try your hand at a little ‘shaken not stirred’ magic. Let’s get mixing…

MAGNA MELOPEPO

Ingredients:40ml/1 2⁄3 oz Gin 25ml/1 oz Monbazillac or other Sauternes-esque sweet wine15ml/ 2⁄3 oz Fresh lemon juice10ml/ 1⁄3 oz Saffron syrup (not essential but tasty; use sugar syrup otherwise) 3 chunks Honeydew melon, approx 150g/6oz 1 Sage leaf

Mix it up:Muddle melon and sage in the bottom of a shaker. Add all other ingredients and shake with cubed ice for 6 seconds. Double strain into a cocktail glass.

Fashion

Three things we love about Disney X Coach

Disney fanatics take note – you can now wear your love for the cartoon clan on your sleeves with the exclusive Disney X Coach collection, created with Coach Creative Director, Stuart Vevers. Inspired by 70s and 80s Mickey Mouse, the collaboration features handbags, backpacks and totes – in Coach’s signature styles – as well as trainers, coasters, keychains… we could go on. But, this is not your average Disney paraphernalia; the collection takes a timeless yet tongue-in-cheek approach that we just can’t get enough of. Here are the three items at the top of our wish list…

1. The backpack

Because one more backpack to add to your collection can’t hurt. This bold number is guaranteed to brighten any gloomy day. Playfully printed with Mickey skating along the front, it’s spacious and perfectly sized to hold everyday essentials.

Why we love it:  Bold accessories never fail at making neutral looks pop, so we’ll be wearing ours with a simple LBD.

Fashion

Wedding guest style

Soon-to-be brides and grooms without a trusty wedding planner, we salute you. If you’ve decided to brave the planning alone, you may already be regretting the decision. The flowers, the cake, the venue and, of course, the dress – it can all get a bit overwhelming no matter how many Pinterest boards you’ve got on tap. But where it really gets tricky is when your guests’ preferences are thrown into the mix (i.e. you have to decide what on earth to dress them in.)

Don’t panic, our foolproof guide will help you avoid those pre-wedding dress code dramas. You can thank us later.

 

Dress the best man

There’s a good chance the best man will feature heavily in the wedding album, so it’s important not to overlook him when making your style selections. A top-notch ensemble is a must – after all, he’s been chosen as the big day’s number-one wingman. Simple, clean lines and high-quality fabrics are always the way to go, while a three-piece is a timeless option that works in any colour, from classic grey right through to tweed. To finish off the look, a statement tie, pocket square and watch is an elegant alternative to patterned waistcoats and silk cravats. Dapper enough to look sharp, but restrained enough not to show up the groom, not that that’s possible.

Fashion

Playing dress up

Places to be? When it comes to getting into the flow of occasion season, you’ll need a series of show-stopping looks to match. Whether your calendar is brimming with cocktail parties and you need an outfit just as high profile, or you’re looking to elevate your brunch style with a sophisticated spin, we’re here to make sure you create your best impression. Rise to the occasion with these key looks…

 

FOR THE COCKATIL PARTY

The look:

The perfect excuse to get dressed up, dial it up for a cocktail party with a sleek and sophisticated dress. Whether you stick to classic colours or bold hues, tick off this season’s trends with feminine finishes from frills to lace details, or for a sleek alternative, look to the jumpsuit.

Home

The interior refresh

Spring is finally upon us, and with it, brighter mornings, blossoming branches, the ever-faithful daffodils and an undeniable desire to spring clean and redecorate. We’re emerging from a long, grey winter and, quite frankly, we are in need of some colour. So, farewell hygge, we’re all about light and airy spaces for the new season.

 

Greenery

Green is back in all its glory – that is until it’s warm enough for us to spend all day outdoors, obviously – and no, we don’t just mean the fiddle leaf fig kind. We mean Greenery, Pantone’s ‘fresh, zesty yellow-green’ colour of the year. Think freshly mown lawn (is there a more spring-like smell?), dimpled lime peel kissing the edge of your Margarita glass, lush palm leaves and crisply bitter green apples. Rejuvenating, bright, refreshing and new. If an eye-catching statement wall or a crushed velvet sofa is a bit too ‘jungalow’ for you, try different tones of green, like adding emerald linen napkins to your dinner table or pairing palm print scatter cushions with crisp white bed linen. And, of course, the humble houseplant is back in the spotlight so don’t forget to give them some TLC with a regular watering and a spot in the sun.

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Beauty

Spring beauty trends

Feeling like your beauty regime could do with a spring clean? We hear you. Cue shimmering sun-kissed skin, rich berry-hued lips and those striking supermodel fringes we’re all dreaming of perfecting. That’s right – we’re bringing you the must-have beauty and hair trends fresh from the SS17s shows. If that wasn’t enough, we’ll show you how to recreate the looks and beauty rituals at home with a few insider tips. Let’s get started.

 

THE ALL NIGHTER

Dial up evenings with dewy skin and vampy lips.

Master the art of the ‘All Nighter’ with a high-octane, dark power lip. Rich wine and purple tones from autumn/winter are sticking around for spring… because if it ain’t broke, why fix it, right? Enrich plum-hued lips with a sprinkling of glitter and keep the rest of the look minimal; think ultra-dewy skin highlighted across the cheeks, temples and cupids bow to give an added glow. To complete this low-key evening look, add just a flicker of mascara and keep hair ultra-shiny and sleek in a centre parting. This trend certainly makes us want to go out, out… who needs sleep when you can look like this?

Lifestyle

Surviving Wedding Season

We’re now stepping into wedding season – a sweet invitation to ubiquitous marquees, five-course tasting menus and the most Prosecco you’ve seen in one place, at one time. Sounds perfect, right? Wrong. The novice wedding goer might be surprised to know that anything can go wrong beyond RSVPing on time, but the amateur knows. You know. Here’s how to deal when the day just doesn’t go your way.

 

You didn’t plan your route and the venue is way further than you thought

Survive it: Communication comes through in various forms, so when you read or hear something, it’s easy to take mental note and move on, earmarking it for review at a later date. Problem is, the later date is usually the day of the event, leaving you with zero contingencies if you then discover what you thought was correct was actually wrong. The impact of the misunderstanding depends on the degree of the slip up, but when you confuse New York for York, there’s only one solution – lie. Make up a story, feign illness, kill off a family member (not literally, of course), anything’s better than admitting to a bride on the edge of breakdown that you didn’t bother to read the invite she spent two months designing. Truth is power, except not this time.

 

Fashion

The New Style Rules

Got a diary packed full of special occasions and absolutely nothing to wear? Dreading the thought of another invitation because you just can’t face rocking that dress to another social event? We know the feeling – and it doesn’t stop at the wardrobe. If you’re guilty of rushing out the door and hastily applying your make-up in the car (we’ve all been there), maybe your pre-going out ritual needs a rethink too. Getting ready is half the fun, after all.

So, to help us amp up the elegance for a night out on the town, we figured who better to turn to for a little advice than blogger and style expert, Miss Cavallier.

Pens at the ready… these are the new style rules to live by.

RULE 1: Perfect the selfie

Always try to have good light from the front to avoid getting shadows on the face, and always take it from above! It’s seems silly but you always look better!

Travel

Europe’s best brunches

To celebrate Easter, we’ve scoped out four of Europe’s most brag-worthy brunch spots to add to your little black book…

 

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THE VIBE: Eclectic cool. Plush velvet armchairs with bold floral accents complement the refined interiors and fresh bouquets. It’s the go-to spot for in-the-know Londoners.

THE MENU: There’s a hefty brunch menu – from Huevos Benedictos to braised beef. Oh, and if the bottomless Bellini brunch with fresh peach fruit purée doesn’t beckon you, we don’t know what will.

Style

Destination Detox: Inside Europe’s best wellness retreats

February and March are the new June and July. Don't believe us? Take a look around the office and count the empty desks. Fresh off the heels of the year’s two toughest months, the start of spring offers boundless opportunity and a sunny outlook, hence why it’s the perfect time to indulge in some critical ‘me time’. We're not talking about all-inclusive drinks and French fries by the pool though, this pre-summer getaway is about winding down in order to build back up – a delight for both the body and mind. From boot camp to vipassana, yoga to juice detoxes, this is the time to really make good habits stick, so that when it finally comes to summer, you can really enjoy it. Read on for our pick of the best wellness getaways in Europe: THE ONE THAT FEELS LIKE A HOLIDAY MARINE ESCAPE; RADISSON BLU 1835 HOTEL & THALASSO, CANNESSix days, 24 treatments. There’s no need to say more. Radisson Blu’s ‘Marine Escape’ package is designed to fully service the body with minimal effort – perfect for those who seek solace in a fluffy, white bathrobe and an aromatherapy massage. With its own private beach, the hotel boasts a full-service spa, Turkish baths and a rooftop restaurant. Wake up to the sound of the ocean and spend long days nourishing the body with Thalassotherapy sessions – the therapeutic use of seawater, algae and seaweed to promote health – yoga, healthy food that actually tastes good, and half-board accommodation so that all thinking time and decision-making is kept on the down low.

Indulge in this Cure package and enjoy 4 spa treatments per day for as many as 6 days.THE LIFE CHANGER YEOTOX; YEOTOWN RETREAT, NORTH DEVON, UKBased in picturesque North Devon, mapped by rolling hills and glorious surf, Yeotown offers its signature Yeotox programme – ‘a modern take on a traditional detox’. Over the course of five days you enlist in both physical and mental endurance and release – coastal hikes, strength training, reading, massage – and are fuelled by a ‘fad-free’ diet (no cabbage soup here). This isn't a detox or retreat that you leave at the checkout desk, the programme is designed to set you up for life, those five blissful days are a mere side product. The Yeotox programme runs every week from Wednesday to Sunday. The five-day Yeotox Programme costs £1,870 and all accommodation and meals are included.THE MEDICAL DETOXDETOX PROGRAMME; SHA WELLNESS CLINIC, ALICANTE, SPAIN This macrobiotic-based wellness spa and clinic is the best of both worlds – it’s luxurious and good for you. Designed to detoxify and purify the body, help you combine a healthy diet with physical exercise and complementary therapies, and improve your general physical and mental wellbeing, the Detox Programme is like a check box of solutions to everything that’s wrong with city life. Don't let the five-star accommodation lure you into a false sense of security; a week here is no walk in the park. You'll be assessed through a medical exam and laboratory tests, and then prescribed a diet for the week, Chinese medicine and therapeutic treatments, and even lymphatic drainage, cryotherapy and colon hydrotherapy. Literally, a new you. A seven-day Detox Programme costs €3,150 and all accommodation and meals are included.

THE ESCAPE FROM REALITYESCAPE TO SHAPE, LAKE COMO, ITALY (AND VARIOUS OTHER LOCATIONS) There’s no point in going somewhere Instagrammable and sunny only to spend a week holed up in a yoga studio or weights room. Escape to Shape offers a curated blend of travel, culture and wellness, and is designed to give you an off-the-beaten-track experience within some of the world’s most beautiful cities and towns. Although the company offers retreats everywhere from Cambodia to Chile, the Lake Como one is one of our favourites. Italian food? We're in. The only effort you need to make is pushing the button on the booking and travel to Milan. Once you're there, revel in the indulgence and luxury of an exclusive nineteenth century villa (complete with swimming pool, tennis courts and unparalleled views of Lake Como), enjoy morning power hikes, daily yoga, cooking lessons and cultural day trips. Still at your desk? You know what you need to do. A six-day retreat at Lake Como, Italy costs $4,500, based on two people sharing, and includes all accommodation and meals.

Style

STREETSTYLE with SANDRO

We all know (or Instagram stalk) that one person who embodies unapologetic cool – and thanks to Parisian label Sandro – renowned for their clean lines and contemporary classics – you too can ooze streetwise allure and finally achieve that coveted cool-girl/boy status. Prepare to take notes…ATHLEISURISE!A staple for street style darlings and style aficionados, the humble sweatshirt has now assumed full cult status. What else is versatile enough to complement leather leggings and tailored tracksuit trousers equally well? Time to make nice with the athleisure trend and stock up on statement sweatshirts, we say.The Sandro way: Team the ‘Relax’ sweatshirt with cropped high-rise jeans and complete the look with bold pumps, because you can.KNIT CHICThe building block of every effortless, envy-inducing wardrobe is textured knitwear. Need convincing? Well, the classic wardrobe essential has been elevated with functional yet eye-catching accents such as patch pockets and tonal panelling in recent years. Find pieces that are lightweight with a flattering neckline, so you can wear them solo or underneath a cropped leather jacket.The Sandro way: Relaxed with a hint of sports-chic, the knitted top – accentuated with a contrasting patch pocket and a denim panel across the chest – is made for faded jeans on off-duty days.PLAY WITH PATTERNWhile streetwear will always be synonymous with keeping it cool and casual, it’s time to part ways with the hoodie, break away from the monotony of monochrome and embrace patterns. Geometric and graphic motifs are the perfect way to elevate your on and off-duty wardrobe, while keeping it decidedly fuss-free.The Sandro way: Style a geometric-pattern crochet dress brought into focus with contrasting colour threads with ankle boots for added style points. Guys, layer a graphic long-sleeved jumper with ribbed trims with a fitted black leather jacket and stiff leather boots and you're good to go.TURN UP THE VOLUMEExaggerated silhouettes – in the form of billowy shirts, oversized trench coats and pieces with plenty of movement – are scene-stealers designed to help you cinch the effortlessly stylish urban look, while tapping into the minimalist vibes du jour. The Sandro way: Turn heads by pairing a fringed suede jacket with a sheer geometric-print top and faded jeans. Guys, team a voluminous silk shirt with a cropped leather jacket, adding slip-on sneakers for instant cool.

Style

ACTIVEWEAR, ACTIVE LIFE: THE LOOKBOOK

Clean lines, modern accents and athletic detail – it’s now acceptable to wear gym clothes 24/7. Here are the all-star looks to sport this season …WOMENSWEAR: FOR THE BOARDROOMIn case you hadn't clocked it yet, we've developed quite a penchant for all things active – and while the trend’s relaxed vibe is a dream for the weekend, it doesn't have to stop when you're on the clock. Playing the office style game has never been easier – infuse edge into your working wardrobe by mixing in core pieces with a sports luxe feel. Think streamlined track pants, sleek bombers and elegant pumps. Much like your Sunday morning yoga class, balance is the key. Going for bold detail? Stick to luxury textures. Opting for trainers and a sweater? Even it out with tailored trousers in a play-it-safe hue. Move over suiting, this is your new 9-to-5.MENSWEAR: FOR AFTER-HOURSTired of that faithful shirt and jean pairing? Re-energise your menswear evening look with a sporty sensibility. Wait a second though – we're not saying hit the bar in your sweats (sorry). So what are the rules? Stick to accents rather than statements – pivotal evening basics can be totally transformed by low-key twists. Basically, leave your tracksuit in the locker-room and you're good to go. These are the details you need on your radar.WOMENSWEAR: FOR RUNNING ERRANDS Too busy to deal? Minimise sartorial stress with a sports-meets-streetwear approach. Effortlessly cool and quietly comfortable, run your errands in a combo of cashmere knitted joggers and soft cotton tees – topped off with a sleek leather jacket for that credible city spin. As for footwear, as much as we love a good heel, sometimes we just haven't got time for the drama. Swap in for artfully designed trainers and move seamlessly in style from one errand to another. Cool running indeed. MENSWEAR: FOR THE OUTDOORS March might mean that spring has sprung – but we're not ready to lose the layers anytime soon. Luckily, this season’s sports inspired pieces make for a winning (and warming) combination. Tap into the trend with thick graphic sweaters or dare to be bold knitted cardigans of bright geometric prints. If the pieces push you out of your comfort zone, pare it back with a neutral cover up. Oversized coats are the laid-back hero of the moment – go big or go home people.

Food & Drink

MIX IT UP: SUPERFOOD MOCKTAILS

Post-winter blues getting you down? It’s time to shake things up and we don’t mean behind the bar. Introducing three wonderful – and maybe a little weird – concoctions mixed up by Jack Graham. As the master juice mixologist (yes that’s a thing) over at hip London health hang-out Raw Press, there’s no one better for the job. Thought argan oil was just for your hair? Think again. Let’s get mixing…MUSHROOM ESPRESSO MARTINI After soaking the almonds, blend them with dates, vanilla beans, Himalayan sea salt and coconut water, which really refines the flavour and makes it extra delicious.Once strained and chilled, finish off this wonderful and earthy espresso martini with a shot of coffee and a dusting of medicinal mushroom powder. Reishi mushrooms are the most famous of all the medicinal mushrooms; they have been used historically to strengthen the immune system, relieve stress and cleanse the liver. Winning.Say goodbye to your morning cappuccino and spruce up your cocktail repertoire; this is one mineral-rich jet fuel that you can definitely feel good about!RECIPE15g soaked almonds 1/2 medium-sized soaked and pitted datesA pinch of sea saltA drop of vanilla extract125ml raw coconut water 1/2 shot of coffee (preferably cold-brew)1g powdered reishi mushroomsBlend all the ingredients together except the coffee and the medicinal mushroom until smooth and creamy, strain through a nut milk bag or muslin cloth, mix in the coffee and the mushroom powder, and serve or chill for up to three days.UPROOTED 94 Incorporating carrot, orange, fennel, turmeric, ginger and argan oil, our Uprooted juice is sweet and spicy, with a really unusual combination of ingredients. Turmeric is an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory that ordinarily isn't that well absorbed into the body, but is fat-soluble. It therefore becomes even more potent when combined with argan oil, which itself boasts numerous benefits including lowering bad cholesterol. Fennel and ginger calm the stomach, while carrots and oranges (rich in vitamins A and C) encourage clear skin. The Uprooted juice is one of our most popular concoctions, and here we are taking it to the next level with some fresh chilli and the addition of Seedlip’s non-alcoholic spirit, Spice 94, boasting botanicals of allspice, cardamom, oak, lemon and grapefruit. RECIPE – 250ML LONG DRINK3 carrots (approximately) (c.300g)1 fennel bulb (c.100g)150ml freshly squeezed orange juice5g fresh turmeric root5g fresh ginger root1tsp argan oil1 shot of Seedlip 94A pinch of freshly chopped red chilli to garnishSHOT IN THE DARKThe sea buckthorn berry contains some of the highest amounts of vitamin C found in fruit. They have a strong citrusy aroma and have become naturalised around Britain’s coastlands.Activated charcoal is another ingredient that has been super-popular in juicing circles over the past year or two, and is the perfect way to detoxify the system from various toxins. RECIPE A pinch of activated charcoal powder 1 tsp sea buckthorn juice, or 5 or 6 dried berries crushed in a pestle and mortar15ml aloe vera juice 15ml raw coconut water

Style

CELEB BEST DRESSED: SPORTS LUXE

Chanel, Alexander Wang, Nike – we don’t care who takes credit for sparking the sportswear ‘trend’ that’s refused to leave us for the last few seasons. All we care about is that it’s not going anywhere. Seriously – please don't take it away from us. Mastering sports luxe style is easy to underestimate; there’s more to it than just pulling on sweats, lacing up a pair of high tops, looping your hair into a ponytail, and calling it a look. Follow a few simple rules, however, and you'll have low-key dressing down to a tee (literally). SHOW CONTROL Self-restraint is the most difficult part of any comfortable look, but you have to draw the line somewhere. Pick one piece – an oversized hoodie is a good place to start – and incorporate it into your everyday repertoire. Look for elevated styles in luxe fabrics, with contemporary detailing such as raw trims, embellishment or graphic motifs. Grey, navy and bright solid-colour pieces will dissolve edgy all-black outfits, adding interest. Remember: style is often a juxtaposition, so although those running shoes feel like heaven, always balance low with high.THROW SHADE

Just because something feels good doesn't mean that it can’t make a statement. Take your cue from Yeezy. Pick one base colour and plan your outfit around it – building tonal layers creates contrast and limits the time you need to spend considering your wardrobe decisions. Rich olive hues are universally flattering and team just as well with earthy sand tones and lighter moss shades. And the best part? It doesn't matter how low-key your outfit is; tonal dressing always yields maximum impact for minimum effort. Win, win. LAYER UP

Sometimes, when a model makes an outfit their uniform, it lures you into the false sense of security that you too could make it yours. This isn't one of those times – thanks Gigi; we like your skinny-leather-leggings-and-bomber-jacket combo, and we're going to work it too. The draw with a bomber jacket is that it instantly adds a cool, athletic feel to your look, and you don't even need to zip it up. Drape it over your shoulders, tie it around your waist, double it up – choose a timeless style in olive or black, and wear it for seasons to come. NON-COMMITTAL As appealing as dressing down is to some, the mere thought makes others recoil. Here’s the good news – sports luxe is a still a trend you can tap. A bomber jacket in tactile satin or silk is lightweight and elegant, while embroidered and embellished detailing adds individuality. Keep your style as is and think of the athletic aspect as an add-on, rather than the focal point of your outfit. Try switching out heels for Converse with a slip dress or pairing leather culottes with an oversized tee or hoodie rather than a silk shirt. RIDE THE WAVE

Beach-blonde waves and sun-kissed skin isn't a prerequisite for Candice’s laidback style, but they definitely don't do it any harm. The perfect travel outfit, love-worn denim and a cropped white tee always looks fresh and feels comfortable. Kick the sports vibe up a notch, switching anything fancy for your best beat-up low tops, and wrap a bomber jacket or sweatshirt around your waist. It might feel like you circa your teenage years, but that’s what makes it cool.

Style Notes

BEST DRESSED: THE OSCARS

"Nothing defines a person like the dress they wore to the Oscars" said... well no one really, but we were all thinking it. Cate Blanchett's Giorgio Armani Privé gown – as worn to the 2016 ceremony – saw a surge of icy-blue hues make their way onto the high street, and after the love it/hate it debacle of Anne Hathaway's pink satin Dior dress in 2013, rumours flew around that she'd sacked her stylist as a result. Ouch. So in honour of the star-studded event returning for its 89th year, we’re looking back at the most unforgettable gowns. Champagne at the ready…ALL THAT SPARKLES For an event as glitzy as the Oscars, it’s no surprise that metallic hues feature highly on the red carpet. Reese Witherspoon stunned red carpet revellers for all the right reasons at the 2006 Academy Awards after stepping out in a 1955 gold embellished Dior gown, fit for royalty. And who could forget Felicity Jones’s emotional portrayal of Jane in The Theory of Everything (2015). Jones didn’t go home with the gong that night but she was certainly the people’s choice owing to the stunning Alexander McQueen bodice and floor-length skirt. FRILL SEEKERSThe Oscars is much like a free pass for A-listers to bring out their inner Disney princess, which is exactly what Amy Adams did in 2013 when she stole the show in an Oscar de la Renta frilled ball gown. In 2011, Marisa Tomei stepped back in time with a vintage 1950s Charles James dress, complete with a frilled train. And no Oscars round-up would be complete without a round of applause for Bjork’s much-mentioned 2001 swan dress by Macedonian designer Marjan Pejoski. The Icelandic icon even pretended to lay eggs on the red carpet; top marks for originality, Bjork. BELLES OF THE BALLEverything about Lupita Nyong’o’s 2014 duck-egg blue Prada gown made it a clear winner on the Oscars best-dressed list; the colour, the cut and the way it hugged her figure in such an elegant, understated way. She also found the perfect accessory for it slightly later in the night: the Oscar itself! When Jennifer Lawrence took a rather unfortunate trip at the 2013 Academy Awards – the twittersphere was too in awe of her show-stopping Christian Dior gown to mind. And let’s face it, if anyone can pull off a red-carpet tumble, it’s J-Law. TUX DELUXE

Ryan Gosling doesn't have to do much to please crowds with his appearance these days, in fact, quite frankly he could turn up in a bin bag and trend spotters would be hailing it as the signature look of the year. But when he presented the award for Best Adapted Screenplay at the 2016 event, it wasn't the winning film that got crowds applauding with such vehemence. It was his perfectly tailored Gucci suit, complete with matching white shirt and bow tie. Whilst David Oyelowo proved at the 2015 Oscars that bold colours aren't just for women. His red wine coloured Dolce & Gabbana tux was a daring choice, but one that totally paid off.

Travel & Lifestyle

EUROPE’S MOST ROMANTIC HOTSPOTS

Whether it be Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck gallivanting around the Italian capital on a Vespa, or Mathieu Kassovitz gazing into Audrey Tautou's enormous almond eyes at the Gare Du Nord, Europe easily bags the prize for the most romantic continent. With al fresco dining, winding lanes and il vino to be served with every course – your next romantic retreat is just a hop, skip and a quick mosey round the duty-free aisle away.   GO BEYOND GAUDI   Known for its impressive architecture, winding market streets and glorious climes, Barcelona isn’t a hard sell. But beyond the tourist trails of Las Ramblas, the sightseeing buses and the (admittedly stunning) Gaudi buildings, is a cosmopolitan metropolis just waiting to be explored. City strolling doesn’t get more romantic than at the Parc de Montjuïc; comprising of several museums to explore and the glorious Jardins de Laribal tree-laden walkway. Spaniards are night owls by nature, so be sure to save some energy to explore some of the exciting new eateries that the city has on offer. The Michelin-starred Alkimia, just outside the Gothic Quarter, combines industrial interiors with an elegant yet innovative Catalonian menu. Don’t leave the city without sampling their signature salt cod. Barcelona’s hotel collection is an impressive one, meaning that you never have to face a bad night’s sleep after all that exploring. Hotel Omm offers the ultimate in city-centre serenity; ideally located to maximise your time in Barcelona.   BEAUTY IN BAVARIA It’s often claimed that Munich is Germany’s prettiest city, and with its Alpine mountain backdrop, striking Bavarian architecture and village-esque feel, it’s easy to see why. If you’ve ever found Berlin to be too much of a head spin, then Munich could well be the antidote you’re looking for. The stunning Marienplatz Square, located in the centre of the city, boasts a wealth of art galleries – or sample the simple but excellent dishes at Zum Dürnbräu, a traditional Bavarian tavern, whose dishes include the city’s staple Nürnberger sausages with sauerkraut and dumplings. For a room with a view, book into the Grand Hotel Bayerischer Hof, where you can enjoy stunning scenery of the city from its rooftop bar, Blue Spa Terrace. And finally, a trip to the nearby Ingolstadt Village makes for holiday shopping bliss, just in case lederhosen isn’t your thing. LONDON CALLING Leave the London Eye to the first-timers and enjoy the views of the city from the dizzy heights of Vista Bar, overlooking Trafalgar Square and beyond. No admission fees means more money to spend on Cosmopolitans, anyway. Shopping is big business in London so leave enough space in the suitcase for those must-have buys. Head to nearby Bicester Village where you’ll find all the world-famous names you could ask for in one place. Markets are also a must-visit when you’re in the capital, and Columbia Road Flower Market is about as pretty as they get. After all that exploring, a night at the Como Metropolitan Hotel will have you feeling rested and refreshed in no time, not to mention being ideally located to South Kensington’s array of museums and the sumptuous restaurants of Mayfair. We’re sold. LA VILLE DE L’AMOUR Paris isn’t called the city of love for nothing; the accent, the culture, the picture-perfect backdrops around every corner of the city; we can’t seem to get enough of the place! It was Audrey Hepburn who famously stated, “Paris is always a good idea”, and she sure had a point. It pays dividends to get organised before taking off. Most attractions, including the Eiffel Tower and The Louvre, allow you to pre-book online, meaning you’re less likely to spend the entire trip in queues. If you’ve visited before and are looking to travel further afield, a day’s shopping trip at La Vallée Village, just east of the city, will have you feeling (and dressing) like a Parisian! Sofitel Paris Le Faubourg Hotel offers excellence in comfort and is within easy walking distance from Champs-Élysées, the River Seine and the many other delights of Paris. Plus, to make your stay extra special, La Vallée Village have teamed up with Sofitel, Mgallery by Sofitel and Pullman to bring you an exclusive luxury travel package (click here for more details) – perfect for a romantic trip away. Bon voyage!

Style Notes

SPRING STYLE: TED BAKER

Step into the season on the right foot with Ted Baker’s gorgeous collection. Here’s everything we’re coveting for the months ahead… FOR THE LADIES

It’s all about prints this season, ranging from the big and the bold right through to pared-back pastels. Make a subtle statement in artistic A-line dresses, mixed up with bold reds and pinks, perfect for the warmer evenings ahead. Geometric stripes give a futuristic feel to the range, pairing monochrome base colours with mint, coral and yellow hues. Sorbet shades are also set to be big this season and Ted Baker has it covered; expect floaty, loose-fitting dresses in soft vanilla, creams and powdery blues. Perfection. FOR THE GENTS

Gents; keep it casual with Ted Baker’s stylish yet minimalist tailoring. The floral herringbone shirts give an understated formal feel, perfectly paired with a deconstructed blazer. For a more casual feel, officewear meets sportswear with the collection’s tapered chinos in navy tones. Complete the look with a bright coloured jumper and soft grey suede bomber jacket.

Style Notes

TREND REPORT: SPRING/SUMMER 2017

When it comes to the sartorial start over, there’s no one we trust more for the low down than Fashion Editor Harriet Quick. Get ready for trend overload.THINK PINKPink has emerged as the colour of modern femininity. It displays as many qualities as women themselves, whether in soft blush tones, provocative, flirtatious fuchsia or wistful old-rose hues. Designers are embracing pink with a passion, from Chloé’s signature blush and Balenciaga’s bubblegum brights to Prada’s knowingly kitsch candy shades. The newest way to wear it is uncompromisingly in head-to-toe tonal layers. Seek out pink tailoring to replace monotones; baby-doll dresses with matching shoes; pussy bow blouses and cropped trousers, and even WAG-style tracksuits. Pink speaks volumes about optimism and that’s what we need right now. 80s GLAMThe era that delivered power shoulders, Working Girl miniskirts, slinky body-con dressing and a whole lot of lamé is back. A generation of designers who were toddlers at the time are pillaging the stylistic memes of the sex, power and glamour decade and reprising that exuberance for now. What this trend requires is guts and daring. Mini skirts will feel naked after seasons of flowing lines, just as bold shoulders will seem alien. Yet the confidence-boosting benefits are manifold. Look back to the icons of the era for inspiration from the supermodels in Alaïa to Nan Kempner’s taste for boxy tailoring and Paloma Picasso’s flamboyant big earrings and taste for Saint Laurent. STATEMENT SLEEVESOne of the best hacks for spring style is adopting big, voluminous sleeves. There’s a whole lexicon of shapes to consider from trumpet sleeves that burst out from the elbow like tulip flowers to theatrical leg-o-mutton lines that billow out from the shoulder and tighten in on the lower arm, and sweet, peasant-style drawstring blouses. If you prefer more tailored lines, search for men’s shirts with French cuffs that can be worn open and down to the knucklebone. RAVE DELUXEThose brilliantly hedonistic days of rave and ‘Madchester’ are filtering through to fashion, with creative talents as diverse as Miuccia Prada at Miu Miu and Fashion Award Emerging Talent winner Molly Goddard seizing upon the baggy style, the neon brights and, above all, the DIY spirit that defined the dance revolution. Tune into the pieces including floor-grazing baggy trousers and tracksuit tops; tie-dye and mesh T-shirts; satin trainers; neon sports bras and bomber jackets, and pile it on in layers. Add a cotton hat, a rucksack and find a dance party to lift your spirits up and away. ACCESSORIES TO COVETWhen it comes to those desirable ‘extras’, it is all about mixing not matching. Start with earrings and consider wearing mismatched pieces (whether in silver or crystal, they should look like cousins not strangers). For feet, follow the lead of Céline and Hillier Bartley and wear different colours on your left and right foot. This requires buying two pairs of the same style but oh there’s fun to be had in this eccentric style spin. Glammed-up Crocs, pool slides and flatform trekking sandals will boost your holiday wardrobe; while for the everyday, kitten heels are back. This bonsai-sized heel adds a little extra kick to tailoring and looks so cute after seasons of chunky shapes. Whatever way you adorn yourself, let individuality rule.

The Friday Fix

The Friday Fix

From that must-have new investment to our favorite boutique hotel – here’s what’s on our radar this week

Pan-fried trout with cucumber, apple and dill salad (serves two)

1 cucumber, peeled, halved and cut into ½ cm semicircles

1 tbsp Dijon mustard

1 tbsp fresh dill, chopped (or 1tsp dried)

Do Dry January, they said, it will be fun, they said

Surviving Dry January

If you’re already regretting the decision to jump on the health bandwagon this season, then you’re not alone. Facing the Christmas comedown with nothing but green tea and a sad bag of kale chips may seem unappealing – but once you’ve sobered up a little, checked your bank balance and tried to squeeze into your jeans – you may feel differently.

Luckily, detoxing needn’t be dull, we promise. And while we’ve previously given up on day three, this year we have a solid backup plan so we can finally reach that elusive post-January glow. 👏 👏 👏

So get in all the mulled wine and mince pies you can– because come 1 January, you’re totally joining us. 

DRY JAN SWAP ONE: THE NIGHT CLUB FOR THE NIGHT SWEAT

It’s the first Saturday of the month and if you’re anything like us, you might be starting to get a little restless by now. Hang on in there, only 24 days to – oh wait, never mind. Anyway, no better way to release some of that FOMO than a good work out. But forget slogging it out on the treadmill, the latest trend making waves in the fitness world mashes up exercise with live DJs, strobe lighting and neon accents. From nightclub boxing to hip-hop yoga – it’s never been easier to get that natural high. 

When it’s time to get back on track…

24 hours with a wellness guru

Mince pies, mulled wine and one too many chocolates from the tree… all sounding a little too familiar? Come January, enough is enough and after two weeks of pure indulgence, it’s time to get it together.

So to help kick-start our new year reboot, we’ve called upon the help of holistic health coach, blogger, chef and all round wellness guru Madeleine Shaw.

Here’s a play-by-play of how she gets back on track. So much goodness.

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Europe's Top Ski Resorts

Whether you’re a seasoned pro, keen to hit the slopes, or more excited by a log fire and glass of vin chaud, discover your perfect winter getaway with our edit of Europe’s top resorts…

 

FOR THOSE WITH A COMPETITIVE STREAK

The resort:

Chamonix, France

Christmas with Alice Casely-Hayford

Hosting the Christmas cocktail party this year? Can’t face another mince pie or over-played festive hit? Then it’s time to up your game. From bespoke mix-ups to cutting-edge canapés – throw the most beautiful soirée, fashion editor style.

The first in our three part series, Fashion Editor @Refinery29UK Alice Casely-Hayford talks picture perfect style, elegant interiors and avoiding reindeer on the roof. Brace yourselves, this is party etiquette 101.

The dress code… 

I’m still into last season’s killer trends – ruffles and off-the-shoulder silhouettes – so the more frills the better! I’ll be wearing an off-the-shoulder midi dress or a ruffled blouse with tapered black trousers and velvet sandals. Velvet is only for the brave, so I’ll make do with accessories rather than a full-on look, for now. Beauty wise, I love a barely-there base with a deep plum or glittering red lip. Make-up artist Pat McGrath has been doing this a lot recently and it’s a winner for the festive season.

On the menu… 

Holiday Details: The Coach Edit

While your capsule winter wardrobe may be well under way, it’s all in the detail when it comes to festive dressing. Luckily, our friends over at Coach have Christmas curation down. Here’s our guide to winter’s finishing touches – treat your loved ones or treat yourself, the choice is yours.

 

Visit the Coach boutique at Las Rozas Village now. 

Must-Have by Mayte de la Iglesia

 Mayte de la Iglesia, author of www.mitmeblog.com, defines herself as follows: "I work in fashion, talk about fashion and live fashion". In her blog, she shares her best experiences as a fashion insider.

We met her in our Village, and she explained this Autumn trends, particularly the colors you cannot miss in your wardrobe this season.

 

Autumn Investments for Women

This season fill your wardrobe with style. Get inspired with our proposals, and bet for basics that will set up your Autumn. Play with shoes, you have many options each day, from atemporary stilettos until high boots... Make the difference with tailored coats, dressing gown style or a great three quarters jacket. Do not miss our new products in bags, coats and shoes. Find everything here in Las Rozas Village!

Autumn Investments for Men

Even though you need to follow a strict dress code, this autumn the gentleman runs away from conventional. Get inspired with us and discover at Las Rozas Village all the basics in terms of shoes, outerwear and accessories fro this season. Find out products from the tailored coat in tweed for office days to the best pair of shoes fro a real gentleman. 

The elegant man dresses at Las Rozas Village

Enrique Solís, major in International Business and MBA by Instituto de Empresa, is the co-founder of the boutique hotels chain One Shot Hotels and of the accesories brand The Seëlk. His mantras to become a successful person -not to reach success- are "respect, humility and hard work". Due to his job, he loves hotels and fashion, but he confesses that he could not live without art and music, because he "would feel empty".

 

 

One of the men of the moment, shares with Las Rozas Village his decalogue of how to be a perfect gentleman:

Transfrom your Autumn look

Paula Ordovás is one of the most known influencers in fashion, author of the blog www.Mypeeptoes.com. If you follow trends, you might already know her. Paula visited LAs Rozas Village and looked the best selection of clothes and accessories to teach us an impressive lesson: how to transform two looks for the day into looks for the night just by modifying accessories. Take notes on her style tricks.

Party Perfect Pieces

‘Tis the season to be merry – and let’s be honest, the more on-point your festive look, the merrier you’ll feel. From the office party to the school reunion – tackle whatever festive scenario is thrown your way. Here’s every dress, clutch, suit and boot you need in your armoury.

Did someone say open bar?

NEW SEASON NEW RULES

New season new rules

Individualism, expression, street-savvy chic and opulence – fashion is painting a bold and very compelling portrait for the Autumn/Winter season. This is the time to draw on your own impeccable taste and shine through with an artful mash up of stylistic memes and singular, distinctive pieces. The only golden rule is to buy what excites both your heart and your mind.

 

Menswear for women

We have moved on from the boyfriend jacket to fully plunder the men’s wardrobe. What we love about menswear is the quality of fabric, the uniform appeal and that fine attention to detail. Look out for lean-fitting pieces from brands, zoning in on blazers, city coats, biker and bomber jackets, sweatpants and French cuff fine cotton shirts. These pieces will be companions if not for life, then for the foreseeable future.

Jacquard and flocking

City guide: 48 hours in London

DINE

Bourne and Hollingsworth Buildings

Light, airy and eclectic, this Clerkenwell brasserie is a botanical paradise simply perfect for a spot of brunch. The characterful interior is a bespoke mix of old and new – with antique armchairs, sumptuous textures, clean lines and tropical plants. As for the menu, from homemade granola to Huevos Benedictos, B&H has got you covered – and don’t miss the bottomless Bellinis made with fresh fruit puree.

Salmontini Le Resto

Situated in the heart of Belgravia, Salmontini le Resto is our go-to for a decadent dinner in the city. This luxurious restaurant specialises in exquisite salmon dishes, sushi and other Middle Eastern fare, all served in an opulent setting. Stuck for choice? We recommend the Alaskan black cod with sweet miso marinade followed by the chocolate dome for dessert.

Editor’s tips: Finding the perfect timepiece

It’s a watch minefield out there, or a timepiece smorgasbord, or an overwhelming, overcrowded horological marketplace. Whichever way you look at it, we’ve broken it down to a few of the basics and some.

Quartz or mechanical

The issue of how your watch is powered is probably the biggest pre-purchase decision you will need to make. Quartz timepieces are more accurate, invariably cheaper and more convenient – you should only need to get the battery replaced every couple of years. If you love the inner workings of a watch and you have the budget, you should invest in a mechanical one – your choice is hand-wound (exactly that) or automatic – which relies on the movement of your wrist to store kinetic energy to power the watch.

Get with the lingo

The face of the watch is called the dial. The numbers are called indexes. The button that you wind and adjust the time with is the crown. The ring around the dial that protects the glass is the bezel. The parts of the case that join to the strap are the lugs. The amount of time your mechanical watch will last without being wound is the power-reserve. Any functionality that measures time, such as a race, is a chronograph. This is enough to get you through most ‘watchy’ chats with ease.

Accessories please: Autumn’s must-have pieces

In this era of expressive, individualised fashion, accessories are witnessing a renaissance with a whole array of joyful, playful pieces that add a sense of character to any look. Hunt for designs that are meaningful to you, whether that’s a crystal hair clip or a tapestry handbag.  

Brooches

Right now, personal, symbolic jewellery should be top of any wish list with badges, brooches and pins decorating everything from jackets to heels. More is more – so go for excess with a multitude of crystal clips to ‘do up’ tousled locks and an array of brooches to soup up utilitarian jackets.

Fur purses

Enjoy the visceral appeal of a faux fur or sheepskin handbag. Once worn, you will never forget how friendly they feel to the touch and how effective they can be as icebreakers in social circles. The only word of caution is to keep these furry wonders out of the rain.

48 hours in Paris

Experience Paris like a local with our top picks for exploring the city in style…

DINE

Akrame

Renowned for its innovative approach to food, Akrame is without a doubt one of the city’s hippest hotspots. Carefully sourcing the freshest ingredients, Chef Akrame Benallal invents dishes that truly push creative boundaries. Combining tastes, flavours and textures in unexpected ways, Benallal delivers each dish to your table to discuss and describe the ingredients. The opulent yet understated interior only adds to the ambience – this is a Michelin-starred dining experience not to be missed.

19 Rue Lauriston, 75016 Paris, France

48 hours in Milan

Experience Milan like a local this fashion season with our top picks for exploring the city in style…

DINE

Carlo e Camilla in Segheria

This unique dining concept opened in 2014, but its unexpected offering and pioneering aesthetic continues to make waves across the city years later. Created by Michelin-starred chef Carlo Cracco and art director Tanja Solci and set in a former sawmill, take in the restaurant's soaring structure as you savour exquisite dishes. The graphic, monochromatic space is part of a new wave of creative dining – and it’s worth noting that this is as much a social experience as any, with visitors dining side by side on the elegant, elongated tables.

Via Giuseppe Meda 24, 20141 Milan, Italy

Working 9 to 5: Inside the office of three fashion creatives

We hate to break it to you, but come September you’re tousled hair and sandals just won’t cut it for the office. Time for our annual reinvention. From what to throw on when you’re running late to nailing that Pinterest-worthy desk, three fashion insiders share how they go ‘back-to-school’ in style. You might even make it in for 9am.

 THE STUDENT: Lily Kate of www.jolihouse.com

 

On her capsule working wardrobe

HOLIDAY PACKING: FASHION ESSENTIALS FOR EVERY GETAWAY

From luxury city breaks to week-long retreats, a summer holiday can instil a sense of creative inspiration, providing the perfect opportunity to experiment with your style. This season, pack beautifully with statement pieces that combine bold design with delicate detail. Here are our top picks for your favourite destinations…

BEACH BREAK

For long days by the water, rich hues will lend a refined aesthetic when layered under free-flowing silhouettes. Think luxe separates with bold undertones for subtle summer vibrancy. 

CITY BREAK

The key to city packing is to curate a contemporary capsule that moves seamlessly from day to night. Covet a quirky mix of tailored shapes and transformative jewellery for effortless elegance.

SUPERCHARGE YOUR WORKOUT

While dynamic workouts are a crucial component of that summer body reboot, the steps you take before, during and after exercise are integral for keeping your lifestyle goals on track. From mood-boosting superfoods to supplement-infused oils, energise your body and balance your mind with our top tips to training harder…

INVIGORATE

ENERGISE

RESTORE

FESTIVAL READY

Festival season is just around the corner, and whilst you may start off with the perfect side braid and artfully applied make-up – crowds, camping and crazy weather can really throw your look off point.  So to get you ready for the most Instagrammed season of the year, we’ve asked three top bloggers to share their style, beauty and wellness secrets. Selfie sticks at the ready!

Sophia from theskinnyandthecurvyone.com

Edgy urban.

Chiemsee Summer Festival.

SUMMER BEAUTY

When it comes to summer beauty, mastering that effortless post-beach glow isn’t always easy. Sun, salt and chlorine can all interfere, wreaking havoc on our hair and skincare regimes. From textured waves to beautifully bronzed skin, the perfect sun-kissed finish calls for a touch of beauty prep – so we’ve asked three top bloggers to share their rituals for the season ahead…

Monica of mesvoyagesaparis.com

I adore a chic daytime vibe – Olivia Palermo and Chiara Ferragni are my make-up muses.

Lip balm, face cream, lip-gloss and bronzing pearls.

The most stylish hotels in the capital

Six of the best Madrid hotels

An undeniable capital of chic, revered for its eclectic architecture that fuses cutting-edge design with historically eminent buildings, Madrid delivers on so many aesthetic levels. Take a trip to Las Rozas Village to stock up on suitably fashionable attire before checking into the top hotels that fuse world-class design with super relaxing surroundings. 

 

ME Madrid

It’s undeniably flash, but the ME Madrid is also designed with serious comfort in mind. The rooms are sleek, with all mod-cons and 300-thread-count bed linen. There are Chic Suites – corner suites with wonderful views – or Style Suites to choose from, but the two-level Suite ME with a sumptuous lounge and two private terraces is the most luxurious of them all. Whichever room you choose, The Roof Terrace bar is a real draw and attracts Madrid’s most fashionable set for cocktails set against 360-degree views.

 

Plan your summer getaway with Europe’s best beaches…

Five beaches to visit this summer

The style: 24-hour party

The place: Sitges, Spain With 17 beaches on offer, the Catalan coast around Sitges, 35km from Barcelona, has sand to suit everyone.

Fashion credentials: There’s no denying its reputation as a party town but Sitges also hosts its own Fashion Week(end) in June.

 

Hotspots: In the early evenings, bars around Plaza Cap de la Vila are the liveliest. For late-night dancing try Organic or Trailer, and if you want to party all day and into the night then it has to be L’Atlantida.

Exquisitely crafted, elegantly cut and timeless in form, picking the perfect suit is an art. We’ve asked some of Europe’s top menswear bloggers for a sartorial snapshot of formalwear across the continent…

Sartorial suiting

UK: Ronan of thewild-swans.com

A good strong fabric such as vichy wool or herringbone will not only protect you from the cold, but it will also add plenty of elegance to your outfit. There’s an amazing brand selection when it comes to tailoring and suits at Bicester Village. Burberry, Dunhill, Ermenegildo Zegna and Reiss offer the best of their price range. I love the twist that Burberry and Reiss give to their suits in particular, with plenty of fabrics, patterns and colours to choose from. I’ve been passionate about fashion and style for as long as I can remember. My mother always encouraged me to express myself through clothes, but I think my interest fully blossomed when I started reading GQ at 14. I would study each and every page and just knew I had to be a part of that world.

Follow Ronan’s style:

Facebook: @RonanLouisSummers

Twitter: @xmrbrightside89

Whether it’s a classic carry-all or an elegant mini bag you’re lusting after, Europe’s street style icons are here to help…

Bloggers handbag pics

ITALY: Fashion Editor Ildo Damiano

When choosing a bag, start by deciding which dimensions and shape are the best fit for the occasion. I believe accessories are really a distinctive sign of one’s style and personality; this is why I have many tailor-made items with my name sewed on. I would suggest choosing “bold”, monochromatic bags that can be easily adapted to any look. In addition, I would avoid matching the colour of the dress with the shoes - I’d rather go for the fresh and contemporary effect of opposites. The bag that has accompanied me in most adventures is my Louis Vuitton Keepall, which I have personalised with my initials. Fidenza Village is the perfect place to purchase bags because it offers the greatest selection of brands and provides guests with the ideal accessory with the right price.

Follow Ildo’s style:

Instagram: @dieciminutidiapplausi

Shop the latest handbags at Fidenza Village

Our handpicked selection of denim icons.

Denim Icons

MEN

The skinny

Push sartorial boundaries with a skinny jean that’s both traditional yet defined. The tight fit draws attention to your shoes, so ensure your footwear is on point with a classic pair of converse or a leather Chelsea boot.

The slim

Clean and refined, a pair of slim-fit skinnies can be worn however you like – roll them up, stack them down or crop them at the ankle. The distressed texture and light wash works best with basics, so add a white tee and leather slip-ons for effortless off-duty cool.

Four top bloggers share their health, fashion and beauty tips

The lifestyle edit

BEAUTY

Holly of www.articleofstyle.co.uk

Skincare investment

As I've got older, my list of skincare concerns has not only got longer but also more specific. Long gone are the days of renewing my skincare routine every month, I’m now focused on finding holy grail products that I can rely on year after year. A generic high-street chemists’ cleanser just doesn't cut it anymore, and if there's one thing you can justify investing in, it has got to be your skin. Think skin-loving elixirs, rejuvenating masks and miracle cleansers!

The triple effect

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