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Laura McLaws Helms is the fashion and cultural historian using Instagram as more than just an image sharing platform. Via her account, @laurakitty, she often shares rarely-seen-before images of the most iconic celebrities, actors and musicians from across the ages, alongside lengthy explanations about the sartorial and cultural context of the photograph. Our favourites include outtakes of Faye Dunaway's legendary post-Oscar win, morning-of-leisure at the Beverly Hills Hotel pool, taken by Terry O'Neill.
FRAGRANCE: Rose Prick by Tom Ford
Inspired by Tom Ford's private rose garden, new fragrance Rose Prick offers a modern take on rose, designed to be worn alone or layered with another of the brand’s scents. The scent has top notes of Sichuan pepper and turmeric, heart notes of May rose, Turkish rose and Bulgarian rose and base notes of patchouli and tonka bean, all packaged up in a pretty pink bottle. This one’s going straight on our Valentine’s Day wish list.
Vardo is the newest restaurant from the team behind Caravan. In a three-storey pavilion in Chelsea, the restaurant’s circular structure has 360-degree glass walls that fully retract into the floor, allowing for a seamless indoor/outdoor experience. The menu is very much of Caravan DNA but takes greater influence from around the world, particularly from the spice road. Expect the likes of charred aubergine with saffron buttermilk dressing and grilled chilli, followed by vanilla and caramel soft-serve with caramelised pineapple or rum-soaked raisins.
BRAND: Tove Studio
London brand Tove Studio is the grown-up label you've been waiting for. Sophisticated, smart and wearable, its sleek silk separates and romantic dresses are designed with the ultimate attention to detail, resulting in a capsule collection of functional hero pieces we love.
MUSICIAN: Mae Muller
With 54.9k Instagram followers and counting, it’s safe to say north Londoner Mae Muller will be a festival regular in no time. Just 21, her debut album Chapter One came out last year and fast became one of our most-listened to. Keen to give her a listen? She’ll be playing live in Dublin, London, Manchester, Birmingham and Glasgow over the course of February.
CANDLE: La Montaña
In need of a holiday? Look to La Montaña, a range of scented candles inspired by the founder’s life in a Spanish mountain village, which conjure up memories of the Mediterranean and afternoons in the sun. They also to look great on the mantlepiece: each has its own collectable label in the style of a nostalgic 1930s travel poster.
CAMPAIGN: Georgia May Jagger x For Love & Lemons
Sexy, bohemian and romantic, For Love & Lemons is the stateside lingerie brand whose playful, pretty pieces we've long lusted after. Now, the brand has joined forces with bombshell model Georgia May Jagger for a collection of underwear/ready-to-wear pieces; expect signature cherry print designs and a wide selection of feminine lace.
BEAUTY: Jordon Samuel
Leading skin therapist Jordan Samuel Pacitti founded his eponymous collection in 2013, setting out to create high-performing formulas that artfully tame and perfect complexions in crisis. New to the UK, this chic and minimalistic collection will look beautiful on any beauty shelf. The hero product? The Hydrate Facial Serum, which bathes your skin in soothing botanicals and nourishing humectants for an effortlessly dewy finish.
THE CAFE: Breakfast at Tiffany’s
Harrods has launched a café experience themed around the Audrey Hepburn film. Guests can enjoy their flat whites from Tiffany-blue cups, surrounded by jewels, amazonite stone features and hand-painted motifs based on the designer store. Breakfast offers the likes of all-butter croissants with a choice of eggs, Cornish crab muffins and Faroe-Islands smoked salmon. Not a morning person? While away an afternoon with the ‘Tiffany Tea’, featuring dainty finger sandwiches and a beautiful selection of patisserie.
Stretching is something we know we should do ourselves, but tend to avoid. However, being stretched by someone else is something to relish. New London stretching studio StretchLAB offers just that, and provides classes and sessions where both fitness junkies and desk-bound office workers can benefit from a series of stretches and exercises that will loosen muscles, improve posture and speed up recovery.
This Jane Austen adaptation follows the antics of a young woman, Emma Woodhouse (Anya Taylor-Joy), who lives in Georgian and Regency-era England and occupies herself with matchmaking – in sometimes misguided, often meddlesome fashion – in the lives of her friends and family. Also stars Johnny Flynn, Callum Turner and Josh O’Connor.
In cinemas 14th February
Theragun is the original handheld percussive therapy massage tool. Building on over a decade of research, development and innovation, the device offers pain relief, performance enhancement, improved range of motion and faster recovery from exercise. Its patented handle design provides the best ergonomics in the market, ensuring comfort and ease of use, especially when treating hard-to-reach areas. Look to Gymbox, which uses them in its ‘Rampant Rehab’ classes.
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