THIS WEEKEND IN: NEW YORK

March 28, 2015  |  Lifestyle, New York
THIS WEEKEND IN: NEW YORK

Porchlight is a sophisticated cocktail-cum-snacks bar – an airy, relaxed version of a Manhattan cocktail lounge with a down home, Deep South twist. Louisiana-born chef Jean-Paul Bourgeois cooks up small-plate delights like boiled-peanut hummus and jalapeño cornbread. Tel. 212.981.6188

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If your spirit is running on empty, Sacred Space NY will restore your nerves with what it calls “luxe” healing, including massage, meditation and yoga by some the best practitioners in New York City. Tel. 212.245.8235

A HOTEL TO NEST IN

March 27, 2015  |  Art, Design, Lifestyle
A HOTEL TO NEST IN

Describing itself as “the perfect getaway for today’s jet-set crowd,” Nest Hotel has gained acclaim for its modernist architecture and serene surroundings. Located on the island of Yeongjongdo, it offers views of pine trees and the Yellow Sea.

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Close enough to Seoul to feel well-connected but remote enough to claim its title as a hideaway, Nest hotel is a tribute to minimalism. Think raw stone, expansive windows and a neutral color palette.

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Tired of sheer relaxation? Stimulate one’s intellect in the hotel’s library, which offers art and design books as well as a killer selection of cocktails.

WHAT IS LUXURY AT THE V&A

March 27, 2015  |  Art, Lifestyle, London
WHAT IS LUXURY AT THE V&A

Victoria & Albert’s upcoming exhibition examining the ideas around luxury throughout history promises to showcase extraordinary works of decadence. From couture gowns to fine watches, luxury’s past is interwoven with questions about its future. From April 25 – September 27.

A CONVERSATION WITH STELLA

March 27, 2015  |  Fashion, Lifestyle
A CONVERSATION WITH STELLA

Known for her ethical attitude, Stella McCartney has been a steadfast champion of animal rights and environmentally-conscious fashion (you read more about her approach to sustainable fashion here). In a conversation with the editor-in-chief of The Business of Fashion, the British designer explains how her vegetarianism has shaped her global fashion empire. Read the full story.

IT BAG: CHLOÉ

March 27, 2015  |  Fashion, For Her
IT BAG: CHLOÉ

A statement accessory for the summer, Chloé’s Faye handbag channels the ’70s spirit of the spring/summer 2015 collection. Team with cowboy boots and a breezy dress.

MADE IN ITALY

March 26, 2015  |  Fashion, For Her
MADE IN ITALY

Fashion blogger Chiara Ferragni of The Blonde Salad fame shows off her Made in Italy roots wearing Fendi.

THE LOOKS EVERY KID NEEDS FOR PALM SUNDAY

March 26, 2015  |  Fashion
THE LOOKS EVERY KID NEEDS FOR PALM SUNDAY

With Palm Sunday this weekend, it’s time to spruce up the little one’s wardrobe. Short on time? We’ve rounded up the most adorable looks for you.


Burberry, Dior, Burberry, Gucci, Stella McCartney, Gucci

RECIPE FOR A SPRINGTIME VELOUTÉ

March 26, 2015  |  Lifestyle
RECIPE FOR A SPRINGTIME VELOUTÉ

Chef Paolo Sari has placed health at the forefront of his cooking, ruling that everything that enters his kitchen must be 100% organic. Presiding over the kitchen at the Elsa restaurant in Monte-Carlo Beach Hotel, he shares a recipe for warm baby pea velouté that – while simple- is sure to impress.

8 baby carrots
12 mignons cherry tomatoes
1 slice yellow squash
4 mini courgettes
4 pink radishes
32 peeled baby fava beans
12 purple cauliflower
4 mini turnips
4 mini beetroots
2 spoons extra virgin olive oil
1 pinch of fleur de sel

Baby pea velouté
200 g shelled peas
1 small chopped shallot
2 spoons extra virgin olive oil
50 cl water
7 g Fleur de sel

For the leaves and flowers
8 amaranth perilla leaves
8 dried squash flowers
12 mimosa flowers
4 verbena flowers
4 verbena leaves
8 basil sprigs

1. Gently sauté the chopped shallot in the olive oil. Add the peas, followed shortly by the water and salt. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and cook for 10 minutes. Blend and keep warm.
2. Wash the vegetables, peel the carrots and finely slice the squash. Slice the courgette in 4 lengthwise. Slice the turnips, radishes and beetroot.
3. Blanch the vegetables in boiling water for a minute then sauté them in a pan with some extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper for a minute.
4. Ladle the velouté into a shallow plate, placing the vegetables according to quality and color. Finish with the leaves and flowers.

LEIGHTON MEESTER’S STYLE DIARY

March 25, 2015  |  Fashion, For Her
LEIGHTON MEESTER'S STYLE DIARY

“Gossip Girl” star and singer Leighton Meester gained style notoriety as Blair Waldorf, the Upper East Side queen that ruled her turf with headbands, statement jewelry and perfectly polished ensembles always in place. Meester is far more relaxed. Modeling looks from Jimmy Choo’s spring/summer 2015 colletion, she shares her own approach to fashion.

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What’s your red carpet style? It varies, which is what I find most fun about getting dressed for an event. I like to experiment and change depending on mood, but comfort is most important to me.

What’s your off duty look? Jeans and tees, jumpers, jean jacket, comfortable long skirt and sweater.

Piece of fashion advice you would give your best friend? I appreciate honesty so I would always ask a good friend for fashion advice, and I will give input but I have some very stylish friends.

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Who are your style icons? Diane Keaton and Stevie Nicks

What inspires you? Intelligent, passionate women who fight for the education, equality and empowerment of others and the women and men who support them.

How do you feel that your style has changed through the years? Like anyone, I’ve gone through phases, but the biggest difference is that I’m less concerned with fashion for fashion’s sake. I find that I’m happiest when I’m comfortable in my favourite key items, so I just add or subtract from my tried and true items to create a certain look.

SELFRIDGES’ GENDER-FREE DEPARTMENT STORE

March 25, 2015  |  Fashion, London
SELFRIDGES' GENDER-FREE DEPARTMENT STORE

With boyfriend jeans and androgynous fits becoming increasingly acceptable, the traditionally narrow constructs of masculine and feminine are blurring in fashion. This was recognized by Selfridges in their bold move to create a gender – neutral department store that offers clothes in a space unfettered by social expectations. Agender, the pop-up store, offers unisex lines from some of the coolest designers in fashion.

Dev Heynes and Neneh Cherry have released a new music video to support Agender. Titled “He, She, Me,” it’s a beautifully choreographed project that features transgender model Hari Nef.