Do you know about the ancient tradition of Sant Jordi (Saint George)? It’s one of the most important days in Catalonia, where couples celebrate the day of love.
But it’s not about sweets and chocolate, instead men receive a book and a red rose is given to women. This comes from a long tradition, based on the story of a knight, called Jordi, who killed a dragon and from the blood of that dragon a rose grew. He was a hero for the whole population.
Still, after all these years, the streets are decorated in red, with Catalan flags, lots of roses and a breath of happiness.
Sunday 23 April 2017, is the day for the cooking lovers! Anjalina Chuani, Chef and writter visits Le Creuset to present and sign her book. Discover all about the spices world and how to give a light to your creations. Only from 11am to 1pm.
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Do you know about the ancient tradition of Sant Jordi (Saint George)? It’s one of the most important days in Catalonia, where couples celebrate the day of love.
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Get through the season in style.
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.
You’re on the bridesmaid sub list, and you’ve just been called to action
The occasion wear edit.
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 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.
Get your home looking spring-ready with these top trends.
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.
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.
Not an over-the-top hat in sight.
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.
Add these to your Easter brunch wish list…
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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These are the beauty trends we’re coveting this season…
From sun-kissed skin and berry-hued lips to bohemian bangs and braided hair, here are the four key hair and beauty trends you need on your radar for spring/summer 2017.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
"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.
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!
January, also known as the month of giving up the things we love, is well and truly over. This can only mean one thing: spring is on the way. 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.
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.
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
The crowd:With steep chutes, free riding areas and unprepared runs, this is one resort that’s best left to the pros. Advanced and adventurous skiers from all over the world gather here each year, braving the challenging slopes and boasting (join in if you dare) post-ski in one of the many mountain-top bars. In other words, leave grandma at home.
The vibe:Packed with thrill-seekers, Chamonix has an electric atmosphere that’s perfect for serious skiers wanting to put their skills to the test. Although the slopes are far from peaceful, nestled beneath the tumbling glaciers is a charming town full of quirky boutiques, bookshops and galleries. Perfect for the less athletically gifted to browse for hours on end.
From that must-have new investment to our favourite boutique hotel – here’s what’s on our radar this week. TGIF.
Kickstart Janurary with this delicious recipe from Madeline Shaw’s new book, READY, STEADY, GLOW Fast, Fresh Food Designed for Real Life.
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
Do [Dry January/a January detox], they said, it will be fun, they said…
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. Hand clapping emojis all around.
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 SWEATIt’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…
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.
7 AMI usually wake up at around this time and head straight downstairs for a large glass of water, which I have with my probiotics. Then it’s back upstairs to get dressed into my yoga gear.
Happy, Joy and Love have arrived at the Village to inspire our visitors with the values of Christmas. JOY is a vivacious, positive, creative and enthusiastic queen. HAPPY is sprightly, mischievous, fun and full of life. LOVE is the more tender, affectionate, dreamy and gentle queen.
If you happen to come across one of the three queens at the Village, be sure to capture the magical moment and share it using #LaRocaVillage. For every photo featuring Happy, Joy and Love, La Roca Village will donate one euro towards Save the Children’s campaigns to tackle child poverty.
This Christmas, watch La Roca Village transform into a truly unique showcase venue. The leading drama school, el Timbal, has created this unique Christmas scene, which is where the magical quest to find that perfect gift begins. Three young actresses from el Timbal, under the artistic guidance of the school itself, wearing dreamlike costumes created by the Catalan fashion designer Bibian Blue, and styled by hair and makeup artist Luciana Sabariz, all take centre stage in performances that will dazzle both children and adults alike.
Giving is a gift in itself, and even more so when the people you are giving to are those who need it most. This charity campaign will benefit 120 children who are at risk of crossing into social and economic poverty, from seven towns in Vallés Oriental: Aiguafreda, Lliçà de Vall, Figaró, Montornès del Vallès, Canovelles, Granollers and La Roca del Vallès.
The perfect holiday accessories, handpicked by Coach.
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 La Roca Village now.
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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 third in our three-part series, Amy Heffernan Interiors Director at Wallpaper* magazine talks traditional decorations, vintage cocktails and treasures from her travels. Brace yourselves, this is party etiquette 101.
The dress code…The dress code for cocktails this year will be black with a hint of sparkle. A statement brooch or bracelet to finish off the outfit alongside a low court shoe so I can happily dance the night away. A Puffa jacket is top of my hit list to pair with statement earrings too – I’m searching for one with a big collar.
On the menu…I love my homemade dim sum, siu mai and dumplings along with Vietnamese summer rolls. These are really unexpected party foods and always surprise my guests. Have fun with the contents and serve everything family style – this way you can create a really beautiful table while keeping an intimate sharing feel. It’s great fun choosing tableware that can all sit together in an elegant display too.
Decking the halls…I like to have oranges studded with cloves, they give off such a beautiful scent. Then for decoration, I’ll keep it fairly modern with elements of tradition. My real tree will be as tall as possible and covered in baubles collected on my travels. I also love to add bows made from my favourite ribbons for a modern vintage look. Vintage cocktail recipe books are great as well for ideas on themes to entertain guests. To ensure I’m prepared, I’ll always pop into Le Creuset and Zwilling to pick up some pieces for my dinner parties.
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 second in our three part series, editor and journalist Harriet Quick talks crystal-decked trees, Saint Laurent manicures and spending Christmas in paradise. Brace yourselves, this is party etiquette 101.
The dress code…I tend to start from the heels up – I love Jimmy Choo's Cruise collection that features removable Swarovski crystal motifs, brooches and pins that you can use to customise clutches and heels. My obsession with 'Cinderella Shoes' has taken on a new dimension having written the just-released box book Vogue: The Shoe. I’ll be wearing these with tuxedo suits or a fabulous feathery jacket.
For me, it's all about interchangeable pieces – so a ruffled blouse and voluminous tailored trouser, an asymmetric hemmed skirt and vest top, and an outsized Puffa jacket such as those by Balenciaga and Stella McCartney are all on my wish list.
This year, I’ll be spending Christmas in Vietnam on a small island called Pho Quoc and afterwards travelling to Cambodia. It will be board shorts and a bikini in the morning followed by a breezy silk dress by Prada. By then, I will have picked up some local finds. Vietnam has wonderful silver jewellery.
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…Something in a big sharing platter – nothing too fussy so everyone can get stuck in. Maybe a risotto, seafood linguine or rich tagine. I love cavolo nero, pumpkin, chestnuts and cranberries – all the winter seasonal foods that makes me feel festive. My tip for avoiding pre-party chaos it to prep as much as you can the day before and allocate enough time so you’re not locked in the kitchen when your guests arrive.
Decking the halls…Quite simple. A humble tree and chic baubles. I’m not one for banners, party hats or flashing reindeer on the roof. I prefer more understated elegance. My mother has always decorated our family home beautifully with minimal, sophisticated pieces gathered on her travels. I love Le Creuset and The White Company for homewares at the moment.
‘Tis the season to be merry – and let’s be honest, the more on-point your festive look, the merrier you’ll feel. Considering we dedicate so many hours to shopping for others over the festive period, it’s only fair that we treat ourselves to a few pieces, too. 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?
THE SCHOOL REUNIONIf you’ve managed to escape an official reunion, we commend you – but let’s get real for a second. Being back in your hometown for the holidays equals at least one guaranteed run-in with an ex, your school nemesis or your annoyingly attractive former neighbour. Counteract any awkwardness with a killer party look…
THE CHRISTMAS EVE ESCAPEIt’s the night before Christmas, and while you’ve got plenty of last-minute wrapping and potato peeling to do, you naturally find yourself in denial at the local pub. The good news is you’re not alone. Enter your entire friendship group, as well as random members of their extended family who were also desperate to get out of the house. Here are your go-to pieces for low-key elegance…
THE OFFICE PARTYOffice party dressing is a fine art – and call us crazy, but we kind of love the challenge. You need something statement enough to serve as an icebreaker for that initial, and quite frankly, painful first hour – and something elegant enough to dance freely in once the champagne starts flowing. The search is over…
THE FAMILY GATHERINGIf it’s your own family, you can probably get away with slippers, jeans and your trusty Christmas jumper. If it’s your other half’s side, we’re sorry but your outfit is going to require significantly more effort. Think luxe textures, rich hues, simple silhouettes and beautiful details. Voilà…
Visit the Pepe Jeans Custom Studio in the boutique at La Roca Village, where you will be able to customise your Pepe Jeans denim purchases and be unique! Take your imagination to the limit and create an exclusive look for just €5.
Which was the result of @atrendylife? Discover how Rebeca Labara chose to customise her Pepe Jeans denim jacket.
Patricia Sañés from @CoolhunterDiary has already customised her denim jacket – don’t miss this chance to stand out from the crowd with Pepe Jeans Custom Studio.
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Ten endearing figures have arrived at La Roca Village, offering guests the chance to discover unique experiences and those everyday moments that fill us with happiness.
Cristina, Bruno, Marc and May are a group of friends who will be in the Village until 31 October 2016. They have not come alone, they are visiting with a group of happy dogs that the Village’s younger guests are sure to enjoy meeting: Rei, Pep, Cocó, Stella, Olivia and Jean Paul. Usually, they stand quietly in front of Café y Tapas, Andreu and the Tourist Information Centre, however, they sometimes like to move around to enjoy the boutiques and the services at La Roca Village. Follow their movements on the Village’s Facebook and Instagram pages.
How did they get there? What are they like? What do they dream and think about? Your imagination can complete the story…
SHARE YOUR IMAGES We want to bring the art closer to you so you can live it as well. Visit the Village, interact and take photos with them – and, the most important thing, tell us about your experience!
Upload your images with our visitors on Instagram using #DestinationHappy and mentioning @LaRocaVillage for your chance to win one of the four sets of products illustrated by artist Eva Armisén. The most beautiful, happy and original four images will win the prize. Find the terms and conditions of the contest here.
Fashion Editor Harriet Quick on the trends to watch this season.
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 womenWe 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 flockingConjure up images of Renaissance beauties and Pre-Raphaelite muses and that’s the kind of poetic opulence that fashion is indulging in right now. The richness is in the fabrics with silk brocades and floral patterned jacquards looking both noble and decadent. Floor-grazing skirts, high-waisted trousers or tunics and sinuous evening gowns will make you feel utterly ‘dressed.’
Puffa jacketsWhile the parka dominated last year, the Puffa jacket has come into its own for autumn and the bigger and more cocooning, the better. Count the Puffa jacket’s blessings: warm, rainproof, lightweight and wonderful to cuddle up under on a long-haul flight. Look out for jewel-like colours and make a Puffa your new topper for evening dresses and all.
With autumn approaching and a whole host of events on the horizon, there’s never been a better time to invest in a new suit. Classically tailored with the perfect fit, we believe a suit can make your look stronger, sharper and overall more sartorially refined. If that's not ample justification for a new purchase, we don't know what is. From Oxford shoes to double breasted jackets, we’ve got everything you need to turn your wardrobe into a gentlemen’s dream.
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The most important component of your winter wardrobe? It’s got to be the coat. Cocoon us in cashmere and wrap us in wool – when it comes to finding that luxe top layer, it has to be just right. To save you Insta-scrolling and Pinterest-boarding way into the early hours (guilty?), we’ve done the hard work for you and scoped out the chicest cover-ups around. Buy now, or be cold later. You’ve been warned.
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There’s no business like shoe business – and by the time autumn rolls around, we can’t think of anything we’d rather spend our savings on. The cold weather throws up enough sartorial challenges to deal with, so forgive us for seeking consolation in leather lace-ups and knee-high suede. To cover all boot bases, invest in an irresistible supply of shapes and shades. Here are the pairs we’ll be coveting this season.
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We know you don't need an excuse to invest in a new handbag – but a statement carryall is a truly effortless way to inject a hit of colour and texture to your autumn wardrobe. With tartan, snakeskin, faux fur and jewels all back on the scene, it’s time to replace that summer tote and search for a more refined bag to complement those new season staples. The catwalk has opened up the door to satchel straps, backpacking and cross-body bags, so whatever style you’re lusting after, invest wisely with our top picks.
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Accessories editor Jessica Diamond shares her tips on finding the perfect watch this autumn…
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.
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From Art Deco clutch bags to decorative brooches, Harriet Quick shares the accessories at the top of her wish list…
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.
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.
Renowned for its rich heritage and innovative designs, Coach celebrates its 75th anniversary this year…
Seamlessly balancing strong durability with an edgy and elegant aesthetic, Coach has been crafting the finest leather goods since 1941 – and although the brand’s identity may have evolved over the years, the dedication to quality and focus on refined expression has remained the same.
The brand’s humble beginnings trace back to 1941, with a small, family-run workshop in the heart of New York City. Inspired by the precise design of a baseball glove, company founder Miles Kahn and his team of six artisans created a collection of 12 handbags using the same meticulous stitch work – and so the Coach brand was born.
The classic pieces struck a chord with the fashion crowd and gradually the label began to expand. In 1962, American sportswear pioneer Bonnie Cashin designed the famous duffle bag, firmly securing Coach a coveted spot on the luxury landscape – but it was the appointment of new CEO and future Chairman, Lew Frankfort, that really enabled Coach to find its niche. Frankfort recognised consumers’ desire for affordable luxury and by bridging the high street and high-end gap, Coach rapidly grew into the iconic fashion brand that it is today.
Recognised across the globe for its distinctive representation of American style, Coach beautifully captures the vibrant energy of New York through its carefully crafted pieces. Resonating with fashion-forward men and women of all ages, the label has been worn by high-profile icons such as Madonna and Prince – and, today, has caught the attention of a younger celebrity crowd, thanks to British visionary Stuart Vevers.
Once again, La Roca Village is collaborating with Save the Children.
From 20 August 2016 on, the Village will be raising funds to assist in eradicating child poverty in Catalonia.To make a donation, visit the Tourist Information Centre and in exchange you will receive a book and some colouring pencils to help decorate the Village.
Your donation will help the campaign that aims to break the cycle of the inter-generational transmission of poverty through education; an essential tool to guarantee real and sustainable changes in children´s lives.
Give some colour to La Roca Village and join the campaign with Save the Children!
This campaign will be active until stock lasts.
From 15 to 17 November 2016, discover the boutique of the future at La Roca Village.
La Roca Village launches the first innovation laboratory with the ‘Smart Boutique’, a space that aims to show guests the shopping experience of the future. This ‘smart retail’ prototype will preview the latest trends and technological developments that will improve consumers’ shopping experience.
It is a project that has been developed together with a group of technological companies (Admira, Idneo, Intel, Microsoft and Panasonic) with the support of La Roca Village.
This initiative coincides with the celebration of the Smart City Expo World Congress 2016 taking place in Barcelona, and is part of the Catalonia Smart Country Tour. La Roca Village has been one of the locations chosen by the organisation to announce technological developments.
The stylist Vadim has extensive experience in the fashion world, he has worked as a stylist with several international glossy magazines and has advised some of the most recognizable celebrities, such as Gerard Butler, David Gandy, Lapo Elkan, Adrian Brody among others.
Vadim visited La Roca Village in September 2016.
How do you spice up a basic outfit?We all have different lifestyle choices which reflect in our clothes. Everyone has his own basic outfit – some of us wear suits, some of us wear jeans as basics. Spicing up a look shouldn’t be too challenging; basic jeans and a t-shirt can be matched with a scarf/jacket for a classic evening look, or a businessman in a suit all day can feel more comfortable in the evening by just removing his tie.
How does one’s personality can be express in his outfit?In my opinion, it’s important for the person to wear the outfit rather than the other way round. Every item of clothing looks different on any given individual; the person wearing it gives the outfit a personality.
Casual lookAs you know, I am in love with Sandro and every time I go to La Roca Village I have to visit the boutique. On this occasion, I did not hesitate in choosing my five-star piece. This bi-coloured Manchester coat, combined with jeans, black boots and fox-printed sweater create the perfect look for everyday wear or weekend drinks.
Suit look The suit, available in two or three pieces, should be the perfect fit. For a different look, we have changed the dark suit for a grey Prince of Wales check from Hackett that, when combined with a woollen tie available in three colours, and blue shirt, gives a breath of fresh air to the outfit. What do you think?
It's time to get back on track. From bold hues to cutting-edge prints, energise and empower your workouts this summer with our hand-picked edit of stylish sportswear.
Visit La Roca Village to discover your new pieces!
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Experience Paris like a local with our top picks for exploring the city in style…
AkrameRenowned 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
SeptimeNestled amongst the picturesque bookshops and artistic boutiques of Rue Charonne lies charming restaurant Septime. Created by French cooking sensation Chef Bertrand Grébaut, each dish is pure, seasonal and delicious. Designed by a former student of Penninghen design school, the mirrored walls, industrial accents and antique furniture set the scene for the perfect meal. What’s more, the menu changes by the day so prepare to be happily surprised on each and every visit.
Experience Milan like a local this fashion season with our top picks for exploring the city in style…
Carlo e Camilla in SegheriaThis 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
Pasticceria CucchiA trip to Italy simply wouldn’t be complete without tasting the array of traditional desserts. One of the most stylish spots in which to indulge has to be Pasticceria Cucchi, a firm favourite amongst the fashion pack since its opening in 1936. If you’re looking for the ideal place to indulge in the Milanese tradition of cocktails and canapés before dinner, this authentic old-school patisserie is renowned for its buzzy aperitivo hour. We recommend stumbling upon this charming neighbourhood haunt on a warm, balmy evening – and be sure to get there early for a coveted spot under the trees outside.
From charismatic cocktail bars to Art Deco hotels, we’ve got everything you need for a stylish stay in the capital…
Bourne and Hollingsworth BuildingsLight, 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 RestoSituated 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.
CoyaBringing the spirit of Latin America to Piccadilly, Peruvian restaurant Coya is an incredible dining experience that is not to be missed. Located next to Hyde Park, the mysterious lighting and interior create an electric atmosphere, and the menu fuses traditional Peruvian cooking with contemporary cuisine for an incredible taste sensation.
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
Currently coveting…Velvet. I’ll be keeping my eye out for a well cut pair of high waisted jeans, and maybe a skirt or two. It’s not overly dressy, but is just that bit different for when denim gets boring. I’m loving the dusky pinks and purples trend too, so lots of plum and raspberry.
Carol Peña is the art director, photographer and traveller behind the exquisite images of @misshedwig that every day inspires more than 600,000 followers on Instagram. During her visit to La Roca Village, Carol Peña set her imagination free at the Barcelona Designers’ Collective pop-up boutique, where she was impressed by the talent and creativity from Hey Studio, Jordi Canuda, Las Coleccionistas, Maria Roch and PeBe Store, among others. All of her selected pieces can be found at the Barcelona Designers’ Collective boutique at La Roca Village until 16 August 2016.
Carol Peña selects:
Tropic Print poster: Giclée print on Decor Smooth Art paper. It is hand-sealed. Dimensions: 50 x 70 cm Price: €35Find out more about HEY STUDIO >
JORDI CANUDASDipping Light lamp in brass: Dipping Light is the result of a methodology that produces lamps that deepen the light directly into colour. Layer by layer, different colour intensities are added to the light, making unique patterns for each lamp. Dimensions: 10 x 15 x 25 cmPrice: €145Find out more about JORDI CANUDAS >
Barcelona Designers' Collective online:
Elle.es 'El futuro del diseño'
Vanity Fair 'Ocho nuevos diseñadores a los que seguir la pista este verano'
La Vanguardia 'Un escaparate para el talento'
Els Matins de TV3'El bo i millor dels joves dissenyadors de Catalunya en una sola botiga'
The fashion blogger, travel and lifestyle expert Silvia Bartabac, editor of the blog bartabacmode.net, finds inspiration in the Barcelona Designers’ Collective boutique with casual and cool garments from emerging fashion talents and unique decoration. All these items can be found in the Barcelona Designers’ Collective pop-up boutique at La Roca Village until 16 August 2016.
Silvia Bartabac selects:
1. BASEssential N5 mini flowerpot for little cactus and plants, it has an integrated plate to allow water retention.Dimensions: 12 x 7.5 cmPrice: €30Find out more about BAS >
2. IKALinen striped kimono, ideal for its versatility.Price: CPVFind out more about IKA >
3. ZAZO & BRULLLong natural silk shirt in light pink, with wide, three-quarter-length sleeves.Price: €56Find out more about ZAZO&BRULL >
Mike Madrid and Gabriel García, editors of the blog cupofcouple.com, jump into the Barcelona Designers’ Collective pop-up boutique with their particular vision. Below are some of the designs that most stood out for this creative duo. You can find all of them in the Barcelona Designers’ Collective pop-up boutique at La Roca Village until 16 August 2016.
Cup of Couple selects:
1. CIERTO ESTUDIO
Totem 8 – Totems is a series of cement lamps considered sculptures. A simple set-up system that allows you to exchange pieces of the lamp with relative ease gives you freedom to personalise the piece.Dimensions: 38 x 12 x 12 cm Price: €220Find out more about CIERTO ESTUDIO>
2. KRIZIA ROBUSTELLAUFO Party denim long-sleeve shirt with printed patches by Amaia Arrazola. Price: €95Find out more about KRIZIA ROBUSTELLA >
Journalist, public relations expert and fashion blogger Paula Ordovás is passionate about fashion, however, during the launch of the Barcelona Designers’ Collective pop-up boutique, the blog editor of MyPeepToes.com could not stop admiring daily objects reconstructed into unique designs, thanks to the creativity and ability of the emerging talents Bas, Bussoga, Casa Atlântica, Quimana and Don Fisher. You will find all of them in the Barcelona Designers’ Collective at La Roca Village until 16 August 2016.
Paula Ordovás selects:
1. BASEssencial N2 flowerpot – it protects the plant from the direct sunlight and retains the light in interior spaces due to its concave shape.Dimensions: 20.5 x 28 cmPrice: €85Find out more about BAS >
2. BUSSOGAFour ceramic coasters with fish illustrations.Dimensions: 10 x 10 x 0.8 cm Price: €24.50
If you like this fish design, you will also love the ceramic board, a tile with adhesive back and whiteboard pen to write notes.Dimensions: 15 x 15 x 0.8 cmPrice: €18.15
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 BREAKFor 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 BREAKThe 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.
COUNTRY BREAKFor a country escape, opt for bohemian prints in soft pastel shades for a romantic twist on summertime style. Keep the look beautifully balanced by pairing your statement pieces with neutral accessories.
ACTIVE BREAKFrom rejuvenating yoga retreats to hiking in the sun, nothing boosts wellbeing like a fitness-focused break. Supercharge your holiday workouts with our collection of dynamic, design-driven activewear.
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
Style tribe:Edgy urban
Where she’s going:Chiemsee Summer Festival.
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
Beauty muse:I adore a chic daytime vibe – Olivia Palermo and Chiara Ferragni are my make-up muses.
In the summer make-up bag:Lip balm, face cream, lip-gloss and bronzing pearls.
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…
UPON WAKING: For your first glass of the day, try infusing freshly squeezed lemon and a sprinkle of cayenne pepper into your water. The vitamin C, antioxidants and electrolytes in the lemon stimulate the liver’s natural enzymes, helping to oxygenate and detoxify the body. Meanwhile the cayenne pepper helps to regulate blood sugar and kick-start the metabolism by raising body temperature.
MOOD-BOOSTING BREAKFAST: For a revitalising twist on your usual smoothie or protein shake, why not experiment with different natural boosters? Try aloe vera for troublesome digestion, echinacea for its flu-fighting properties or ginseng for natural stress reduction.
THE POWER OF SCENT: If you tend to lose your focus mid workout, pack a small bottle of scented oil into your gym bag and massage onto your skin before you begin. Energising scents such as orange, peppermint and eucalyptus have been shown to improve concentration and hand-eye coordination.
From 17 to 19 June 2016, farmers all around Catalonia will be holding open days at their farms, ready to show us their herds, market gardens, workshops, fields, etc. The best way to get to know, enjoy and buy the produce of our land! You can visit farms in all parts of Catalonia and spend a perfect weekend with the Benvinguts a Pagès menu and special packages for your stay.Find out more:benvingutsapages.cat
Do not miss the new official collection from FC Barcelona, the football team that inspires fans all over the world. Discover the new FC Barcelona Nike Vapor 2016/17 kit with Aeroswift technology, merchandising items and tickets for Camp Nou.
Scalpers is a brand defined by urban and sports trends, designed for men who understand the importance of details.
Discover the newly arrived summer collection and embrace the Scalpers style!
Summer swimwear collection by Scalpers. (From left to right in the image above) Camouflage swimming trunks: RRP €65/La Roca Village price €43 Blue squares swimming trunks: RRP €65/La Roca Village price €43 Red print swimming trunks: RRP €65/La Roca Village price €43 Green print swimming trunks: RRP €65/La Roca Village price €43 Black swimming trunks: RRP €65/La Roca Village price €43 Blue print swimming trunks: RRP €65/La Roca Village price €43 Floral print swimming trunks: RRP €65/La Roca Village price €43 Yellow swimming trunks: RRP €55/La Roca Village price €36 Blue swimming trunks: RRP €55/La Roca Village price €36
Enjoy this festivity with storytellers, face-painting and other surprises!
During your visit to the Village, receive a solidarity rose*. The roses are handmade by disabled women at the Vicente Ferrer Foundation’s workshops in India.
If you want to know the legend of ‘Sant Jordi’ from beginning to end, come and listen to our storyteller in front of Burberry at the following times: 11.00, 11.30, 12.00, 12.30, 13.00, 13.30, 14.00, 16.00, 16.30, 17.00, 17.30, 18.00, 18.30, 19.00.
Let our face painters transform you into your favourite superhero. They will be located at the Mori Restaurant square from 11.00 to 14.00 and from 16.00 to 19.00.
‘Sant Jordi’ is a unique celebration. We look forward to welcoming you on Saturday 23 April 2016.
*1,400 units available.
International ambassadress of the project Barcelona Designers' Collective, 2015 edition. Winning creator of the Fashion Week in New York City.Can you talk to us about your involvement with this year's Barcelona Designers’ Collective? This is my first experience, seeing and participating with the Barcelona Designers’ Collective. I’ve looked to all of the various products design in the retail store in here and I’m being very impressed with it. I’m here to help give it some more visibility and talk about it to the media. I look forward to meeting the designers, and if there’s advice that I can give them, I’m here to do that.
What initially attracted you to the project and why is it important to you?I’ve spent my entire career nurturing and sustaining emerging talent, and consulting many different fashion weeks around the country that focus on emergent talent. I’m a big supporter of that, so when I was invited by La Roca Village to participate, I thought this would be a lovely opportunity to further that mission of discovering and helping emerging talent.
The Barcelona Designers’ Collective will not only discover but also champion emerging design talent - what qualities do you think are essential to succeed in today's design and fashion industries?The first element is talent and creativity and creating something that has a point of view and that is not something you see anywhere else. What you need to be successful in this industry is that vision, passion and you need a partner, you need financing and you need to know how to run a business or have a partner who can run that business with you.
In your opinion, what a designer has to do to emerge?One of the things a designer can do is get their application and try to get into this Designer Collective of La Roca Village. This is a whole new world with internet and social media, so they need to cultivate and create a strong social media presence. There are a lot of young emerging designers that don’t even have to be in a breaking modern store anymore. They can really do business in this new area, but they need to have an identity and a point of view on something that is consistent.
Why should La Roca Village customers be excited about the Barcelona Designers’ Collective? It’s an exciting opportunity for all the international guests and all the shoppers that are coming through here who know what some of the brands are and what they are looking at in the village. But I think there’s a sense of discovery, of discovering something new, and all good shoppers like to find something that nobody else has, and the Barcelona Designers’ Collective really allows that sense of discovery.
Until 8 November 2015La Roca Village supports up-and-coming talents in the pop-up boutique Barcelona Designers' Collective. This second edition has been created in collaboration with FAD (Fostering Arts & Design) and will showcase the creations from different design disciplines: fashion, graphic design and illustration, product design, crafts and contemporary jewellery.
#LaRocaVillage #BarcelonaDesignersCollectivePANEL OF EXPERTSA panel of experts, consisting of renowned professionals of international prestige associated with different areas of design, has supported the Barcelona Designers’ Collective by endorsing the project, the products and the participating talent. This panel of experts value the creative talent, imagina- tion, originality and commercial vocation of those selected.NANI MARQUINA – PRESIDENT OF THE ADVISORY PANEL. DESIGNER, ENTREPRENEUR AND FAD PRESIDENTFERN MALLIS – INTERNATIONAL AMBASSADRESS OF THE PROJECT. WINNING CREATOR OF THE FASHION WEEK IN NEW YORK CITYJULI CAPELLA – ARCHITECTURETONI SEGARRA – CREATIVITYJOSEP ABRIL – FASHIONPABLO ERROZ – FASHION, BARCELONA DESIGNERS COLLECTIVE 2014 PRIZECONRAD ROSET – ILLUSTRATIONJOAN OLIVERAS BAGUÉS – JEWELLERYMANUEL OUTOMURO – PHOTOGRAPHYCARLOS SANTANA – RETAIL DIRECTOR AT VALUE RETAIL SPAINEMERGING TALENTSA selection of emerging talents in various areas of design, art and crafts, the La Roca Village Barcelona Designers’ Collective will feature high-quality products from original makers who have created their own brand with a clear commercial vision. Those taking part are in the early stages of their career, with links to Barcelona and its surroundings and offering a fresh vision in their field through their creations.GRAPHIC DESIGN AND VISUAL COMMUNICATION CONTEMPORARY JEWELLERY INDUSTRIAL DESIGN AND CRAFTSFASHION
Elegantly cut, exquisitely crafted and timeless in form, picking the perfect suit is an art. We’ve asked some of Europe’s top menswear bloggers to help you reach those suiting goals. Here’s a sartorial snapshot of formalwear across the continent…
UK: Ronan of thewild-swans.comI’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. For autumn, 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.
Follow Ronan’s style:Facebook: @RonanLouisSummersTwitter: @xmrbrightside89Instagram: @ronansummers
Shop for menswear at Bicester Village
IRELAND: Damien of damienbroderick.netI bought my first suit when I was 22 – a three-piece tweed ensemble, great for autumn. To achieve the perfect cut, I’ll fit the jacket to the chest and shoulders and then get the sleeves altered. Same goes with slacks, if you fit them to the waist you can alter the length as desired. Hackett is a favourite brand of mine, it’s very Savile Row. Not to mention Hugo Boss and Ted Baker – no corners are cut with their pieces and every detail is as important as the last. It's easier to look after these suits too, a trusted dry cleaner can keep them looking new and altering will not compromise the structure of the garment. In terms of autumn accessories, I’ll invest in a smart pair of Chelsea boots or brogues and a simple trench coat.
Blogger, triathlete and all round aficionado of the healthy life.Let's be honest, it's been ages since I did any sport, and I'd even go so far as to say I don't really look after myself very well. Where do I start?Start by setting yourself small goals. It's best that they are weekly. Plan to exercise three or four times in the first week and make sure you actually do it.
When is the best time to start getting in shape for the summer? Now is always the best time to start. Whenever you're ready to do it. Everyone knows themselves and knows their work and family life... It's not about doing sport as some form of sacrifice, it's about incorporating it into your everyday life and making it an essential habit.
And you, how do you take care of yourself?With fruit. It is our main source of vitamins and antioxidants; fruit nourishes us and gives us energy. I think it's the best food for feeling good.
Aside from sport and maintaining a healthy life, what makes you feel good?Spending an afternoon with my girlfriends, walking and going shopping with my mum at La Roca Village – we always find something special.
Can you give us a tip for those who like to dress up? How do you combine functionality and fashion in your sportiest outfits?There's always lots of colour in sportswear, my tip is to know how to combine colours and not go over the top. It's fun, you can combine various things without looking like a mannequin and you can only do that with sports outfits.
Discover this global lifestyle brand, now open at La Roca Village. A 'no ordinary designer label', Ted Baker offers menswear, womenswear, accessories.MORE INFO +
On Thursday 30 July 2015, La Roca Village opened its new Tourist Information Office, with a new virtual concept to promote the region. The creation of this space was the result of an agreement between La Roca Village, the Catalonia Tourism Agency (Agència Catalana de Turisme) and the Barcelona Provincial Council (Diputació de Barcelona). The Minister for Industry and Employment for the Catalonian Regional Government (Generalitat de Catalunya), Felip Puig, along with the Barcelona Provincial Council MP, Ramon Riera; the mayor of La Roca del Vallès, Albert Gil; and Elena Foguet, Business Director of Value Retail, opened the new office.
HOSPITALITY THAT STANDS OUT FROM THE REST The Tourist Information Office offers visitors all of the services at La Roca Village, which are aimed at providing a unique shopping experience for anyone and everyone. Guests can enjoy services such as Hands-free Shopping, which collects their purchases as they shop; exclusive transport service via the Shopping Express® coach tour, with routes from Barcelona and the Costa Brava; free Wi-Fi; multifaith prayer room; Personal Shopper service; VIP parking; multilingual staff; a family area; and a wide range of restaurants and cafés to suit all tastes (Catalan and Spanish, Asian, Italian, American and continental cuisine).
La Roca Village has become the first private space to have this type of information point. The office features self-service point-of-information monitors, that allow guests to check details on Catalunya.com (Catalonia Tourism Agency) and “Barcelona és molt més” (Barcelona is much more) (Barcelona Provincial Council). It also provides information on products offered in the region, such as spa tourism, Montseny or modernist architecture in the del Vallès area. Visitors can also find information on hotels and tourist attractions in the region – for example, the Catalunya Motorsport Race Track (Circuit de Catalunya).