You can wear this, when you go there, to relax on the beach, reading this.
Enjoy this week’s Citizen Femme HotList!
Lacoste “BUY THIS”
Lacoste has replaced its signature crocodile with a series of difference species to raise awareness for the plight of endangered animals. This is the first time in Lacoste’s 85-year history that the crocodile has been replaced, and marks the start of a three-year partnership between the fashion brand and the International Union for Conservation of Nature. “The crocodile is leaving its iconic spot to 10 threatened species through a partnership with the International Union for Conservation of Nature,” the brand said on Instagram. “The number of polos produced for each series corresponds to the remaining population sizes in the wild. By buying one of the 1775 polos, you participate in helping IUCN and Lacoste in the fight for wildlife conservation worldwide.”
Species that are featured include the Sumatran tiger, the Javan rhino and the Kakapo parrot, with proceeds going to the IUCN.
Hemingway Watamu, Kenya “STAY HERE”
Hemingways Watamu has very recently relaunched following a complete redesign over the last two years, reclaiming its position as Kenya’s most iconic beach hotel. Watamu – meaning “home of the sweet people” in Swahili – is a small village on the Kenyan coast approximately 120kms north of Mombasa – Kenya’s second largest city. It is also 20kms south of Malindi – Vasco de Gama’s first landing point on the coast of East Africa. Located on Turtle Bay within the protected Marine National Park of Watamu, Hemingways Watamu is a tropical paradise for snorkelling and diving amongst breathtakingly beautiful coral and multi-coloured sea-life. In addition to the pristine white sand beach, the hotel has two swimming pools and a brand new spa. The restaurant overlooks the ocean and serves fresh local produce with a strong focus on seafood. Returning guests will be delighted to find the renowned ‘Hemingways Bar’ relatively untouched, continuing as a much-loved focal point in the hotel.
Brave, Rose McGowan “Read this”
“My life, as you will read, has taken me from one cult to another. BRAVE is the story of how I fought my way out of these cults and reclaimed my life. I want to help you do the same.” -Rose McGowan
Written by the actress and activist who was an original whistleblower in Hollywood’s sexual harassment scandal, is now out. A revealing memoir, empowering manifesto, and a voice for the now generation memoir. Her memoir chronicles her childhood in a cult and her complicated, painful experiences at the hands of the Hollywood machine. A no-holds-barred, pull-no-punches account of the rise of a millennial icon, fearless activist, and unstoppable force for change who is determined to expose the truth about the entertainment industry, dismantle the concept of fame, shine a light on a multibillion-dollar business built on systemic misogyny, and empower people everywhere to wake up and be BRAVE. Also featured on our top reads this year, take a look at our other suggestions.
Poon’s “EAT HERE”
Famed Cantonese restaurant Poon’s, a former West End stalwart popular with Frank Sinatra, has reopened with the aim of changing perceptions of Chinese cuisine. Established by seventh generation masterchef, Bill Poon, Poon’s dominated the London dining scene from 1973 – 2003, gaining a cult and celebrity following and a Michelin star in 1980. Now, Bill’s daughter, Amy, is bringing Poon’s back in a new guise for 2018, joining a wave of emerging, modern Chinese restaurants in the capital.
Poon’s has launched a three month pop-up restaurants in Clerkenwell, ending at the end of May. The restaurant will serve modern home-cooked Chinese food with a focus on fresh, clean flavours, authentic ingredients, and a modern-take on classic dishes. The menu will feature a large selection of gluten free, vegan and organic dishes such as Chilli radishes, Spicy aubergine salad and Tofu hotpot. These sit alongside reimagined Poon’s signature dishes such as San Choi Bao, Claypot Rice with home-made wind-dried meats, Hainanese Chicken, and Steamed Fish Guangzhou-style. This pop up is definitely one to visit but be quick as it’s not there for long.
Little Fires Everywhere, “DON’T MISS THIS”
Reese Witherspoon is a force to reckon with in the world of television. Her new project she has revealed on Instagram is with fellow actress Kerry Washington, bringing Celeste Ng‘s novel Little Fires Everywhere to the small screen. Both actresses are on board to star and executive produce the series. The bestselling novel tells the story of a single mother and her baby who move to an Ohio town and an ensuing custody battle that erupts.
The series will be the latest project from Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine production company, which she started with the aim of bringing more strong female characters to the screen. The company has already seen huge success with Big Little Lies, which is set to start filming a second season.