As we gradually rekindle with friends and families after months of lock down, and the impact of time well spent becomes even more credible in our daily lives, we explore real love this week.
We show you how to create Santorini in your own home for your loved ones, how to love yourself from the outside in, and where to take your loved ones for your own private getaway.
From the things we love to do, to the skills we love to show off, here’s our hot picks in this week’s Citizen Femme Hotlist.
RENT THIS Maison Margaux
The table wardrobe is the new wardrobe, and this rings true now more than ever with our expert ‘post-lockdown’ cooking and home entertaining skills. Now we can step up our game with the launch of Maison Margaux’s luxury tableware rental and purchase company. From elegant porcelain china and glassware, to artistic placemats and cutlery, the products are hand-selected by industry insiders known for their creative eye, knowledge and experience in luxury, to create your own Emperor’s table.
Our favourites for the summer season? The ‘Summer Meadow’ setting, perfect for an al fresco lunch with green and white floral plates on a plane blue linen and delicate cream cutlery. Or head to Santorini with their mix of colourful lemon plates, fresh scalloped white bowls, shell laced place mats, blue glassware & bamboo cutlery. Maybe an afternoon in Nantucket with the beautiful L’objet Perlée Bleu, Limoges porcelain set with hand-painted pearls in cobalt blue, on crisp white linens.
You may reconsider that meal out and opt for take out with the ultimate in luxury tableware. Go on, show off to your loved ones.
BUY THIS Slip® Silk Sleep Mask, Love is Love
Not all masks are created equal. ‘Slip’ set out to make the term ‘beauty sleep’ actually mean beauty sleep. And that they have done, very well. Using any of the Slip Sleep Masks is like an 8-hour beauty treatment every night. The masks are made from 100% pure mulberry silk – developed and refined over 10 years for ultimate quality – this miraculous mask is perfect for home and for taking on your travels and work effectively to enjoy a restful shut-eye, all whilst reducing lines caused by frowning in your sleep.
For Pride, they have created the limited-edition LOVE IS LOVE sleep mask, with embroidered LOVE in the rainbow colours. We love.
USE THIS The Organic Pharmacy, Bioeffect + Legology
Summer’s out, which means legs are out. And after months of being covered (waist down) in lounge wear, it’s time to give our pins some love. So we’ve perfected the routine to get you floaty-dress ready.
Start with The Organic Pharmacy’s Skin Brush (£7.95), the perfect tool for everyday dry brushing. This genius long-handled, natural-bristle brush allows you to thoroughly dry-brush every part of your body. It’s also the perfect balance of soft and firm, designed to gently exfoliate and condition skin. Followed by 2-3 pumps of BIOEFFECT BODY INTENSIVE (£80) following your morning shower, a dream serum to restore hydration and tone. Once you’ve tried it, you won’t be able to live without it. The finishing touch? Invest in the brand that has rewritten the book on leg care. Legology Cellu-Lite Satin Secret for Legs (£62.50) is a golden oil made with no expense spared or corners cut. A luscious formula loaded with deep-acting detoxifying and stimulating oils used by massage therapists during leg-lightening, inch-loss treatments. Uplift your legs and give your pins a new lease of life.
STAY HERE Castello di Ugento, Salento, Puglia
Castello di Ugento is a beautiful 17th century castle turned boutique hotel, overlooking the rural and medieval town of Ugento at the south-eastern tip of Salento, Puglia. Home to eight spacious and individually designed suites, which are available to book exclusively, allowing you to reunite with those you love, and safely create unforgettable memories living la dolce vita. Home to the D’Amore family for 375 years, the castle was lovingly restored by owners Massimo d’Amore, 22nd descendent of the family and his wife Diana. Diana personally oversaw the interior design of the property, managing to carefully place light and contemporary furnishings to complement the Castello’s historical interiors.
Castello is a culinary destination in its own right thanks to the world renowned, state-of-the-art cookery school located within the castle’s storehouses under original vaulted ceilings as well as the spectacular destination restaurant Il Tempo Nuovo, which serves seasonal specialities using 100% local food supply, including fruit and vegetables from their own kitchen garden and all bread and desserts created on site.
DRINK THIS Theenk Tea
Love yourself from the inside out.
New subscription brand THEENK TEA was developed to help restore our connection with nature and to encourage people to look for natural ways of helping their mental wellbeing and brain function. With a 21-day herbal program designed to support your brain function and mental wellbeing, naturally, each box is packed with 12 herbal nootropics, adaptogens and stimulants divided into 3 functional blends for mornings, afternoons and evenings. It’s designed to maintain balanced energy levels, improve focus, relieve stress and help achieve a good night’s sleep. It’s also working in the long-term to support memory, concentration and adaptation to stress.