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Citizen Femme Hotlist: 30.05.22

From chic sun hats, to vegan-friendly nail polishes in pastel shades, we’ve rounded up the hottest summer must-haves, and name-checked some great indoor activities (for when the British weather inevitably shifts), including a sophisticated supper club at Brown’s Hotel, plus the BBC’s latest bingeworthy series.

To discover these, and more, scroll on.


BOOK THIS The Supper Club at Brown’s Hotel

Long summer evenings call for live music, casual lunches drawing into dinners, and perhaps an occasional game of backgammon or Scrabble. The luxurious Brown’s Hotel in Mayfair launches The Supper Club to keep us sustained from 6.30PM, with a new daily dining menu of simple but delicious food alongside perfectly made cocktails. Soft-boiled eggs with caviar soldiers, devils on horseback, omelette Arnold Bennett, and Welsh rarebit are some favourites. An elegant drinks trolley delivers cocktails in chic glassware, including ‘Bloody Bull shots’ and ‘Bloody Marys’, G&Ts and Pimm’s with seasonal fruit during the summer months. Once October draws near, the warm table lights and roaring fires will keep the room feeling cosy – a live jazz pianist and bassist will play from Thursdays to Saturdays. The Supper Club is open from Thursdays to Sundays with food and drinks served from 6.30PM to 10.30PM.

WEAR THIS Helen Kaminski

Helen Kaminski pieces are iconic in nature and transcendent in style. Constructed using Madagascan raffia, they’re both a breathable and stylish option for hot summer days. Whether you’re lounging by the pool or taking a day trip with friends, add a Helen Kaminski hat to your summer packing essentials – we think they’re the perfect accessory for your wardrobe. The collection ranges from visors to sun hats, fedoras to wide-brimmed floppy silhouettes; in short, there’s something to suit every style and occasion. As your social calendar expands, luncheons, weddings, and garden parties will provide ample opportunity to wear some of your favourite Kaminski fashions.

PRIMP WITH THIS Manucurist 

Four words: plant-based gel polish. Yup, Manucurist has started a ‘green revolution’ and answered our at-home mani prayers with their easy to use products. Made from bio-sourced ingredients like potato, cassava, cotton, and sugar cane, Manucurist Co-Founder and CEO Gaëlle Lebrat-Personnaz’s Green Flash gel polish is truly a revolutionary product. The clean gel nail polish is available in 30+ colours and can be removed like ordinary polish (if you feel like donning multiple shades in the same day, that’s no problem). To use: apply a base, followed by two coats of colour, and a top coat curing with a LED slim lamp between steps. Simple.

WATCH THIS Everything I Know About Love, BBC One

Based on the 2018 memoir by Dolly Alderton, the BBC adaptation of  Everything I Know About Love presents an unflinching account of growing up in the early noughties. Centering on four main characters, including best friends Birdy (Bel Powley) and Maggie (Emma Appleton), as they move into their first London house share, Everything I Know About Love is directed by China Moo-Young and will be available on BBC One and BBC iPlayer on 7 June. Read: you have a little over a week to speed read your copy of the OG.

TRY THIS Lisboeta

Lisboeta, which literally means ‘a person from Lisbon’, is Chef Patron Nuno Mendes’ love letter to the city. Set across three floors, guests can choose to dine sub terra in the PDR, or opt to sit at the bar or in one of two window seats on the ground floor; alternatively there are more table seating options upstairs. The atmosphere is relaxed with a bit of a buzz, and the energy from the open-plan kitchen helmed by Mendes is palpable.

Feed your thirst with a white port and tonic before turning your attention to the food menu, which is underpinned by Portuguese produce and traditional techniques. Snack on a couple of vindalho empadas (Goan-spiced pork pies), and follow with petiscos (Portuguese-style small plates), which are designed to share. The asparagus alhada (grilled asparagus with a wild garlic sauce) and bacalhau à brás (confit cod, caramelised onions, and potatoes) are the perfect pairing – add some large deep-sea scarlet prawns to the mix for added oomph. Further down the menu you’ll find the tachos and travessas (larger pots and platters) section – we’d recommend the catch of the day with sides of smoked Charlotte potatoes and a fresh tomato salad. End with the abade de priscos dessert.

 

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