Add a pinch of consciousness to your to-do list this week.
Have breakfast at Covent Garden’s first non-profit social enterprise, simplify your make-up routine (cleverly), shop this timeless and flattering denim line and upgrade your luggage with a flair of California. This is what we are loving this week.
USE THIS Code8 Beauty
Based around an eight-point beauty manifesto addressing confidence through make-up, London-born Code8 is a brand representing the infinite potential of cosmetics to express all beauty ideals, regardless of age, skin colour and look preferences. With a mission to help you “look your best natural self, only a little more polished,” you can curate your own collection of lip lacquers, palettes and face powders – all formulated using cutting-edge ‘Knead Technology’ for easy, buildable and long-lasting application. All products in the range have been carefully developed to be multi-tasking and easy to apply, so that you can perform your morning makeup routine with ease. Or for something completely bespoke, a Colour Maestro will take you through four simple steps to create your bespoke lipstick shade profile aligned to your skin tone harmonies, colour preferences and moods in a 45 minute consultation. Take the fuss out of your everyday, so you can focus on the things that really matter in your life.
BUY THESE House of Dagmar Denim
As is expected of a Scandi brand, Swedish fashion brand House of Dagmar brings expert tailoring with classic, sustainable and timeless cuts. Founded in 2005 by three sisters, Karin Söderlind, Kristina Tjäder and Sofia Wallenstam, they decided to pick up the legacy of their late grandmother, a tailor named Dagmar. The brand aesthetic is sleek, cool and contemporary – think muted tones, impeccable tailoring and expensive looking knitwear. They have just added denim to their bow, working on marrying the perfect washes with flattering silhouettes and luxe detailing, only using 100% organic cotton across the denim line, rather than traditional cotton, which saves up to seven bathtubs of water per pair. From the high-rise waist to this season’s 90s-inspired baggy shape, flattering kick-flares to classic straight-legs, as far as the most flattering denim line for SS23 goes, its well worth checking out.
TRAVEL WITH THIS Globe-trotter x Greater Palm Springs
Launching during Palm Springs Modernism Week 2023 on February 22nd, luxury British luggage brand Globe-Trotter’s partners with Visit Palm Springs, releasing its very first destination-inspired range. Referencing the colour palette of the Palm Springs desert and aesthetics of the city’s renowned mid-century modern design, Globe-trotter has created a capsule range of popular luggage styles and accessories that pay homage to the region, consisting of three luggage pieces; a Check-In Case, a Carry-On Case and an Attaché, two luggage tags; small and large, and a Palm Springs designed Leather Sticker.
EAT HERE Koya Soho
Don’t be put off by the fact that Koya Soho doesn’t take reservations – the queue is part of the ritual and the delicious dishes on offer are certainly worth the wait. Once you get a spot at the long wooden ramen bar the real fun begins – watch as the chefs soak noodles and prepare dishes in front of you with the atmosphere of a true Japanese restaurant. The food itself ticks similar boxes for authenticity, from beautifully presented small plates such as vegetable and prawn tempura (with some of the biggest prawn’s you’ll ever see) and braised pork belly with cider, to a dizzying selection of handmade udon noodles – fat, silky and with the perfect amount of bite – in both hot and cold broths packed with flavours such as sweet tofu and spring onion, and mushrooms with walnut miso.
SUPPORT THIS The not-for-profit Fair Shot Café
Fair Shot Café, Covent Gardens’ first non-profit social enterprise aims to break down employment barriers and build on the promise of delivering a fair shot for all. Bianca Tavella, the brainchild behind this, was inspired by spending a lot of time around people with learning disabilities within the community she grew up in. Her fundamental focus is to combat the 94% unemployment rate amongst adults with learning disabilities. As such, Fair Shot works by enrolling 12 young adults with a learning disability into their hospitality training programme each year. Opening from 7am to 7pm every day, the social enterprise café presents a host of delicious dishes, aimed at being dietary inclusive with a particular focus on fresh Brunch dishes including low FODMAP, Vegan and Gluten Free. Dishes on the menu include overnight oats served with caramelised air-fried pear, sultanas & honey, portobello mushrooms on toast with creamed spinach, and roasted beetroot salad with feta, radish & walnuts dressed in orange mustard sauce. Guests can also choose from a delicious ready-to-go selection, and specialty-grade coffee sourced from acclaimed roasters Curious Roo.