Get exclusive front row access to Monte Carlo, treat yourself to a summer of the UK’s best exhibitions, and treat yourself to a gentle wake up call with this new UK brand launch.
The first of our June hotlists kicks off in style with the best that summer has to offer. This is what we are loving in this week’s Citizen Femme hotlist.
BUY THIS Monte Carlo, Assouline
Luxury fashion, design, travel and lifestyle publisher Assouline launches the latest addition to their highly coveted Travel Series of books, Monte Carlo. A treasure trove of glitz and glamour awaits showcasing the exclusive two-mile coastline along the Mediterranean Sea, celebrating everything Monte Carlo from being part of the oldest European dynasty – the house of Grimaldi – all the way to high-rollers, professional athletes and international celebrities. Although packed with flashy sports cars, luxury apartments, super- yachts and unlimited entertainment, this rocky promontory does not lack for culture and history. The sovereign family has ensured that the principality’s distinguished heritage is preserved and appreciated in the book, and its over-the-top opulence is merely equal to its charm, featuring Musée Océanographique de Monaco, the Nouveau Musée National de Monaco, which showcases the latest in contemporary art, and the newly designed Foster + Partners Yacht Club de Monaco. With exclusive images from the palace archives and a foreword by Prince Albert II of Monaco, Monte Carlo offers readers a front-row seat with VIP access to the jewel of the French Riviera.
TRY THIS National Art Pass
Unlock a world of art and complimentary access to over 250 places and 50% off major exhibitions plus special offers at museum shops and cafes for 3 months this summer with a National Art Pass for just £15. Available to buy until 30th June, it’s the perfect way to set yourself on a journey of inspiration and discovery.
Favourites to add to your wishlist? Ai Weiwei: Making Sense at the Design Museum, a major exhibition, developed in collaboration with Ai Weiwei himself, presenting his work as a commentary on design and what it reveals about our changing values. Or why not explore The Rossettis at Tate Britain. This exhibition follows the romance and radicalism of the Rossetti generation, through and beyond the Pre-Raphaelite years. Fashionistas will love Beyond the Little Black Dress at the National Museum, Scotland, a chance to discover the cultural significance of the little black dress and the radical power of the colour black. Or take a visit to The Fashion and Textile Museum and enter in to the world of Andy Warhol: The Textiles, where you can see patterns made for Glamour magazine, colourful prints and explore how textiles influenced his later creations. Wherever you travel this summer there’s somewhere great to visit with a National Art Pass and see the most talked-about exhibitions for less.
EAT HERE Nessa, Soho
Nessa, a vibrant and informal bistro is now open in the heart of Soho, in one of London’s liveliest intersections between Oxford Circus and Piccadilly Circus. With a smooth, understated art deco charm about it, take a pew at the bar which is decked out in woodland tones of forest green and dark timber, or slink into comfy armchairs providing a place to slump with a cocktail and a snack. Make your way around the bar and you’ll find the dining room, where brushed oak and Carrara marble interweave around the fixtures and furnishings of the restaurant. Easygoing but adding a touch of class to the tourist side of this part of town, it’s an ideal spot for a lunch catch-up, pre-theatre, pre-going out, or all evening out spot to hang out with friends, with elegant but unfussy food. The one must-get item? The black pudding brioche, which features a slice of boudin noir sitting in a hunk of soft bread, all fried in brown butter noisette. You may even want two.
GO HERE Chestertons Polo in the Park
Chestertons Polo in the Park is back and kicking off London’s social calendar at Hurlingham Park, Fulham. The three-day international polo event will feature teams from across the globe, an impressive food market and fun for all the family. Hurlingham Park is renowned for being the spiritual home of polo since 1875, when the Hurlingham Polo Committee drew up the first formal rules of the game. The legacy has continued, and today, over the course of the three-day Polo festival, you can enjoy pitch-side bars, live music and dancing in the legendary Mahiki tent and much more. And if you want to join in the polo matches, there will be six city teams competing from across the globe, from Sydney and Buenos Aires to New York and London. You don’t have to be a polo aficionado to enjoy this London summer festival.
USE THIS anokha oatmeal cleansing milk
New York-based plastic surgeon Dr Nina S. Naidu founded anokha, a natural skincare company born from a desire for environmental ingredients to achieve clinical results. Recognising the demand from patients for medical-grade skincare products that wouldn’t cause harsh impacts on the skin, she devoted years to independent research and the study of cosmetic chemistry, which ultimately resulted in the launch of her brand. anokha layers natural botanicals and actives with medical expertise to create clinically validated products that are as sensory as they are restorative. Favourite product? The oatmeal cleansing milk. Since milk protein is highly valued in skin care for its soothing and softening abilities, this cleansing milk decreases excess sebum in oily skin types, helps maintain balance in oily skin and clarifies skin for clearer pores with gentle exfoliation. A gentle skin wake up.