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This Week CF Loves: 23.10.23

Spooky season rears its head again, so its time to dress up.

And if Halloween isn’t your thing, then let truffle season sweep you away with a white truffle tagliatelle. Plan ahead for your ski getaway wardrobe and book in for these transformational mind and body healing sessions. This is what we’re loving in this week’s Citizen Femme hotlist.


Forget “Eat, Pray, Love.” and “Roman Holiday”. Forget Venice Film Festival red carpets and endless celeb sightings on Amalfi coast yachts. What is it really like to move to Italy as an American? The Captain of Colour and Gioia Goddess herself, J.J. Martin, has just dropped “Mamma Milano”, a power-printed, photo- filled, in-depth, no-holds barred, bountiful memoir – slash – joy guide detailing her sometimes tumultuous, often hilarious, and always inspirational journey through Italy since reaching over twenty years ago. Part spiritual toolkit, part inspiration activation guide, part history of her seduction by and surrender to the beautiful country, “Mamma Milano” is the story of, as she herself puts it “the transformation of an uptight, compulsive, complaining American into a buoyant, joy-seeking, cheerleader” for her now beloved homeland. This is a different kind of Italian love story. Jump in, bella.

USE THIS Pat McGrath Labs  

It’s that time of year again where we have the ultimate excuse to decorate our faces with artistic design and special effects, as the much-anticipated occasion for beauty lovers, Halloween, is here. Pat McGrath Labs brings makeup inspiration in a MAJOR way for this spooky season. The Mothership XI: Sunlit Seduction Palette (£120) comes with 10 seductive shades and 5 versatile luxe finishes with standout shades such as molten crimson ruby and sparkling platinum mauve plum to elevate a spooky eye look, or to create the dramatic effect of bruising for special effects. Pair it with the IntensifEYES Eye Primer (£28), to ensure your look stays in place throughout the whole day and exhibit a bolder look. Add to this bold lips – a core for the Halloween season. The MatteTrance Lipstick (£36) has shades McMenemy and Deep Void, richly pigmented with a lightweight veil of opaque colour delivering a mesmerisingly modern matte finish. We think we can hear the Femme fatale siren with every application.

EAT HERE Daphne's 

Truffle has serious game in the UK over the next few weeks. If you love truffle, then you can live in your element with the abundance of seasonal fresh Italian truffles popping up at London’s finest restaurants. One of our favourites, Daphne’s, welcomes the Autumn season with a new menu centred around truffles. Dishes include Seared Rare Tuna with Citrus Dressing & White Truffle, Porcini and Buffalo Ricotta Cappelletti with White Truffle alongside Italian classics like Tagliatelle with White Truffle and Risotto with White Truffle. Or for those with a sweet tooth, their limited edition Burrata Ice Cream with Salted Caramel Sauce & White Truffle is really the only taste you want to end your meal with.

RENT THIS Perfect Moment x MyWardrobe 

Going all out for your winter getaway can be a costly expedition, so clothing rental subscription services can ensure your winter season is your best-dressed yet. Limited wardrobe space, expensive pieces that you can’t wear daily, coupled with efforts to find more sustainable ways to shop, all lead to one path. Skiwear brand Perfect Moment launches its rental offering powered by My Wardrobe HQ. Available via the Perfect Moment website, the rental edit offers jackets, pants, sweaters, and ski suits in sizes XS to XL from £7 a day, available for up to 14 days. Returns and dry-cleaning services on all rentals are complimentary, and when you next return, you’re guaranteed the satisfaction of a new shopping experience with seasonal styles added regularly.

TRY HERE Sound Healing at The Mandrake 

As far as immersive experiences go, Fitzrovia’s boutique hotel, The Mandrake promises this and more. Installations, wax lanterns, an antelope dressed in a peacock’s body. Now the hotel has unveiled a Spiritual Concierge Menu to offer guests and residents immersive wellbeing experiences to reset and recharge for the festive season ahead. Featured within this is Sound Healing, an ancient healing technique that uses tonal frequencies, offering guests the chance to bring the body into a state of vibrational balance and harmony, using special quartz singing bowls and gong baths in combination with other healing instruments.

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