We’re mixing indulgence with your antioxidant kick, and adding a little je ne sais quoi to your wardrobe this week.
From the must-visit country retreat to the trick that will keep you grinning all year long, this is what we’re loving in this week’s hotlist.
BOOK THIS Chewton Glen
Guests of one of the UK’s favourite country homes in Hampshire, Chewton Glen, will be able to ramp up their skills in the kitchen with courses and workshops at The James Martin Cookery School. Championing a garden-to-plate ethos, the classes will celebrate seasonal produce grown on the hotel’s private grounds and from New Forest suppliers. Ranging from half and full day courses to communal supper clubs and inspiring junior classes for budding chefs-to-be, there are over 30 classes for guests to choose from, including Edible Christmas Gifts to A Meat-Free Christmas, Mediterranean Tapas to Italian Chef Skills. And as part of your very comforting country retreat, it’s wise to book into one of the playful yet luxurious treehouses so you can treat yourself to a soak in the hot tubs on the deck, enjoy the spa for treatments, play tennis or take a stroll across the perfectly manicured croquet lawns. Activities are endless, as is the opportunity to reboot. It’s your number one activity for pre-Christmas indulgence and post-Christmas renewal.
DRINK THIS Cloudcha Matcha
Thinking of your morning pick me up? If coffee is your wake up buddy, consider a matcha fix. Unlike coffee’s quick surge and subsequent crash, matcha contains caffeine and an amino acid called L-Theanine creating calm sustained energy, allowing you to conquer your day with a centred and focused mind. TV presenter Rochelle Humes and celebrated pilates teacher Bryony Deery have launched Cloudcha Matcha, a delicious ceremonial grade blend to celebrate their long-standing respect for Matcha. The ethically sourced powder creates your own warm, calming cloud of energy without unwanted symptoms that can sometimes arise with other caffeine products. The matcha powder is sourced from Uii, Kvoto, where the powder undergoes a traditional artisanal roasting technique designed to activate the leaves, drawing out the perfect sweet-savoury flavour. Shifting the perception of matcha as expensive, hard to get hold of, and tricky to prepare at home, Cloudcha makes matcha accessible. Get the powder. Get the tea set. Get the ceramic pot. This is a caffeine fix vou are in control of.
USE THIS MAHSA
Combining decades of dentistry expertise with ancient Chinese healing remedies, Dr Mahsa Nejati’s MAHSA smile-boosting range takes your teeth whitening and gum health journey one step further – just in time for the festive season. From the brand’s charcoal and ginger whitening toothpaste to the impressive three-shades-whiter at-home kit, the products are all designed to fight against stains, uneven colour, and, most importantly, inflammation – a key source of poor oral health. The result is that the formulations not only improve the appearance of your teeth but give you an all-round healthier smile too. – Becki Murray.
ENJOY THIS Battersea Power Station Christmas Experience
Open now until 7th January 2024, Battersea Power Station will transform into London’s most magical destination with sparkling lights, Christmas trees galore and supersize decorations. With plenty to do including family-friendly activities, an ice rink and trips up Lift 109 for ‘hurry up a chimney’ experiences to enjoy 360 degree views of London’s Christmas lights, the Power Station is powered up this festive season. The building’s iconic turbine halls feature a Curated Makers Christmas Market and Salad Days Market, offering handmade gifts, Christmas cards, personalised baubles, hand-painted ceramics, homeware, jewellery, sweet treats and children’s clothes. And the halls will be filled with the sound of Christmas with live performances including carols from the Battersea Power Station Community Choir and Elf Flash Mob Dance sessions for children to put their dance moves to the test.
BUY THIS ba&sh magic coat.
Add a touch of French cool to your wardrobe with the 80s/90s MAGIC coat from ba&sh. The shearling may well be one of the best wardrobe additions, and this 100% lambskin shearling cropped jacket is going to play a big part in your winter uniform. Featuring a high neck embroidered with wool and button plackets on the front, cuffs and waist, its joyful, spontaneous and effortlessly Parisian in its style. Easy-to-wear, always feminine with a touch of bohemian elegance, this jacket matches perfectly with Agolde jeans and a classic white Rag & Bone t-shirt, a jacket that will see you into Spring 2024 too.
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