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Stay at The London EDITION, Soho London

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Primely situated on the edge of Soho and just a seven-minute walk from Oxford Circus, The London EDITION is a faultless blend of edgy elegance. The brainchild of American entrepreneur Ian Schrager, the once co-founder of Studio 54, it’s a bucket list London stay that doesn’t disappoint. 

Upon stepping inside, one is left somewhat open-mouthed at the splendour of the lobby. Swiftly captured by the sheer opulence, it’s a room within itself, doubling as a meeting space come day or night with it’s statement, low-lit bar and stylish seating area. A destination of sorts, the hotel conquers the quintessential magnificence of London with it’s social hub spirit. Whether staying the night or just spending a few hours hiding out from the hustle and bustle, the hotel’s selection of hangout spots is exceptional. Starting with bespoke cocktails at the Punch Room to the back of the building, followed by dinner at the now infamous Berners Tavern, a dining delight directed by famed Michelin-starred chef Jason Atherton; while later winding down the evening back to the lobby bar for a night cap where the atmosphere sparkles with out-of-towners and locals alike.

Retiring to your room, guests are treated to a minimalist affair; one that lovers of contemporary interiors will really appreciate. Cosy in a chalet way, the rooms are a true escape; the perfect place to unwind. From loft to penthouse, each room captures the essence of old world London while being flawlessly à la mode. Wood panelled walls lend themselves to the perfect contrast of crisp whites and calming tones of modern luxuriousness, while an array of amenities make you feel right at home. 

The London Edition is a new generation of luxury with an attainable feel at the heart of exactly what makes London have that London feel. 

10 Berners Street, Fitzrovia, London W1T 3NP, England  //  020 7781 0000  // www.editionhotels.com

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Spritz Up Your Life

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Scent is an important part of one’s identity. Unlike the clothes we wear and the manner in which we act - both of which are only linkable to a physical interaction, the scent a person wears is a beautiful, delicate impression that lingers and lives on long past the time spent in their company. It can also ignite memories- sometimes in the most unassuming and unexpected places, reminding you of them from a far. Frangrance is sexy. In a way, so sneakily suggestive, you don’t even need to see or feel the person to know it’s theirs.

It’s important to really know what you want and love when it comes to fragrances, to find something sexily unidentifiable yet distinctly all encompassing. I’m a believer in building out a wardrobe of scents, ones for different situations in life; the one you wear during the day and then a special one for nighttime only. Ones for summer and others for winter. Our senses change all the time, be it due to seasonal changes or situational ones. Really it’s all about moods, the mood you’re in or the one you want to project and a scent always helps create that.

In an age where brands bang out a million products and cover every imaginable genre of commodities, it’s an understatement to say how much I love a good niche perfume brand! My all time favourite is ROADS, an Irish brand that has gone super global. They focus on incredible, multi-layered scents which take a year to create from the birth of idea to the end product and the luxuriousness of each scent transport you into the person you want to be while wearing it. Here, we take a look at some of my favourite luxury perfume brands and a personal favourite in each one..


ROADS

Unsaid Eau de Parfum 50ml

£95


 

BYREDO

Bal D'Afrique Eau de Parfum - Neroli & Cedar Wood, 50ml

€98

 

Maison Margiela Replica

Beach Walk Eau de Toilette 100ml

€112.80


 

LE LABO

Santal 33 - Eau de Parfum, 50ml

€152

 

FREDERIC MALLE

L'Eau D'Hiver Eau De Parfum 100ml

€226


 

ACQUA DI PARMA

Colonia Eau de Cologne Spray 100ml

£95

 
 

DIPTYQUE PARIS

Philosykos Eau de Parfum 75ml

€125


Online Stores HSF is Loving Right Now, Part I

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Online browsing (ok who are we kidding, it’s full on shopping) is a dangerously addictive and highly enjoyable act. However small and no matter the price, if you’re like me and you much rather shopping online these days, my new series of sharing the brands I love to hit up is here to help you find your next wardrobe hit. With the excitement of your parcel arriving to the door and getting to try things on in the comfort of your own home, while also getting to test it out with other existing pieces and do the whole mix-and-match review (we all do it) and well, with the ease of online returns these days there is little left to say but this..

Get in darlings, we’re going shopping!

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FRANKIE THE SHOP

Classic with a twist, Frankie the Shop is consistently a firm favourite. Authentically cool in pretty much everything they produce, it’s a perfectly inspired place to seek out your next ‘unfussy, minimal, wallet-conscious’ purchase. With locations in NYC and Paris their online store is a mixture of on-the-pulse designers and Pinterest worthy pieces.

FOLLOW @frankietheshop // SHOP frankietheshop.com


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LES HEROINES

Founded by Australian born fashion stylist Vanessa Cocchiaro, Les Heroines is a stunning creation focusing on occasion-wear and custom made designs for bridesmaids; taking care of your every wedding day dress dream; whether your looking for your bridesmaids or simply something fabulous to wear as a guest. Elegant and gracefully stylish, Cocchiaro designs for the abundance of shapes, ages, tastes and styles of women everywhere.

FOLLOW @lesheroinesofficial // SHOP lesheroines.com


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WITCHERY

From simple everyday essentials to tasteful one-off finds, Witchery covers your every need in terms of taking you from a casual look on your day off to the bright lights of a Saturday night out. With a focus on muted tones and a satisfactory balance between separates and one-piece buys, shopping on Witchery is exactly the place to add a little something different to your style story.

FOLLOW @witcheryfashion // SHOP witchery.com


GU-DE

Gu-De, one of the hottest new kids on the block, is a luxury leather handbags brand that had just been picked up by Net-a-Porter. Timeless beauty and unique design dusted with delightful ladylike details are the foundations to this 70’s inspired handbag collection, brought to life by Seoul-based founder and designer, Ji Hye Koo.

FOLLOW @gu_de_official // SHOP gu-de-official.com


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A.EMERY

For those who shop summer in winter (cause let’s face it, whoever let the weather deter from a good shoe investment), A.Emery is an Australian shoe brand that is set to light your heart on fire. It’s minimalist modernism meets Ancient Greek and their core collections are something your wardrobe will forever thank you for.

FOLLOW @a.emery_ // SHOP aemery.com


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Designer Spot Light, Noha Raouf, Dallas

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Born and raised in Egypt, Noha Raouf is a Dallas-based womenswear designer whose love of design stems way back to her early childhood when, by the age of five, she delved into the art of dress making under the mentorship of her grandmother. 

After attaining her BA in Mass Communication in Egypt, Raouf worked in the PR world for a number of years before moving to Dallas with her husband to pursue her love of design. She attended El Centro School of Design where upon graduating, her graduate collection earned her well-deserved recognition and the best fashion collection accolade. 

Having since launched her synonymous brand, the designer is focused on extraordinary textures, clean cuts and distinctive constructions. On her own personal direction and as the driving force behind the brand, she says, “NOHA RAOUF is specifically designed for the fiercely independent and the exceptionally original.” With both read-to-wear and demi-couture pieces available, the NOHA RAOUF brand is one of Dallas’s finest and is committed to bring character to women’s wardrobes while enhancing the individual character of her consumer.

Website noharaouf.com |  Location, Dallas, Texas  |  Graduation Year, 2017

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At Home Loungewear, What To Wear

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Over the past number of years we’ve seen loungewear completely come into its own. Stepping out of the house in your Olivia von Halle pyjama’s (accompanied by killer heels of course) seems altogether normal right? Not to mention, dressing up a comfy Zoe Jordan tracksuit for a Thursday night dinner date with your girls. Loungewear as daywear; well, it’s a thing that can’t be denied.

However what about the all original concept of loungewear. The kind you actually lounge around in at home. With the sizzle of summer well behind us, it’s no longer so hard to fathom the act of lounging again, now that the beauty of Fall days are creeping in. It’s all about getting cosy and igniting that hygge life again. Whether you work from home, simply don’t like wearing (quote unquote) real clothes or are planning a gorgeous snuggly night in - insert Netflix and chill - HSF has you covered for every lounge-worthy situation..


 

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River Island

Blue floral satin jacquard maxi kimono

€45

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Dakota Pima cotton-jersey jumpsuit

£135

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Love Stories

Cirque de la Nuit

June Bralette, €100 | Vicky Briefs, €50

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Emma Harris

Tamara Blue Mist Luxury Gown

€359

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River Island

Pink rib frill hem flared mix & match

Top, €40 | Trousers, €35

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Olivia von Halle

Lila Roba PJ Set

£395

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Mila Stripe Jersey Pyjamas

£60

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Skin

Ribbed stretch-Pima cotton and modal-blend travel set

£295

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Oysho

Velvet fringe dressing gown

€49.99

The HSF Movie List

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A life filled with movies is a life well lived. From real-life stories that inspire, to fictional creations and (my favourite) indie films that leave you in a sense of awe at the creativity involved in producing such a piece of art in motion; in all their forms, movies move us. Here, the HSF Movie List is updated weekly to bring you more essential moments in cinema..

This list is updated weekly.

 

Sexy Fish, London

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A regular hit on almost every London hotlist, Sexy Fish is one of London’s most seductive Asian fusion restaurants. The experience-style eatery, located on the corner of Berkeley Square, Mayfair, is not just a hit in the sushi department but notably celebrated as an meeting place of the senses, where Japan hits London with a flavour difficult to describe as anything other than sexy AF. 

The upmarket seafood brasserie is another brainchild of British businessman Ricard Caring, who boasts Annabels, The Ivy Group, Le Caprice and Bam-Bou as just a few of the famous restaurants he light’s up London’s food, drink and club scene with.

Designed by the infamous Martin Brudnizki of Martin Brudnizki Design Studio, the interiors are lavishly over-the-top and just as much an attraction as the food itself. With works of art that reportedly make it the most expensive collection of artworks created exclusively for a London restaurant ever, it’s a feast that delights many tastebuds. Damien Hirst collaborated with Caring to create bronze mermaids that bookend the bar while Vanity Fair’s style editor-in-chief Michael Roberts produced a custom-made golden mural that spans a large part of the ceiling. One of the prominent features is the statement bar, which lays beneath the largest collection of Frank Gehry’s iconic Fish Lamps. A huge live coral reef tank features in the basement’s private dining room which hosts a party of 48 and is supposedly the largest in the world. Drinking in the reality of your surroundings, it’s more a museum vibe than just simply another place to grab a bite to eat. 

Taking your eyes from the room to your plate though, the food itself is a delectable treat too of course. And in keeping with it’s general grandeur, Sexy Fish is home to the largest collection of Japanese whiskies in Europe - 358 varieties and counting. 

|  Book Online Here |  Monday - Saturday 12pm to 11pm / Sunday 12pm - 1030pm  |

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Yvonne Lin, Womenswear Designer

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With an MA in design from the Royal college of Art and a BA in womenswear from Central Saint Martins, Yvonne Lin is a womenswear designer carving out her niche with an innate and intimate  understanding of the creative as an all-encompassing state of being.

Speaking through many forms of visual language, Lin incorporates her love of theatre, performance and the body into her mastery of the female form; within which each piece combines an element of powerful elegance with conscious modernism. Laster pattern cutting and structured coats meet billowing layers of dreamy draping and the contrast of heavy fabrics against exposed skin.

Through a compilation of accessories, footwear, installation art, stills and film, the Chinese-Canadian designer, who grew up in a small town in China, brings to life her empowered silhouettes while playing homage to both the feminine and masculine, honouring the delicate while acknowledging the indestructible. 

Her graduate collection, as pictured below, comes from her inspiration of the latin words Vulnus Cura which mean ‘to wound and to heal’ as she seeks to confront the human emotions that require us to mend the parts of us that have become fragmented and fractured. 

Minimal to the eye yet deeply meaningful in her approach, Lin continues to evolve through an array of multi-disciplinary processes and seeks to stay true to the confluence of contrasting cultures and realities that influence her everyday. 

 Website ylin.co.uk  |  Location, London  |  Graduation Year, 2017

PHOTOS: YVONNE LIN

What's On Our Bookshelf; September 2018

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The HSF Bookshelf Hotlist; September 2018


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‘MY YEAR OF REST AND RELAXATION’ BY OTTESSA MOSHFEGH

Our narrator should be happy, shouldn't she? She's young, thin, pretty, a recent Columbia graduate, works an easy job at a hip art gallery, lives in an apartment on the Upper East Side of Manhattan paid for, like the rest of her needs, by her inheritance. But there is a dark and vacuous hole in her heart, and it isn't just the loss of her parents, or the way her Wall Street boyfriend treats her, or her sadomasochistic relationship with her best friend, Reva. It's the year 2000 in a city aglitter with wealth and possibility; what could be so terribly wrong?

My Year of Rest and Relaxation is a powerful answer to that question. Through the story of a year spent under the influence of a truly mad combination of drugs designed to heal our heroine from her alienation from this world, Moshfegh shows us how reasonable, even necessary, alienation can be. Both tender and blackly funny, merciless and compassionate, it is a showcase for the gifts of one of our major writers working at the height of her powers.

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‘THE HATE U GIVE’ BY ANGIE THOMAS

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr. 

But what Starr does—or does not—say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.

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‘NORMAL PEOPLE’ BY SALLY ROONEY

Connell and Marianne grow up in the same small town in rural Ireland. The similarities end there; they are from very different worlds. When they both earn places at Trinity College in Dublin, a connection that has grown between them lasts long into the following years. This is an exquisite love story about how a person can change another person's life - a simple yet profound realisation that unfolds beautifully over the course of the novel. It tells us how difficult it is to talk about how we feel and it tells us - blazingly - about cycles of domination, legitimacy and privilege. Alternating menace with overwhelming tenderness, Sally Rooney's second novel breathes fiction with new life.

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‘THE PISCES; A NOVEL’ BY MELISSA BRODER

Lucy has been writing her dissertation on Sappho for nine years when she and her boyfriend break up in a dramatic flameout. After she bottoms out in Phoenix, her sister in Los Angeles insists Lucy dog-sit for the summer. Annika's home is a gorgeous glass cube on Venice Beach, but Lucy can find little relief from her anxiety — not in the Greek chorus of women in her love addiction therapy group, not in her frequent Tinder excursions, not even in Dominic the foxhound's easy affection. 
 
Everything changes when Lucy becomes entranced by an eerily attractive swimmer while sitting alone on the beach rocks one night. But when Lucy learns the truth about his identity, their relationship, and Lucy’s understanding of what love should look like, take a very unexpected turn. A masterful blend of vivid realism and giddy fantasy, pairing hilarious frankness with pulse-racing eroticism, THE PISCES is a story about falling in obsessive love with a merman: a figure of Sirenic fantasy whose very existence pushes Lucy to question everything she thought she knew about love, lust, and meaning in the one life we have.

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‘EXIT WEST’ BY MOSHIN HAMID

In a country teetering on the brink of civil war, two young people meet—sensual, fiercely independent Nadia and gentle, restrained Saeed. They embark on a furtive love affair, and are soon cloistered in a premature intimacy by the unrest roiling their city. When it explodes, turning familiar streets into a patchwork of checkpoints and bomb blasts, they begin to hear whispers about doors—doors that can whisk people far away, if perilously and for a price. As the violence escalates, Nadia and Saeed decide that they no longer have a choice. Leaving their homeland and their old lives behind, they find a door and step through. . . .

Exit West follows these remarkable characters as they emerge into an alien and uncertain future, struggling to hold on to each other, to their past, to the very sense of who they are. Profoundly intimate and powerfully inventive, it tells an unforgettable story of love, loyalty, and courage that is both completely of our time and for all time.

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‘DV; DIANA VREELAND’ BY DIANA VREELAND

D.V. is the mesmerizing autobiography of one of the 20th century’s greatest fashion icons, Diana Vreeland, the one-time fashion editor of Harper’s Bazaar and editor-in-chief of Vogue, whose incomparable style-sense, genius, and flair helped define the world of haute couture for fifty years. The incomparable D.V. proves herself a brilliant raconteur as she carries the reader along on her whirlwind life—from English palaces to the nightclubs of Paris in the 1930s to the heart of New York high society, hobnobbing with everyone who was anyone, from Queen Mary to Clark Gable to Coco Chanel.

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‘MIND ON FIRE’ BY ARNOLD THOMAS FANNING

Arnold Thomas Fanning had his first experience of depression during adolescence, following the death of his mother. Some ten years later, an up-and-coming playwright, he was overcome by mania and delusions. Thus began a terrible period in which he was often suicidal, increasingly disconnected from family and friends, sometimes in trouble with the law, and homeless in London.

Drawing on his own memories, the recollections of people who knew him when he was at his worst, and medical and police records, Arnold Thomas Fanning has produced a beautifully written, devastatingly intense account of madness - and recovery, to the point where he has not had any serious illness for over a decade and has become an acclaimed playwright. In a remarkably vivid present-tense narrative, Fanning manages to convey the consciousness of a person living with mania, psychosis and severe depression. 

Very few people have gone through what Arnold Thomas Fanning went through and emerged alive, well, and capable of telling the tale with such skill and insight. Mind on Fire is a book anyone who has experienced mental illness, or is close to someone who is mentally ill, or who wishes to understand the workings of the disordered mind.

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Stay At Soho House Amsterdam

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Superbly located amid the Dutch-gable-house-style lined canals in the heart of Amsterdam's city centre, Soho House's latest edition is officially open for business on Spuistraat and is undoubtedly another architecturally successful venture for the members club brand which prides itself on an impressive portfolio of houses around the world. Housed in a six-storey, 'monumental' (listed) 1930's Bungehuis that is as strikingly sturdy as it is imposingly powerful, the house features 79 hotel rooms, the brand's infamous screening rooms, a gym, HIIT and yoga studios, a Cecconi's restaurant and a Cowshed Spa (both of which will open this coming September).

Design director, Linda Boronkay, keeps the tradition of the group's distinctly characteristic interiors well and finely intact with prompts from local landmarks and the building itself. Incorporating new touches such as the wall-lighting, produced by local designers, and contemporary signage which compliments the 1920's tiled floors around the building. Guestrooms possess an art deco feel with an innate sense of the luxuriousness of any of the group's 21 locations. Crowned by the wraparound rooftop which boasts a graceful lap-pool where guests can enjoy days spent on parasol-covered sun loungers bar all which can be enjoyed with panoramic views of the city, Soho House, Amsterdam is perhaps one of this stylish city's best new hotspots.

Soho House is accepting applications for new members now.

www.sohohouseamsterdam.com


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The HSF Documentary List

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From climate change to fashion, iconic singers to the dark and dangerous underground of the drug world, the contemporary art space to politics, documentaries have quickly become one of the finest means by which to consume incredible, intelligent and eye-opening content. Here we take a look at some of the top documentaries you cannot miss..


Javier Martin's Miami Hotlist

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Javier Martin's Miami Hotlist

Favourite way to spend a day alone?

I spend a lot of time in my studio. I don’t just make art but meditate and explore new ideas. Also I enjoy going to the beach at sunset and writing or running. When I’m alone I use the day to refresh and clear my mind.

Favourite cocktail spot?

The Standard Hotel as they have a beautiful view of the beach. It’s an amazing place to enjoy a cocktail after a long day and I love to catch the sunset there too. 

Favourite breakfast?

There’s a tiny Cuban cafe right around the corner from me; I go to every morning.

Favourite brunch?

Whatever the sandwich of the day is on at Soho Beach House.

Favourite Dinner?

Cecconis. Always Cecconis.

Favourite Museum?

PAMM.

Favourite Gallery?

Valli Art Gallery.

Favourite Artist?

It's got to be Daniel Arsham.

Favourite Hotel?

I adore staying at The Edition.

Favourite Beach?

The one at Soho Beach House.

Favourite Café?

Henriquetas, they have the best Cuban sandwich and cafecito which is a Cuban take on the espresso shot.

Favourite hidden gem?

Soyka, they have live jazz nights that are absolutely amazing. 


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The HSF City Guide to Brunching in Dublin

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The Fumbally

Based around the simple idea of sharing a meal with someone you love, The Fumbally is Dublin’s off-the-beaten-track masterpiece. Stepping inside visitors are immersed in a busy world of cool chaos where high ceilings and an open space play background to an authentically cool collection of eclectic furniture and friendly faces. The menu at The Fumbally is inspired by simple ingredients with an emphasis on ethical sourcing. Headed up by owners Aisling Rogerson and Luca D’Alfonso, the restaurant is consistent in its offering of fresh takes on a core choice of dishes from salad plates and soups to falafel wraps and eggs on toast. We adore the falafel. Haphazardly cool and ultra hipster, the team make everything on site - even their fermented drinks which after a good night out in Dublin will be sure to boost you back to life. Try the shot of probiotic fermented cabbage and ginger juice if you’re feeling brave. 

- Best for anyway brunch or Saturdays sent hanging with friends over a long and lazy afternoon. Also Wednesday night supper from 7-9pm, served after yoga at The Fumbally Stables next door -      

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Two Boys Brew

Two Boys Brew is the brainchild of Kevin Roche and Taurean Coughlan. Set in the heart of Phibsborough (swiftly becoming know as HIPSborough), Dublin 7, it is one of those Alice in Wonderland places where all your brunch dreams come to life. Having lived in Melbourne for over four years, and travelled the world, Roche and Coughlan bring a wealth of knowledge in terms of the coffee scene and avo-toast side of life. It's dangerously delightful; a destination spot that makes you wish you lived close by so as to visit on the daily. Everything on the menu is sourced here in Ireland yet infused with influences from the duos globe-trotting travels. Roast Peach & Apricot Toast is a weekday-morning favourite while the TBB Coconut Granola or Avo Mash make any weekend an enchanted thing to dream about from Monday to Friday. Along with and contributing to being one of the best brunches in Dublin is the cawfeeee situation at TBB, supplied by Root and Branch Coffee Roasters from Belfast. It's just got to be sipped to be believed. 

Keep a lookout too for the boys' cute little puppy Milo, she's a heartbreaker on Instagram. And please note, it's best to arrive early on the weekends as you're sure to be met with a long line of other devoted TTB fans waiting to get their weekend fix.  

- Best for any day, anytime, any mood, any any. It's divine - 

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Bibi's

Situated in the heart of Dublin 8, Bibi’s is a snug neighbourhood café that both delights and captivates those from near and far. Serving breakfast, lunch and weekend brunch, the café is a project of love created by chef Maisha Lenehan and her brother Geoff. Returning lovers of Bibi’s are always in for a surprise with regular modifications being made to the menu - which means too that there’s always a draw for locals to become returning lovers too. No matter the time you choose, Bibi’s never fails in bringing to life the best of the best with produce from both Ireland and abroad. The space is bright and beautifully snuggled among the red-bricked terrace house of Portobello and frankly put, it’s an absolute must visit. 

- Best for lazy but utterly chic weekend brunch before a long stroll on the canal -

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Union8 Dublin

Union 8

Way off the beaten track but completely worth the trek, Union 8 is the ultimate New York style neighbourhood eatery in the heart of Kilmainham, just a short walk from IMMA and Kilmainham Goal. The interiors, as designed by Jean Feeney merge all the good parts of New York, balancing rich accents in the locally salvaged furnishings against harsher exposed brick walls and natural surfaces. The menu lends itself to a modern take on age old Irish specialities such as mussels or cured duck breast to start, followed by roast halibut or beef cheek burger. The salted caramel hot chocolate fondant with honeycomb ice-cream is absolutely not to be missed for afters and if you’re up for a cheeky cocktail the Union8 itself is the perfect topping to a perfect experience.

- Best for low-key but fabulous weekend brunch after having just explored the beautiful grounds of the nearby Kilmainham Gaol and IMMA -

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Cotto

Less is more is definitely a thing right now and Conor Higgins, owner of this wondrous pizza joint in Stoneybatter, one of Dublin’s most up-and-coming neighbourhoods, sure knows a thing or two about the trending philosophy. Focusing on Neopolitan-style pizzas during the days and evenings mid week, Cotto attracts a cool crowd with nothing but deliciousness in mind. Weekend brunch is a whole other level with dishes such as the gourmet sausage sandwiche and the infamous eggs Shakshouka it’s utterly mouth-watering from the get-go; our recommendations come in the form of the ‘Nduja pizza - ‘nduja, mozzarella, roasted red pepper and red onion if you're there for the pizza and most definitely the eggs shakshouka (as previously mentioned) for brunch; while a side of the sweet potato wedges with spiced seeds and yoghurt on a weekday might just make your sides burst they are simply ground-breaking. 

- Best for hangover brunch on a Sunday followed by a movie at Dublin’s indie movie theatre, The Lighthouse, close by -

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Bagots Hutton

Bagots Hutton

Perhaps Dublin’s most adaptable destination, Bagots Hutton is a take on the age old classic of a New York style cafe with a unique modern twist. Perfect for just about any social engagement, whether it’s double dating or romantic (and sometimes champagne-y) Sunday Jazz brunches with your love, or perhaps even a relaxing mid-week lunch, this new location is just a stone’s throw from the city centre with views of the River Liffey right on it’s doorstep. Bagots Hutton is an experience in understanding the importance of all things Italian, with it’s sophisticated but fun interiors playing home to a most delectable menu. A dining experience here is built around an extensive offering of wines and includes tapas style dishes that are perfect for sharing in groups or devouring all by yourself. Infamous for it’s Sunday Jazz brunch, a stroll through the city to reach this wonderful little gem is worth every step. 

- Best for Sunday Jazz brunch - it’s like stepping back in time - 

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little bird dublin

Little Bird

A favourite spot for yogis, Little Bird is a heavenly escape when looking to spend a little time reflecting amid the hustle and bustle of city life. The friendly staff at Little Bird are infamously good-natured and ready to make your experience warm and memorable. Whether there for yoga or not (the classes are some of our favourites in Dublin) the menu is full of homemade deliciousness that is both super healthy and exceptionally delicious. Think ‘avo on toast’ but with an array of interesting toppings of spices and seasonings. The salads are what you’d expect from a hotspot on Venice Beach in Cali and the tartines are what dreams are made of. While there is no requirement to get your downward dog on, Little Bird hits the spot every time.  

- Best for weekday brunch after getting your zen on at a Little Bird yoga class -

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Coppinger Row Dublin

Coppinger Row

Recognised as Beyonce and Jay Z’s favourite place to dine when they’re in town, it’s no wonder this city hotspot is forever on people’s bucket list. The space is vibrant and fun with a buzzing atmosphere that captivates from the start. Known for their top-quality take on Mediterranean plates and outrageously fabulous cocktail list, a trip here is to dive into a fresh and seasonal encounter where stylish eats meet distinctive drinks. Nestled just off South William Street, right in the heart of the city it’s an experience to sit outside at Coppinger Row, all wrapped up in the blankets provided as you watch the world go by.

- Best for a Bloody-Mary influenced brunches. Note that there are no reservations for parties less than six -

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A Winter Weekend in Montreal, France

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Planning a trip to the South of France may, as a default, come to mind as something firmly on your summer to-do list but what if the perfect Winter weekend away could be spent elegantly in the magical surrounds and the wonderfully French backdrop of Montréal, tucked away at Camellas-Lloret at the beginning of December. 

With a short three nights and four days to spare, my Love and I set off on a romantic weekend together that saw us fly into Carcassonne airport from Dublin. Direct flights with Ryanair are irresistibly inexpensive in the off-season months. What took us there? Well, it was almost two years ago that I found a dreamy hotel on Instagram and ever since I just knew it was a place my soul absolutely needed to experience in this lifetime. I was prepared for Camellas-Lloret being a wonderful little haven but in all honesty, it is even dreamier in real-life than I could ever have anticipated (and my oh my the dreaminess is off the charts on their wonderfully curated Instagram account).

Set in the medieval hilltop village of Montréal in the Languedoc region, Camellas-Lloret, is the epitome of what one would imagine everything to be in the South of France (this was our first ever visit), refined yet rustic, touchable yet otherworldly beautiful. A ‘love-project’ of a beautiful couple Annie (a New Yorker) and Colin (from South Africa) Moore, the 18th-century house boasts the most incredible, authentic original structure. With five uniquely designed bedrooms, a simple but beautiful walled garden, the enticing greenhouse which plays home to the lemons and mandarins that make their way to the tables each morning for breakfast in the form of Annie’s marmalade and a terrace perfectly fit for summer evenings dripping in rosé, the place is so divine that you could spend a month and never leave. 

Annie, an interior designer and someone whom I think I'd like to be the I grow up (she’s great at everything from wonderful chats, marmalade making, baking, photography, cooking and just generally being fabulous) - is from New York and has designed the house to feel like ‘home’. White-washed walls and draping vintage linens, contrasting textures with original chandeliers and old-world sculptures are met with the chicest of the chic modern touches throughout. With furniture slipcovers, the perfect kind of magazine stacks and all the buildings original pine flooring, it is founded on authentically refined French elegance along with the toppings of a truly talented interior designer and is exactly where one finds peace and space to relax, surrounded by the kind of beauty found only in the South of France. 

Colin is fantastic with kindly helping guests plan out their days if you are set on exploring the areas around Montréal. His suggested routes guided us to wonderful cafes, tapas bars, museums, the local castle and a beautiful little village nearby famous for its bookstores. All in all, winter weekends at Camellas-Lloret are all about long lie-ins as the sun beams through the shutters, afternoon strolls exploring the beautiful countryside, followed by a glass of white beside the crackling fire, which is where we spend our evenings reading, all cosied up catching up on our favourite books and enjoying wonderful conversations with Annie and Colin. 

Whether you visit in summer or winter, find yourself there for a night or a month, it is a haven that re-ignites the soul and leaves you wondering how you’ll ever leave. 


LOCATION

Montréal, France just a 10/15 minute drive from Carcassonne Airport or one hour from Toulouse

RATES

Starting from €140 per room per night

WHAT TO DO & SEE

Incredible local antique/vintage shopping

Get lost in the surroundings of the Cathar castles

Book in for a body and attitude balancing session with Colin who is a world-renowned doctor of Chiropractic and a wellness coach

Head off for afternoon bike rides by the Canal du Midi

(In summer) Spend your days on beautiful Mediterranean beaches

Spend time relaxing at the house with a book and rosé (all day)

Organise a wine tasting and visit near-by vineyards

TIPS

Renting a car is essential to explore the surrounding towns and villages

Families are very welcome but really the property is much more oriented toward and appreciated by adults

TO BOOK

You can contact Annie directly at annie@camellaslloret.com


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To book, you can contact Annie directly at annie@camellaslloret.com

 

Architect & Designer Gulla Jónsdóttir, The Interview

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In person, Gulla Jónsdóttir is as fabulous as her work is fierce and quite frankly put, a force to be reckoned with. Based in Los Angeles, California she heads up her own firm, Gulla Jónsdóttir Architecture + Design which she set up in 2009. After years of designing hotels from LA to Hong Kong, private residences in California and New York, restaurants in Paris and Mexico, a superclub in Beirut and a skyscraper in Dubai, the infamous designer has a portfolio that puts her on the map as one of the 21st centuries most skilled and sophisticated engineers of design. Growing up in Reykjavik, Iceland she left for LA where she studied architecture as an undergrad in SCI-Arc. Following in the footsteps of those who truly succeed in their trade and ultimately find their own path, upon graduating she sought out the greats and looked to learn from those who inspired her. After years of creating as part of incredible teams at Richard Meier & Partners Architects, Dodd Mitchell Design and Walt Disney Imagineering she now takes pleasure in leading her own team and continuing her work which now inspires and ignites the lives of all who enjoy her creations. I was thrilled to chat with Gulla and discuss where it all began, her inspirations and aspirations, taking in exactly why this visionary has been hailed as the new Zaha Hadid. 


Gulla, where did your love of design begin?

In Florence Italy when I was 12 years old.  I was mesmerized by the beauty of the city and the arts. Architecture and design are undoubtedly one and the same, merging aesthetics with structure, formational with the ornamental.

Was it a natural evolution for you to move away from straight architecture to what you do now?

I am still very involved in architecture and especially architecture with artistic integrity, this is my first passion and design is my second passion and indeed a very fluid transformation from architecture. There is no limitation to creativity so whether I'm designing a skyscraper, interiors or a piece of furniture, it's only a different scale and mindset to me, but it all relates to the same DNA of site-specific beauty that can complement its surrounding nature.

What was your first job in the industry and what stands out to you as some of the most important lessons from early on in your career?

I was very lucky with my first job and grateful to land a job right out of architecture school at Richard Meier's office working on the Getty Center Museum; then the largest project in California. I learned so much from Richard Meier and I still appreciate his work and how peaceful it is. There is an element of elegant geometry in all of his work and since I majored in mathematics before studying Architecture this very much appealed to me.

Your work takes you around the world, what’s been your most exciting project to date?

There are many and I feel like they are all like my children, just living in different cities. I like working in Mexico and my recent project there, Comal at the Chileno Bay Resort and Residences in Cabo, is very close to my heart. So is the Macau Roosevelt in Macau China, which is the first ground-up hotel I designed under my own company name; a 368 room lifestyle resort which just got an award as the Best Resort Design 2017 from Interior Design magazine.

When working on projects abroad, how important is it to bring about contextual elements to your creations?

It's very important to me! It's the first concept I start working on with each location. I like to walk around the site, scope for natural elements that can influence the design and always prefer to use local materials and handcrafted local furniture whenever possible. 

The new Kimpton La Peer hotel in L.A is your latest gift to the world. Could please explain the creative process involved in such a huge work of art..

This project is particularly dear to me as it is the same location as the studio I started in 2009. We have taken it step by step for the last few years through careful consideration of the neighborhood, and fellow artists and artisans are installing a piece of their energy and soul in the project and in the end I feel like we have succeeded in our tempt of creating a symphony of the arts for the neighborhood in a very comfortable setting that can feel like your home.

How do you balance consistency in your work as a designer while never letting your ideas become repetitive?

I follow my heart and I believe that design comes from within. The exciting challenge derives from creating something new for each project and this is what drives me. Always.

I hear you’re working on a jewellery line too, can you tell us a little about it?

The jewellery line came organically as looking at a 3D model of a facade I previously designed but didn't get built. Rotating it around I thought it could look like an interesting ring. We test printed it in 3D and gold plated it and it feels good so this is the beginning of something more brewing that we will launch later this year.

You have a great sense of style and are always dressed so beautifully, has fashion had an impact on your story thus far?

I believe high fashion is an art form so yes sometimes it does inspire me. I can see a flowy fabric and imagine it in a solid concrete shape and so forth.

Where do you feel the world’s of art and fashion collide? Do you consider them to be one and the same?

The real haute couture in terms of artists such as Yves Saint Laurent, Alexander McQueen and others in that calibre is in many ways equal to fine art, the only difference is that it is wearable for your body and other art is sometimes a social and or political statement or for its pure beauty and storytelling. What they have in common is beautifying the world with creative energy.

That is such a beautiful way of explaining it. Wow. What does a day in the life of Gulla Jonsdottir look like?

I wake up around 8 am and make an espresso, shower and answer emails at home, although my New Years resolution is always to start with meditation instead of looking at my phone.. ( one day.. ! ). I arrive at my studio around 9:30 am and catch up with my team and clients and walk down the street to get a delicious almond milk cappuccino. Late morning I visit my nearby projects that are under construction in West Hollywood and downtown LA.

Twice a week at lunch, I work out with my trainer at the park and usually eat a healthy lunch like a salad with salmon or chicken at my desk. In the afternoon I have conference calls and continue on designing, sketching new and ongoing projects and thankfully no day is the same when you work in a creative environment. Right now we are working on our first atelier which will be inside one of the hotels I'm designing so this is a new exciting challenge for us and a new business that I will invite other artists to participate in.

Late afternoon I call my mom in Iceland before she goes to sleep, text with a few friends and by 7 pm its time to grab a glass of wine with friends or colleagues and some snacks at the bar and then I go home and pick up my suitcase that I half hazardly packed late last night, and catch my midnight flight to Hong Kong or anywhere the projects take me.

I make sure to set up dinner with friends in that city when I land and happily turn off my phone because I refuse to believe there is wifi on planes and this is my time to do absolutely nothing. I love it.

Is there a fundamental rule you live by, personally and professionally?

To be true to my heart, genuine, loyal and honest. I sleep very well at night because I live an honest & peaceful yet adventurous life filled with very good people around me both in my personal and professional life and for them, I'm very grateful.

How do you navigate between the public's view of you and your own private life?

I'm always the same, I don't have a poker face and I treat everyone the same; with kindness. 

What are up-and-coming architects catching your attention right now?

The architects in China are doing some fantastic things right now. I see a big growth in Asia in pushing the boundaries and exploring new forms and materials in a very interesting way.

What was the last book you read?

1Q84 by Haruki Murakami.

Who or what is your greatest inspiration?

Nature, always nature.

Is there something you dream of designing?

A museum, a skyscraper and an Olympic stadium. 

..and what building do you wish you had designed?

Anything by Santiago Calatrava 

What are your unfulfilled ambitions? 

Learning more languages fluently. I speak a few but I need to find the time to fulfil this ambition.

If you weren’t a world-renowned designer, where would we find you and what would you be doing with your days?

Interesting thought, wow. I think I would be a Sherlock Holmes or James Bond sort of a woman solving mysteries and travelling and then would retreat to my villa in Tuscany painting paintings and drinking red wine from my vineyard.


Photographed below is Gulla's latest project, Kimpton La Peer Hotel which recently opened in West Hollywood, LA.

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Read more about Gulla's career on Haute So Fabulous here. 

 

Gearoid O'Dea, The Interview

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As one of Ireland’s most impressive emerging artists, Gearoid O'Dea is one incredibly sharp and beautifully raw individuals. His work to date has seen him win awards globally and alongside his egoless approach to his work and the creative world in general it’s no wonder his place in Ireland’s art scene has been firmly and unquestionably established. Here I chat to Gag - as he is more well know - about his journey to date and his take on the contemporary art world in which he finds himself carving out a career that is sure to stand the test of time

Cyber Monday; Here's The Deal(s)

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Cyber Monday deals are hotting up our winter cool lives this week. An American tradition that signifies the commercial commencement of Christmas (a truly deep and meaningful moment in time you'll agree), it's now a firm favourite the world over thanks to the ease of online shopping. 

So to make your life even easier and help you along the way to possible financial ruin this weekend, here are our top links and codes to the best of the rest! (Don't worry, your wallets and wardrobes can thank me later!)

Farfetch // 10% off full price items for one day only (Friday) with the code BF10

Topshop // Up to 50% off and free international shipping

Net-a-Porter.com US // Up to 50% off

Cáfune // 30% off selected items

MyTheresa.com // Up to 70% off 

Shopbop // Up to 75% off with the code MORE17

MatchesFashion.com // up to 70% off sales items

Luisaviaroma.com // extra 20% off sale items

Asos // 20% off everything with code WIN20

Nordstrom // Up to 40% off 

BeautyBay // Up to 30% off

LK Bennett // 20% off everything

Monica Vinader // Up to 30% off


Petria Lenehan, The Interview

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Petria Lenehan is a woman with perpetual beauty on her mind. Designing clothes that stand the test of time and trends, the designer bases herself in Upstate New York's Hudson Valley, where she lives with her family and heads up her own fashion company. The Irish native is no stranger to her field having studied her trade in Florence, Italy before setting up her own retail store in her hometown of Dublin. Narrowing in on her passions however, she now designs with, as she describes herself, “notions of authenticity, nature, craftsmanship and tradition”. Uncomplicated, effortless and continuous in their delicate authority her collections create a loyal and retuning customer who knows that no matter the seasons runway flings, a lovingly-made staple by Petria Lenehan is always a good idea.

The HSF Holiday Guide; Beauty Gifts For Your Beauty

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To You Beauty, With Love

From the essentials to the luxurious, there is always something fabulous to give the beauty lovers in our lives at Christmas in terms of trending beauty products. This year we've compiled 100 of the hottest from the slickest brands - from classic red lips to the everyday necessities in skin care, here's what we'll be giving (and fingers crossed, receiving) this holiday season..