Our Commercial Partnerships Director has been in the beauty, wellness and fashion industry for 15 years. Here are her tips on how to elevate your wellness from skincare products to self-care heroes.
Since Covid, we all spend a lot more time at home. Home became our sanctuary and escape during a time of uncertainty. It is also the place where we can retreat and spend time with the ones we love the most, and rediscover life’s simplest pleasures. I for one love nothing more than indulging in time spent at home with my little family or entertaining friends. These are a few of my favourite home comforts to turn my sanctuary into my own little personal haven.
I have always loved food, but when I met my now husband I also became interested in cooking. It became my love language, and the way I most enjoy expressing my love for him, as well as for my friends and family. I always put a lot of thought into the food for any dinner party. In fact, every detail is considered, from table scaping to the wine and the food. It is also a great way for me and my husband to reconnect on weekends, while our son naps, and enjoy this time and indulgence together. My husband is the most decadent cook and never holds back on the good stuff. I am so looking forward to him making us the Cheese and Marmite Souffle from Sky McAlpines new gorgeous book “A table Full Of Love”. With chapters devoted to how food can Comfort, Seduce, Nourish, Spoil and Cocoon, Skye McAlpine has exactly the right recipe for every moment of connection be it, An elegant dish to make someone fall in love with you, A satisfying family meal or- A go-to dish for a very old friend. This cookbook has it all.
Since falling back in love with cooking I have also fallen in love with Our Place. Seriously needing new cookware, I discovered this amazing brand, which has introduced a whole new way of cooking at home, with their incredible pots and pans. Their cult duo; The Perfect Pot and Always Pan were thoughtfully designed to replace 16 pieces of traditional cookware. Together, they’re an entire cooking system in just two pieces. From baking to sauteing, crisping to boiling, this duo gives you so much more with a whole lot less. Its purposeful design is hassle-free, enabling you to spend less time fussing with equipment and more time around the dinner table with loved ones. While it’s cold and a little dark outside I am super excited to start making some amazing recipes from my new Bocca cookbook, which is full of Italian regional recipes out of the restaurant and into the home. Their gnocchi sausage pasta ( which my best friend prepared for me the other weekend… and why I desperately needed to get this book) is honestly out of this world.
I have forever been on the hunt for the perfect pyjamas. I won’t deny I can be very fussy with my clothes…but pyjamas, they need to tick so many boxes. I want them to be soft and comfortable but also look smart and tailored. Most Pyjamas have looked the part but in turn, have been so uncomfortable to sleep in, so I have always just slept in my birthday suit. Honestly, it’s taken me 39 years to find the perfect pair, but now I have. Enter Eberjey. Eberjey was a revelation and a relief. At last, sleepwear could be sensual and comfortable, tailored and perfectly undone. They are the at-home comfort I needed.
In the mid-2000s, Eberjey set out to create the world’s softest pyjamas for a beautiful night’s rest. The Gisele delivers, merging a classic men’s PJ silhouette with sustainable TENCEL™ Modal fibres. Their luxurious, temperature-regulating knit fabric is so gentle on the skin and drapes and falls in all the right places. I am honestly so excited to get into my pyjamas that by 4 pm I get into serious comfort mode. Changing into my pj’s sets my mind up for my son’s bedtime shenanigans in the knowledge that soon the evening is all about me and pure cosiness.
Coffee, coffee, coffee… there are very few things I love more than my morning cup of coffee. In fact, I am not really worth talking to until I have had it (Just ask my husband).
My mornings have become a ritual that feeds my soul. Where better to start your day than with a perfectly brewed cup of coffee? I get up early enough to allow myself time to enjoy a nice morning cup in bed, so I can start the day feeling strong and centered before heading out to my 7 am workout class. Beginning each day slowly with intention helps me tune into my mind, hone my focus and establish my priorities for the day ahead. It is the magic of a quiet morning before anyone else gets up.
As much as I always loved my little Nespresso machine (pop a capsule in, press a button and hey presto) my coffee game changed entirely with the De’Longhi La Specialista Arte, which opened up the world of authentic coffee shop experience at home. Any Coffee lovers dream. The Arte espresso coffee machine is so easy to use. It bridges the gap between being a semiautomatic and a fully automatic espresso machine which allows you to have more control over the brewing process. You can choose the beans, (I am totally obsessed 80 Stone which our local coffee shop use), the grind, the strength and the temperature and it also features a built-in steam wand to froth your oat milk, for the perfect Oat Milk latte ( enter excited emoji here). My morning ritual is now made. No matter what your preferred coffee is you can enjoy barista control and precision and make it exactly the way you like it with this amazing little machine. It is the whole beautiful process and the intentional slowing down that results in a perfect cup of coffee. The fun is now definitely in the coffee-making process thanks to De’Lohngi.
Is there anything better than a good night’s sleep? Like the kind of sleep, you only get from the gorgeous bedding in a 5-star hotel? For me, it’s the feeling of clean, cool, crisp sheets on my skin that brings comfort like nothing else. I get so excited to crawl into fresh linens and love the ceremonial changing of the bedding ( which my husband does because there is nothing I hate more than actually changing the sheets).
But how can I turn my bedroom into 5-star luxury? Well, let me introduce you to Tielle Love Luxury, used by 5-star hotels including the Pig, the Dorchester, the Gorin, The Lanesborough and Royal Garden Hotel. Tielle Love Luxury was born after frequent calls from interior designers and guests of the hotels (aka me) asking where they got their linens from. With 30 years of experience advising, manufacturing and supplying top-quality products to world-class hotels, now you can enjoy the same level of luxury, quality and style in the comfort of your own home.
It’s the little things in life, such as the quality of your pillows and bed linen that make a big difference to your day and your sleep, and we all know how much happier and healthier we are after a good night’s rest. I am the sort of person who likes to sleep with the window open, whatever the weather ( It might be the swede in me, but I do love the cold) with a nice cool breeze and I am the same with my bedlinen. My husband in an ideal world would have brushed cotton but for me, it is all about cool crisp bedding, so that is what we have (sorry darling.. happy wife, happy life ). I am obsessed with Tielle’s cool, crisp 200-thread count bedlinen to create my perfect zen den. Made from the finest long-staple cotton and woven into beautifully crisp, smooth percale sheets to give you that cold feeling when you crawl into bed, guaranteeing luxury hotel standard sleep every single night.