JML SIMPLY STRAIGHT

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Ladies, convenient beauty is the name of the game nowadays. There just doesn’t seem to be enough time in the day for girls on the go, and you’re anything like me, you’ll try any contraption or formula that claims to cut down your getting ready time.

I love wearing my hair bone straight, but sometimes the thought of having to wait for it to dry (after washing it) and then having to spend a considerable amount of time straightening it strand by strand just doesn’t seem appealing.

This is where the JML Simply Straight Brush (£39.99) comes in and saves the day. The almost prodigious idea of an affordable alternative to traditional straighteners that simultaneously brushes and straightens my hair without damaging it is music to my ears – the JML Simply Straight Brush does just that.

Specifically designed to be able to effortlessly style the back of your hair as easily as the front, it features ceramic-coated bristles, an LCD display digital temperature control with a heat range of 150c-185c to combine the power of a straightener with the gentle detangling and styling ability of a brush.

The styling tool also features an auto shut-off safety feature; perfect for those crazy mornings that have you rushing out of your bedroom in a hurry, and accidentally leaving your straighteners on. Guilty.

This handy beauty essential is suitable for all types. The ceramic-coated bristles lift hair at the root to deliver gentle heat around every strand. Smoothing and relaxing the hair whilst maintaining its natural volume. It’s also compact which is perfect for travel, and last-minute styling.

Dry your hair if wet, set the temperature to suit your hair type, and glide through with ease.

Et voilà, sleek hair minus the potential heat damage. It makes perfect sense.

Available at JML Direct, Boots, Superdrug, and Debenhams.

JML Simply Straight Brush

JML Simply Straight Brush

JML Simply Straight Brush

JML Simply Straight Brush

Love, Ms.Raé xo

TAKE IT TO THE STREETS: NEW YORK SS17

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Happy Fashion Month, style familia!

Pre-season shows kicked off the festivities in New York on Wednesday, and gave the world a taste of what to expect next Spring/Summer 2017.

Mixed reviews and slight controversy aside, the likes of Yeezy Season 4 showed us that nudes, mesh, and thigh highs are here to stay (90’s fashion lovers unite). There’s no shadow of a doubt that September will be an amazing month for fashion; which in turn can only mean that Spring/Summer 2017 will be even better. You heard it here first.

Our fellow fashion relatives took to the streets of New York and upped the show-goer style stakes (yet again). Here’s a round-up of some of my favourite street style snaps so far, courtesy of three fantastic fashion photographers – Tyler Joe for Elle, Nabile Quenum for NYMag, and Tim Regas for Pop Sugar:

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new york fashion week september 2016

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We’re just getting started.

Love, Ms.Raé xo

CHANDON SUMMER COCKTAILS

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Calling all cocktail making fans and budding Mixologists, Chandon have a great line-up of refreshing recipes for you to try one summer’s day or night. From sweet yet sophisticated blends to zingy citrus concoctions with delicate notes, there’s something for everyone.

CHANDON – THE JENSON

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Ingredients:

  • 15ml Blackberry Cordial (made with Blackberries, Caster sugar, Lemon juice and Water)
  • 300g Blackberries
  • 200g Caster sugar
  • 50ml Lemon juice
  • 100g Water
  • 15ml Chamomile Vodka
  • 85ml Chandon Brut
  • x1 Bay leaf
  • x1 pack of Ice cubes

Method:

*BLACKBERRY CORDIAL: Take 300g blackberries and add 200g caster sugar, 100g water and 50ml Lemon Juice. Gently heat the mixture just until the sugar dissolves, no more. Once cooled, fine strain the liquid through a tea strainer until all bits are removed. Achieving a clear mixture may take a few attempts.

Stir down 15ml Blackberry Cordial, and 15ml Chamomile Vodka in a cocktail tin or mixing glass over cubed ice until chilled. Strain into a coupette glass and top with Chandon Brut. Garnish with a bay leaf and a blackberry.

 

CHANDON – THE FERNANDO

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Ingredients:

  • 20ml Manzanilla Sherry
  • 20ml Pink Grapefruit Sherbet (made with Pink Grapefruit juice and Caster Sugar)*
  • 300ml Pink Grapefruit juice
  • 100g Caster sugar
  • 5ml Peach Bitters
  • 85ml Chandon Rosé
  • x1 Sprig of Thyme
  • x1 Slice of Pink Grapefruit
  • x1 pack of Ice cubes

Method:

*PINK GRAPEFRUIT SHERBET: Simply shake or stir 300ml Pink Grapefruit juice with 100g Caster sugar – this would be commonly known as 3:1 ratio. Fine strain and put aside.

Build 20ml Manzanilla Sherry, 20ml Pink Grapefruit Sherbert, and 0.5ml Peach Bitters in a wine glass over cubed ice and top with Chandon Rosé. Garnish with a sprig of thyme and a slice of pink grapefruit.

 

CHANDON BOMBILLA SPRITZ

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Ingredients:

  • 15ml Green Tea infused Cognac (made with Hennessy and Green Tea)*
  • x1 Bottle of Moët Hennessy Cognac
  • 10g Green Tea
  • 15ml Apricot Liqueur
  • 15ml Cloudy Apple Juice
  • 70ml Chandon Brut
  • x1 Slice of Lemon
  • x1 pack of Ice cubes
  • x1 Cardomom pod (optional)

Method:

*GREEN TEA INFUSED COGNAC: Take a bottle of Moët Hennessy Cognac and infuse it with 10g of green tea for 15 minutes. Fine strain and store back in the bottle.

Build 15ml Green Tea infused Cognac,  15ml Apricot Liqueur, and 15ml Cloudy Apple Juice in a wine glass over cubed ice and top with Chandon Brut. Garnish with a slice of lemon and a cardamom pod (if you’d like to add a bit more spice to your creation).

 

Enjoy!

Love, Ms.Raé xo

CELEBRATE THE RIO 2016 OLYMPICS AT HANGER SW6

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Cutting edge steak and liquor bar Hanger sw6 is bringing a taste of South America to South- West London with Rio 2016 in mind.

On Thursday 18th August 2016, the Fulham-based steakhouse and bar will offer a dining experience like no other featuring South American inspired dishes, complemented by an expertly chosen selection of the finest South American wines.

To start, enjoy a light and refreshing timeless Brazilian dish: Marinated sea bass ceviche, coupled with Pizzato Fausto Chardonnay, from the renowned Serra Gaucha region.

To follow, experience Hanger sw6’s South American twist on their classic hanger steaks. Choose between a charcoal grilled hanger steak with watercress and a creamy béarnaise sauce, or the most prized cut of Brazilian beef: the picanha steak, dressed in a zesty chimichurri. Mouth-watering Fire roasted sweet potato and Charred market vegetables accompany the steaks. Each steak dish has also been paired with two exquisite wines. Argentinian wine, El Estecco Estate Malbec, hailing from the Calchaquí Valley provides the perfect accompaniment to the picanha steak. Whilst the vibrant flavours of the charcoal grilled hanger steak is accentuated by a prime Chilean Syrah Reserva.

Prepare to be transported to the Rio coastline as atmospheric samba music plays in the background.  A presentation on quality regional wines will also be on offer, by expert Victoria Briggs.

To round off the evening’s celebrations, indulge in a decadent Dulce de leche sundae mess, followed by an invitation to Hanger’s specialist downstairs liquor bar, Below The Cut, where guests can enjoy a soothing Nightcap cocktail.

The Brazilian inspired three course dining experience, including wine pairings and the Nightcap cocktail, will cost £42.50 per person.

They had me at ‘sweet potato’.

hanger sw6 steakhouse liquor bar

hanger sw6 steakhouse liquor bar

hanger sw6 steakhouse liquor bar

Address
461 North End Road
Fulham
London
SW16 1NZ

Opening Hours
Kitchen: 6pm-10pm
Liquor Bar: 6pm-11.30pm

For bookings, email reservations@hangersteak.co.uk or call 020 7386 9739.

 

Love, Ms.Raé xo

LIV TYLER X BELSTAFF AW16

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The highly anticipated Belstaff and Liv Tyler AW16 capsule collection has landed in stores and online.

Liv Tyler teamed up with the British brand as both Creative Contributor and Ambassador; presenting 13 key womenswear pieces for Autumn/Winter 2016. Working closely with Belstaff’s Collection Creative Director Delphine Ninous, Liv Tyler was involved in seamlessly merging the brand’s spirit and archives in the capsule collection, which is based on classic silhouettes in luxurious natural fibres that emphasise a strong and modern femininity.

“I’d always wanted to create a few timeless classics. Things I have in my closet but wished I designed myself,” says Liv Tyler. “I sought to express strength through the outerwear and leather pieces alongside a more feminine sensual side through the softer materials like silk, and via the more fitted silhouettes of my styles. It’s a celebration of the feminine and masculine rolled into one.”

In this collection we see a black, ink blue, blush, and military green colour story where a fine leather jacket takes centre stage with a removable collar and a quilted interior, contrasted with elegant pussybow blouses, androgynous slim fit trousers, military heeled ankle boots, fitted flat knee high riding boots, an a quintessential cross-body bag.

An updated, more fitted take on the Milford coat (the famous coat Belstaff originally created for Benedict Cumberbatch’s Sherlock) has been introduced in three fabrications, and two nylon parkas come with removable shearling gilets.

Belstaff also showcases a new range of technical fabrications including a protective coated treatment and water-repellent cotton and lightweight nylon garbadine. Toscana skin has also been used to add warmth, textural depth and contrast to the technical detailing; which is perfect for the colder, and wetter months.

The mantra behind the capsule collection focuses on practicality, and functionality without scrimping on elegance and luxury.

“I have a preference for clothes that are practical and functional but also very luxurious and elegant. I like being able to throw a look together quickly and feel and look my best. I know what works for me and my body, and I try to stick to that” adds Tyler.

The exclusive pieces range from £295-£1595.

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Practical perfection.

Love, Ms.Raé xo

THE MANHATTAN PORTAGE MUST-HAVE BAG

Manhattan Portage

We all have those days when we only need to carry the bare necessities in our bags. Our quintessential shoulder bags or man bags won’t do, and neither will our trusty totes. Days like these call for something casual and small, but large enough to hold a purse, keys, powder, lipstick, and maybe even a mini brush. Or wallet, keys, and perhaps some shades for the gents.

Enter the City Lights bag by Manhattan Portage. Part of the Central Collection, this bag has been designed to ‘serve all walks and runs of urban and city life.’

The new energetic Central Collection is derived from the essential DNA of Manhattan Portage’s Heritage Red Label Collection but at a more accessible price point to serve a wider Manhattan Portage community.

Retailing at £27-£42, the mini cross-body City Lights bag features a shoulder strap (with the option of fixing it to a belt loop), a large main compartment, and a small zippered compartment for keys, and cards. The unisex bag comes in Camo (my favourite), Purple, Silver, Blue, Yellow, Green, Burgundy, Brown, Tan, Orange, Leopard print, Plaid, and key heritage colours – Red, Navy, Grey, Black and Olive; with a lightweight yet long-lasting fabric choice of water-resistant CORDURA® (known for its exceptional durability), water-resistant Waxed canvas, and water-resistant Tarpaulin vinyl.

With clever craftmanship and a variety of colours and fabrics, Manhattan Portage’s ‘New York Tough’ philosophy ensures that your ‘bare necessity bag’ will withstand the test of time…and daily life.

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Grab and go.

Love, Ms.Raé xo

 

HELIOT STEAK HOUSE SUMMER MENU

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Summer is officially here in the UK (yes we’re late to the party but better late than never, hey).

If you fancy a break from the sweltering heat whilst still feeling like you’re not missing out on the summertime fun, take a stroll to Heliot Steakhouse to enjoy their new barbecue-inspired menu.

Executive Chef Ioannis Grammenos has cooked up a range of light and fresh dishes especially for the summer months. Starters include a beautifully balanced Sea Bass Ceviche with chilli, ginger and pickled pearl onions, and palette-pleasing Smoked salmon with crisp green apple, chargrilled sourdough toast and sour cream mousse.

For a meaty main, opt for the Grilled Spatchcock Chicken, served with sticky homemade BBQ sauce for dipping, or herby Lamb Cutlets with roasted aubergine and a rich jus gras. From the sea, enjoy their sublime (and Candy Rae certified) Lobster on skewers with a lemon and garlic crust, or a Grilled Mackerel fillet served with roasted baby courgettes, carrots and a creamy dill sauce.

To end with something sweet, try the decadent Chocolate Sphere, filled with a rich chocolate mousse, or a light Lemon crème brûlée tart with crumbly, flaky pastry and lemon curd ice cream.

After your meal, head up to the Hippodrome Casino’s stunning rooftop bar to catch the last of the sun’s rays. With bartenders on hand to serve an array of refreshing cocktails, you can truly make the most of a summer’s day.

For reservations, call 0207 769 8844 or email london_reservations@togrp.com

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Address
14 Cranbourn Street
London
WC2H 7JH

Opening Times
Lunch: Saturday & Sunday 12pm – 4pm
Dinner: Open from 5pm daily
Hippodrome Casino Rooftop Bar: Open daily until late

Average Price Per Head
£26-£40

Side note: Over 18’s only. Bring photo ID if you look under 25. Better to be safe than…starving.

Love, Ms.Raé xo