Smart Style and Wonderful Comfort
For anyone who has ever searched for the perfect pair of travel footwear to get to and through the airport, whilst keeping toes warm on the plane, here is a solution.
When I travel, I aspire to keep that perfect balance of comfort and style. There is nothing worse than sitting on a long flight in uncomfortable clothing or having cold feet on the plane. These beautiful super comfortable wool boots by Felt Forma have changed how I travel. Not only do they slip right off at security, they also keep my feet warm for the flight and are roomy enough if my feet swell while being at high altitude.
I find myself wearing these boots everywhere, even at home through the middle of the humid summer. I cannot believe it took me this long to get some!
Handmade using a special ancient felting technique with 100% organic sheep’s wool, water and love, these super cosy booties keep feet at a balanced temperature (not too hot and not too cold), dry and breathing.
Wool is a natural climate control material that regulates temperature, which means they will warm up cold feet as well as cooling them down when things get hot. Besides keeping the skin dry, wool is resistant to bacteria, mould and mildew that may trigger allergic reactions.
All clean lines and modern colours, the seamless boots are chic and unique, made without stitching or sewing. The bespoke boots come with contrasting rubber soles. There are 10 colour options that offer the opportunity to express one's own individuality with style.
The gorgeous footwear is non-slippery and can be easily worn outdoors and in, year round. Just avoid wet snow and rain.
I like to be comfortable when travelling but still look smart, and these impressively crafted boots will add a pop of personality and a fashionable accent to my travel outfit.
Luxury Travelling Redefined
Wherever possible, cabin luggage should allow for easy access to the contents – particularly when more often than not one is operating in a limited amount of space. However, a lot of luggage is tricky to open in tight spaces without accidentally elbowing a fellow passenger or messing up the contents as one rummages blindly around in the bag.
The design studio Nendo worked with the Italian leather goods brand FPM – Fabbrica Pelletterie Milano – to come up with the KAME Upright cabin bag that creates this brilliant solution. With its immensely intelligent design, the carry-on bag comes with loads of style as well as being highly functional, tough and flexible.
The durable polycarbonate body protects the contents whilst a unique fabric lid is super versatile, opening from the top for quick and discreet access when it is in an upright position, then rolling up neatly to allow the suitcase to be opened fully even in the most crowded tiny space.
The simple secret is that unlike most suitcases, the lid unzips ingeniously from both the top and the side. This eliminates the need to open it completely in order to access some of its contents and run the risk of seeing the entire load tumble out onto the floor.
Additional smart details include a novel padlock, a cable lock that can be hooked through the suitcase’s ring-shaped zipper to act as an anchor that can be hooked to a post or handrail, and a mesh divider that can be removed and hung separately once unlatched from the main compartment. To add an element of fun to the design, the “0” on the lock’s number dial has been turned into a smiley face.
Adding fashion to function, the case comes in four exterior colours – shiro white, sun orange, eclipse blue and wasabi green – to complement the traveller’s individual preference.
With its elegant aesthetics and cleverly engineered design, the KAME cabin bag promises a stylishly smooth travelling experience.
Indulge in the Beauty of Natural Perfumes
I stopped wearing designer fragrances years ago, which was really tough as I had been using my signature scent for the past 10 years. Once I found gorgeously scented natural alternatives, I never looked back.
Most fragrances are made from a complex mixture of synthetic lab-created chemicals and contain some of the most toxic chemicals in the beauty industry. So although intoxicating and alluring, there could be untold numbers of unregulated ingredients in those products that are potentially harmful to human health.
Some time ago I was introduced to Sage Perfume Oils. Masterful compositions of natural essential and fragrance oil blends using only the highest quality ingredients, each perfume has been created to replicate the scent a precious stone would emulate. I opened the immensely beautiful handmade Japanese Washi paper box that reminded me of a vintage textile, took a whiff and smiled to myself: “wow!”
Talented Los Angeles jewellery designer, natural perfumer and artist, Sage Machado has created fragrances inspired by the gems she works with. She researched each gemstone to track down flowers and essences that evoke the shade and mood of the very gemstone. The result is scents that reveal multiple dimensions of the selected gemstone, which is embodied in each perfume’s divine richness, clarity and complexity.
Oils are what give any fragrance its scent. Traditional perfume is a mix of oil in a 75-90% alcohol solution. For example, Eau de Parfum has only 15 to 22% oil. Eau de Toilette contains 8-15% oil. Sage roll-on perfumes are 100% oil. Hand blended and made in the United States, there is neither alcohol nor water in these blends to dilute their purity or integrity. Also, the purity of these oils affords them the ability to work with one’s own body chemistry and enable the scent to become much more individual.
Constructed to wear beautifully from day into night, the scents add a sensuous depth and elegance with vivacity and refreshment and an imponderable measure of seductive mystery. From fresh and floral to subtle and earthy, to fruity and marine, the constructions are complex and sophisticated, yet with a unique edge of timeless modernity.
With 20 gorgeous scents in Sage's exquisite collection, it is hard to pick just one favourite. Truth is that I’m swooning over the entire collection, as each scent is irresistible and absolutely addictive.
The pocket-sized rollerballs stay on all day. Roll the perfumes over pulse points – wrists or behind the ears.
Stored correctly, the perfumes will last for decades. They will age much like a fine wine and enhance over time.
Coveted by perfumistas worldwide, the fragrances have rightfully gained a cult following amongst celebs and niche fragrance lovers. I always get compliments from people whenever I wear it.
Sage is one of the most lust-worthy natural perfume oil ranges I have come across – ever. So now is the perfect time to pick up a new, non-toxic signature fragrance. The scents from Sage are as deeply multifaceted as the individual wearer, from sexy and mysterious, to feminine and free-spirited, to girly and glam.
Taking Blending to a New Level
It is a sign of the true foodie when one’s spouse gives them a blender for their birthday. So when I received Juicy Retreats' Ultra Touch 3 Quantum Blender, I was really excited – and still am.
This high-speed blender is life changing! I seriously did not know what I was missing out on with the ordinary blenders I have been using all these years.
I have to say, it is incredible what the JR Ultra Touch 3 Quantum Blender can handle – from smoothies to soups, from ice creams to hummus, and from nut butters to flour. It is fast, it is powerful and it cleans up so easily. I would not trade it for the world.
The JR Ultra Touch 3 Quantum Blender boasts the most advanced motor technology. It is one of the very first blenders to come with a brushless induction motor. This is far superior to the standard copper motors used in other blenders, delivering a much more efficient, quiet and reliable blend. Brushless motor technology creates more torque than standard high-powered blenders, allowing one to blend, crush, puree, grind and much more, with a motor that lasts longer than standard brushed motors and blends a lot more quietly.
As well, the durable 6-piece sawtooth stainless steel blades give the most efficient and powerful blending for both wet and dry ingredients.
The JR Ultra Touch 3 Quantum Blender comes with the amazing Cyclone Jar, one of the best innovations in the blending world. This rotating jug is perfect for making nut butters, hummus, sauces, pastes and other sticky, tough-to-blend ingredients. The texture turns out super smooth and creamy.
Other blenders need the use of a tamper tool or just do not have the power for these tough tasks. To use the 1-litre jug, simply add ingredients and twist the lid clockwise whilst the blend cycle is running. This twisting motion forces the ingredients from the sides of the jar back into the blade, so that the machine can keep doing its job. The uniquely designed lid and the brushless motor deliver amazing results every time.
Featuring an exclusive black finish, the blender takes the guesswork out of food prep with five convenient preset functions – smoothies, soups/hot drinks, ice crush/ice cream, whole juice, and grinding. The settings will increase and decrease the speed of the blender as well as pulse at certain intervals to make sure the very best result is achieved with minimal user interference.
For those who want more precise blending, the JR Touch 3 Quantum comes with several state-of-the-art features such as an 8-speed, touch slider speed control, a pulse function with error detection, as well as a timer function for walk-away blending.
Completely BPA-free, 4 millimetres thick and so easy to clean that one can simply run the blender under the water and use washing up liquid. This could be the perfect blender jar.
The domestic and commercial-grade blender is built to last. In fact the company is so confident in the quality of its blenders that it offers one of the longest and most comprehensive warranties in the blending industry. It comes with an extensive 10-year domestic warranty on the motor and 7-year warranty on parts (or a 1-year full commercial-grade warranty on all parts and labour).
With superior blending performance, the job the JR Ultra Touch 3 Quantum does is simply amazing. The blender is a real pleasure to use. It is by far my most loved and most used small kitchen appliance. Pure blending genius.
Deliver Style to the Table
For those looking to enhance their dining table decor to impress guests, we absolutely love these understated yet ultra-stylish leather table runners by LIND DNA. Perfect for timeless luxury and modernity, the leather table runners create an elegant atmosphere for fine entertaining.
The material used is a unique recycled leather made from surplus stock of shoe, furniture and accessory production. The leather is grained into small pieces and compounded with natural rubber. The meticulous combination of 80% recycled leather and 20% natural rubber results in a unique and durable material that is resistant to dirt, water and other liquids such as red wine.
Made in Denmark, the gorgeous table runners boast a clean and modern aesthetic without compromising the use of traditional Danish craftsmanship and materials. Decorative and timeless, the table runners use a refined palette of subtle hues, ranging from muted tones to lustrous metallic ones.
Aesthetically elegant and sophisticatedly luxurious, these fine table runners create a contemporary table setting with great style and flair.