The festive season is in full swing and JuJu London on the King’s Road has extended its opening hours to give you even more time to celebrate the Christmas cheer. Juju will be open for the next two Thursdays and Fridays until 4.30am.
The venue will also have these extended opening hours in place for New Year’s Eve, giving you even longer to sip cocktails and dance the night away. There is good news for Champagne lovers as Veuve Clicquot has just been announced as the new house champagne and for a limited time only JuJu will be offering bottles for just £44.95.
If you are looking to spoil someone special with a luxury
night in one of London’s
hidden secrets, look no further than Hotel Rafayel. Located near to the city’s Heliport,
this hotel is off the beaten track but offers spacious and contemporary rooms,
with truly stunning views that overlook the River Thames.
Designed by architect James Burland, the hotel is encased within
a unique and critically acclaimed steal, glass and timber building. Rafayel is
one of the world’s first environmentally conscious luxury hotels and embraces
cutting edge green technologies in order to minimise any impact on the
Features such as LED lights and rainwater harvesting enable
the hotel to reduce the carbon footprint of any guest by as much 20%. The
eco-friendly policy does not compromise on quality, comfort or the exquisite
service provided by staff.
The hotel has an opulent feel and the rooms are decadent,
yet slick. A champagne bar overlooks the river and shares a similar calm and
tranquil atmosphere that you experience in the spa. Tri-Enzyme is the premier facial treatment and offers a ground-breaking technique that resurfaces and smoothes skin. You can currently avail of a 50% discount on many of the treatments on the extensive spa menu.
Special rates also mean you can indulge in a luxurious stay at a
lower price than expected and although this hotel is tucked away from Central London, it is well worth a visit for a peaceful
Thames rooms offer panoramic views and are
currently available for £230, reduced from £550. Mississippi rooms are currently available
from £120 (reduced from £240). Reserve a room by contacting +44 (0)20 7801 3610 / or 3603
The Alps may not have received any snow yet, but those who have booked their winter ski holiday in Europe, or further afield, will be giving thought to their wardrobe. However, Chalet Chic is a trend that should not only be reserved for high altitude and as temperatures dip across the UK, this week’s Sloaney Style provides a great way to stay cosy and comfortable.
Create a classic base layer by teaming the elegant Michael Kors top(£419) with the ultra-comfortable skinny leg jodhpurs from the creators of the Duchess of Cambridge's favourite jeans, J Brand(£275).
The poncho is big this season and offers an edgy alternative to the traditional winter coat. This cashmere and merino wool blend version by Clare Tough(£875) is guaranteed to keep you nice and warm with the cream fringe providing beautiful detail. The Canadian Fox Fur Hat(£219)from Harrods will further highlight this subtle feature of the poncho.
Finally, these pony hair and leather snow boots by Chloe(£345) are simply divine. They are the ultimate chic winter footwear and will also look fabulous when worn with tights.
December is nearly here and a month of sin lies ahead. The
healthy eating plan may as well be torn up and thrown in the bin. After all, with
Christmas comes parties and with parties comes champagne, mince pies, mulled
wine... even the Christmas tree is adorned with miniature chocolate treats.
Here at The Sloaney HQ we don’t want to spoil this rare month
of justifiable over indulgence by bleating on about the ultimate detox just yet.
However, we have discovered a secret weapon that will help you tackle the
festive season with fitness in mind.
Last week we tried Slim Anti Cellulite Leggings, which have
been developed by Proskins. We are always slightly skeptical of products claiming
to give your figure a quick fix and were impressed when this garment suggested
long-term changes; that’s what we like to hear!
This revolutionary fitness wear is clinically proven to reduce the appearance of cellulite and counts Danni Minogue as an ardent fan. The
leggings can be worn during your workout and the density of the fabric also
allows for them to be worn as daytime apparel wear. They are extremely
comfortable and feel like a second skin. Here’s hoping they help fight the
The Sloaney's Beauty Editor, Halle Carlson, discovers an impressive alternative to Botox...
let's face it… we’re getting older. And it shows. I have
a love-hate relationship with the idea of Botox. When I am experiencing hostile
feelings towards the cosmetic procedure, I find myself determinedly researching
a safe and less invasive solution. After all, there must be some way of
removing those pesky wrinkles on my forehead so I can join the moon faced
During the last month I have been lucky enough to test their premium Wrinkle Killer.
This serum promises the elixir
of life; younger, smoother looking skin that maintains its elasticity, without
appearing frozen. The active ingredient in Wrinkle
Killer mimics the TempleViper’s venom – naturally
my eyes lit up when I read this, doesn't it sound a fierce weapon?
For the best results, Skin Chemists recommends using
the serum twice a day as part of your daily skincare regime. I
massaged a pea sized drop into the skin on my forehead, crow’s feet, and smile
It provided instant satisfaction
and within seconds I could feel results. My skin felt incredibly taut, yet I
still had enough flexibility and movement to make expressions.
Over the course of the last
month I have noticed a dramatic improvement in the appearance of wrinkles. Not
only have they released and become less noticeable, but my skin has become
softer, more flexible and it has an improved glow.
We continue our Sloaney Getaways series by exploring the very best of
British luxury. The Pennyhill Park Hotel and Spa in Surrey is situated within
123 acres of rolling parkland and the traditional country house is accompanied
by one of the UK’s
most prestigious spas.
What makes this retreat so appealing is that you can relax in beautiful
countryside that is just 45 minutes away from central London. It is an ideal location for
those wanting to enjoy a rural setting that is easily
accessible from our capital. This hotel boasts award-winning dining, individually
styled bedrooms and 45,000 square feet of pure spa heaven.
The Sloaney finds the ‘Martini and Manicure’ very appealing. You
can gather your best girlfriends for a pre-Christmas spa day and unwind whilst your
nails are prepared immaculately for the party season.
Those looking for a more extended stay before the festivities begin may
want to take advantage of the ‘Sheer Sanctuary Sleep Over Spa’ package. Billed
as the ultimate nuturing experience you can enjoy the Spa facilities and a
blissful overnight stay in one the sumptuous rooms.
Martini and Manicure Day Spa: £130 per person
Sheer Sanctur Sleep Over Spa: Exclusive Suite available from £1585;
other rooms starting at £420
The festive season is brimming with cocktail parties but our favourite occasion is always a glamorous ball. Whether it is white or black tie, Sloaney Style has created an outfit that is rich with electrifying glamour and draws on this season’s key trends.
Gold has proven influential on the catwalks and you can give yourself the ultimate Midas touch with this sensational long dress by Diane Von Furstenberg (£1.279). The plunging V neckline has been showcased by a number of style icons recently and the sweeping Grecian style of this dress will guarantee you turn heads.
Introduce some contrast and enjoy the much celebrated python trend by exhibiting an exotic influence with this envelope clutch (Reed Krakoff £1,115) and striking Yves Saint Laurent heels (£735). Arrive to the ball in style by wrapping up warm with the shearling stole from Donna Karan (£1,585).
This month US Vogue announced the Olsen twins as the Best Dressed Women of 2011. Edgy and
reactive choices positioned them ahead of the fashion pack and confirmed their originality. This year the
sibling influence has never been more prominent and to recognise the force of
family connections, The Sloaney has compiled a list of the Top 5 Most Influential
British Siblings in Fashion.
Savannah and Sienna Miller
Savannah Miller have long been the focus of the spotlight. However, with a
strong distaste for the paparazzi, Sienna is one of few to make a stand and took
legal action against photo agency Big Pictures. She credits this decision with
the heightened success of her acting career and an increased respect from high
society movers. Her sister also shies away from the social spotlight,
preferring a quiet life in the Gloucestershire countryside. Nevertheless, she
is the brains behind label Twenty8Twelve and an established influence in the
Alex and Emma Watson
retreat from the spotlight has earned Emma Watson credit. The Harry Potter star
is now enrolled at Oxford University to complete
her degree. One of few women to have a striking and delicate enough bone
structure to carry off the shortest of crops, this actress has defied her age and
experience by making a number of highly admirable fashion choices. The star was
accompanied by her younger brother Alex in last year’s Burberry Campaign and
the pair make for a dynamic style duo.
Pippa and Kate Middleton
has been all about the Middletons. Kate Middleton became the Duchess of
Cambridge in a Royal Wedding that was celebrated by the nation. Her style has
been forensically observed and every detail analysed. With no obvious mistakes
and her innate ability to mix high end with high street fashion, Catherine has
pleased both the public and her critics more often than not. Pippa Middleton
has been more daring with her choices; that red dress with a plunging neckline
was hotter than our summer. Generally, both women earn praise for exhibiting
classic tailoring and herald the return of traditional elegance.
Cara and Poppy Delevingne
to gracing the pages of Vogue than the daily press, the Delevigne sisters are stylish
high society movers. The daughters of model Pandora, Poppy and Cara have both
followed their mother into the industry and are on the books of Storm. They
have appeared in numerous editorial shoots in recent years. Poppy is also a
Chanel ambassador and quintessential British girl about town. A favourite of
the Burberry campaigns, younger sister Cara cemented her position as an
aspiring style icon when gracing the cover of the November issue of British Vogue.
Lottie and Kate Moss
one spot in The Sloaney’sTop 5 Most Influential British Siblings in Fashion celebrates
a remarkable career and an exciting future. Kate Moss is arguably one of the most
powerful style icons in history and the model is a key influencer of trends.
Needless to say, there was much excitement when her wedding heralded the
emergence of a mini Kate. At the tender age of 13, Kate’s half sister Lottie Moss
is currently being wrapped in cotton wool by Sarah Doukas - the agent who
discovered Kate. Lottie has already completed a series of shoots and we look to
the future with baited breath to see if she will emulate the remarkable career of
her elder half sister.
Beauty Editor, Halle Carlson, discovers an artistic beauty treat...
If you already have your Christmas party outfit planned to perfection but need to add a striking finishing touch, Sloaney Beauty has found the perfect accessory. Although eyelash extensions are not always synonymous with sophistication, PAPERSELF is a fresh and edgy range that is sure to draw the spotlight to your eyes for the right reasons.
The Sloaney was won over by the brand at a recent catwalk show in The Club at The Ivy. Since their introduction to the beauty scene, PAPERSELF has made a dramatic impact in the industry and bring intricately cut patterns and pretty designs to your eyes. Although they are not for everyday wear, PAPERSELF lashes will give your party look a unique edge this season by transforming your eyelids into a work of art.
The first collection - inspired by 19th century French silk bobbin lace - was showcased in the Victoria and Albert museum and displayed the intricately cut Lace Garden range. All of the subsequent collections are culturally infused and designed with beautiful story-telling details and symbolic meaning.
The lash designs feature visual aesthetics such as lace, birds, deer, peacock and horses. The attention to detail will leave admirers enthralled and this look is ideal for those who enjoy experimenting with playful trends.
PAPERSELF are available as individual or small lashes to accentuate the outer corners of your eyes. They are also available as regular, full-strip lashes for a more dramatic result. PAPERSELF lashes are available online at www.paperself.com