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Whether you’re a seasoned pro, keen to hit the slopes, or more excited by a log fire and glass of vin chaud, discover your perfect winter getaway with our edit of Europe’s top resorts…
FOR THOSE WITH A COMPETITIVE STREAK
The resort: Chamonix, France The crowd:With steep chutes, free riding areas and unprepared runs, this is one resort that’s best left to the pros. Advanced and adventurous skiers from all over the world gather here each year, braving the challenging slopes and boasting (join in if you dare) post-ski in one of the many mountain-top bars. In other words, leave grandma at home. The vibe:Packed with thrill-seekers, Chamonix has an electric atmosphere that’s perfect for serious skiers wanting to put their skills to the test. Although the slopes are far from peaceful, nestled beneath the tumbling glaciers is a charming town full of quirky boutiques, bookshops and galleries. Perfect for the less athletically gifted to browse for hours on end.
FOR BEGINNERS PRONE TO TAKING A TUMBLE The resort: Cortina, Italy The crowd:Renowned as one of the world’s most beautiful resorts, Cortina is perfect for beginners with plenty of well-groomed pistes and a number of instructors on hand to help. Expect skiers of all ages with a laid-back approach to the sport. Fall over as much as you want, there is no judgement here. The vibe:Horse riding and indoor tennis? We know, we know – this doesn’t sound like your average ski break, but hear us out. After a challenging few days on the slopes, chances are you might fancy ditching the piste to do something different. Cortina has a number of unique activities to get stuck into – plus you can confuse your Facebook friends with pictures of you on random horseback excursions.
FOR THOSE WHO LIKE TO INSTAGRAM The resort:Courchevel 1850, France The crowd:From footballers to F1 drivers, this exclusive five-star resort is a firm favourite amongst the jet set. Prepare to do some serious celeb spotting on the slopes – and in the bars, of course. The vibe:If skiing just isn’t your thing, we’re certain you’ll still fall in love with Courchevel. After all, who can resist a weekend of open fires, outdoor jacuzzis and copious amounts of mulled wine? We thought so. With Michelin-starred restaurants and revolutionary spa treatments, you know you need this kind of luxury in your life. The surroundings are second to none and the place really comes alive after dark, priding itself on its eclectic mix of high-end bars. Do it for the #travelgoals.
Ready for the reboot? January’s mix-up of iridescent prints and cutting-edge designs are simply made for movement. It’s time to sweat.
WEEK 1: GYM BAGS
Let’s get real for a second – fitting a killer workout into our day-to-day routine requires some serious packing prep. So whether you’re moving from dance class to desk – or from cardio barre to, well, an actual bar – these gym bags keep your style on point, even when your post-yoga ponytail is letting you down.
WEEK 2: SNEAKERS
From that must-have new investment to our favourite boutique hotel – here’s what’s on our radar this week.
Kickstart Janurary with this delicious recipe from Madeline Shaw’s new book, READY, STEADY, GLOW Fast, Fresh Food Designed for Real Life.
Pan-fried trout with cucumber, apple and dill salad (serves two)
1 cucumber, peeled, halved and cut into ½ cm semicircles 1 tbsp Dijon mustard1 tbsp fresh dill, chopped (or 1tsp dried)1/4 tbsp apple cider vinegar2 tbsp olive oil 1 large avocado, peeled and stoned1 apple, peeled and cored1 shallot, finely minced1 tbsp coconut oil or butter2 tbsp capers, plus extra to serve2 trout filletssalt, to taste
Do Dry January, they said, it will be fun, they said…
If you’re already regretting the decision to jump on the health bandwagon this season, then you’re not alone. Facing the Christmas comedown with nothing but green tea and a sad bag of kale chips may seem unappealing – but once you’ve sobered up a little, checked your bank balance and tried to squeeze into your jeans – you may feel differently.
Luckily, detoxing needn’t be dull, we promise. And while we’ve previously given up on day three, this year we have a solid backup plan so we can finally reach that elusive post-January glow. Hand clapping emojis all around.
So get in all the mulled wine and mince pies you can– because come 1 January, you’re totally joining us.
DRY JAN SWAP ONE: THE NIGHT CLUB FOR THE NIGHT SWEAT
When it’s time to get back on track…
Mince pies, mulled wine and one too many chocolates from the tree… all sounding a little too familiar? Come January, enough is enough and after two weeks of pure indulgence, it’s time to get it together.
So to help kick-start our new year reboot, we’ve called upon the help of holistic health coach, blogger, chef and all round wellness guru Madeleine Shaw.
Here’s a play-by-play of how she gets back on track. So much goodness.
THE PERFECT HOLIDAY ACCESSORIES, HANDPICKED BY COACH
While your capsule winter wardrobe may be well under way, it’s all in the detail when it comes to festive dressing. Luckily, our friends over at Coach have Christmas curation down. Here’s our guide to winter’s finishing touches – treat your loved ones or treat yourself, the choice is yours.
THE SEASON’S MOST COVETED GIFTS
Shopping season has well and truly begun – and while the super-organised (and smug) may already have everything wrapped up and ready to go, many of us have only just begun the search.
Cue our gift guide – with pieces so on-trend we now literally consider ourselves one of Santa’s little helpers. After all, there’s only so many festive jumpers one can tolerate.
FOR The fitness fanatics…
We know you don't need an excuse to invest in a new handbag – but a statement carryall is a truly effortless way to inject a hit of colour and texture to your autumn wardrobe. With tartan, snakeskin, faux fur and jewels all back on the scene, it’s time to replace that summer tote and search for a more refined bag to complement those new season staples. The catwalk has opened up the door to satchel straps, backpacking and cross-body bags, so whatever style you’re lusting after, invest wisely with our top picks...
Autumn investments: The boot editThere’s no business like shoe business – and by the time autumn rolls around, we can’t think of anything we’d rather spend our savings on. The cold weather throws up enough sartorial challenges to deal with, so forgive us for seeking consolation in leather lace-ups and knee-high suede. To cover all boot bases, invest in an irresistible supply of shapes and shades. Here are the pairs we’ll be coveting this season…
Autumn investments: The coat editThe most important component of your winter wardrobe? It’s got to be the coat. Cocoon us in cashmere and wrap us in wool – when it comes to finding that luxe top layer, it has to be just right. To save you Insta-scrolling and Pinterest-boarding way into the early hours (guilty?), we’ve done the hard work for you and scoped out the chicest cover-ups around. Buy now, or be cold later. You’ve been warned.
Autumn investments: The suit editWith autumn approaching and a whole host of events on the horizon, there’s never been a better time to invest in a new suit. Classically tailored with the perfect fit, we believe a suit can make your look stronger, sharper and overall more sartorially refined. If that's not ample justification for a new purchase, we don't know what is. From Oxford shoes to double breasted jackets, we’ve got everything you need to turn your wardrobe into a gentlemen’s dream.
Fashion Editor Harriet Quick on the trends to watch this season…
Individualism, expression, street-savvy chic and opulence – fashion is painting a bold and very compelling portrait for the Autumn/Winter season. This is the time to draw on your own impeccable taste and shine through with an artful mash up of stylistic memes and singular, distinctive pieces. The only golden rule is to buy what excites both your heart and your mind.Menswear for womenWe have moved on from the boyfriend jacket to fully plunder the men’s wardrobe. What we love about menswear is the quality of fabric, the uniform appeal and that fine attention to detail. Look out for lean-fitting pieces from brands, zoning in on blazers, city coats, biker and bomber jackets, sweatpants and French cuff fine cotton shirts. These pieces will be companions if not for life, then for the foreseeable future.
Jacquard and flockingConjure up images of Renaissance beauties and Pre-Raphaelite muses and that’s the kind of poetic opulence that fashion is indulging in right now. The richness is in the fabrics with silk brocades and floral patterned jacquards looking both noble and decadent. Floor-grazing skirts, high-waisted trousers or tunics and sinuous evening gowns will make you feel utterly ‘dressed.’
Puffa jacketsWhile the parka dominated last year, the Puffa jacket has come into its own for autumn and the bigger and more cocooning, the better. Count the Puffa jacket’s blessings: warm, rainproof, lightweight and wonderful to cuddle up under on a long-haul flight. Look out for jewel-like colours and make a Puffa your new topper for evening dresses and all.
Street chicDesigners have always been fascinated by the street and by the cults and tribes that flourish in urban areas across the globe. Now the classics of street chic are being elevated to take on a new superior guise. Hunt for oversized sweatshirts, hoodies, track-pants, and voluminous denim jeans or graphic T-shirts to create your own street capsule. The only thing to add is a little bit of attitude.
WHAT TO WEAR TO EVERY FESTIVE SCENARIO
‘Tis the season to be merry – and let’s be honest, the more on-point your festive look, the merrier you’ll feel. Considering we dedicate so many hours to shopping for others over the festive period, it’s only fair that we treat ourselves to a few pieces, too. From the office party to the school reunion – tackle whatever festive scenario is thrown your way. Here’s every dress, clutch, suit and boot you need in your armoury. Did someone say open bar?