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Summer Reads

By June 21, 2019 IN THE MEDIA, INSPIRATION, Uncategorized
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As we pass the official start of summer, our minds turn to thoughts of fun times in the sun! Whether your idea of summer is lounging at the seaside, touring a European city or going to the countryside.. fitting in time with a good book is just the thing to sate the soul and truly relax and unwind. Here’s a list of our top books to read this summer- from newly released to some older favourites- we’ve got you covered.

 

 

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See What I Have Done, Sarah Schmidt

If you love a true crime novel, this is the book for you. Following the story of Lizzie Borden accused of the gruesome murders of her father and stepmother in 1892, Schmidt retells this notorious unsolved mystery. Taking you on a journey through the mind of a murderer and into the heart of a family devoid of love, this book is a chilling and unsettling and yet impossible to put down.

 

 

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City of Girls Elizabeth Gilbert

From the author of the much loved, Eat, Pray, Love comes a new novel that is bound to enthrall. The perspective has shifted, from Liz Gilbert to 95 year old Vivien as she reflects on her youth in the 1940s  and recounts her life with much flair, wit and adventure. Be transported to buzzing 1940s New York and follow along with her decadent self discovery, love affairs and her truly full but flawed life. A relatable and uplifting read!

 

 

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With The Fire on High, Elizabeth Acevedo

Dominican author Acevedo has written a dazzling coming of age novel that will leave you rooting for her protagonist, Emoni as she navigates her often difficult life, making sense of it through her love of food and cooking. There is a beautiful and poetic tone to her prose and Acevedo’s descriptions of food are mouthwatering! This would make the perfect book to read on holiday while while enjoying an excess of culinary delights.

 

 

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Machines Like Me-  Ian McEwan

In Booker Prize winner, Ian McEwan’s latest novel,  an alternate 1982 London is technologically advanced and robots are on sale to the general public. Narrator, Charlie, impulsively buys one of these robots, Adam bringing him home to live with him and his girlfriend Miranda. A love triangle develops among the three, that is  both disturbing and problematic while still being tenuous and gripping. The story nudges the reader deep into existential questions on the morality of artificial intelligence and the nature of being human. A thought provoking novel told through a very intimate lense.

 

 

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The Night Tiger, Yangsze Choo

The Night Tiger takes us into a suspenseful world of superstition and mystery. A mesmerising thriller that pulses with the heat of 1930s Malaysia, in a story rich with spirits, magic, lore and even a tyrannical tiger. There is so much to love in this book- it grabs you, pulls you into its magical world and is a true page-turner!

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Wild Swimming in the UK

By June 14, 2019 INSPIRATION
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Summer is the best time of year to enjoy the beauty of the UK’s natural landscape and what better way to do that, than to explore its waters. Wild swimming has gained popularity in recent years as swimming pools become busier and people search for a deeper connection with nature by finding clean rivers and lakes to enjoy. Imagine a beautiful stream surrounded by verdant greenery where the only sounds are the babbling water and the song of the birds. We’ve put together 5 of our favourite places to go wild swimming and enjoy pure tranquillity.

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1. The River Stour, Fordwich, Kent

The River Stour offers beautiful swimming opportunities with open areas where the river widens  and narrower points where the trees close in on the banks and small fish can be seen below. An easy access point is the Fordwich Arms in Fordwich where you can also have a spot of lunch after a dip in the river!

 

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2. Waterfall Country, Breacon Beacons, Wales

Waterfall Country or Coed-y-Rhaeadr as it is known in Welsh meaning, Wood of the Water, is a beautiful trail of waterfalls, west of Merthyr Tydfil. Start the trail in Pontneddfechan which has signposting for the entire route and enjoy a serene 20 minute walk before you get to the first waterfall. With four stunning waterfalls to enjoy- Lady Falls is the best for a swim- you can pack a picnic and cool off with a swim against the backdrop of the falls.

 

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3. The River Wey, Godalming, Surrey

With lots of sandy banks to easily slip into the water, The River Wey is a perfect choice for anyone new to wild swimming. The water is slow moving and very serene and peaceful.  We chose the bit of river behind the Manor Inn at Godalming which has a lovely meadow to have a picnic and also enjoy the wildlife on the riverside.

 

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4. Wastwater Lake, Wastdale, Lake District Cumbria

For the more experienced swimmer looking for an awe-inspiring swim, Wastwater lake ticks all the boxes. Scafell Pike, England’s highest mountain, is the dramatic backdrop for a swim in this large and deep lake, which will undoubtedly be an exhilarating experience! Be prepared as the water is very cold all year round!

 

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5. The Fairy Pools, Isle of Skye

Going even further north, the name alone for this next wild swim, Fairy Pools, begs a visit. Located on the Isle of Skye, at the foot of the Black Cuilin, there are beautiful crystal clear, blue pools and cascades to enjoy. A swim here is a cold affair, but with pools deep enough to jump into and even an underwater arch to explore, a summer swim here will undoubtedly leave a lasting impression!

 

 

Wild Swimming Safety**

Always remember to consider your safety before embarking on any wild swimming. Respect the water, come prepared for cold waters and be sure to check beforehand for any currents. It is best to not swim alone and to be vigilant of weak swimmers.

 

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Les 100 Ciels X Sally Lane Jewellery

By June 7, 2019 BEHIND THE SCENES, EVENTS
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This season we are proud to announce our new collaboration with Sally Lane Jewellery Founded in 2015, Sally Lane Jewellery has created a style of jewellery that matches the founder’s ambition, to be Strong Yet Feminine within the workplace.

Sally Lane Jewellery epitomises women sharing stories with other women, to inspire them to take an honest look at their life and make changes to be happier and healthier. It is about embracing all her elements, without needing to conform to notions that to succeed one must emulate stereotypical masculine qualities. The designs are Strong and also Feminine; bold but understated; wearing Sally Lane Jewellery empowers the wearer to do whatever they set out to achieve and reminds women of their own inner strength.

 

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The triangle is the centrepiece for Sally Lane Jewellery because it so perfectly expresses strength and elegance in its form. It breaks the mould from the traditional circle which is so widely used in jewellery and flaunts daring and bravery with its beautiful but pointed angles. This is jewellery for women who are in control of their own destiny.

The jewellery uses Sterling Silver and 18k Gold Plating, to create a unique, well crafted range. Every piece can be worn in the day time, but also looks glamorous with an evening look; in every situation it says something about the wearer while remaining understated.

If you are looking for a strong, feminine and fresh accessory to wear this summer, you can find the Les 100 Ciels X Sally Lane Jewellery in our London store!

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7 Inspirational Instagram feeds to follow

By May 31, 2019 INSPIRATION
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Whether you’re feeling blue or are just killing time, it’s always nice to come across uplifting words and images. Here at Les 100 Ciels we start our mornings following some inspirational accounts as a good way to kick start the day with some positive intentions.  We know the world at large may feel like a scary place, so if you need a little extra help feeling positive and inspired to brighten your mood, read through our list of the best motivational accounts to follow right now – to give yourself the daily dose of happiness and motivation you need!

 

@abeautifulmess

A Beautiful Mess is a lifestyle company founded by sisters Elsie Larson and Emma Chapmano, focused on creating happiness through a homemade lifestyle. On the blog they share home decor projects, recipes, crafts, natural beauty and more!  If you are looking for some DIY inspiration, this is the right blog to follow!

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@beautifuldestinations

In need of some travel inspiration today? @beautifuldestinations posts new places to visit every day. Whether you’re planning a trip or just daydreaming, this account will have you taking a mental vacation far away from home.

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@Iamthatgirl

I am that girl is an epic community for badass young women. The purpose of this blog is to give women the tools to lead with confidence and compassion. If you’re feeling like this is the voice you’ve been needing to hear, follow them now and share with any girlfriends who could use a dose of inspiration!

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@gypsetgoddess

The name Gypset Goddess is a mash-up of “gypsy” and “jetset”. Based in Arizona, Caitlin travels the world to teaching and snapping yoga photos in the most unusual places. Her posts are fun and full of positive energy, and you never know where her poses will take her next!

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@deliciouslyella

Deliciously Ella is a resource to help you live better and make vegetables cool. Starting with a personal blog, they‘ve evolved in to an app, recipe books, a deli, a range of plant-based food products, and a growing social media community that sits at the heart of sustainability and love for yourself.

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@apartmenttherapy

Apartment Therapy is a home and decor site, designed to inspire anyone to live a more beautiful and happy life at home. Launched in 2001 by interior designer Maxwell Ryan (nicknamed “the apartment therapist”), Apartment Therapy has since grown to become a leading source of design inspiration and tips for real people looking for real-life decor solutions and gives a fascinating look into how people from around the country live at home.

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@happsters

Happsters is THE blog about happiness. The founder’s motto is that happiness comes when you focus on the 4 G’s: Gratitude, Growth, Giving & Gathering. This blog is all about supporting others, appreciating everything you have, continuing to learn and grow, and coming together as a community.

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The Barbican Centre Photoshoot

By May 24, 2019 BEHIND THE SCENES, EVENTS
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When Nature Encounters Modernism

We are very excited to share some behind the scenes from our early summer 19 photoshoot. The theme was Nature and Modernism – contemporary shapes, elegance, natural materials and simplicity that inspire us to create.

 

The Location

For our shoot, we chose The Barbican Estate- a residential estate that was built between the 1960s and the 1980s within the City of London in Central London, an area once devastated by World War II bombings. The complex is one of the best examples of British Brutalist architecture, described by Queen Elizabeth as “one of the modern wonders of the world”. With its heavy concrete surfaces, elevated gardens, idyllic lakes and striking towers, The Barbican Estate offers a new, unique vision. It offers a new dimension to nature in  spaces where it seems to have no place. However nature manages to grow in the most unexpected places – finding a path through cement as if recovering its own habitat.

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The Model

Our aim was to keep the model’s mood and look very natural. We cast the lovely Marta Jacquier for the shoot and she had a wonderful feel on camera; relaxed, fresh and real.

Featuring our favourite styles

This time we chose to explore the connection between design, architecture and nature understanding how they work with each other. Our shooting locations within The Barbican Center were chosen to best represent our styles. For example, with style Hudson we selected a grey and white geometrical background that fits perfectly with the elegance of the dress.

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Apollo dress was shot to demonstrate the  direct connection with the Natural world. We chose to combine white with green in order to convey the purity of these two colours and their brilliant pairing with geometrical and organic shapes. We wanted to convey the fresh, light and minimal style that stands up for the comfort. And our model Marta looks simply gorgeous in it!

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Style Britt is the shape of the Elegance. The shooting location was a mix of the fresh feeling of green colours and the grey background of a heavy and full concrete tower. It is about balancing both aspects of fashion – feeling always natural and secure. That is why Britt is for those who are willing to trust that balance is possible.

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For Fritz and Gibby we considered the warm colour of the styles and felt they would work best with a reflecting background. We aimed to use as much natural light as possible and fortunately with this look it was easy to achieve. The pieces were shining for themselves, and a textured wall added even more interest to the shot.

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See the new collection here! Don’t forget to show us how you style your Les 100 Ciels items by tagging us on Instagram @les100ciels and using the hashtag #myles100ciels!

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When style meets recipe – summer season

By May 17, 2019 INSPIRATION
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The intersection of colour, taste, texture and fabric
 

Fashion has always been a source of beauty, aesthetics and craftsmanship, and a natural extension of this is the sculptural and artistic forms that can food can take. Just like fashion, culinary trends develop season after season, with new colours, shades and textures. And just like a white shirt can be classic and timeless many dishes are go-to meals that are comforting, delicious or even evocative of childhood.

This week, we explore this union of style and food and bring together some of our most loved Spring Summer 2019 styles with a selection of fresh and easy-to-cook recipes for the upcoming Spring period! Let us know what you think!


Fritz Top Inspiring our Honey & mustard chicken skewers

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Instructions

Cut the chicken into small pieces and cut off any fat. Place in a medium-to-large bowl. Add the mustard, honey, garlic, and salt & pepper to a bowl and stir until smooth. Pour it over the chicken. Refrigerate the chicken for at least an hour, preferably 2+ hours. If marinating overnight, cover it with plastic wrap. Once your chicken is done marinating, oil your grill’s grate and pre-heat it to high. Thread the chicken onto skewers. Pour any extra marinade over them. Reduce heat to medium-high. Cook the chicken for about 15 minutes total, turning every few minutes.


Twide Tie-Dye Dress Inspiring Blueberries and Pomegranate smoothie

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Instructions

Place ingredients in your blender in the order listed. Puree until completely smooth. Pour into glasses and serve immediately!


Hilde Top Inspiring our Stripy Donuts

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Instructions

In a small bowl, add warm water and sprinkle yeast over the top. Set aside for 5 minutes for yeast to bloom- it should go foamy. In a separate bowl add 3 cups of flour and the sugar. Then add in butter, egg and buttermilk. Add yeast (water and all) and mix with a dough hook for 5 minutes or until dough becomes smooth. If dough is too sticky to the touch, add extra 35 grams (1/4 cup) flour. Bring the dough together into one ball, place in a bowl, cover with plastic wrap and leave in a warm place to rise. You want the dough to double in size, (60 to 75 minutes waiting time). Line a baking tray with baking paper. Use a donut cutter to cut out circles of dough, approximately 3.5 inch wide. Cut out a hole in the middle of each donut and discard.  Gently place donuts on baking tray and cover loosely with plastic wrap.

Prepare the oil for frying (180 C). Gently add two or three donuts into the oil, one at a time. Let them cook for 90 seconds, before flipping over and cooking for an additional 90 seconds. Once they are golden brown, pop them on a plate lined with a paper towel. Leave to cool.

For the glaze, sift icing sugar in a small bowl, add 2 tablespoons of milk and stir until smooth. Add a few drops of food colouring until you reach your desired shade of pink. Dip each donut in the frosting, one at a time, and add white icing on top to create the stripes. If the frosting gets too thick, add another tablespoon of milk.


Benji Jacket Inspiring our Amaretti

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Preheat oven to 200 degrees. Grease and line two cookie sheets. In a large bowl, whisk together almond flour, sugar and salt until evenly incorporated. In a mixing bowl, whisk egg whites and lemon juice until they hold soft peaks. Add beaten egg whites to flour and stir until mixture forms a soft, sticky dough. Use a small cookie scoop to portion dough into 1-inch balls. Roll into a smooth ball, then roll in powdered sugar. Arrange on baking sheets, leaving 1 inch of space between cookies. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes until tops are cracked and bottoms are just barely golden.

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