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A boat to Amalfi Coast

By August 31, 2018 INSPIRATION
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The Amalfi Coast (Costiera Amalfitana), a UNESCO World Heritage site, is a stretch of coastline in the Gulf of Salerno. This beautiful site consists of 13 small villages, animated by the crowds the whole year long. The main towns along the coast that most tourists visit are: Positano, Amalfi, and Ravello. The road that unifies these cities is also known as the Road of 1000 bends (the name says it all!), where visitors drive through lemon groves while enjoying the coastal view as they make their way into the heart of the region.

 

Amalfi

With its fishing port, shingle beach and crowded streets, Amalfi is a charming destination.  In the past, Amalfi was a large maritime republic competing with big, naval trading hubs like Venice, Genoa and Pisa. Today this city is well known for its stunning architecture, ceramics and of course, limoncello. The centre of the town is Piazza del Duomo, which is dominated by a striped Norman-Arab style cathedral – the Duomo di Sant’andrea. 62 steps will separate you from the main entrance, but be careful on the ascent! It is said it is bad luck to climb the stairs while holding hands. We highly recommend exploring the cloisters and their tropical gardens; a moment of peace in the midst of this chaotic city. Continue your journey by visiting the most charming fountain of Amalfi: the Piazza dello Spirito Santo Fountain. Made from volcanic stone, the fountain represents a Christmas nativity scene, hosting hundreds of intricate figurines.

If you have some spare time, take the footpath that leads over the hill to Atrani, an authentic Italian fishing village famous for its tiny population (only 885!).

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Ravello

The well-known Ravello is, unsurprisingly, a mecca for tourists. Coming alive especially during the months of June – September, it is the home to one of the most celebrated music festivals, The Ravello Festival, calling musicians from all over the world. During this time, most of its centre becomes a stage.

This tiny village, which is considered to be a real jewel of the Amalfi Coast, is situated at the top of Amalfi, high above sea level, providing tourists with a truly spectacular view over the bay. Throughout its history, many considered Ravello an intellectual and cultural city. This is why important figures of the time have built magnificent villas and gardens here. There are two famous gardens that most tourists visit in Ravello: Villa Rufolo and  Villa Cimbrone. The beauty of these two palazzos will captivate you and be a highlight of your visit.

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Positano

Positano is probably one of the most famous towns around the Amalfi coast, and an Instagram dream. With romantic alleys decorated by typical Southern Italian shops, churches and colourful homes perched on the mountain, this is a village you should definitely visit. With the added bonus of a large main beach here, Positano is the perfect village to visit in a day.

With only about 4000 locals living here, this teeny city is full of tourists during the Summer season. There is not much to do in Positano besides getting lost around the many small alleyways or going shopping for locally made linen and sandals. If you can, take a boat to explore the coves along the coast and head to Li Galli, an archipelago made of three tiny islands. Here the water is crystal clear and the visibility is great for some good snorkelling.  And to conclude your day, don’t forget to pop into “La Zagara” to have a taste of the best granita in town!

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Capri

If you would like to extend your trip for a few more days, you should definitely spend them on this rocky island located off the bay of Naples. Famous for its rugged landscape, Capri is a magnet for tourists, who usually come for a day-visit, but it is at night, when all the tour boats have left, that Capri blossoms into one of the most beautiful places.

Villa San Michele di Axel Munthe & Anacapri

This beautiful villa was once home to the famous Swedish doctor Axel Munthe. Only few steps away from Anacapri city centre, this site is built on the site of a Roman villa. Every room in the house is like a well-kept jewel, but it is the garden that is the crowning gem of Villa San Michele, offering astonishing views over the cove. Ironically, Axel Munthe didn’t live at the villa for long, as the bright sunlight was too much for his sensitive eyes. We would have invested in a good pair of sunglasses and got on with it, but each to their own!

The Blue Grotto

A must-do in Capri, The Blue Grotto is a magnificent natural cave only accessible by small boats. The best time to swim in the cave is after 5pm, when the last round of boats has finished their tours. The sun reflects light into the cave creating a blue reflection that no picture can properly portray.

Buonocore Gelateria

A visit to Capri is incomplete without a taste of the best gelato on the island. Buonocore is a family business, running for more than 60 years. Everything is made fresh, but there’s usually a long queue for the gelato so be prepared to wait – especially during the warmer seasons.

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Fancy a visit to the beautiful Amalfi coast? Now is the best time of year to go, when all the summer crowds have left and you can have the place all to yourself!

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L100C Listen: Sampha

By August 21, 2018 Editor's Picks, INSPIRATION

Are you looking for new releases or a different kind of sound? From this month we are excited to share with you the Les 100 Ciels love for music and our edit of new artists we are listening to. Feel involved within the Les 100 Ciels community with a selection of the best tunes played at our stores, and be able to listen to them whenever you want and wherever you are!

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Say Hello to your late summer soundtrack with the freshest releases from Sampha. Born in 1988, the Londoner Sampha Sisay is a singer, songwriter and beat maker, who lent his voice to international artists such as Drake, Kanye West and Solange. By the end of 2017, Sampha has released his first solo album, Process. We love Sampha as nobody’s voice swoops more elegantly and mournfully than his and every lyric comes across as deeply felt.

Click here to listen on Spotify.

  1. Plastic 100 C
  2. Blood On Me
  3. Kora Sings
  4. (No one knows me) Like the Piano
  5. Take me inside
  6. Reverse Faults
  7. Under
  8. Timmy’s Prayer
  9. Incomplete Kisses
  10. What Shouldn’t I Be?

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When style meets recipe – Summer season

By June 7, 2018 INSPIRATION
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The intersection of colour, taste, texture and fabrics.

The world of food is constantly changing, as is the world of fashion. These two themes run close to each other and fashion’s obsession with food is becoming a fast-growing source of inspiration. One of the most interesting aspects is how food and fashion influence and filter through society in similar ways.

“Food, like fashion, is driven by trends, seasonality and the occasional gust of hype”, Lee Tran Lam, Food writer for Vogue.

Both can be described as a form of art and have the ability to push people to experiment, be inventive, creative and express themselves.  You go to a restaurant and by doing so, express who you are or perhaps who you aim to be. It is the same with clothes.  But it is also a form of connection and socialization: how many times do we end up talking about our new dinner spots or sharing the new recipes we have discovered online?

Fashion has always been identified as 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 similarly, as a white shirt can be classic and timeless many dishes are go-to meals that are comforting,  delicious or even evocative of your childhood.

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

salad

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Instructions: Heat a spoon of oil in a flat frying pan, slice the aubergine and fry them for 8 minutes each side, until they start to brown. Do the same with the halloumi and prepare a bowl with spinach on a side. Chop both the fried halloumi and the aubergine into small cubes and scatter over the salad with the pomegranate seeds and finish with some yoghurt dressing. Top with salt, pepper and mint leaves for the perfect summer salad!

pimms

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Instructions: Fill a jug with ice and lemonade and top it up with Pimm’s liquor. Then chop some strawberries, oranges, cucumber and berries and add them into the jug together with fresh mint leaves. Stir gently and serve immediately or chill in the fridge for 30 minutes.

penne

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Instructions: Heat a spoon of oil in a deep pan, chop half a shallot and let it fry for a couple of minutes until soft. Cut some tomatoes and add them to the pan together with the shallots and let them cook until they start to soften. Bring water to the boil, add the pasta and some coarse salt and simmer for 8 minutes. Once ready, drain the pasta and pour it in the pan, together with fresh ricotta, basil leaves and black pepper, then mix well and gently until the cheese has melted. Serve warm.

merimngur

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Instructions: Pre-heat oven to 300°F. Drop the raspberries and sugar in a food processor and mix until liquefied.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.  Place egg whites and sugar in a bowl and mix vigorously until the meringue is stiff.  Drizzle half of the raspberry sauce over the mixture and fold gently to combine.  Dollop some mixture on to the prepared baking sheet, ensuring the meringues are roughly the same size, then bake for 25 mins. Once cooked, turn the oven off and leave them to rest for about 2 hours.

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Instructions: Fill 1/3 of the ice lolly moulds with the edible flowers. Pour 0.5 lt of Elderflower syrup and two parts water into a jug and mix. Pour the liquid carefully into the lolly moulds. Seal the top of the moulds and place them in the freezer for at least one day. To remove the lollies from the moulds, hold them under warm water for a moment, which will make it easier to remove them. Serve immediately.

Yves Saint Laurent once said, “All elements of life follow a certain style,” but there’s one thing that never goes out of fashion, and that’s good food.

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Les 100 Ciels at All Points East

By May 25, 2018 EVENTS
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Summer is approaching and together with it some exciting news of a ten-day musical festival hitting London this May. This brand new ten day event, named All Points East, will first run from Friday 25 May 2018 until the 28th of May at the city’s Victoria Park, followed by a four – day community – focused programme, packed with comedy, food, outdoor cinema and more to reflect the vibrancy of its surrounding area.

The event is split between the opening festival, as well as standalone headline acts by Catfish & The Bottlemen, The National and Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds. Get your tickets now as they are going fast! With tickets ranging between £59.95 and £259.95, All Points East line-up and schedule is as follows:

Friday 25th May: Kicking off with the iconic LCD Soundsystem headlining the stage , the event will follow with artists such as Phoenix, the eclectic Glass Animals, electronic pioneer Richie Hawtin and Berlin club titans Dixon and George Fitzgerald; all together creating a one-of-a-kind experience of unmissable live music.

Saturday 26th May: Following this amazing line-up comes the equally spectacular Saturday night in which the acclaimed The xx will be performing their signature minimalist electronic sound live, whilst pop artist Lorde will be joining them to showcase her exciting latest album ‘Melodrama’.  Mercury Prize winner Sampha will be offering electronic delights from debut album ‘Process’, followed by the Jamaican superstar Popcaan, the dreamy electronic pop of Lykke Li and Rex Orange County!

Sunday 27th May: Going out with a bang on Sunday is the Icelandic superstar and cult legend Bjork who, after four decades, shows certainly no signs of slowing down with brand new album ‘Utopia’. Joined by Beck, whose reputation is growing fast, making him one of the most unmissable performers of the moment.

The Bank Holiday Monday will bring some exciting entertainment, including a street food market curated by Sourced Market, pop-up bars, creative workshops courtesy of Hackney Arts and an outdoor cinema showing movies like The Breakfast Club and Moulin Rouge. In between all that action, however, All Points East continues with a free event called All Points Equal. Themed on 100 years of votes for women in Britain, the event will see live panels, outdoor film screenings (catch Moana, Suffragette, and Made in Dagenham throughout the day), free live music, a staged Suffragette rally, and many more.

We have secured our tickets, what about you?

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Bonfire Night

By November 1, 2017 EVENTS
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Remember, remember the 5th of November…and don’t forget your cashmere jumper!

It’s Bonfire night, so get ready for fireworks, sparklers and toffee apples!

Bonfire Night is one of our favourite annual events in the UK bringing some of the best traditions with it, including big, cosy bonfires and an enchanting display of fireworks. Bonfire night traditionally celebrates the failure of the Gunpowder Plot which attempted to blow up the Houses of Parliament in 1605. Nowadays, it’s an excuse for everyone to wrap up warm and gather with family and friends around an enormous bonfire, watching fireworks shooting up and colouring the sky in brilliant colour. Nothing says Autumn in the UK, like feeling the warmth of a bonfire on your face, sipping on warm, mulled wine or and drawing your name in the sky with a sparkler!

Many see Bonfire Night as the transitional point from lightweight jackets and jumpers, to some heavier and cosier pieces. If you need some ideas on what to wear this bonfire night (its meant to be a cool one), think outfits that keep you warm and cosy, whilst keeping a fashion forward edge.

Here are our top picks from our new arrivals to keep you warm this Bonfire Night!

sheeka

Sheeka: Your BFF as temperatures start to drop. A 100% cashmere jumper, with directional ribbed detailing and a funnel neckline for an extra cosy feel. Sheeka is as practical as it is versatile.

 

kelsi

Kelsi: This textured cashmere jumper with bat wing sleeves is perfect for layering.The slightly cropped length gives a casual, easygoing look. Both colour options, the smoke or the nude, can be paired seamlessly with black trousers and over the knee boots for a sophisticated evening look.

 

bow

Bow: This statement reversible poncho offers both style and practicality. With 100% cashmere on one side and wind blocking, water resistant fabric on the other, Bow brings luxury and function together. The epitome of a wardrobe staple, it can be worn with just about anything!

 Whether you are braving the weather to watch the fireworks with friends or having a quiet night indoors with family, we’ve got you sorted.

We hope it goes off with a bang!

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Best Summer Reads

By June 23, 2017 INSPIRATION
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Summer is officially here and during the holiday season and there’s nothing quite like diving into a new book while relaxing on a beach to escape even further.

It’s time to unwind with one of these page-turners. Whether you’re lounging bedside or tanning by the pool, here are eight books you’ll want to get lost in.

 


 

VILLA AMERICA

Liza Klaussmann, 2015

Klaussmann has fictionalized the lives of Gerald and Sara Murphy, illustrious American expats central to the 1920s arts and literature movements in Paris and Cap d’Antibes, where they built their fabled home Villa America.

Villa america

 

 


 

THE MINISTRY OF UTMOST HAPPINESS

Arundhati Roy, 2017

From the author of The God of Small Things, this highly anticipated novel dazzles with its kaleidoscopic narrative approach and unforgettable characters.

Ministry

 


 

BONJOUR TRISTESSE

Françoise Sagan, 1954

Sagan’s 17 year-old narrator Cecile has a chic life, living in Paris with her charming father and holidaying on the French Riviera. Weave your way through glamorous descriptions and psychological tension in this perfect holiday read.

Bonjour Tristesse

 


 

FATES AND FURIES

Lauren Groff, 2015

An elegant and intricate story of a flawed marriage over twenty-four years, this book will show you that there are 2 sides to every story, and sometimes the keys to a great marriage is not its truths, but its secrets.

Fates and Furies

 

 

 

 


 

VALLEY OF THE DOLLS

Jacqueline Susann, 1966

This is a coming-of-age story that follows Anne, Jennifer and Neely, friends who contend with pretty much all seven deadly sins on their path to fame, from 1945 to 1965.

Valley of the dolls

 


 

TENDER IS THE NIGHT

F. Scott Fitzgerald, 1934

A semi-autobiographical novel that takes the reader through the romantic and melancholic life of several friends whilst bathed in the warmth of the French Riviera sun.

Tender is the night

 


 

ON THE ROAD

Jack Kerouac, 1957

Another semi-autobiographical novel, Kerouac describes his adventures and travels with friends across the United States with a backdrop of poetry and jazz.

On the road

 

 


 

THE ONE PLUS ONE

Jojo Moyes, 2014

From the author of Me Before You, The One Plus One is a captivating and unconventional romance about two lost souls meeting in the most unlikely circumstances.

the one plus one

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