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L100C Listen: She&Him

By December 13, 2018 Editor's Picks, INSPIRATION

Are you looking for new music releases or a different kind of sound?

We regularly share on our blog the music we love including an edit of new artists we are currently listening to. Feel a part of the Les 100 Ciels community with a selection of the best tunes played at our stores, and listen to them whenever you want and wherever you are!


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Get ready for an early Christmas present as the She & Him band have just announced their return to the scene after a five year absence with a trio of holiday concerts!

She & Him is an American musical duo consisting of Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward. After the success of their first album, “Volume One”, in 2008, the duet evolved into a bonafide band realising two more albums in the following years, aptly named Volume 2 and Volume 3. Their music is thoroughly spontaneous, simple and deliberate, in the same vein as their albums and band name! In an interview with the New York Times, Deschanel said: “I wanted a name that was very humble, modest and anonymous.” Matt agrees: “We wanted the music to come first, which sort of explains the band name as well as the names of the records. The songs are what we want people to remember.”

In 2011, the band released, “A Very She & Him Christmas” a 12 track Christmas album with a range of classic holiday songs covers delivered with the typical, quirky Deschanel vocals and the cool allure of M Ward. The album is an oasis of calm, perfect for winding down over Christmas without a hint of the mayhem of Christmas shopping.

If you haven’t heard of She & Him, don’t miss the chance to get into the festive mood and see them live at their “A Very She & Him Christmas Party” concert with three dates  all set to take place in the USA, between Los Angeles (06-12-18), San Francisco (08-12-18), and Austin (10-12-18) this December. Can’t make it? Enjoy their albums from the cosy comfort of home!

Click here to listen on Spotify.

  1. The Christmas Waltz
  2. Christmas Day
  3. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
  4. I’ll Be Home For Christmas
  5. Christmas Wish
  6. Sleigh Ride
  7. Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree
  8. Silver Bells
  9. Baby, It’s Cold Outside
  10. Blue Christmas
  11. Little Saint Nick
  12. The Christmas Song

 

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Two extremes: Winter Destinations

By December 7, 2018 INSPIRATION, Travel
Holiday Blog

Winter has now arrived in the UK, with Christmas markets taking centre stage, shops busy with present buying and festive lights all around the city. It’s the most wonderful time of the year … when eyebrow raising festive jumpers become acceptable and mulled wine is flowing freely. It is that one time of year when you can take a long vacation and really relax. But as wonderful as home is right now, sometimes there is something exciting and fulfilling about being abroad for Christmas and discovering a new place and traditions and people. It can be just what is needed to breathe new life and energy to start a new year.  What if New Year wasn’t so much about a ‘new you’, as a new more travelled and experienced you?

Does skipping the cold winter blues and heading to one of the warmest destinations in the world sound appealing? Or are you more of a winter bunny? To help you plan your winter holidays, here are some suggestions for the hottest and coldest places on Earth to spend Christmas!


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Punta Cana – Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic has long been the Caribbean’s cheap and cheerful all-inclusive option but, in recent years, it has been quietly developing its luxury side too. Located on the east coast of the Dominican Republic, Punta Cana is famous for its beaches, upscale hotels and great golfing. With over 40 miles of  palm lined coast, that has earned it the nickname ‘Coconut Coast,’ Punta Cana is a tropical paradise, with stunning beach views, water adventures and family friendly conveniences. The region is warm and sunny throughout the year, although the mountainous areas of the island are significantly wetter and cooler.

Average temperature in December: 25-28 °C – 9 hours from the UK

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Montego Bay – Jamaica

Holidays to Montego Bay are a perfect introduction to Jamaica. Tropical white sands, pristine coral reefs, and vibrant Caribbean culture. If this is what you are looking for, don’t think twice! The weather this time of year is pretty much perfect, and there are plenty of water sports and other activities to keep you entertained during the day if you aren’t more interested in just relaxing.

Average temperature in December: 25-28 °C – 10 hours from the UK

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Boa Vista – Cape Verde

A series of volcanic islands 350 miles off the coast of Senegal, at first look Cape Verde seems a lonely prospect. But with ivory beaches, surfing activities and an intriguing lunar landscape, it has become a tourist favourite. Boa Vista island (translation: “good view”) still feels like something of a secret, characterized by infinite stretches of golden sand and charming, stone-hewn villas. Boa Vista is also the perfect warm destination without having to travel too far and is  considered one of the hottest and driest of all the islands due to the hot harmattan winds from the Sahara.

Average temperature in December: 25˚C – 6 hours from the UK

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Goa – India

Goa is an incredibly popular destination, with prices growing drastically year after year. That said, it’s still very cheap compared to other sunshine destinations and it offers a unique travelling experience. For more than four centuries, this western part of India was a Portuguese colony, and you’ll still notice a distinctly European character here today. Characterized by historical churches, delicious cuisine, and a 66-mile stretch of coastline running along the Arabian Sea, it is no wonder this state is known as the ‘Pearl of the Orient’!

Average temperature in December: 25-30 °C – 9 hours from the UK

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Cold destinations
 

If mountains and chalets are your passion and snow flurries warm your heart, pull on your warmest sweater, and get ready to plan the ultimate winter weather getaway.

Prague – Czech Republic

If you can bear the cold, this stylish capital is brimming with grand historical and cultural sights. Prague’s ancient cafés, contemporary art and Christmas stands give the city a chilling beauty, blending the East and West together perfectly.

Average temperature in December: 1-2 °C – 2 hours from the UK

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Fairbanks – Alaska

Fairbanks is definitely an extreme destination, with the potential for -20 degree temperatures and short hours of daylight. However, don’t let that stop you. The colder winter months are also the best time of year to view the spectacular Northern Lights and experience unique cultural events for Christmas such as dog mushing and Ice parks. It is also a place to come to taste the cuisine, with crab legs and all-you-can-eat salmon and cod fillets baked over an open fire only a few of the diverse food options you will find here. If you are looking for an immersion into the nature, this is the perfect destination for you.

Average temperature in December: -8 – -13 °C – 16 hours from the UK

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Alta Badia – Italy

Located in South Tyrol, Italy’s northern province, Alta Badia, with its dramatic natural landscape, culture, mouthwatering cuisine and the lovely Ladin people, it is the ideal destination for a skiing holiday. A mix of cultures can be found here, with German, Italian and Ladin mother tongue living side by side since time immemorial, to create a unique mix of alpine traditions.

Average temperature in December:-2-3 °C – 1.5 hours from the UK

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Les 100 Ciels X M2M

By November 30, 2018 BEHIND THE SCENES, EVENTS
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This season we are proud to support Mothers to Mothers (m2m), an International non-profit organization focusing on bolstering African healthcare systems, while delivering empowerment opportunities for women. From their launch in Cape Town, South Africa in 2001, m2m have developed to address the causes and effects of HIV, delivering benefits at almost all stages of life.  m2m employ, train and help to empower HIV-positive women as community health workers. These “Mentor Mothers” work in local communities, supporting understaffed health facilities to ensure that women and their families get the health advice and medication they need and are supported on their treatment journey.

In support of their work, we at Les 100 Ciels have committed to donate the profits of the sales of our Kasia 100% Cashmere jumper to the m2m cause. As part of this commitment, we organised a workshop in collaboration with The Yard Café in London, inviting the members of the Mama Club and our customers, to join together to take part in an embroidery class and awareness raising talk. The aim of this event was to support a good cause and build awareness of m2m amongst our customers and the general public. 

With the help of a sewing tutor, we have created about 20 embroideries, inspired by the m2m logo, which will then be pressed on our Kasia jumpers and sold in store.

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We want to provide our customers with more information about worldwide issues, while offering the best products with the highest quality. We hope to not only help less advantaged people to have better living conditions, but also to share the message that there is so much we can do as a brand and individuals. If you would like to give a thoughtful gift this year and contribute to a good cause, you can find the Les 100 Ciels X m2m jumpers online and in our St. Christopher’s Place store!

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L100C LISTEN: NAO

By November 9, 2018 Editor's Picks, INSPIRATION

Are you looking for new music releases or a different kind of sound?

We regularly share on our blog the music that we at Les 100 Ciels love including an edit of new artists we are currently listening to. Feel a part of the Les 100 Ciels community with a selection of the best tunes played at our stores, and listen to them whenever you want and wherever you are!


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As the days grow shorter, keep winter blues at bay with some fresh tracks from NAO. After the release of her new single “Make It Out Alive”the British artist has officially announced her new album Saturn. Released on October 26 and featuring masterpieces like “Make It Out Alive” and “Another Lifetime”, the album drifts through a mindset in flux, largely focusing on heartbreak and the regenerative bliss that comes after.

But why name it Saturn?  

“My friends kept telling me about the term ‘Saturn Returns’. It’s this idea that Saturn takes 29 years to orbit from when you’re born and it is the planet of blessings and growth. So by the time you’re around 29, something big happens in your life. It’s like waking up and coming of age, like: ‘I’ve been going through my twenties and what have I been doing in this relationship?’ What have I been doing in this job?’ You start to rethink everything – old stuff that your parents taught you or ideas that you believed in. It’s like a complete shedding of skin and it can be painful.” – NAO.

The East Londoner has created the kind of tracks that will have you singing to your mirror and her honest exploration of love, lust, and hardship will keep you awake on those longer nights.

Click here to listen on Spotify.

1. Another Lifetime
2. Make It Out Alive (feat. SiR)
3. If You Ever
4. When Saturn Returns (Interlude)
5. Saturn (feat. Kwabs)
6. Gabriel
7. Orbit
8. Love Supreme
9. Curiosity
10. Drive and Disconnect
11. Don’t Change
12. Yellow of the Sun
13. A Life Like This

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When Style meets Recipe – Winter season

By October 24, 2018 INSPIRATION
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The intersection of colour, taste, texture and fabrics.
 

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 Winter styles with a selection of fresh and easy-to-cook recipes for the upcoming winter and christmas period! Let us know what you think!


Petra Chunky Cashmere Roll Neck
Inspiring our
Warming pumpkin soup with chickpea and salvia sage topping
 
 

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Instructions: Heat oil in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Cook the leek, stirring, for 5 minutes or until soft. Add the garlic, oregano and if preferred some chilli powder. Cook for 30 seconds or until aromatic. Then bring your pot to boil, add the stock, pumpkin and the chickpeas. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer for 20 minutes or until the pumpkin is tender.  For a nice creamy soup, blend the pumpkin mixture until smooth. Top with sour cream and sprinkle with salvia for a perfect finish!

 


 Jordan Pink Colour Block Jumper
Inspiring our
Gravad lax- Cured Beetroot and Salmon
 
 

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Instructions: Blitz the beetroots, orange, lemon zest and berries in a food processor until you get a fairly smooth paste. Transfer this to a bowl and stir in the rock salt and sugar. Pour in the gin and give it a good mix. Lay the side of salmon skin-side down on a large baking tray and slowly pour over the beetroot cure with a spatula. Wrap the salmon in a double layer of greaseproof paper then wrap it tightly with cling film and place it in the fridge for 24 hours.

The next day, take the salmon out of the fridge and carefully unwrap it so you can rinse off the cure. Wash it with some cold water. For the second herb cure, mix together the chopped herbs and gin then slather it onto the salmon using your hands. Wrap it again with a double layer of greaseproof paper, then a tight layer of cling film. Pop the salmon back in the fridge for another 24 hours.

The next day your salmon will be perfectly cured and ready to eat. Simply slice the salmon as finely as you can and serve it cold! Delicious!

 


 Arancia Long Line Cashmere Cardigan
Inspiring our
Peach and Blueberry Tart
 
 

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Instructions: Roll your pastry out. Using a sharp knife, score the dough to form a 1-inch border. Sprinkle the border with 1 tablespoon coarse sugar. Refrigerate for 10 minutes then bake for 10-15 minutes or until pastry is puffed up  and golden brown. In the meantime, in a large bowl, gently toss peach slices and blueberries with 1 tablespoon flour and the remaining 1 tablespoon granulated sugar and salt. Use another bowl to whip together the softened cream cheese and the sugar using a hand mixer on medium speed. Gently spread the cream cheese in a thin layer over crust inside border. Top the crust with fruit mixture and arrange as desired. Bake until fruit is tender, about 15-20 minutes. In a small bowl, vigorously stir together apricot preserves and water until thinned. Brush crust and fruit with preserves. Return to oven 1-2 minutes until lightly caramelized. You can serve this delicious tart warm or at room temperature.

 


 Alise Loose Camel Jumper
Inspiring our
Scrumptious Banana Bread
 
 

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Instructions: Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C), and butter a 4×8 inch bread pan. In a mixing bowl, mash the ripe bananas with a fork until completely smooth. Stir the melted butter into the mashed bananas. Then add  in the baking soda and salt. Stir in the sugar, beaten egg, and vanilla extract. Mix in the flour. Pour the batter into your prepared loaf pan. Bake for 50 minutes to 1 hour at 350°F (175°C). Remove from oven and let cool in the pan for a few minutes, then remove the banana bread from the pan and let it cool completely. Slice and serve!

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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.

 

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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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