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On my radar: ‘high slow’ travel



From Hipcamp to 'train bragging', the 'high slow' travel trends you need to know now. Ph: Andrea Gentl for How to Spend It

I’m already bored of all the decade in review articles; I much prefer looking forward.

We’re going to see a big shift in travel according to How To Spend It, with ‘high slow’ focusing on deep, meaningful, journeys rather than far flung jet-setting for the sake of showing off. I love this picture of a Prior Nomadic Clubhouse at Ahilya Fort in Maheshwar, India. It’s an example of the appetite for understanding the essence of a destination and taking the time to appreciate and support it.

As a die-hard city princess girl who’s never embraced camping, I’m also intrigued by Hipcamp, dubbed ‘the Airbnb of the Outdoors’. (more…)



Shop the post: The late, late gift guide



Hermes Vinyl boombox in swift calfskin and streaming canvas

I don’t think I’ve ever been able to get a gift guide up in time so maybe don’t consider this a gift guide. Maybe it’s more of a self-gifting guide. Or a ‘what to spend your Christmas money on in January’ guide.

Anyhoo, here’s a collection of things that have caught my eye that are useful, beautiful, or somewhere in between. I like supporting new and indie businesses, traditional heritage companies and projects by friends. And obviously I can never resist a book or two… (more…)



There’s a Pat McGrath Star Wars lip balm about to land [upated]



Star Wars Pat Mcgrath Lip Fetish Balm in Flesh 3

How much is too much for a lip balm? These limited edition Pat McGrath Labs X Star Wars (Star Wars!) R2-D2 Lip Fetish balms* are crazy extravagant – and of course I want one badly. They land on Friday 13th December (£35) at Selfridges* and patmcgrath.com* as part of an entire collection in collaboration with the Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker film. [UPDATE: They’ve landed!] (more…)



High Street fragrance update: Zara X Jo Malone, Urban Outfitters, M&S, Glossier



Glossier You EDP

I just noticed that the Urban Outfitters Gourmand fragrances* that I raved about a couple of years ago (below) are back in stock. I assumed they had been discontinued. I get a lot of traffic from searches on this fragrance line, which isn’t that surprising; it’s £14 and very good. Sweet and marzipan-y if you like that ‘brunch-at-the-patisserie’ kind of smell, and the bottles are good looking too. (more…)