Marie Claire's edit of the best things to buy, browse and book
Allow us to introduce: hot list. Whether it’s some much-needed pampering, a quick interiors update, a cool event to book tickets for or a wardrobe refresh, here’s Marie Claire’s edit of the best ways to indulge.
Here at Marie Claire HQ we’re constantly seeking out secret sales, new brands, fun events, exclusive beauty treatments and cool coffee table books. We also love updating our home with a cool new piece of pottery, art or a delicious new candle.
We’ve rounded-up all the coolest things to do, see and buy this week. There are new store openings, new fashion brands, A-list collaborations, grooming updates and generally gorgeous and useful things to know so that your downtime is as stylish as you are.
The Festival Guide 2021
Summer has finally arrived and with it comes the excitement of FINALLY being able to get out and have some fun. We know it can be a minefield trying to find the RIGHT party and function to go to, so consider this your one-stop shop for all things summer and some seriously good vibes. This is where you’ll find us having fun this summer.
1. METROFEST, Sunday 8th August 2021
With a lineup that rouses up all the best feelings of Nostalgia with the likes of Jon B – honestly, we got sidetracked just singing Keep It Real to ourselves – and other greats like Mya, Blackstreet, Eve, Tony Touch, and Terri Walker, Metrofest is firmly on the must-do list.
Metrofest is on Sunday 8th August at London’s Trent Park. Tickets are selling out FAST – but there are still some left. So make sure you get on it asap.
2. 51st STATE FESTIVAL, Saturday 7th August 2021
Make sure you footwear is comfortable because you’ll be dancing up a storm at the 51st State Festival. Featuring some of the best House, Soul, Disco, R&B and UK Dancehall, the likes of Masters at Work, Alison Limerick, The Brand New Heavies will keep you entertained.
51st State Festival is on Saturday 7th August at London’s Trent Park.
This week we’re heading to…
1. Selfridges for the CHANEL FACTORY 5 launch:
Like all the biggest single-name icons (Mariah, Beyoncé, Cher…) CHANEL subscribe to the ‘more is more’ school of thought, so when they do a ‘thing’ they really do ‘a thing’. Case in point: the new CHANEL FACTORY 5 pop-up at Selfridges, London.
To celebrate the centenary of the iconic N°5 fragrance, the House of CHANEL has created a new, limited edition, 17-piece collection that is housed in a specially created immersive pop-up space, offering you the chance to go inside the CHANEL factory – albeit a gloriously fun factory, that swaps blue hair nets and plastics gloves for CHANEL robots and mad scientists – and see the brand like never before.
“By taking popular consumer items out of their context and dressing them up in the aesthetics of N°5, we return to CHANEL’s first creative gesture: that of transforming a functional object into a desirable luxury item. That’s what CHANEL FACTORY 5 is all about: offering the experience of luxury in everyday life”, explains Thomas du Pré de Saint Maur, Chanel’s Head of Global Creative Resources Fragrance and Beauty.
So what does that translate to in terms of the product offering? Think reimagined household classics, like bath tablets in a tea tin and shower gel housed in a washing up liquid bottle… yes, your house is about to become a lot more chic and a lot more CHANEL.
Find the CHANEL FACTORY 5 at the Selfridges Corner Shop, 400 Oxford Street, London W1C 1JS from 10am – 9pm (until July 31st). Our tip? Head there early, for the CHANEL stock doesn’t hang about in the pop-up for long. And once it’s gone, it’s gone…
This week we’re loving:
This is your ultimate shopping list, so check in with us every week so you can hit the shops fully informed on what’s new and cool each week. Click through to see our favourite picks…
We’re big fans of Mejuri here at MC (and we’re in good company with the like of Ariana Grande, Selena Gomez and Maya Rudolph all wearing their pieces) and we don’t know about you, but when it comes to an earring collection, you can never have too many hoops. That’s why, when we saw the new Mejuri Essential Hoops Collection which features four new hoop sizes in the 14k Gold style (small chunky hoops 15mm, medium flat hoops 25mm, medium tube hoops 25mm, large tube hoops 40mm, pictured) they were IMMEDIATELY added to basket.
We’re so glad to be out and about again, and with rather fabulous stores like the new Bally flagship on Regent street opening, there’s no reason not to. Shop the RTW pieces you’ve fallen in love with plus some store exclusives like Crystalia tote bag.
Bally, 106-112 Regent Street
The future of solid skincare is here. Introducing the new retinoid bar from SBTRCT. You don’t have to imagine your favourite hardworking skincare ingredients, without the addition of water, because it’s here, right in front of you.
Less water = better for the planet. So, get into it
Take the stress out of gifting and get to know Gifts By Mint. Expect a tightly curated selection of luxury and super covetable gifts that are sure to illicit the widest of smiles when bestowed upon their recipient. For example, the Darling I set (£250) contains everything someone might need for a serious pampering evening: a bottle of Bolly (the choice of tipple is yours, but in our eyes you can’t ever go wrong with a bottle of Bolly), Charbonnel Et Walker salted caramel truffles, a warming candle, a body scrub and hand duo by natural brand Land & Water and a delicious scent by Alexander McQueen. J’adore.
Our latest summer shoe obsession comes in the shape of these chunky sandals by Shakka. With several styles and colours to choose from, there is something for everyone.
Okay, we know the weather isn’t exactly playing ball, but in the spirit of the Field of Dreams (if you build it, they will come), we’ll be opening a bottle of the rather fabulous Minuty 281 by Château Minuty, in a sort of sun drink ritual.
Bursting with notes of peach and melon with a lengthly mineral finish, this is a VERY special bottle of wine, so we recommend choosing your drinking companions wisely,
Crafted from an organic cotton and with the iconic Temperley logo emblazoned on the front (in vegan ink, no less), we’ve found the perfect summer T-shirt. We’re teaming ours with a pair of well cut denim or a midi skirt,
Wallpaper* have teamed up with Vodafone Smart Tech to create a new podcast series called, Found: Objects With Meaning. Exploring what objects mean and the creative and emotional energies and attachments they have and hold over us, hear from the likes of artist Polly Morgan, who creates stunning contemporary taxidermy pieces, Yves Behar an acclaimed designer and David Millar a British cyclist. The podcast is available to stream now.
This bag cleverly fuses the brands stationary heritage with luxury. The result? A covetable and timeless accessory that can be worn dressed up or down.
Summer’s properly arrived, and with it Ghost’s summer collection, filled with covetable dresses, like the Ashton - one of the hero styles for the season - which would make the perfect addition to any summer capsule wardrobe with it’s cute print and embroidered lace trim details.
Meet Love Ocean, a brand that quite literally loves (and cares for) the oceans. With each (refillable, and fun) bottle that is purchased, the equivalent of one kilo of plastic is removed from the rivers and streams that are feeding plastic pollution into our oceans.
Founded by Gabi Jennings (who has been working in the beauty and brand space for 20 years), Love Ocean is a ‘commerce with a cause’ personal care and wellbeing brand for the whole family. The gentle product is formulated with a 100% organic blend of seaweed extracts and kelp sourced from the British Isles.
Introducing your new go-to for a great edit of independent designers with vintage edits, Maison Asae. Make sure you visit the islington boutique (by appointment via the website) or shop directly from their site. We’ve found brands that are now firmly on our radar thanks to them like. We currently have a pretty solid pair of mules from a little brand called About Arianne sitting in our basket - they’re the perfect summer shoe.
With the summer comes some serious heat, one which means we need a seriously hard working deodorant. But hard working doesn’t have to mean bad for you or the environment. Fussy is the natural deodorant THAT ACTUALLY works. You don’t have to trust us, you will see for yourselves.
Tom Hingston and Teenage Cancer Trust have teamed up to present a ‘One Of A Kind’ exhibition. Featuring works from the likes of Matty Bovan, Chrissie Abbott & Kate Tempest (pictured), Nick Cave, David Shrigley and James Joyce to name but a few, Hingston has commissioned the very best to produce and donate works for the exhibition. The works will be put up for auction to raise funds for Teenage Cancer Trust.
Maddox Gallery, Westbourne Grove
23 - 31 July 2021
Fragrance lovers, this one’s for you. HOOHAA is a new fragrance subscription service that features nice and small-batch produced fragrances.
Net-a-Porter proves the eternal natural of denim in their new campaign. They stock a truly incredible selection of denim from brands including the likes of Saint Laurent, Loewe, Khaite and JW Anderson.
Embrace your inner artist with the Graffiti pieces from the Alexander McQueen SS21 and Pre-AW21 collections.
To celebrate, the brand has launched a guerrilla campaign featuring the name emblazoned across everything from cars to billboards. Naturally, the pieces are highly covetable with the McQueen logo taking pride of place on everything from T-shirts to leather goods.
We’ll be sporting the trench teamed with the Wander Chelsea Boots - aka, the perfect combo - as soon as we can.
Okay, we’ve just found the perfect bag. With chunky hardware and clean contemporary lines, the Mount envelope bag is firmly at the top of our shopping list. We’ll be taking it in Raintree, which is the most delicious deep green colour. J’adore.
You know we love our sustainability products, so when we found out about Plus, it was love at first wash. This is a no-bottle, single-serve cleanser housed in a 100% dissolvable sachet. All you need to do is just add water and unleash the powerful properties of aloe leaf, eucalyptus, shea butter and almond oil.
Make The Might Company your go-to for timeless forever pieces. Each piece in the Lifetime Collection is made to order.
Designed with your summer holiday in mind (whether you're staying put or jetting off) ba&Sh have collaborated with Fresh beauty to bring you a limited edition capsule collection combining style and skincare essentials perfect for popping in your suitcase this summer.
It’s no secret that we frantically re-fresh Cave Things each week to see what’s just dropped. We’re buying this T-shirt, that is quite literally the epitome of happiness.
Missoma’s beaded collection is the stuff summer dreams are made of. We’ll be wearing these beaded necklaces poolside all-summer-long.
The cult US pan is FINALLY available in the UK and we couldn’t be more excited - just look at it! Get ready to own the kitchen and Sautés and steam (amongst other things, 6 to be precise) like a boss.
Enjoy the benefits of infrared saunas in the comfort of your home. Essentially, you sweat out the bad stuff while releasing happy chemicals, cleansing toxins, clearing your skin and losing calories too. It’s simple to use too. Seriously, what’s not to love?