Ones to Watch. Issue #9.
Posted by sophie.hockridge | 17 September
Welcome back, we hope you had a wonderful August filled with sunshine, poolside drinks, SPF and minimal flight delays. We also hope you took inspiration from our own out of offices and jazzed up your own.
For those of you who are new to ONES TO WATCH here’s a bit about what you can expect. Each month we keep our eyes peeled for the latest immersive experience, fitness craze, food obsession or newest gadget - some very useful, some utterly bizarre! Our job is to sift through magazines, social media, online content, brand communications, Pinterest boards, event agendas (the list is endless and I’ve run out of breath but you get the idea) so you don’t have to. All you have to do is come back monthly for your bite size chunk of the trendiest trends.
Yes you read correctly, an entire festival dedicated to our favourite weekend past time, aka brunch. Brunch has been growing increasingly popular in the UK in the last couple of years, just as big as the gin and unicorn crazes. Coming to us from those good old New Yorkers, who let’s be honest know how to dine. Now this September you could visit all the best brunch spots London has to offer, conveniently under one roof. All the beloved brunch offerings were available; freshly squeezed OJ, smashed avo on sourdough, bottomless mimosas, and maple syrup soaked bacon, flat whites, Bloody Marys and perfectly pop-able poachies atop pancakes. So whether you prefer the ‘br’ part or the ‘unch’ part, they’ve got you covered. We may have just missed it this year but sure to be back for seconds in 2019.
These new spas are lush by two meanings. If you are Welsh, like me, this is a common abbreviation of luscious which these treatments certainly sound. Lush also because these spas are by the inventors of the bath bomb, Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics. Most people will know their stores for filling their high street with soapy scents. These stores are like Marmite, some people flee for fear of a sensory overload resulting in a headache, others like me, seek them out as the Willy Wonka factory of the bath world. Now some of their larger stores have launched in-house boutique spas, using their 100% vegetarian ingredients. Described as ‘spellbinding’ all the treatments set out to create a full experience to transform mind and body. We love the names too from Karma And The Comforter to The Good Hour and A Hard Day’s Night. Perfect for helping you unwind over a long lunch hour. Book a voucher or find out where your nearest spa is here.
Urban jungles delivered
Plant lady is the new cat lady and in my humble opinion a room without a house plant just isn’t Pinterest worthy. There I said it. The ultimate home décor accessory of the moment, a room without a leafy palm in a raw concrete pot just won’t make any of my boards. However, my relationship history with house plants hasn’t been very successful. Enter Patch. Delivering plants to your door, they remove the hassle of trying to board The Northern Line after the flower market and each plant comes with handy guides and online tutorials for how to look after them. Even more helpful, they have categorised different plants depending on their likes and dislikes which makes them practically indestructible, even for me. The human names of each plant are a nice touch and add a bit of personality to each species. I’ve already added Pippa a tall Peace Lily, Susie a shelf friendly Snake Plant and Big Ken the daddy of all Kentia Palms to my shopping basket. Soon my front room is going to be overgrown.
Essentially a hobby you get paid for, but not enough to give up your full time job. According to Dose, a pleasure seeker’s guide to wellness, the number of Brits launching careers on the side is set to increase to include half of the population by 2030. Whether that is writing a blog, playing in a band, popping up at a food market on a Sunday selling your secret recipe halloumi wraps or even hula hooping. We are all trying to make our Monday to Friday more interesting and a bit of extra cash in your back pocket is never a bad thing. So whether you want to be the next Andy Warhol or latte art master start making your time out of the office work for you.
Boy de Chanel
Whether you’re male or female, we are all familiar with that sinking feeling of looking in the mirror and staring back at you are dark under-eye circles, flaky lips and a chin spot threatening to erupt at any moment. For us girls there is a solution – the wonder of make-up, but Karl Lagerfeld has decided this magic shouldn’t be solely for women. This month fashion house Chanel are launching a range of products including foundation, concealer, lip balm and eyebrow pencil. Dubbed ‘Boy de Chanel’ they are the first but definitely won’t be the last to make this move. The initial launch is only in South Korea but watch this space for a launch in the UK soon.
References; Dose, Lush, Patch, Instagram, The Handbook, Refinery29