As we are restricted in our social activities currently our monthly STYLE LIST has been reduced to bi monthly. As all that feature on a STYLE LIST have been tried and tested. So lets see who made the August/ September STYLE LIST.
MOST STYLISH HOTEL
Well for regular followers you would have read my travel blog on Lake Como this month and one of the most stylish Hotels I have ever stayed in. The newly opened MANDARIN HOTEL in Blevio, Lake Como takes style to a whole new level. Unpretentious yet exuding quality in both service and decor. Exceptionally peaceful and restful , although Covid restrictions and guest levels (staff ratio of about 10:1) may have had something to do with this. If you are visiting Como there is only one place to stay, the new girl on the block this truly wonderful Hotel.
The Mandarin Hotel Lake Como
MOST STYLISH RESTAURANT
From dining out five times a week to almost zero has severely restricted my pool to choose from. Also hard to guage how stylish a restaurant is under present conditions so almost no restaurant living up to our high standards of the STYLE LIST. So back to Como for this one. Although still difficult to find a really super stylish restaurant in Como I managed to locate one that is well worth a visit. Set in the small village of TORNO the family owned restaurant VAPORE excelled on all levels. Situated on the edge of the lake this was picture postcard perfect, like the movies you have played over in your head. Fresh fish from the lake and cooked to perfection and the best Tiramisu. Dreamy views just add to the attraction. I am pleased to share this little gem I have discovered off the main road into this fabulous little village.
VAPORE and the gorgeous village of TORNO
MOST STYLISH FASHION
The most talked about fashion accessory of the moment HAS to be the face mask. Going to be with us for longer than we thought has now become a fashion staple. So it is time for some style injection. Burberry are launching their own face mask ( reusable ….phew ), also providing particle filtration efficiency (PFE) and treated with anti bacterial technology. 20 % of each sale goes to the Covid 19 community fund. The mask yet to launch at time of writing is rumoured to be retailing for £90. There are cheaper more exciting designs than plain black or NHS off white so make yours personal.Even transparent ones so people can see your smile and also your latest lipgloss ! Elevate YOUR face mask game today with a whole collection and make sure you change them everyday for health AND fashion reasons.
MOST STYLISH BEAUTY PRODUCT
Its all about the lip ! With all this extra time on your hands we can pay attention to parts we never would have considered before. Lip Masks have launched onto the beauty market with a flourish, yes you never knew you needed them until now ! But they really do make a difference in softening and plumping, widely used in the Far East markets for years they have migrated to the West. KNC beauty founder Kristen Noel Crawley has now launched a natural LIP MASK in the form of stickers £4 and now on sale in Harrods. Especially useful in the ensuing Autumn and Winter months and the forth coming cold weather. The irony is not lost on me that you are covering up your lips with face masks when you leave the home but think of it as added protection for your lips as well as protecting your health.
MOST STYLISH PERSON
JAY SHETTY has kept me sane and chilled over the last 6 months. Discovered him on youtube with more time on my hands. We share the same philosophy and outlook and our teachings are almost identical. A former monk he now is a motivational speaker on how to think like a monk …. without joining a monastery ! Like myself he believes in discovering daily rituals to bring you peace and resisting temptation on activities that add nothing to your life. Find your truest most authentic self by spending time on getting to know YOU. This is what I have been preaching for many years before Jay had started kindergarten but happy to have him on my bandwagon. Welcome Jay to the team, happy to have you on board ! Handsome ,stylish and young oooh er maybe I should not talk about a former monk like this !
JOJOS STYLELIST TIP : As we approach our second lockdown this week it is important to maintain your health but just as important to surround yourself with style and live a beautiful life to maintain your wellbeing and uplift your mood. Stay strong and stay safe stylistas we are in it together !
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Epictetus was an ancient Greek Philosopher whose teachings are still relevant today. Arguably even MORE relevant in these difficult times we have found ourselves in. To let go of things that are beyond our control and focus what we do have in our control. This especially applies to the mind, one thing we ALWAYS have is our own mind this alone is in our own power.
Conduct ourselves through life fulfilling our duties to our children, parents and fellow citizens and everything else will come do not try to control external influences as they will come.
So your MANTRA today :
“HE IS A WISE MAN WHO DOES NOT GRIEVE FOR THE THINGS WHICH HE HAS NOT, BUT REJOICES FOR THOSE WHICH HE HAS ” – Epictetus
In these PC times and so as not to offend anyone please substitute ‘Man’ with ‘Person’ as this applies to us all. Remember this WAS ancient Greece !!
JOJO STYLELIST TIP: WHILE YOU ARE BUSY PLANNING YOUR FUTURE DO NOT LET YOUR PRESENT PASS YOU BY. APPRECIATE THE HERE AND NOW
Hi Stylistas ! So have you ever wanted to sit Front Row at your favourite designer Fashion Show but never been invited or unable to afford the very expensive tickets for the public shows. Well good news you can now attend ALL the shows at this years NEW YORK FASHION WEEK SEPTEMBER 13-SEPTEMBER 19. THE Council For Designers of America (CFDA) have announced they will be launching RUNWAY 360 a digital platform for Consumers, press trade and retailers “to explore and engage”. The launch is timed to coincide with the start of NYFW on 13th September 2020 so watch this space.
This intends to be a permanent platform although has been devised as a result of the Covid 19 Pandemic and the obstacles this has provided for showing catwalk collections and the devastating impact on the Fashion Industry as a whole. Expect London/Milan/Paris Fashion weeks to follow suit. This platform will be available for you to check out collections at your leisure and hopefully drive sales forward.
We anticipate the launch of Runway 360 with great excitement although at the time of writing this it is still very much under wraps. However please find the timetable of shows below as provided by the official CFDA site. So if you want to be part of this groundbreaking new initiative log in and sign up. Remember to check the time differences if you are watching from anywhere else other than New York if you want to view the shows in real time and be the first to see the new collections. If you have never attended a top catwalk show here is your chance so grab a glass of champagne and your dark glasses and get ready to take notes.
JOJO STYLELIST TIP: CHECKOUT THE JONATHON SIMKAI SHOW 14TH SEPTEMBER 12.30PM LOVED HIS LAST COLLECTION OFTEN FEATURED ON MY ‘JOJOS STYLE PICKS‘ IN THE SIDEBAR OF THIS BLOG.
A SOURCE OF INSPIRATION, TASKS AND MANTRAS TO LIFT YOUR SPIRITS, BOOST YOUR POSITIVITY AND HELP YOU GET THROUGH THE REST OF THE WEEK.
ONE OF MY FAVOURITE BOOKS IS TAO TE CHUNG BY LAO TZU. A BOOK OF TRADITIONAL WISDOM THAT IS PERMANENTLY ON THE NIGHTSTAND. IT IS A GREAT BOOK TO READ IN ANXIOUS TIMES. EVEN TO JUST READ A SMALL PASSAGE IS SOMETIMES ALL THAT IS NEEDED. SO TODAY I WANT TO SHARE A QUOTE FROM LAO TZU.
” THE JOURNEY OF A THOUSAND MILES BEGINS WITH ONE STEP”
SO TODAY REASSESS YOUR GOALS AND AIMS OR SELF IMPROVEMENT OR TRAVEL AND TAKE THAT FIRST STEP.
JOJOS STYLELIST TIP: TODAY IS THE BEGINNING OF YOUR NEW ADVENTURE TIME TO GET OUT OF OUR COVID COMFORT ZONES.