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  • Tuesday September 22 2015

    Designer and T&H kaftan wearer Noya Bebawi shares her Ibiza insider tips

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    Noya Bebawi is a graphic designer and children's illustrator, she recently launched her own swim and holiday wear label for kids called Beanie and Bear inspired by her two beautiful children.  A T&H kaftan wearer, Noya has been visiting Ibiza for over 14 years.  We asked her to share some of her favourite places on the island on the T&H Blog.

    Images from above, Noya wears Jasmine kaftan and beach coverup in Pixie Cups navy her daughter wears Beanie and Bear striped bikini.  Noya wears Hero kaftan and beach dress in bird print teal / stone at Can Curreu her favourite hotel on the island.  Beanie and Bear wear Beanie and Bear holiday wear Ibiza, see more LookBook images here.  El Chiringuito beach club on Es Cavallet, one of Noya's favourite lunch spots. Below some of Noya's other favourite spots on the Ibiza.

    La Paloma - My favourite restaurant in Ibiza and one of my favourites anywhere.  Great for a relaxed al fresco lunch but it really comes into its own in the evening.  Twinkling lights in the trees. Laid back boho feel.  Excellent food.
    Cami De Balafia -  Simple menu. Simple pleasures.  Simply a gem.  Your choice of meat comes BBQed to perfection and is served with salad or chips. The Alioli has some bite! Low key.
    El ChiringuitoWe always try to squeeze in at least one lunch here.  We love the food, the kid's club, the white beds on the beach and the Mirage cocktails.  The little boutique can be dangerous.
    Macau - Italian family run and family friendly restaurant in Santa Gertrudis. Great pizzas & a dedicated staffed area for the kids to let loose and play games or get arty and crafty.
     
    Wild Beets - "Raw Vegan and Plant based Cuisine".  When it's time to be good. Delicious shakes and Juices. Vegan Heaven. http://wildbeets.com/
    Calla Bassa Beach Club - CBBC is on one of the best beaches on the island with crystal clear water.  If you're feeling flush pre-book a bed and get there early to be right at the front and then just lie back and order a cold bottle of Ibizcus from your very own CBBC Beach Boy.
    Sa Trinxa - Most people don't venture past the Jockey Club on Salinas Beach but it pays to walk up (past the nudists!) to Sa Trinxa. Another place that we visit without fail.  On Mondays and Wednesdays Dj Jon Sa Trinxa plays marathon balearic sets.  Think cocktails on the beach and prime people watching.    
    Formentera - This is where the rich and (in)famous hang out and for good reason.  The white sands and clear waters would give the Caribbean a run for its money.  Head for one of the beaches on Ilettes. If you fancy splashing out and hanging out with the yacht set Juan Y Andrea is a great place to have lunch. 
    Ibiza Code - For a bit of retail therapy Ibiza Code is hard to beat. An eclectic mix of brands. I love the selection of leather handbags from Campomaggi.  Laid back Ibiza cool.
    Revolver - If you really want to splash out on something special this is the place to go for cult designer brands Rick Owens, Comme Des Garcons, Damir Doma and more.  Great selection of sunglasses from the likes of Mykita, Dita and Thom Browne.
    Sunset Ashram - One of the best sunsets on the island.  You can soak up the dying rays of the sun over dinner in the restaurant.  The lovely beach can get very busy during peak season.
    Can Curreu - There are plenty of great options for accommodation Ibiza but this one has a special place in our hearts. This family run agroturismo is an oasis of calm and whitewashed simple Ibicencan luxury.  We've been coming here for the last 10 years.  Our lookbook was mostly shot here.  Amazing staff, fantastic restaurant, spa, horse riding for the kids...  Our go to place as a family.
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  • Tuesday August 18 2015

    Honeymooning on the Greek islands with Jewellery designer Claire Fouche

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    We were delighted when talented jewellery designer and trained jeweller Claire Fouche chose to pack a T&H kimono and beach coverup as part of her honeymoon holiday wardrobe.

    We're slightly obsessed with Claire's exquisite cuffs which have been featured in French Vogue, Vogue Brazil and British Vogue; they instantly transform any outfit and make the perfect accessory for your T&H kaftan. Claire's South African heritage (she grew up travelling around Africa) has influenced the collection; her aesthetic mixes African with Italian art deco design to create pieces that are truly bold, utterly unique and beautifully crafted by some of Kenya's most talented artisan craftsman.

    Following her wedding in the English countryside Claire spent a couple of weeks on Greek islands, Patmos and Mykonos. We asked her to share some of favourite places from her recent travels.

    T&H: Who designed your stunning wedding dress?
    Claire Fouche: It was a couture piece from the 1950s  (see wedding dress pictures)
    T&H: Where did you stay on Patmos and Mykonos for your honeymoon?
    Claire Fouche: We stayed at the Petra Hotel in Patmos and with a family friend at his house on Mykonos.
    T&H: Your Greek island favourite spots?
    Claire Fouche: On Patmos we loved walking up to the nunnery at the top of the hill over looking Chora (image top left) and on Mykonos some of our favourite places were:
    Jackie O beach for a wild party
    Liasti Lia beach to relax
    Panama Hat shop in Mykonos town
    Maereio (maheriò) restaurant owned by twins Dimitris and Sideris. +30 228 902 8825
    Minas, a Silver and gold jewellery shop
    The Cine Manto where you can watch films outside and have coffee under the trees in the morning.  Seeing the work (image above) of the incredible local artist Luis Orozco who is currently exhibiting until mid September at the Cine Manto.
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  • Thursday April 18 2013

    Joanna Brennan wears T&H, Barbados and shares her insider tips to the island

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    Joanna Brennan is the co-founder of one of the UK's most inspired bakeries and cafes, Pump Street Bakery in Orford, Suffolk. She has been visiting Barbados for years and has exclusively shared her top ten favourite places with us. Joanna in above pictures wearing Big Bird Cotton Pareo in Big Sur and Hero silk kaftan Birds on Water, Bardados.

    1. Oistins Fish Market - Fabulously fresh fish, straight off the boats. Try the tuna, dolphin (aka mahi mahi), and flying fish.
    2. Fisher Pond Great House - Amazing buffet of local food, set to classic tunes on the piano, in a family-run plantation house. Sundays and some Wednesdays.
    3. Andromeda Gardens - Stunning exotic gardens just north of Bathsheba.
    4. Ackee Tree Rotis - Trinidadian-style rotis made fresh daily on the south coast. Try pumpkin, channa (chickpea) and potato.
    5. Bridgetown Outdoor Market - The freshest, best quality fruit and vegetables on the island. And look out for the stall that is frying saltfish fritters to eat as you wander around!
    6. The Fish Pot - A superb spot to have lunch on the West Coast, away from the big hotels.
    7. North Point - An under appreciated spot where the Atlantic and Caribbean Sea meet. Huge waves batter the cliffs.
    8. Bathsheba - Watch the surfers on the East Coast amongst the giant boulders in the sea.
    9. Mojo's - A fun little bar on the south coast. Ask for an extra old rum and coke.
    10. Harbour Lights - Open air club on the beach - caters to a young crowd, but really fun for a bit of dancing.

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  • Wednesday August 24 2011

    Absolutely Nothing To Talk About : Lisa Ispani from Tallulah and Hope

    we speak to lifestyle blog Absolutely Nothing to Wear read our little interview here.

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  • Wednesday March 02 2011

    ARTIST ANNA GAHLIN IN URUGUAY

    artist anna ghalin wears Tallulah & hope kaftans in Uruguay

    Anna Gahlin wears Classic Long kaftan and dress in Starlings Playa Verde, Uruguay. Anna wears Hero silk kaftan eagle watching in Las Flores, Uruguay. Anna is a conceptual artist from Bath, her works above 'Tanizaki series watercolours' 2009, (pink painting) 'How The Heart' 2010 oil on linen 60 x 60cm. Anna talks to T&H.

    T&H: Uruguay looks beautiful would you recommend Playa Verde for a holiday?
    AG: Absolutely! and Punta del Este is nearby if you want shopping, restaurants, galleries and a bit of highlife.
    T&H: Where is your favourite place to visit?
    AG: The hammock in my sister's garden in Las Flores takes some beating, and Colonia in the west of the country is exquisite. I also love the old buildings in Montevideo.
    T&H: Do your travels inspire your artwork?
    AG: Since I am principally motivated by how we view colour and the effects of light and shadows, travel to the Southern Hemisphere is important to me to get new perspectives.
    T&H: Where would like to travel to next!?
    AG: I would love to see the Iguazu Falls on the Brazil/Argentine border. And one day to return to Venezuela (where I was born).

    Earlier this year we posted an interview 'Artists To Invest In' from Net-a-Porter magazine with Anna's son Adam Gahlin, a leading London art consultant.

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  • Tuesday February 08 2011

    CYNTHIA CONRAN WEARS TALLULAH & HOPE

    Cynthia Conran wears Tallulah & Hope kaftans and ponchos, luxury resort wear

    Cynthia Conran wears Luxury Hooded Poncho, Circle Cape merino wool Poncho, Hero silk kaftan in Sandgrouse, Classic Short Kaftan in Starlings, silk slip with Classic Long kaftan in marine black. Pictures taken in Cynthia's home and Chaya Venice and Velet Margarita in Hollywood, Amercia. Final pictures Cynthia wears jacket by Jade Jagger, pink Cashmere wrap by Cynthia Conran for the The Collective Design and on holiday with father-in-law Sir Terence Conran.

    Cynthia Conran has the upbeat energy and 'can do' attitude of someone who grew up in the sunshine state of California.. She spent her twenties living New York where she worked as a model and also ran a horse-riding school in Pasadena indulging her life-long passion for riding and horses. In her late twenties she moved to London for love and married restaurateur Tom Conran, they have three daughters.

    Cynthia lives in Notting Hill and in 2010 launched The Collective Designs, a travelling boutique showcasing independent, inspiring fashion, beauty, interior and lifestyle brands. The Collective events are edited and curated by Cynthia, they take place regularly throughout the year in friends and families homes. The next Collective event will take place on 8th and 9th March in west London.

    Cynthia also works with A.S.A.P a small charity that raises funds for African orphans who have lost their parents to the AIDS epidemic.

    T&H spent the morning with in Cynthia's beautiful home where she told us about her work, favourite places to eat and drink, and modelled pieces from our launch collection.

    T&H: Why did you decide to launch The Collective?
    CN: I enjoy fashion and design and i often meet really interesting designers, i saw an opportunity for me to support small, independent brands by bringing them together and creating events where people can enjoy their work in an intimate, very relaxed way. The events are the antithesis of high-street shopping! They are where you can experience brands that you might not know of; everyone who shows at part of the Collective are chosen because they are offer something unique and special.

    T&H: Tell us about some of the brands who have shown at The Collective
    CC: It's a pretty eclectic mix! Beautiful jewellery from designers such as Sally Dudumesh, Istanbul based jeweller Verda Alaton, Brooke Gregson and Jade Jagger, 'Cuir 'Et Terre' artisan leather goods from the Dordogne, organic beauty brands, 'Exquises Caprines' soaps sourced from France made from goats milk, 'KH Textiles' cashmere throws from Finland, ethical fashion brands, accessory brand Pinki that uses South African springbok skins, cashmere wraps which i design, luxury silk kaftans from Tallulah & Hope!, to 'Bluglass and Muir' who create art pieces from Medieval London artefacts.

    T&H: What's coming up for The Collective?
    CC: The next event will be on the 8th and 9th March and will be hosted in the home of florist Nikki Tibbles who founded Wild At Heart. We have a lovely mix of lifestyle brands alongside some therapists giving mini-treatments.

    T&H: Your favorite West London places to eat and drink?
    CC: I'm lucky to be part of a restaurant family so i have lots of places to choose from. Coming from California i love good Mexican food and well-made margarita's. We called Crazy Homies (Tom Conran's Mexican restaurant) after an LA street gang 'vatos locos' it's where i go to drink margarita's with girlfriends, eat Mexican and a enjoy music. I also love visiting my brother-in-law's Mexican El Camino on Portobello Road (there is also a branch in Soho). My favourite dish at The Cow is the fish stew and i can't resist the chocolate, raspberries brownies with white chocolate chips at Tom's Cafe.

    T&H: When you venture outside West London?
    CC: I love Scotts and Le Caprice for the glamour and buzz they're great classic London restaurants. I love the Japanese food at Roka. The bar at The Boundary (Sir Terence Conran's hotel/cafe/restaurant) in Shoreditch makes beautiful cocktails and the food is fantastic.

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  • Wednesday February 02 2011

    MARISSA HERMER WEARS TALLUAH & HOPE

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    Marissa Hermer wears Hero silk kaftan in Umbel navy/grey Careyes in Mexico.

    Marissa grew-up in California, she lives in London and is married to restauranteur and nightclub owner Matt Hermer. Marissa was an associate director at design specialist pr agency Cameron, and now consults. T&H asked Marissa for her top 5 favourite websites, places to spend time and design shops.

    Marissa's 5 Favrouite Websites
    Wikipedia.com!
    Mayo Clinic – I’m constantly self-diagnosing myself and my husband
    Huffington Post – for politics and gossip
    Vogue.com – for fashion / parties / people
    Dezeen.com – for design bites

    Five Favourite Places
    Laguna Beach – to see my family
    New York – to see my friends and for a foodie weekend
    Mexico – Careyes to relax and soak up all the tequila and guacamole I can!
    Ibiza – for summer dancing and sunning
    Istanbul – shopping in the bazaar!

    5 favourite design shops for furniture
    Skitsch – South Kensington, London
    Francis Sultana – South Kensington, London
    Carpenters Workshop Gallery – in Mayfair in London
    Gallery Kreo – Paris
    India Mahdavi – Paris

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  • Saturday October 09 2010

    SUMMER LITCHFIELD'S POSITANO

    Summer Litchfield wears Tallulah & Hope kaftans in Positano and shares her favourite pieces

    One of T&H's favourite journalists Summer Litchfield, former Features Associate at Tatler and Arts Editor at Esquire and now freelance, shares her favourite places to visit in Positano and Italy's Amalfi coast.

    Summer Litchfield’s Positano
    I’ve been going to Positano with my husband Nicolas for the last four years as his great aunt Vivina (who, well into her eighties, is my fashion icon) has lived there since the Sixties and we’re lucky enough to be able to stay with her. It’s a completely magical place; a sort of fairy grotto by the sea that suddenly appears as you turn a corner on the famously bendy road along the Amalfi coast.

    The place feels wonderfully stuck in the Fifties and always brings to mind images of Jackie Onassis and Sophia Loren winding through the narrow streets. There are a lot of steps in Positano so heels are tricky and this year I lived in my tan, studded Gap sandals.

    During the day we go to our favourite beach, Spiagga di Laurito. It’s tiny and pebbly and you have to get there by boat but it’s full of characters and has a little restaurant, Da Adolfo, which serves the most delicious food – I dream about the spaghetti vongole and mozzarella grilled on lemon leaves when I’m not there. I usually wear simple, cotton cover-ups so I think I caused a bit of a stir this year arriving in my Hero Tallulah & Hope kaftan, accessorised with a vintage Dior necklace which (apparently) used to belong to Marianne Faithful.

    You can buy great hats really cheaply on the Amalfi coast, for around 10 euros, so you don’t feel too guilty leaving them behind at the end of your holiday. This year I found a pretty blush pink one that I liked too much to leave.

    It’s always fun to pop across to Capri or drive to Ravello or Amalfi for the day and my Classic Short kaftan in Starlings navy/pink worn with my skinny white ‘Norma’ Lee jeans was perfect for taking me through from a day’s window shopping and cafe lounging to dinner at our favourite restaurant in Positano La Cambusa, which does the best fresh fish carpaccios and seabass ‘aqua pazza’.

    The terrace at Le Sirenuse, Positano’s swankiest hotel, is a lovely spot for pre-dinner Camparis or a post-dinner grappa as it has the most amazing views; all twinkling lights and the moon’s reflection shimmering across the sea.

    John Steinbeck was right when he described Positano as ‘a dream place that bites deep’ and I’m already counting the months until we return.

    Summer’s Holiday Style Essentials
    Bikinis – You can’t beat Top Shop and I love French brands like Eberjey which is stocked in one of my favourite local boutiques, Iris.
    Shades – I live in my trusty Rayban Aviators but also have a pair of neon pink and transparent, oversized Matthew Williamson shades I love.
    Jewellery – I’m a minimal girl at heart but have become quite smitten with two wooden and silver beaded bracelets that my father-in-law bought me from a shop called Ilaria in Peru.
    Bags – Canvas tote bags all the way for summer hols. I have a supersized navy and white one for the beach and a little red leather trimmed one from Pickett that’s ideal for day-tripping

    Summer Litchfield

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  • Tuesday August 24 2010

    KATE AND GEORGIE SPICER

    We didnt have long with the Spicer sisters...Kate Spicer, leading lifestyle journalist, contributing features writer for Sunday Times Style, food critic, extreme sport lover and one of the sassiest ladies T&H have ever met; and her sister Georgina Spicer beauty pr and make-up artist (whose regular clients include Sam Taylor-Wood).

    Kate had just got back from cultural jaunt to Istanbul via a wedding in Ibiza and was on her way to lunch at Quo Vadis and Georgie was off to a picnic...so we immersed ourselves in Spicer world while we could. What a rivet these ladies were! Brown (from hols), Kate has a great 20's bob which gave everything she tried on the instant appeal of an Arnold Genthe portrait.

    Kate wears Chiton kaftan in Africa with vintage Terry De Havilland wedges, brown leather bag from boutique Dos Lunas Ibzia with vintage Ascher scarf in burnt orange, Hero kaftan in Starlings navy/pink and Pareo in Big Bird Orange. Georgie wears, Classic Short kaftan in Starlings navy/pink and Chiton in marine black worn with black vintage Terry De Havilland Wedges.

    T&H: Most memorable holiday food
    KS: The fresh fish sandwiches from Eminonu (a major hub and ferry port in Instanbul). The fish, which comes straight off the boats, is charcoal grilled and served with bread, onion and lemon so simple and so delicious!
    GS: Grilled fish, vegetables and rice eaten on the beach in Goa.

    T&H: ...and to drink?
    KS: Rose
    GS: Lassi (preferably drunk on a beach in India)

    T&H: Georgie, favourite holiday beauty tips?:
    GS: The So Spa at the Sofitel Hotel in St James does some lovely treatments, try one by Cinq Mondes. I also love the Pâte de Fleurs Cleanser by Cinq Mondes and I always use Caudalie Beauty Elixir for an instant burst of radiance to the complexion. Oh and Chantecaille Future Skin Foundation is the best i ever used, it's oil free and super light!

    T&H: Favourite piece from the collection
    KS: The Chiton kaftan in Africa i love the bold deep red / beige print and its versatility of wear. I really like the super-size pareo in the orange bird print too, i love orange it's one of my favourite colours.
    GS: The Classic Short kaftan in Starlings navy/pink, its gorgeous and navy is such a classic colour.

    T&H: Kate we're very much admiring your gorgeous leather bag, where's it from?
    I bought the bag (365 euros) from Boutique Dos Lunas housed in the restaurant Las Dos Dunas, San Rafel, Ibizia. I love it, the leather has worn really well.

    T&H: Georgie we're loving your sunglasses, where are they from?
    GS: Roberto Cavalli

    For private make-up lessons and make-overs with Georgie Spicer email gfnspicer@googlemail.com

    Read Kate Spicer's blog and follow her on twitter

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  • Tuesday August 24 2010

    JULIET KINSMAN, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF MR & MRS SMITH

    Juliet Kinsman Editor-in-Chief Mr & Mrs Smith wears Tallulah & Hope kaftan

    Juliet Kinsman, Editor-in-Chief of Mr & Mrs Smith boutique travel specialists, and Kensal Green resident talks to T&H and shares some great travel tips. (Her blog for her West London neighbourhood Park-Life.org celebrates people and places in Queens Park, Kensal Green and the surrounding area – it's a must for local info). Juliet wears Classic Long kaftan in teal over black silk Slip.

    Juliet has the kind of energy you would expect from a woman with a global schedule. Her quest to deliver style, service and original hotel experiences for the discerning traveller takes her all over the world, most recently New York, Mykonos, South of France, Berlin, Thailand and Italy.
    "I love my job," she enthuses, "It's a complete privilege to travel to so many exciting places and meet such interesting people." Juliet regularly shares her travel and interior design thoughts in The Observer through to The Sunday Times Style magazine and The New York Times.

    T&H: Where have you been recently that you recommend?
    JK: Mykonos actually, where I stayed in an amazing luxury villa called Villa Orpheus (see picture above)– it was like taking over your very own boutique hotel – and it's owned by the loveliest couple. I also visited Puglia in Southern Italy, where I saw some great masserias and trulli (see pictures above) – such a beautiful part of the world. We also headed to the less well-known region of Basilicata and stayed in Le Grotte della Civita (see pictures above) in Matera. Originally cave dwellings in the ancient rock, it’s now an extraordinary luxury hideaway thanks to 10 years of painstaking restoration. Every detail of the low-key-luxury furnishings is antique – it's an incredible experience, and it would be a great place for a romantic autumn weekend away.

    T&H: What about the ol’ ‘staycation’?
    JK: Colourful and a bit kooky, Cliff Barns is definitely somewhere unique!
    T&H: Does it look like Southfork?
    JK: Ha ha, no it's a kitsch private house in Norfolk purpose built for fun times for all the family or a big group of friends.

    T&H: Top tip for finding flights?
    JK: Skyscanner, everytime! It tells you most flights available for connections all over the world. Or if you have an iPhone, great apps are Next Flight (£1.79) which details all upcoming departures. And then keep track of all your transits with Flight Status (£1.79).

    T&H: Favourite travel blogs?
    Our Mr & Mrs Smith blog is great for insider hotel advice and inspiring tip-offs from our travels and I also love The New York Times' T magazine's travel blog which I also contribute to.

    T&H are particularly enjoying your new hotel guidebook from Mr & Mrs Smith Hotel Collection France
    Thank you so much! I can just envisage some gorgeous holidaymakers sporting your kaftans by the pool at one of the Côte d’Azur properties, or popping on their poncho while on a glam city break in Paris.

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