This time of year, most of us are dreaming of a getaway. Winter in England can feel like it drags on and on. With the excitement of the beginning of a new decade, the roaring 20’s, over and everyone back in their daily routine, Spring can feel a long way off. And, with more clement weather only beginning to appear in the UK come early May, it’s understandable that you might want to book a week or two away to enjoy some spring weather sooner rather than later. Either that or are you are embracing the last throws of ski season and opting for a mountain escape to hit the slopes! Either way one thing we are all craving is to feel the sun on our skin and bask in all its glory. In this edition we are providing STORCX guide to how to protect yourself from the elements, whether sun, wind or the cold.
We also have the truly inspirational Ben Elliot, the esteemed founder of Quintessentially, talking all things entrepreneurial, family and travel.
S: TELL US A BIT ABOUT QUINTESSENTIALLY, WHAT SERVICES DO YOU PROVIDE FOR YOUR CLIENTS?
BE: We look after all elements of our members’ lives and focus on helping to save our members time while connecting them to incredible experiences around the world. From recommending and booking restaurants, organising travel plans and holidays, sourcing tickets for shows and sporting events, to finding nannies, properties, curating art collections, helping with last minute gift requests, or even organizing weddings. Our Lifestyle Managers are available all over the world, 24 hours a day, every day of the year to help with any practical request or unusual whim.
S: HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH THE CONCEPT?
BE: At the time, I was working in nightlife and my business partner was working in film production – we were both always asked for the best restaurants, clubs, bars and places to stay in London. Initially we started the business for friends based in and around the city, and then for those who frequented London but who didn’t have a PA or a well-connected friend to help them gain access to events and venues. The business kept growing and soon we launched in New York, Hong Kong, Dubai…..we’re now the world’s leading luxury concierge service with offices in almost 60 cities.
S: YOU HAVE CHILDREN, WHERE IS THE BEST SUN GETAWAY FOR FEBRUARY HALF TERM?
BE: We go to Morocco every year to visit my sister – it’s a beautiful and vibrant country with wonderful food, and is very well set up for families
S: WHAT IS THE FUNNIEST REQUEST YOU HAVE RECEIVED?
BE: One member used to call up their line manager and ask them to decipher their dreams. Another called us up to source a horny cat to keep their other cat company….!
S: IF ONE WANTED TO GO FOR A DETOX HOLIDAY WITH KIDS WHERE WOULD THEY GO?
BE: Last year we went to Atmantan Luxury Wellness Resort Near Mumbai in India which was magical. I’ve always had a personal connection and love of the country as I spent time there with my late uncle, Mark Shand, and his charity the Elephant Family. This year I’m returning to India with a large group to do our third ‘Travels To My Elephant’ adventure to support this charity. 40 teams of intrepid racers will drive a fleet of humble rickshaws 500km across Southern India.
S: A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE INTO “GLAMPING” WHAT IS YOUR RECOMMENDATION FOR A SUPER LUX GLAMPING EXPERIENCE?
BE: If you love music, you can’t beat Camp Kerala at Glastonbury – it’s a fun and relaxing way to experience the festival. I would also love to stay at the Singita Mara River camp in Tanzania.
S: IS THERE A HOLIDAY YOU ARE DREAMING OF DOING?
BE: I would love to visit Japan for a length of time as it’s something I’ve not yet managed to do. I’m also looking forward to taking my children on safari in Africa when they are a little older.
S: WHAT ARE YOUR 4 CAN’T TRAVEL WITHOUT ITEMS?
BE: A great book, my tennis racquet, a notebook, and my Quintessentially guide of where I’m going – such an invaluable and personal item, tailored to my preferences.
S: WHAT IS THE BEST “EXPERIENCE” HOLIDAY?
BE: For me the best experience is the chance to disconnect with everyday life, and discover something new – new food, new places, new people. I personally love to volunteer for charities. I regularly drive for the amazing charity The Felix Project in London, an incredible charity that redistributes food surplus across the city and to ensure vulnerable individuals and families have access to high quality food where they otherwise wouldn’t. Food that would have been thrown away by supermarkets and restaurants.
S: WHAT IS THE BEST GIFT YOU’VE EVER RECEIVED?
BE: A session in the Lords Cricket nets with the England cricket captain for my sons and I.
STORCX GUIDE TO SURVIVING THE ELEMENTS ON HOLIDAY
This may seem obvious but it is easy to forget whether you are up a mountain or on a beach, to apply and re-apply sun screen. The effects of the sun on our face can cause severe aging, lines, and brown spots. It is important to pick a cream that is light in weight, you can fit in a pocket or handbag and lasts. We Like EltaMD UV Shield Broad-Spectrum SPF 45. Approved by the Skin Cancer Foundation Treat your skin to this sheer, oil-free facial sunscreen. Cosmetically elegant EltaMD UV Shield is recommended for oily to normal skin. It is ideal worn under makeup or alone.
UV SHIELD BROAD-SPECTRUM SPF 45
DON’T FORGET YOUR LIPS
Lip-care is just as essential as the rest of your body. Dry cracked, sun exposed lips not only look unattractive but can also increase fine lines around the mouth area which can easily be avoided. We love Kiehl’s Butterstick Lip Treatment SPF 30 which is a supremely hydrating and smoothing SPF lip balm with a nourishing blend of oils and butters. With antioxidants, including lemon butter, their Butterstick Lip Treatment helps lips feel and look softer, smoother and moisturised, and stay hydrated for up to 12 hours after application.
BUTTERSTICK LIP TREATMENT SPF 30
PROTECTIVE LIP BALM SPF 30
A hydrating balm enhanced with UVA and UVB filters to shield lips from the sun’s damaging rays, while botanical oils soften, hydrate and nourish. Formulated without silicone, paraffin, beeswax or other animal-derived ingredients.
The benefits of moisturising when in the severe heat or cold cannot be stressed enough. Cold weather brings with it extra dry skin as when temperatures plummet, so does the humidity, stripping away with it up to 25% of our skin’s moisture. This can cause cracks in your skin, leading to increased dryness and sensitivity in cold weather. Similarly, if you are in the heat and working on that summer tan glow, or indeed trying to pro-longing the effects of a spray tan, moisturising is key, by keeping the skin nourished your golden glow will last longer and will also counter-act any adverse effects from air conditioning. Our favourite, which is also organic, vegan and cruelty free is the Ren Ultra Moisture Day Cream. A moisturiser specifically formulated with a moisture replenishing complex to provide instant and long-lasting hydration. It restores softness and replenishes the skin’s moisture barrier. Skin feels plumper, more comfortable.
ULTRA MOISTURE DAY CREAM
ROSE GOLD MOISTURISER
We love this powerful blend of innovative ingredients reinforced with anti-ageing superstar vitamin c works to deeply hydrate whilst visually redesigning face structure. Its oxygenating white rose fresh cells brighten and improve radiance.
People forget that sunglasses act as more than just a fashion statement. Remembering to wear a pair of high-quality sunglasses can help to keep you safe from the sun’s damaging rays, whether you are in the sun or snow. Snow reflects 80% of UV rays from the sun and can cause a condition known as snow blindness, where glare from the sun actually burns the cornea. Similarly, extensive exposure from the sun on the eyes can lead to not only wrinkles and fine lines, but certain types of skin cancer (10% of skin cancer are from the eye) and also glaucoma and cataracts. You need sunglasses with 100% UVA and UVB protection. This provides full protection against the sun’s ultraviolet rays.
DIORSTELLAIRE 1 SUNGLASSES
Our favourite is the unisex DiorStellaire1 have a distinctive ample square shape and a lightweight feel. The ultra-thin gold-tone metal frame enhances the almost flat blue lenses.
The blue lenses ensure 100% UV protection.
JUNIOR RJ9064S SUNNIES
What’s not to love about these sunglasses for kids from Ray-Ban. There lenses are level 3 which means they provide strong protection against visible light 80% to be exact and they are provide a classic look in fun array of colours. These sunnies come on 12 different colours.
Suitable for ages 8+
Some of us do not always feel comfortable wearing a hat, however it is imperative to find one you can! In the sun wearing a hat with a wide brim that shades the face, neck and ears is vital to protect your hair, eyes, and skin from the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays. … Also, a wide-brimmed hat can protect your eyes from the sun’s harmful rays and can keep you from squinting and help prevent wrinkles around your eyes. When in the cold a warm hat covering your head and ears keeps your entire body tempera tire higher than if you don’t – imperative eon those cold days up a mountain!
RE-ROPE WIDE-BRIM RAFFIA HAT
Stylishly shield yourself from the sun with Lola Hats’ beige wide-brimmed Re-Rope sunhat. It’s handmade in the USA from woven raffia and features a braided tassel straw tie around the crown. Slip it on with an airy linen dress for artisanal appeal.
You can never go wrong with an all-time classic and we LOVE this Panama hats from Fresco Bolcarioca. Handcrafted by artisans in Ecuador from toquilla, available in navy, orange, citrus.
SHADE OR SHINE
These lovely straw hats are hand made by Gemma @Esty. The perfect present for your little angle and mama can have a matching one too. Adorbs…
BOYS BLUE STRIPE BUCKET HAT
Shade your little one’s heads and eyes with this extremely chic summer hat. This stylish canvas hat is the perfect match for our gorgeous swimwear. 100% cotton and machine washable it’s the perfect accessory to keep your angels head in the shade.
FEBRUARY GIFTING GUIDE
One of the most exciting jewellers, effortlessly melded the traditional with modern.
VAN CLEEF & ARPELS
The Sweet Alhambra jewellery creations by Van Cleef & Arpels have featured delightful lucky motifs in miniature form since 2007. Light and delicate, they are a discreet way of bringing happiness to each passing day.
Prices from £1100
Oval shaped mother of pearl and central diamond cufflinks in sterling silver
Give someone the gift of a personal concierge, a 24-hour hands on global lifestyle manager to take care of their every request and whim.
Price on Request
DANSEUSE BY RAFFAELLA BENETTI
Perfectly poised and beautifully formed, Danseuse by Raffaella Benetti is an exceptional bronze sculpture that will add movement to a space.
Prices From £1254
Made in Italy from black leather, Mansur Gavriel’s holdall is capacious enough to hold everything needed for a weekend away and opens wide for easy packing. Keep your boarding pass and ID in the internal pocket.
FEBRUARY EVENTS IN LONDON
February 8th-March 8th
Immerse yourself in the tropics this winter by exploring the wonders of Indonesia through Kew’s iconic 25th annual orchid festival.
Rainforests and volcanoes will be brought to life inside the Princess of Wales Conservatory through an exotic array of vibrant orchid displays.
LONDON FASHION WEEK
14th – 18th February
Various London Locations
London Fashion Week takes place twice a year in February and September, showcasing over 250 designers to a global audience.
Go behind-the-scenes of the London Fashion Week Hub to discover an immersive innovative experience which includes Designer Catwalks; Creative Installations; the Discovery LAB: an experiential space where fashion meets art, technology and music and a #PositiveFashion Designer Exhibition where the creative work of progressive designers explores the most compelling stories around sustainability, community and ethics.
Don’t forget to celebrate the ones you love this Valentine’s Day. London is an awash with wonderful romantic things to do, from the theatre, opera house, a ride on the Thames or dining in one of London’s romantic restaurants. If you feel like being adventurous why not escape to the countryside for a weekend getaway.
PANCAKE DAY CHARITY RACES
Various London Locations
Pancake Day, otherwise known as Shrove Tuesday can be enjoyed by all the family. Embrace this traditional British day by joining in on one of the Pancake Day races in London which often raise money for charity.
Top celebrations include the Flippin’ Good pancake races at Greenwich Market, the Better Bankside Pancake Day Race in Borough Market and Leadenhall Market’s pancake races.
Remember Keep Life Simple – #storcxit xx