The Journal
Work Flow…With Kip Hideaways

By Amira Hashish Liz Simpson and Sarah de Vere-Drummond, co-founders of Kip Hideaways, are champions of the UK staycation. The dynamic double act set up their business after working in the boutique travel industry for years and realising that there was a gap in the market for the kind of adventures they had in mind. […]

27 June 2022
The Art of Producing a Standout Event With Rapport

By Amira Hashish My creative studio Rapport thrives on working with global design, home, lifestyle and travel brands to shape their narrative through compelling stories and experiences. We work with everyone from Soho Home to SUITCASE Magazine to bring their stories to life. Event production and hosting is at the heart of our process. My […]

19 May 2022
The Rise of Rome: New Hotels to Have On Your Radar

By Amira Hashish Rome is having a moment and we are here for it. The Eternal City is essentially an outdoor museum with breathtaking landmarks at every turn. Little wonder it has long formed the glamorous backdrop to movie sets or romantic breaks away.  Despite its incredible architecture and Italian flair for style, there has […]

16 May 2022
Festival Packing Essentials

Festival season is almost upon us. Eager groups of friends have gathered conspiratorially around laptops for tickets, while piles of tents, wellies, face paints and sleeping bags have begun slowly to amass in the corners of hallways and living rooms across the country. The steady, growing ascent to the crescendo of the mosh pit, the […]

9 May 2022
Work Flow…With Jane Shepherdson CBE

By Amira Hashish Jane Shepherdson is a trailblazer in the fashion industry. With more than 20 years of experience as brand director of Topshop and CEO of Whistles, she has a wealth of knowledge to impart and is passionate about nurturing talent.  Having transformed the High Street retailers into global fashion brands, she is using […]

27 April 2022
5 Business Podcasts You Should Be Listening To

Who doesn’t love a podcast? The multitaskers dream, podcasts are an easy and accessible way for us to absorb new information whilst keeping up with our busy work/life schedules. So whether you’re walking the dog, working on that latest project or enduring the daily commute, take joy in the fact that you can always be […]

20 April 2022
Passion Investments & NFTs

By Anya Cooklin-Lofting For many, investments of passion are a welcome balm to the complexities and intangibilities of more traditional investment categories like stocks and bonds. At their most basic, passion investments involve the purchase of items you love that tend to be defined by their rarity, quality, cultural or aesthetic value and of course, […]

14 April 2022
Ibiza’s Chicest Hotels With a Sea View

By Amira Hashish Ibiza is slowly opening its doors for this year’s season and we cannot wait to don our kaftans and espadrilles. Whether you are seeking a buzzy lifestyle hotel on the beach or a more rustic seaside retreat, the White Island is brimming with super stylish escapes that will get you in that […]

11 April 2022
The Benefits of Investing in PR

By Anya Cooklin-Lofting Ironically, the public perception of public relations is inaccurate. For an industry so concerned with the positive reputation of its clients, its own image in the mainstream has been warped, defined by uproarious recalcitrants like Samantha Jones, Malcolm Tucker and Edina Monsoon. The reality of PR has less to do with shambolic […]

4 April 2022
Independent Home Brands to Know and Love

By Amira Hashish There is something very satisfying about kitting out your home with pieces that have a story. Whether it’s a dreamy vintage find or a beautifully sculpted item, seeking out home decor with heritage and craftsmanship elevates your space whilst adding character. Unsure where to start? These independently owned brands and websites will […]

28 March 2022
The Diversity of Africa

By Anya Cooklin-Lofting A continent fit to burst with things to do and see, Africa is a place of sheer diversity, both culturally and geographically. From the chance to see awe-inspiring landscapes and majestic animals to the opportunity to sample the very best African wines, music and arts at festivals and events, there is no […]

14 March 2022
London’s Most Fabulous New Hotel Openings 

By Amira Hashish London is bouncing back with a flurry of new and recently opened hotels to get excited about. From design-driven boutiques to super luxe statement properties, there are plenty of places to inspire staycations and vacations in the capital. Here is a guide to the rooms worth booking… NOW OPEN Beaverbrook Townhouse Joining […]

2 March 2022
How to Create an Eco-Friendly Wardrobe

By Anya Cooklin-Lofting It’s common knowledge that fashion is one of the most polluting industries. According to style magazine, The Face, the fashion industry is responsible for 10 per cent of global carbon emissions. What’s more, the magazine also reported that annually, 300,000 tonnes of unwanted garments are binned. The scale of the waste, from […]

21 February 2022
How to Achieve a Healthy WFH Lifestyle

By Anya Cooklin-Lofting Falling into a less-than-ideal routine while working from home is unsurprisingly easy, especially over the winter. Long, dark mornings do very little to inspire early rising, pre-work jogging or green smoothie breakfasts while cool afternoons call for pantry raids and frothy coffees. The eradication of our commutes keeps us at our desks […]

24 January 2022
Top 5 Private Islands for Sale

By Anya Cooklin-Lofting Do you ever find yourself longing, not for absolute silence, but for quietude punctuated only by the churn of sand under yawning wavelets, the fissle of leaves touseled by a warm breeze? And what about solitude? Not the reluctant entrapment of a metropolitan flat under lockdown, but the liberating aloneness that fills […]

17 January 2022
Sweet Dreams: The Power of a Good Night’s Sleep

By Amira Hashish As we kick off the year our minds are abuzz with what lies ahead and the goals we hope to achieve. Coupled with the cold days and dark nights of winter and the tyranny of getting back on that treadmill, it’s little wonder that insomnia has a tendency to rear its ugly […]

12 January 2022
The Best Staycations to Get Your Wellbeing Fix in 2022

By Anya Cooklin-Lofting As the ashes of New Year’s fireworks settle and the Christmas ornaments are wrapped in their ancient papers and stored, from the glittery haze of Betwixtmas emerges a singular sensation, a paradoxical cocktail of both gloominess and determination. Yes, it’s still cold, and no, crisps and wine probably aren’t an acceptable mid-afternoon […]

10 January 2022
Exciting UK Restaurant Openings

By Anya Cooklin-Lofting The thrill of revisiting old haunts for ‘the usual’ or discovering new places to wine and dine is still tangible after months of seemingly unending captivity. For me, it’s the snippets of conversations collected like appetisers as you weave through busy tables, the fragrance from the kitchen as a waiter guides you […]

22 November 2021
Hampers & Champers – Your Festive Gift Guide

By Jenna Jones When it comes to Christmas gifting, food and wine will never go out of style. It’s the universal gift that oozes Christmas spirit and is guaranteed to put a smile on the face of that special someone. Therefore, all that’s left to do is order in time for the big day and […]

18 November 2021
Black History Month

By Jenna Jones October marks Black History Month in the UK, dedicated to celebrating and supporting the heritage, culture and history of Black people. And whilst learning about Black history is of course something that shouldn’t be reserved for just one month a year, Black History Month is a wonderful opportunity to shine a light […]

13 October 2021
The Ultimate Privacy of Oceania

By Anya Cooklin-Lofting The very idea of getting away from it all, feeling soft white sand between your toes and the sound of wind amongst rustling palm leaves, is enough to ease anyone through a slow Wednesday at their desk. If you do find yourself planning a break, there is no better place to aim […]

4 July 2022
Unusual City Breaks

By Anya Cooklin-Lofting What cities spring to mind when you fancy a culturally rich, stimulating, exciting city break with friends or a loved one? Paris, of course. Rome, naturally. Innsbruck? If you say so. The timeless sophistication of the greatest and most renowned ‘weekender’ cities is undeniable and will appeal for generations to come, but […]

20 June 2022
Guide to the Greek Islands

By Amira Hashish Where to begin when navigating Greece’s sparkling islands? There are more than 200 inhabited destinations to uncover, brimming with world-class beaches, dazzling sunsets and culinary delights. Start by getting to know the main groups, each with their own mix of statement escapes and hidden gems, before deciding on the island-hopping route that […]

14 June 2022
Converted Places to Stay

By Anya Cooklin-Lofting One of my 2022 New Year’s resolutions was to take a trip outside of my comfort zone, so my partner and I hired a campervan and toured some of the most beautiful parts of the Scottish Highlands. At the time, life in the van felt like enough of a departure from my […]

6 June 2022
Best Antique Shopping Spots in France

By Anya Cooklin-Lofting I can’t imagine a finer holiday than a few days in France, punctuating the languorous poolside hours with jaunts to the nearest antique market for a good rifle through rustic, storied bric-à-brac to take home. A vintage ashtray marked serendipitously with the initials of a good friend makes the perfect gift, or […]

30 May 2022