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to the December issue of HIGH IN STYLE!

COOL CONFIDENCE Confidence is such a complex thing. It’s something which we all need to work on. Only when we push ourselves and do something unknown or out of our comfort zone, we gain confidence. And so this issue shows you great examples of how to do something amazing in your home, through our featured designer Rebecca Lindon, but also in your life. We talk to an artist and illustrator Emma Allsup and find out how she gained confidence to leave her teaching job and pursue her path of “meant to be”. Our December issue wouldn’t be complete without Christmas around the world feature, festive wardrobe essentials, sparkling beauty and great turkey leftover recipe. Happy reading!

Karolina xx Karolina Barnes editor in chief



Flavia Young fashion editor

Nicola T beauty editor



Karla Cihak beauty editor

Rachel Southern travel contributor THE ORDINARY LOVELY

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content homes cool confidence 8 This London apartment designed by Lindon Town bursts in colour and confidence. It’s a perfect example of how to decorate with taste and personality.

interview colour and pattern play 18 We talk to colour and pattern designer, Sarah Parris from Parris Wakefield Additions, about how pattern and colour influence are mood and home decor.

christmas 2015 christmas around the world 24 We visit 4 interiors bloggers in 4 different countries who show us how they decorated and prepared their home for this Christmas.


content fashion 34 the party season wardrobe Ditch the predictable sequinned pieces of yesteryears and embrace your style with contemporary festive wardrobe essentials.

beauty 42 sparkling festive beauty

Bring on the festive sparkle with gold, glitter and red lipstick. We show you how in 3 simple steps.

cover Designed and images provided by LINDON TOWN


content travel london’s treat 48 Explore the capital over the Christmas period with afternoon tea treats, long walks and post - Christmas shopping.

north wales 52 If you need to reflect and collect your thoughts, beach is one of the most magical places to do so. We take you to Flintshire to show you what U.K.’s beaches can offer.

food festive canapé tips 58 The Lancaster London Hotel’s executive head chef, Ben Purton, shares with us great tips for festive Christmas party and family get togethers.

“open up & inspire” becoming an artist and illustrator 60 We talk to Emma Allsup, the owner of an Etsy shop “Emma Jayne Designs” and discuss how she decided to go from teaching to running her own business.




cool confidence This contemporary cool apartment in London, designed by Rebecca Lindon from Lindon Town, bursts confidence in colours and style. The space throughout is decorated with various shades of grey used as backdrops for all those bright colours to come out and draw attention to. From turquoise and yellow in the main living area to vibrant red in the guest room, this home is a perfect example of how to inject personal taste into a space with balance and thought.


“A neutral modern palette of greys carried throughout the apartment in varying shades re-energised the space and contemporary calm flowed. Bursts of colour brought the personality party.� 10



In the master bedroom the colours are brought in through wall art, the bespoke leather headboard and cushions. The rug adds additional textural element and shape that breaks up the geometric lines in the space. Additionally, it keeps the colour scheme grounded yet brings in interest and style.

“Dressing your bed with cushions and layered blankets and throws will make a very impressive overall look.�



The grey canvas continues into the bathroom in form of the dark porcelain floor tiles and the limestone mosaic around the bath area. The various shades and tones of the mosaic give the space necessary texture and pattern, while being highly practical and visually light and airy.



Designer’s top tips

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MAKE A STATEMENT : Paint ceiling a different colour, finish or if you’re feeling brave, stripe it out wide with tape or geometric pattern. Pick a dark colour to keep it sophisticated. Hang an oversized pendant for maximum impact. Create your own gallery and hang family pictures for art from floor to ceiling. FURNITURE: Invest in best quality furniture you can afford. I don’t always think you need to spend a fortune to get a high end luxury look but generally speaking - buy cheap equals buy twice!

PAINT & COLOUR: Undoubtadly the single most transformative thing you can do to change the vibe of a space. Paint out a window recess, door frame, skirting board or exaggerate architectural details to bring in a touch of bold colour. ART: Don’t underestimate the power of art. If interior design is about the aesthetic of a space, optimise the visual ambience with statement pieces. The time, talent, love and emotion invested by the artist, I believe, radiates a vibe and harmonises with your style and design preferences and takes it up a whole other notch. STYLE & CLASH: A mis-mash of items is so much more visually interesting that all the same vibe. It excites the eye, the mind and your friends to take in a collection of styles and scale. Don’t be afraid to mix it up! DO IT WITH LOVE: What could be more intimate than your home space so make sure you fill it with things you love, not because it was a bargain, or trendy or you think it might go with something at home. Make considered choices about things you love, go with your instinct and if you’re not sure, do a little mood board to see how everything gels together. Credits: All images and photography kindly provided by Lindon Town.




the colour & pattern play Colour and pattern are visual elements that influence our mood everyday. In homes, we can experiment more with both of them and create our own mix that is as much as unique as it is rewarding and joyous. We talked to a colour and pattern designer and expert, Sarah Parris from Parris Wakefield Additions, who shares with us her approach to colour and pattern.

“See your home as an opportunity to express yourself !”

Previous page: Fierce Beauty velvet Parris Wakefield’s newest design This page: Bartolomew Chair by Galapagos Designs in Chance Velvet


1. How did you get into working and creating patterns on textiles? It all started as part of our graphic design work. Occasionally projects would need an image but sometimes there wasn’t the time or budget to have a photoshoot or commission an illustrator so we would create something digitally. These were often used in advertising or album sleeves, and we were asked to do more and more. This body of work had a very distinctive style for which the studio was being recognised for, but it was only in 2012 that we first applied our designs to textile products and explored making repeating patterns.

2.Who is your biggest influence and inspiration for your design work? We constantly find inspiration in everything from places we visit, exhibitions we see to the nature found in our own garden. But probably art has the biggest influence, are the works of Gerhard Richter, Matisse, Kandinsky, Yayoi Kusama - they are all masters of colour.

3. How important do you think is the importance of balance when it comes to working with pattern? Choosing a balanced colour palette when creating a pattern is vital to the pattern’s success. You can go quite crazy with the pattern so long as the colours are balanced. A beautiful pattern in garish or overly bland colours just won’t work, re-colour that same pattern and it will come to life.

4. How do you think colour can empower in terms of feel good factor? Colour can have a huge impact on how someone feels. We can all relate to how different you feel if you change your hair colour for example, or swap your brown shoes for a red pair. The colours in a room will have the same effect, to drain the colour out of room is to drain the life and personality out if it. That is not the sort of place you would look forward to going home to, it would not make you feel good.


5. What advice would you give to someone who loves pattern and colours but is afraid to use them in their home? Any tips on how to experiment with pattern? I would advise them to embrace colour, be a shade braver. The easiest way to begin is with accessories, cushions, lampshades, art etc. Mix up colours and pattern just remembering a simple rule. Match a colour or the pattern with something else in the room, for example you can have two stripy cushions, but they don’t need to be the same colours - add in another cushion with, say a floral pattern, as long as a colour in it matches with a colour in the stripy cushion it will work. The more you add this way the better it will look. So let go and have fun - Your home is an opportunity to creatively express you; your individuality and your tastes.

“When using bold patterned cushions, match the core colours and play with different pattterns. Not all cushions have to be stripy or floral. Mix them up to create a better balance.” 21




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CHRISTMAS around the world

We visit 4 home decor bloggers in 4 different countries to show us how they decorated their home this Christmas.



winter wonderland


In Ontario, Canada, Patricia Arruda from Patricia Arruda blog decided to create her version of Winter Wonderland. “Everything is white and silver, with a whole lot of glitter! Having my home all decked out for the holidays is a magical sight.�


winter simplicity



In Austin, Texas, Claire Brody from Claire Brody Designs created her version of Winter Simplicity. “I used twigs and berry branches that I clipped from a tree in our yard to decorate our Christmas tree and mantel. I really like the simplicity.�


winter glam

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In Manchester, U.K, Kimberly Duran from Swoon Worthy blog went for her version of Winter Glam. “I wanted to do gold and white this year but decided to throw in a bit of black as well to marry with the existing colour scheme in my living room.�


winter à la différence


In Holland, Ingeborg Simone decided to go for an alternative to the traditional Christmas tree. Hence, Winter à la différence. “I’m in love with the beautiful ho ho ho hanger. Over Christmas it can be decorated with lights and afterwards it will look nice with some fresh flowers.”


The party season wardrobe words and images by Flavia Young

This festive season, it is all about forgoing the overworked sequinned pieces of yesteryears, in favour of handpicked pieces that personify one’s unique style.


You are likely to be meeting great new people, so whatever your style, establishing a slick first impression will be the greatest confidence boost of all.














Clean Scandi Silhoulettes CATHRINE HAMMEL AW15








Sparkling festive beauty ‘Tis the Season for gold, glitter and red lipstick! Bring on the festive sparkle... Here’s how to get your glam on in 3 simple steps! words and photography by Nicola


3 easy steps



Golden Goddess Eyes Charlotte Tilbury’s Golden Goddess Palette, £38 Charlotte Tilbury’s Golden Goddess luxury palette = sophisticated eyes in one gorgeous compact. Four suit-all tones allow for a dressed-down day look, amped up with smokey shimmer by night. Start with the lightest shade all over the lid and blend taupe into the crease. For evening, add dark bronze to smoke out the lash line and a pop of sparkle on the centre of your lid. Lashings of mascara and you’re ready to party.

Movie Star Lips Tom Ford Wild Ginger Lipstick, £38 Gifts wrapped and sitting pretty under the tree? It’s time to treat yourself. Tom Ford’s offering is as luxurious as lipstick gets, with gorgeous packaging and that silky smooth TF-embossed bullet. Wild Ginger is an orange-red that reminds me of 40s screen sirens... the ultimate festive shade. Reapply at every opportunity and swoon.



Glitter Tips Kure Bazaar’s Crazy Nail Polish, £15 Bring on the bling... it’s almost time for canapé nibbling and champagne sipping, accessorized with glitter tips. ‘Crazy’ by natural nail brand, Kure Bazaar, is my festive favourite, with bright golden shards that catch the light beautifully. Wear it alone or layer over black, white or your favourite colour for fingers that look like they’ve been dipped in gold. 45

anti-aging skincare

skin care that delivers the best results


tried & tested

MBR words and photography by Karla Cihak

As the end of the year is approaching, the party season is upon us. We put on a nice dress that we absolutely love and with that our skin might be revealed more than usual. I have been trying out two skincare products designed to firm and hydrate skin from Medical Beauty Research. This German skin care brand uses only the best ingredients in the highest possible concentrations without sacrificing skin tolerance. The ingredients used in all MBR products are mainly natural based with its aim to deliver “best possible� results. Most products include shea butter, avocado oil, shambrilla oil, Abyssinian oil and jojoba oil. I use the Cell - Power Firming Body Lotion which I apply after shower each morning. Its anti-aging properties suppose to moisturise, firm up and calm dry skin. I have noticed that after application my skin feels velvet!

In evenings, before I go to bed, I use the Cell - Power Contouring Cream which is richer and more dense. It’s supposed to regenerate and repair skin cells while firming the skin as well. TIP: Use the Cell - Power Contouring Cream for body massage. I must warn you though the products are quite pricey but I have noticed a significant change in how my skin feels and looks. My investment was totally worth it! 47


on your doorstep

london words by Karolina Barnes, photography by K West London

Over the Christmas break, we like to venture out to London for a few days and spend some time enjoying the city in the winter. Our family tradition is to visit at least one museum, go to see a musical or panto and take a walk from Leicester Square all the way to Marble Arch. This year, however, we want to explore south west disctricts of London such as Notting Hill and Kensington.


stay in K West Hotel address: Richmond Way, London W14 0AX, Tel: +44(0)20 8008 6600

If you are planning to do something similar, the K West Hotel & Spa is a great hotel to stay in. Located in the up-and-coming district of Shepherds Bush, the hotel is close to fashionable areas of Notting Hill, Portobello Road and Kensington.


afternoon tea After shopping at nearby Westfield shopping centre, you can enjoy traditional afternoon tea with a twist. Presented in fun and vibrant theme that mirrors the hotel’s vibe, the tea includes everything you’d expect plus more.

SPECIAL OFFER TO OUR READERS: K West Hotel is offering 30% discount on all bookings from 21 December to 26 December 2015 for any stay up until 31 March 2016.



on your doorstep

north wales words and photography by Rachel Southern and Karolina Barnes

New year is usually a good time to reflect and make plans for the future. If you need a place to collect your thoughts in peace, surrounded by nature, beach is one of the best places on Earth to do so. North Wales, in particular, has some stunning beaches you can visit. Talacre Lighthouse in Flintshire is so magical.


TALACRE FACTS: Talacre Lighthouse built in 1776. Set beside miles of golden sand dunes. Wales Coastal Path was voted the world’s greatest region in 2012. Close to Snowdonia National Park, historic towns and castles.


“I love the sea. It’s the nothingness, the vast, open space, the weather. Lots of weather. And the stormier the better. Watching the waves crash on to the beach and then retreat backwards almost as if bowing their apologies to the sand for treating it so harshly.”




creamy pea soup with turkey Don’t know what to do with all that turkey leftover from Christmas Day? How about wintery comforting creamy soup? It’s easy and quick to make and it tastes delicious. Perfect for the whole family to enjoy. Use Batchelors Marrowfat peas if you are really pressed for time, or alternatively you can use fresh or frozen peas.

ingredients 20g butter 1 small onion - peeled and finely chopped 2 cloves garlic - peeled and chopped 300ml turkey of chicken stock 2 tins Batchelors Marrowfat ‘Bigga’ peas - drained and rinsed 100ml double cream Pepper and salt to taste To garnish 50g bacon lardons - or two rashers cooked until crispy 75g cooked turkey - chopped Fresh herbs - chives or parsley - finely chopped

method Place the butter into a saucepan and allow to melt over a gentle heat. Add the onion and garlic and fry until translucent and starting to turn golden. Add the stock and the peas, reserving a few for garnish, and gently simmer for 5 minutes. Blend the soup in a jug blender or whizz with a stick blender until silky smooth. Season to taste. Return to the pan, add the cream and gently reheat to a simmer. Serve immediately, stirring in the turkey, and garnishing with the bacon, herbs, reserved peas and a little extra cream. Enjoy!



festive canapé tips Panicking about your Christmas Party? Think you’ve got too much on your own plate already? “The festive season is a time for family to get together, celebrate and relax so the food should follow suit.” says Ben Purton, the executive head chef of Lancaster London Hotel on Hyde Park. It’s fair to say that Ben knows a thing or two about catering for large parties of people. He will be coordinating the serving of over 10,000 canapés at Lancaster London this Christmas!


Don’t over complicate the process and choose a few easy winners that you can bring out as and when needed.


I pigs in blankets and eat them in excess at this time of year. They make the perfect canapé simply roasted off and drizzled in a mix of honey and grain mustard and served on a skewer.


Simple smoked salmon served on crisped up rye bread (you can use other breads too) and finished with a dollop of soured cream and a sprinkle of chives always goes down well. If you’re feeling like a bit of luxury - add a little caviar!!


Turkey leftovers are a great thing. Try frying off some finely shredded onions and a little curry powder and adding the turkey (small diced) and a few sultanas and combining well. Leave to chill and mix in a bit of mayo and serve on a crisp baby gem leaf garnished with coriander.


For a sweet fix - make a great flapjack (or buy some) and when baked and cooled top with dried cranberries and roasted pumpkin seeds that have been bound together with a little reduced orange juice – yum! LANCASTERLONDON.COM


“Featuring other artists on my blog and learning from them gave me the confidence to start my own business.”

LIBBY LONDON “Brace yourself, be prepared and focus on the end goal.”


“open up & inspire” We talked to Emma Allsup from EmmaJayne Designs, a graphic artist specialising in bold and colourful art and stationery, about leaving her teaching job to pursuit her dream of working for herself. 1. How did you decide to become an artist and work for yourself? For a long time, I have always wanted to work for myself. Approximately ten years ago, I wanted to produce bespoke wallpapers. I’d previously worked as a creative designer for a bedding company and knew a great deal about the home textile market. So, I set up a website and found a printer that would print my designs, but I didn’t have the business knowledge. At the time, it was difficult trying to concentrate and set up a business, whilst doing my daytime job as a teacher and being a single mum.

2. What fears did you have to overcome when you decided to work for yourself? After leaving my teaching job, my partner and I did set up a design agency. Through this, I learned a great deal about marketing, social media, networking, working with clients, design trends and producing commercial designs. However, deep down I still really wanted to work for myself. To start a business, it can be pretty daunting. What helped me start my own business was when I’d started blogging a few years ago. Through blogging I was getting to feature some amazing artists who have their own shops. You could say that I was inspired and through blogging, it gave me the confidence to set up my own shop, selling my own designs. When you blog, you connect with people who you wouldn’t normally meet and you gain knowledge from what they do.

3. You have set up an Etsy shop this year. How did you find the process and running of your shop? I love my Etsy shop and I’m excited to showcase my work, plus I have many more items which I’ll be adding in the not so distant future. The whole process of setting up a shop on Etsy isn’t very complicated. You need to make sue that your profile says something about you and what you do. I’d keep it professional, yet light hearted. It’s nice to read a profile that is welcoming and personally, I prefer to read people’s profiles who have a great sense of fun and passion for what they do. Then you need to add your product images. There are instructions telling you about what resolution to use and you can add up to five different product images. After this, you then fill in the remaining details that you want your customers to know about the item you are selling. It is pretty straightforward. Once you are set up, you can carry on producing more designs. That’s all there is to setting up a shop on Etsy and then it’s a good idea to share your items on social media. Let people know what great items you have for sale!

4. What would you say to anyone who is creative and wants to go freelance? I would recommend for someone who is creative to go self-employed. It is hard work and there is lots to do. Besides producing designs, you also need to think about how you’ll need to get your work seen. I spend a large percentage of my days sharing my designs on social media, such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, as well as researching and producing new designs. At the end of the day, you want to keep producing fabulous designs because creative people just love creating. By sharing you get people to view your work so you can sell it and earn a living from doing what you love. People love seeing what you produce and if you keep active on social media, you’re inspiring people by what you’ve created.



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HIGH IN STYLE December 2015  

High In Style is the ultimate online destination for sophisticated style. Get inspired by modern chic homes and timeless fashion. This issue...

HIGH IN STYLE December 2015  

High In Style is the ultimate online destination for sophisticated style. Get inspired by modern chic homes and timeless fashion. This issue...