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Archive for February, 2011

We ask the questions: Nanette Lepore Q&A

Monday, February 28th, 2011

Fashion designer Nanette Lepore is known for her opulent fabrics and flirty, feminine silhouettes. At the tender age of nine, this dedicated fashionista was already outfitting her neighbours and vowed to create her own line. Lucky us: her low-key take on luxe is now splashed across glossy fashion covers and packing the closets of her celebrity clients – including Scarlett […]

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Hotel of the week: Kensington Hotel London

Friday, February 25th, 2011

All these pictures of Kate Middleton and Prince William are turning us a little green – we want glossy hair, a regal wedding, and a palace to bed down in. Since an amorous, ring-wielding future monarch is yet to appear on the horizon, we’ll settle on a palatial pad for now. Kensington Hotel London, in […]

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Bloggers’ dinner: cloud cuckoo land

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

Bloggers are a curious species – especially the ones with culinary concerns. Their relationship with food seems to be as follows: kidnap a stranger’s plate, take their food hostage, then photograph it. I was given ample opportunity to observe their eccentricities recently, when I attended a glitzy dinner party held in honour of all things […]

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Last month, Smith forayed into frontiers new and journeyed across Ireland, from east to west, in search of the most stylish of self-catering properties for our Smith & Friends collection. Driving from County Longford to County Donegal, it was Ardara that won our hearts, a tiny charmer of a town with more pubs than there […]

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Hotel of the week: Muga de Beloso

Friday, February 18th, 2011

This week, we’ve followed Ernest Hemingway’s footsteps to Pamplona in north-west Spain, in search of Basque berets, bulls and a prize-scooping bolthole… Style Minimalist monolith Setting Between bullrings and Burlada Why this week? Smith members should act fast and book a trip to Muga de Beloso by the end of March to get 25 per […]

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We ask the questions: Nadya Hutagalung

Thursday, February 17th, 2011

Nadya Hutagalung made her name as one of Asian MTV’s pioneering VJs, but former model turned creative entrepreneur Nadya’s real passion is green issues. She’s an ambassador for the World Wildlife Fund’s Earth Hour, runs eco-awareness website Green Kampong, has started her own sustainable jewellery line, Osel, has sold her paintings to aid the Tsunami […]

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Much as I love Smith HQ, it’s always exciting to jet off (or, in my case, get on the First Great Western train) from London, in order to meet some of our properties in the flesh, as it were. So, when the chance arose to visit one of our newest Cotswolds acquisitions, the beautifully styled […]

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What do you mean, you didn’t buy a card?

Monday, February 14th, 2011

Urgh: who put Valentine’s Day on a Monday? If you’ve not had time to book a restaurant or splash out on slinky jewellery, panic not – help is at hand. (Come on though, with a whole weekend to sort yourself out, surely you managed to get a card? Not yet? Hmm.) Well now, if you […]

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Hotel (Grosvenor) of the week

Friday, February 11th, 2011

It’s a fickle, fickle world, but there are some things you can rely on. Hotel of the week, for example, which swings by every Friday without fail, to kick-start your weekend. Today’s temptation, Hotel Grosvenor, adds a shot of modern glamour to Shaftesbury’s cobbled streets. It’s worth a visit for its Smith offer alone: a […]

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Mary Portas: secret shopper for Smith

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

Secret Shopper Mary Portas is currently appearing on small screens nationwide, doing good deeds on behalf of consumers everywhere with her undercover exposés and mission to reform shoddy sales practices. The Queen of Shops has also been doing good deeds on behalf of Mr & Mrs Smiths everywhere, undertaking an anonymous review of Petra Segreta […]

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