• What to buy

    She's got the Cleopatra 3.0 eye-makeup down. So how could anyone in the market for a feline flick resist buying the very products used by Alexa Chung?

    The brand is Eyeko, a company created by Max and Nina Leykind, who've been 'making eyes since 1999'. And in the pursuit of perfecting the soul's windows, they're going further than any other eye-makeup brand with Bespoke - the world's first personalized mascara.

    Currently exclusive to Harvey Nichols, the process begins with a lash consultation with an Eyeko editor. Analysis of your existing lashes takes place alongside your lash ambition - thick and fluttery, please. Then the choice of wand (fat, thin, figure of eight etc..) and mascara (different shades of black and varying botanical formulas to help separate, lengthen, thicken). Over 100 different permutations are whittled down to an Eyeko mascara wardrobe just for you; something for day, for night, for holidays or even for the gym.

    Each Bespoke Eyeko mascara comes in a squeezy, toothpaste-like tube, so there's no waste and no need for frenetic pumping. It comes with a plectrum-type lash-comb, packaged in its own monogrammed box, with a mirror-lined lid and wax seal. With this level of detail its no wonder Alexa Chung's joined the Eyeko team. These guys are serious about getting lashed.


    Eyeko offers all Vanity Fair A-List members the chance to win one of ten consultations including a Bespoke Eyeko Mascara at Harvey Nichols (each worth £28). Don't miss out on future offers, sign up to the A-List.

  • What to see

    One of the most mind-blowing things about the new Coral Reefs: Secret Cities of the Sea exhibition at the  Natural History Museum, is a huge Turbinaria coral, the largest of any museum in Europe.

    But as we know, size isn't everything. It's the fact that this coral was crowbarred off Shark Bay reef off the west coast of Australia in 1893 by William Saville-Kent, a marine biologist from Devon. And that since the 1970s this colossal specimen has sat in a box, stored somewhere in the bowels of the museum. "I'm ecstatic that it's not hidden away in a box," says Marine Invertebrate Collections Manager, Miranda Lowe. "And that it's being exhibited for both its beauty and importance in science and history."

    Other specimens unearthed and dusted-off from the back of the museum's cupboards include corals collected by Charles Darwin during his voyage on HMS Beagle from 1831-1836, that helped to form and illustrate his theory on reef formation. 

    For non-divers there's an attempt at giving a wet-free, virtual dive experience on The Great Barrier Reef, Hourglass Reef in Bermuda and swimming with manta rays off Komodo Island in Indonesia. But of course nothing's as awe-inspiring as the real deal - so the exhibition ends on a window into the extraordinarily complex, organized and often gaudily colourful underwater-world, with a live coral reef housing 40 types of fish and 26 species of coral. 

    Coral Reefs: Secret Cities of the Sea at the Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 5BD until 13th September 2015


  • Where to go

    Over the next few months, there are unexpected slices of Italy to be found in London.

    Thanks to The House of Peroni, a Roman flower garden has opened this week on the 5th floor terrace at Harvey Nichols. Amongst the scents and sounds of springtime in Italy, aperitivo Italian street food is served all the way from chef Lorenzo di Francesco's… Bottega Wapping! And for those who want their five-a-day alongside a regular bottle of birra, there are drinks made with berries, superfoods, bergamot and juniper. 

    Meanwhile across town at the Boiler House on Brick Lane, The House of Peroni has lured Michelin-starred chef, Accursio Craparo (what a name…) to cook in London for the first time ever. Opening on May 14th, the Sicilian inspired menu will be accompanied by curious sounding Peroni-infused cocktails made by Italian molecular mixologist Simone Caporale.

    For folk whose bubbles are usually drunk pale gold and from a magnum, it's time to give Peroni a glamorous swig. 

    The House of Peroni at Fifth Floor, Harvey Nichols, 109-125 Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7RJ until 24th May

    The House of Peroni at 91 Brick Lane, London E1 6QL from 14th May-10th June