• What to know

    Hastens is the Swedish, family-owned bed company who've been 'Crafting sleep since 1852'. 

    The handmade beds are like the bedroom equivalent of a massive BLT sandwich. Endless natural materials layered up to ensure the perfect kip; flax for quiet and sound proofing, cotton and wool for temperature control, horsehair to insulate and ventilate, a pocket spring system for support, all resting on a slow-grown pine frame. 

    The only thing that might give you a sleepless night…the price. A Hastens bed starts at £7000 and goes all the way up to the Vividus bed at £67,480. And if you want to try before you buy, the website will pinpoint you to which hotel uses Hastens beds (for example Blakes hotel in London).

    Or you can start your 'perfect sleep' mission on a smaller scale with a pair of Scandi checked pyjamas, goose down pillows or baby Alpaca throws handmade in Peru. And then work your way up to the big guy… 


    Hastens offers all Vanity Fair A-List subscribers the chance to win a handmade baby Alpaca throw by Hastens in Nutmeg colour (worth £240). 

    Don't miss out on future offers, sign up to the A-List.

  • What to wear

    Yolke is the young lifestyle brand whose designs I find utterly irresistible.

    Ella Ringner and Anna Williamson met in 2006 when both working for Alice Temperley. Seven years later they launched Yolke together; pyjamas too chic to sleep in, uncomplicated cotton jumpsuits and an array of cushions and homewares in jewel colours.

    For Spring/Summer 2015 the prints were inspired by a trip taken by the girls to the west coast of Mexico; the emerald forests of Careyes, the colour pops of brightly painted houses, and a chilli yellow, "which we imagined wearing whilst having our sundowners each evening," explains Anna.

    Back in Blighty and the collection is ready to burst. Bold, bright silks just waiting for a sunny day. Or to wear at home whilst thinking wishfully. 


  • What to see

    It's that delicious awards time of year, when the movie industry slings down all its aces.

    My favourites so far; Eddie Redmayne's dazzling performance in The Theory of Everything. The powerful part played by Michael Keaton in Birdman. And then unexpectedly, Whiplash (in cinemas today, 16th January).

    It didn't exactly sound original; a bullying teacher, eager pupil relationship set in New York's best music school. But J.K. Simmons' intensity as terrifying teacher Terence Fletcher, has already earnt him the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor. And Miles Teller's equally entrancing turn as ambitious drummer Andrew Neiman, provides the framework for unexpected twists and turns set to pulsating jazz rhythms. 

    Whiplash sets the tempo and controls the audience…to the blistering beat of its very own drum.