• What to buy

    Lying on my back in an open-air pavilion at the spa of the Maia hotel in the Seychelles, whilst a beauteous lady massages my face as part of the latest Omorovicza Gold Apres Soleil Facial - and I'm trying desperately hard to practice my attempts at meditation. 

    The inner voice goes like this, 'Think of nothing.  Just listen to the birds.  Wonder what the sushi's like here.  Mmm bet they've got a delicious coconut ice cream.  Oh God, think of nothing.  Concentrate on my breathing.  Breathe in.  Breathe out.   Wonder what the lake where this Omorovicza stuff comes from is like?  Hmmm, healing waters… maybe that's my next trip.  I've always fancied checking out Budapest.  For chrissakes, stop thinking.'  And then… Nothing. I'm fast asleep. 

    But the curiosity remains.  Ever since Omorovicza launched, I've been a fan.  The brand's story began two thousand years ago in Hungary where thermal waters, packed with minerals were used medicinally for their healing properties.  In the 1800s the Omorovicza family built the Racz Spa on the site of a medieval healing spring and it was here that 200 years later Stephen de Heinrich de Omorovicza brought his new American bride Margaret, after they'd met in the historic city of Budapest.  They bathed in the thermal baths and were so wowed by the difference it made to their skin, that the idea for a skincare brand was born. 

    The newest Omorovicza product to emerge from the bubbling Nobel-prize winning laboratory is the Gold Hydralifting Mask.  And it's a corker.  If you're going out after a hard day's grind and want to look your freshest, glowing best - smooth it on while you get dressed and the hyaluronic acid gives your skin a big drink while the gold element works it's anti-inflammatory magic.  

    Plus of course, those miraculous minerals from the Hungarian healing waters get busy too.  Hmmm healing baths in Budapest… bet it's a good spot for meditating. 


    To celebrate the recent launch of Wes Anderson's latest film The Grand Budapest Hotel, Omorovicza offered all Vanity Fair A-List subscribers the chance to win a 2 night trip for two to Budapest staying at the Four Seasons Hotel, including an Omorovicza facial for 2 people, a Gold Hydralifting Mask and 500 Pengo points (redeemable on purchases at omorovicza.com) with a worth of approximately £3,000.

    Omorovicza also offered all Vanity Fair A-List subscribers the chance to win one of four runner-up prizes to include a canvas print of Wes Anderson's film The Grand Budapest Hotel  and 500 Pengo points (redeemable on purchases at omorovicza.com) 

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

  • What to see

    Next month sees a week-long celebration of Italian Fashion and Cinema with events unfurling across London at The Curzon Mayfair, Ciné Lumiere and at the Victoria & Albert Museum. 

    One of the highlights is the UK premiere of The Director; An Evolution in Three Acts at The Curzon Mayfair.  This film sees cinematographer Christina Voros will peeking behind the glamour to follow the life and intensely hard work of Gucci's Creative Director Frida Giannini and her team. Prior to the film Christina Voros will be in conversation with Jemima Khan, Vanity Fair European Editor-at-large.

    Other exciting moments includes a screening of Valentino: The last Emperor.  For over two years, Vanity Fair contributor Matt Tyrnauer followed the unique and glamorous duo of Valentino Garavani and his business partner and companion Giancarlo Giammetti.  Following the film is a Q&A session with director Matt Tyrnauer. 

    Screenings of La Dolce Vita and L'Avventura take place during the week as well as a seminar entitled 'Ferragamo; Footwear, Fashion and Film' at the V&A with talks on Italian aesthetics since 1945 by Dr. Giuliana Pieri, from Royal Holloway at University of London and Salvatore Ferragamo's Hollywood collaborations by Stefania Ricci, Director of the Ferragamo Museum in Florence. 

    A week of treats for students, fashion lovers and Italophiles alike.

    To book tickets go to www.fashionandcinema.com

  • What to know

    There's a lot to like about Kensal Rise; cosy pubs, curious antique shops and London's prettiest florists - Scarlett & Violet.  But for locals been there's one thing missing - a great women's clothes shop . 

    But as of this week - it has arrived!  The shop's called Lark and is the creation of former model Phoebe Pring and Vogue writer Lucy Olivier. 

    Both are local girls who've made the dream shop stuffed with clothes for freelancers, yummy-mummies or need-to-change-after-work-folk. And at sensible prices,  "From £30 to £300" says Lucy Olivier plucking out great LNA basic tees and track pants, the perk-up-a-grey-day Wildfox rainbow sweater and just-smart-enough boots by Beau Coops.

    The shop is peppered with fashion books, pants by Hanky Panky and pieces found on the owners' travels.  But look out especially for the rail at the back - stuffed with vintage finds and local stylists cast-offs - there are glorious treasures to be had (I spotted a YSL velvet tunic and great sequin pencil skirt). 

    This is a great shop for the area and everything's available online for those non-Kensal folk.  Good stuff to lark about in.