• What to buy

    It's not often that I really want something, particularly not a piece of jewellery. But this week Sheherazade Goldsmith and Laura Bailey launched their new jewellery concept; Loquet. And I really, REALLY want a Loquet locket.

    The idea was dreamed up by author, Goldsmith, just over a year ago. She wanted to make a clear locket filled with charms, so that you could see what's inside. "Laura loved the idea and ran with it," says Goldsmith. And after much dreaming, travelling, testing and with the help of Sheherazade's jeweller uncle Michael Ventura - Loquet - a cross between a charm bracelet and the perfect locket - was born.

    Click onto the website and make your own Loquet, by interactively filling a heart or circle shaped pendant from a choice of one hundred tiny little charms, each with a different meaning. The charms arrive in tiny envelopes, the Loquet and chain in a miniature jewellery box, with drawers for your charm collection.

    Tell your life story through these beautiful symbols and wear it close to your skin - ready to share with those you trust. Or send a Loquet IOU to a friend, so they can personalize their very own.

    Both the lockets and the website are enchanting and scattered with the magic, elegance and style of both Bailey and Goldsmith. And who wouldn't want some of that.


  • What to know

    All you busy folk, listen up… Training three times a week for 15 mins and getting serious results… too good to be true, right? But this is the dreamy promise delivered by brand new gym The Library in Notting Hill.

    Founded by blonde Irish woman Zana Morris, this private members training gym claims that folk who sign up to the '12 day page turner' - which includes private training on as many of those days as you can, plus a nutrition programme, supplements and optional yoga, pilates or boxing - stand to lose 'an average fat loss of 7.5lbs and muscle gain of 3lbs.'

    The training is high intensity weight training, with no rest between sets. This stimulates muscle fibres and activates natural growth hormone (one of those elusive keys to eternal youth). Apparently on average our bodies lose half a pound of muscle every year after the age of 30. Which isn't great for our muscle-based vital organs, but also because it's muscle that burns calories. So to stay in shape as we get older, we need  to make sure muscle mass is maintained and not replaced with fat. There are lots more detailed facts to back Zana's theories - so click on the website or give her a call.

    But in the meantime, Zana must be doing something right. She already has a gym in Harley Street and one in Barnes. But The Library is a departure. "I wanted a gym that didn't act and feel like a gym," she explains. So, there's a pool table, chill out areas with a big screen to watch sport. "And we're going to have educational lectures and talks here." Because, if you're only training for 15 minutes instead of the usual hour plus, there's masses more time for other stuff. Like reading a book.

    Which is whale music to my busy ears, so I'm signing on the dotted line… and in 12 days when I look like Superwoman, I will report back.


  • What to buy

    It was a dream Christmas trip to Soneva Fushi in the Maldives that did it. I hadn't really ridden a bike since my BMX days as a nipper, but cruising around palm-lined, sandy paths and I fell in love with the childish freedom of being on two-wheels.

    Back in Blighty and it's a different story; tarmac, traffic, fumes and a lot of swearing. But undeterred, I've been circling bicycle shops and made several attempts at leaping on a Boris. (The very notion!)

    There's a colourful bike that keeps tantalizing me. It's by a new brand called Pitango, (named after a zingy South American fruit) founded by two Israelis and a Brit; Oriya - a sous-chef, Ilan - a mountain guide and Simon - a teacher.

    While visiting Simon in London, Ilan bought a bicycle and spent his time beaning around on it. On his return to Israel he realized there were no great bikes available at good prices. "So I went to China and Taiwan to source the bike components," explains Ilan, "as ethically as it's possible to do there." The bike parts were then shipped back to be fitted together in the UK and Israel. The first Pitango Bike went on sale in 2011. "And after just two shipments, we were the number one single speed bike in Israel," says Ilan.

    To an amateur cyclist, the best thing about these bikes is that they're light and they look pretty. Pitango launches different colours each season and you can build up the colours (different frame, handlebars, wheels) according to your whims. And the brand are committed to supporting local bike shops rather than purely selling online, because, as Ilan says, "There aren't many people who know how to mend a puncture. So after buying a bike, the next most important thing is finding a friendly local shop who'll fix it."


    Pitango Bikes offered all Vanity Fair A-List members the chance to win a Pitango Bike (from £375). Don't miss out on future offers, sign up to the A-List.