Lifestyle Top Ten — 2017

//2017 has seen a dawn of rebellion on all fronts; from consumers turning their backs on traditional vacation spots in search of more far flung, less conventional destinations to a further seeking of more natural, homeopathic, spiritual and conscious ways of maintaining health and well-being. A sense of blurred lines in fashion has returned from a bygone era with a strong theme of androgyny on FW runways across the globe. Think back to the Jeremy Scott and Calvin Klein Fall shows back in January, both projecting a fierce sense of gender fluidity. Simple, sleek lines and functional yet minimal accessories defined each show — a fashionable non-fashion. A kind of ‘fuck you world, i will not be categorised by a specific gender classification’.

People, brands, consumers and entire cultures are rebelling on convention and creating their own destinies. As with all cultural shifts and re-births, a cultivation and emergence of products and services reflect — some even in just the slightest manner — the desire to adopt this new paradigm.

1// Grown Alchemist twin-set

Move over Aesop, there’s a new go-to skincare brand in town. Already a style elite favourite and an in-resident product at Ultra-hip Soho hotel of the moment, ‘11Howard’, this still-quite- young Melbourne brand exudes natural remedy and simplicity from its core. This twin set Sweet Orange, Cedarwood & Sage Hand wash and Vanilla & Orange Hand Cream will leave your hands feeling naturally cleansed and softened.

2// Samsonite Neopulse spinner

Samsonite has undergone a serious overhaul in its design. No longer just a world-class functional luggage brand but now a functional and design focused travel lifestyle brand. The Neopulse spinner looks to have borrowed some design finesse from its German counterpart over at Rimowa and certainly commands jaw dropping terminal walk envy like no other! With spinner wheels and a compact hide-away extending handle, this simply needs to be your latest travel accessory, making those weekend trips to Portofino all the more chic!

3// HK Living Ceramic Bowls

This set of 4 handmade ceramic bowls are the ultimate addition to your dinner party or aperitif evening — just drop in some kale chips or puffed chickpeas for your guests to try and voila! your hostess with the most-ess credentials just increased tenfold.

4// Bose Mini Soundlink

Summer is the season for balmy evenings paired with great wine and even better company, whether that be in your city garden, on your roof terrace or at the local park, but don’t forget the music for that all important melodic ambiance to offset the flowing conversation! The Bose Mini Soundlink is definitely your go-to on this occasion. Charge it up during the day and pack this compact little sound bar in your tote for crystal clear sound all night long!

5//Smythson Notebook

Full of inspired moments but don’t have your Mac at hand to note down your latest ideas? This notebook is the epitome of style from stationary royalty ‘Smythson’, and will eliminate the chance of your precious jottings getting lost in the cyber stratosphere!

6//A.P.C Cologne scented candle

A fan of the cult plain white tee wardrobe staple or Breton stripe playful basics from Jean Touitou’s Parisian brand — the self proclaimed antithesis of traditional French pretentious maximal fashion? Well, now you can infuse your living spaces with his signature cologne scent and cement your style credentials even further. This pronounced scent manages not to stifle, but allows calming woody and earthy notes to flourish in its position.

7// Bang & Olufsen Beoplay headphones

Ever had the desire to grab your runners and beat out the days’ stress after a long day of back-to-back meetings and appointments? Look no further than the ideal accompaniment to your sporty hour! The Beoplay headphones are not only able to mold to any ear shape thanks to their soft rubber composure but they’re also blessed with a tangle-proof cord! (Like finally!) and exquisite natural acoustics.

8// MOSCHINO elephant iPhone case (6/6s)

Still in awe of Jeremy Scott’s reign at Moschino and his playful junk food capsule collection a lá Fall 2014? It’s time to migrate your awe to his latest focus in the form of this tongue-in-cheek nod to Hare Krishna iPhone case worthy of any Açai-bowl loving, yoga bunny’s handset!

9//Before They Pass Away (Jimmy Nelson)

Renowned British Photo-journalist, Jimmy Nelson has traveled far and wide to the most remote places on earth to curate his masterpiece — ‘Before They Pass Away’, documenting indigenous tribes and cultures of these people quite literally, before they pass away. Place this photographic masterpiece at your tabletop or coffee table to impress your guests with his visual triumph.

10//Bodyism rose gold yoga mat

According to health and fitness guru, Christina Howells of ‘Body by Christina’, we’re in a fitness revolution and what better way to join the revolution that with this super-chic yoga mat designed to up your zen factor to the maximum.