Bringing Style to a Mountainside Near You
So you fancy yourself as an outdoorsman, but you have a certain style to maintain, so the last thing you want to do is sport the type of psychedelic hiking pack usually found on the backs of sunburnt cash-strapped backpackers.
A Lullaby for Your Face
You know, sleep is a hell of a lot more important than you may think. Sure, we can conjure up a few good reasons for a late night (and even an early morning escape) but you may not be doing your body any favours burning the candle at both ends, especially when that late night is spent in a foreign time zone (as the best always are). The lads in white coats have found that a lack of sleep leads to a reduction in memory retention (not always a bad thing); an increase in your waist line as your metabolism goes haywire; and an increased risk of illness. Anyone who’s lain in bed at 3am, wide awake thanks to the Jetlag Fairy, will also testify that good sleep is one of the most important components of successful international travel. Fortunately, there’s a solution that will have you sleeping soundly in no time.
Neuroon isn’t your average sleep mask. Laced with sensors, computer chips, and LED lights, Neuroon is a ‘wearable technology system’ that not only tracks your sleep thanks to advanced software that links to your smartphone via Bluetooth, but gives you tips on how to get to sleep quicker, sleep better, and wake easier. Personalised light therapy sessions while you sleep can help boost energy levels when you wake or ensure you sleep in enough to wake refreshed, and insomniacs can learn when they wake in the night and why. If you’re passing through time zones Neuroon helps you fight drowsiness and exhaustion thanks to its Jet Lag Blocker and Light Boost features, and uses its Biorythm Adjuster to get you in step, wherever in the world you might be slipping under the covers.
You’ll be counting sheep in no time.
Keep the Good Stuff for Yourself
So the silly season is over and you managed, through a series of perfectly-executed smoke screens, bluffs and slights-of-hand, to hide that really good bottle of wine from thirsty visiting friends and relatives, pawing off instead the bottles left over from the company Christmas party.
An Entertainment System for Your Face
Ah, the modern jet age, an era when the seats are smaller, the cabin crew snarlier, the delays longer, the screaming children louder.
Prepared to be Judged by Thy Purchases
It’s almost the silly season again and you know what that means – you’re about to be judged on what you buy the women in your life for Christmas. To help you ease your way into the season we’ve done some of the thinking for you with our 2017 What to Buy Her Gift Guide.
Keep your lady silky smooth with Jo Malone’s new Geranium and Walnut Hand Cream, which soothes and softens hands with a lightweight formula comprising apricot kernel oil that allows for quick absorption without a greasy residue. Developed to complement the brand’s fragrances, the hand cream also boasts aromatic geranium layered with walnut that nourishes skin cells for younger looking skin.
Treat your other half to a bespoke pampering experience at Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui’s The Secret Garden Spa, where a new suite of indulgent treatments inspired by Thailand’s ancient wellness techniques are now on offer. A new signature treatment for couples, Siam Lovers, combines a nourishing coconut oil and jasmine rice scrub with a four hand massage, followed by a rose bath in an al-fresco tub (far from prying eyes), ensuring you both a happy ending to the year.
As the age-old adage goes, diamonds are a woman’s best friend, and we’re sure your lady love will have a lasting friendship with the Galanterie De Cartier Necklace by Cartier, which features a brilliant-cut 1.69-carat diamond encased in 18k white gold in a design that’s sure to turn heads and win you brownie points to last a lifetime.
What to buy that femme du jour that’s new on the scene without setting some sort of weird relationship precedent? Tom Ford’s new Velvet Orchid Lumière is pretty much perfect; the fragrance opens with Italian bergamot and mandarin, as well as luminous honey, while succan absolute, a hyper-purified rum extraction, lends a caramelized, lacquered sugar cane note. After all, who doesn’t like their woman smelling like a Cuba Libre?
For when you’re far from home, the Gigi 2 Rechargeable Vibrator is powerful sensual massager that will make her journey to Pleasuretown all the smoother, thanks to a curved and flattened tip that’s designed to stimulate the G-spot, and a long battery life for when she likes the pleasure to linger.
If you’re going to get lipstick on your…collar, you might as well choose the colour, and you can’t go wrong with the new Vernis À Lèvres Vinyl Cream Liquid Lipstick by YSL, which combines lip stain, lipstick and high-shine lip gloss. With a soothing undercoat and a vinyl shine overcoat that dresses the lips with a bright, daredevil colour for a sharp contour, this little purse addition will enhancing those pouty lips for up to ten hours.
An ideal gift for the ladies in your life you’re not pursuing but want to appreciate, Bollinger Rosé Champagne Brut is a special blend of a red grapes from the Grand Cru vineyards of Champagne that offers a layered structure and a complexity with touches of red berries that make it ideal for the festive season. www.champagne-bollinger.com
A gift as much for her as it is for you, Victoria’s Secret’s Supersoft Crochet-trim Sleep Romper makes every woman feel like a Victoria’s Secret Angel. With a crochet lace-framed plunge front and a cute, edible (just joking) centre front bow, this extra soft and silky sleepwear reveals the curves of her body, while making sure she feels comfortable and sexy in the sack. You’ll enjoy her putting it on just as much as she will enjoy you taking it off.
Embrace the Power of the Sun
Did you know man has been worshipping the sun for millennia? The sun, or Ra, was pretty important to the ancient Egyptians, with a whole solar dynasty of gods created over centuries.
Taking Your Wine to the Next Level
So you might not know why we decant wine, and even if you do, you might not be 100 percent sure when to do it, and that’s ok because let’s be honest, even if it makes the wine taste better, the whole process can look a little wanky.
Tech Meets Style
When Steven Sasson, an employee of Kodak, invented the first digital camera in 1975, it consisted of several off-the-shelf devices jerry-rigged together. Of course the company wasn’t all that impressed with the idea of digital photography
Time to Brazilanese
Fusion cuisine may have become the culinary craze of the 1990s (and the cocktail equivalent of Midori by the Noughties) but it’s been around a lot longer than that.
Your Own Robotic Stalker
Few concepts bridge the divide between science fiction and reality quite like Artificial Intelligence, and you might be surprised how old a concept it really is.
It’s What Your Wet Bar’s Been Waiting For
The cocktail shaker is a fundamental component to any cocktail set up. The first shakers could be traced back to 7,000BCE, where jars were used in pre-Hispanic Mexico and South America. Even the Eqyptians blended spices and fermented grain spirit in containers before serving.
The Sound of Silence
Throughout history man has sought silence for various reasons. Hermits retreat from the world in search of solace, holy men – and not just monks with pattern baldness – have taken mauna or vows of silence for centuries in order to get closer to their gods, and even Pythagoras imposed a strict rule of silence on his disciples.
The Digital Wallet that’s Smarter than You
Let us paint a fairly common picture for you; you’re out entertaining clients and just as the bill arrives you realise you’ve forgotten your corporate card, guaranteeing hours of bureaucratic wrestling in the days to come.
More than Meets the Eye
You might not know this but the humble jerry can was created by the Germans in 1939, just before the outbreak of WWII. Originally named Wehrmacht Kanister and available in four colours, each designated for a different liquid – diesel, petrol, kerosene and water – they were quickly redubbed by the British after their favourite nickname for German soldiers.
Take the Show with You
We’re sure you’d be impressed to know that the first projector, named The Magic Lantern, was developed in the 17th century by Christiaan Huygens.
With our hectic schedules and long working hours, portable music seems to be the easiest entertainment we can get during our everyday commute, and as such, the quality of sound is of utmost importance. Here’s our pick of the high-performance in-ear headphones every audiophile should be packing.
Tag It or Lose It
Airlines are making significant headway in the war against that most terrible of travel burdens – the lost suitcase. According to reports, airlines globally mishandled 46.9 million bags in 2007 – the number has since halved and much of that gain can be attributed to better technology.
Service to a Tee
There have always been things that, as we grew up, we were told to take care of.
Good Sound, Naturally
Unless you’re living in an apartment that would make Patrick Bateman squeal with ecstasy (and who knows, right?) chances are you like to live somewhere that's a little reprieve from the big concrete jungle outside your door.
So summer is on the way and that means it’s time for seasonal escapes to tropical hotspots. But to be able to pull off that last-moment-nothing-but-a-leather-duffle-and-a-grin look you’re going to need to be weight conscious, and that includes rethinking how you take those essential, jealous-inducing holiday snaps.
Time for Sexy Sounds
It’s one thing to have a massive sound system, with enough amperage to knock the walls down in a fiberglass instillation factory, but all that power can be space-consuming, not to mention a little redundant in Hong Kong’s tiny shoebox apartments.
Drone technology has come a long way in a short while and today there are hundreds of thousands of publically and privately owned drones flying the friendly skies above us.
Ok, so we’ve collectively come to the realization that not all coolers are created equal.
Keep Your Cool
Man has longed for warm nights and cold drinks for as long as we’ve had fire and rivers within proximity. The irony is that the hotter the weather the harder it is to keep your beverages cool, which is why some of mankind’s greatest minds have tasked themselves through history, not with curing cancer or exploring the cosmos, but with innovating on the eskie and other chilling appareil.
Make a Sound Statement
We’ve all seen them; those guys cruising down the street with their chunky ass headphones wrapped around their melons.
Be a Good Host
Ah, the morning after, one of life’s potentially challenging entertaining opportunities.
Small but Powerful
The fact that Hong Kong flats are miniscule (for what you’re paying at least) is a topic of constant discussion.
Teach Your Camera What you Like
As the saying goes, time waits for no man, but neither does a keen audience.
Rediscover the Ritual
Like many countries in Europe, the Czech Republic, home of leggy ladies and perfect pilsners, has a long and rich beer-making tradition.
Don’t Let Mother Nature Bring You Down
So you’ve finally found the perfect rooftop apartment, one that’s got enough space to have more than three people on it at a time, but that isn’t atop a 15-floor walkup. Congrats. Next step is to make your own alfresco space user-friendly and welcoming.