This year we’ve been treated to a load of vegan goodies – from vegan Easter eggs, to vegan tuna (yep, it’s a thing), there are more options than ever before for anyone who is looking for meat and animal product-free food items.
And now Aldi is launching their own vegan sausage rolls and we’re so here for it.
The supermarket revealed that they’ll be stocking Mae’s Kitchen Vegan No Sausage rolls which are ‘wrapped in flaky, golden puff pastry and are the perfect meat-free and vegan contender to the much-loved British favourite.’
Made using soya, the meat-free sausage rolls come in at £1.19 for a pack of four.
They’re part of a new frozen vegan range from Aldi, which also includes Vegan No Beef Burgers and Vegan No Chicken Burgers (both £1.19 for a pack of two).
Julie Ashfield, Managing Director of Buying at Aldi, says: ‘The launch of our new vegan range is in response to our growing, ethically inspired customer base, looking for delicious alternatives to meat and another example of our ongoing commitment to cater for all diets, at everyday low prices.
‘We look forward to expanding our vegan offering even further over the coming months.’
Fashion Editor Lucia Debieux takes a early Spring break at Atzaro Hotel & Spa, escaping the hustle & bustle of the party island of Ibiza.
Atzaro Hotel & Spa
As soon as you drive up the long winding road leading up to the five-star Atzaro Hotel & Spa, nestled in the heart of the Ibizan countryside, you feel your shoulders dropping. The family owned finca is known as an agroturismo, basically a working farm, (in this case a orange farm) which means that its ethos is rooted in farming and agriculture, plus the delicious smell of orange blossom fills the air everywhere you go. So far so good. With sustainability at its core, this place has been living and breathing the organic lifestyle way before it became fashionable. If like me, eating a homegrown menu fresh from the onsite vegetable patch, being surrounded by lush gardens full of flowering cactus and palm trees and feeling close to nature rocks your boat then look no further.
Plus it feels like its in the middle of nowhere when in reality you are not more than 15 minutes away from civilisation, hello Santa Eulària and every taxi driver knows Atzaro, so you’re still very much connected to Ibiza should you want to leave.
Atzaro Hotel & Spa, Ibiza: The Rooms
When a place has been in the same family for 7 years and is built around a 300 year old finca, you can feel that history. The original farmhouse is still part of the hotel with more rooms added on, finishing with 24 rooms including huge hidden villas which are set back and separate from the grounds across the road. Dreamy.
With most rooms coming with their own private plunge pools and terrace. Filled with bespoke handmade furniture, teak four poster beds, traditional terracotta tiles with white plaster walls, the vibe is spacious yet cosy meets pared back Ibizian luxury. Most mornings we found it hard pressed to actually leave the huge double walk in shower in the luxurious marble bathroom. But we did, mostly down to waking up craving the delicious scrambled eggs at breakfast. Possibly some of the best Ive ever tried and believe me, Ive sampled a lot!
Atzaro Hotel & Spa with its four poster bed
Atzaro Hotel & Spa
Atzaro Hotel & Spa, Ibiza: The Spa
You can’t not pay a visit to the open-air spa with its 43 metre long fresh water pool, nestled in the lush gardens while you’re there. It would almost be a crime. The huge day beds quickly became a favourite morning hang out for us, the perfect place to while the morning away. With more than enough spots like this around the hotel, fear not this isn’t the kind of place you have to wake up early to secure a bed. Phew!
Whether you try the new Scandi-inspired sauna pod nestled between the vegetable patch, head to the hamman or go straight for a couples massage in the solid teak treatment cabins, you always have that feeling of being close with nature but in the most authentic way. Yoga and wellness classes are all included in your stay, with daily classes you can be sure to grab a mat and get your namaste on. The chance to restore your inner glow is more than possible here and quit frankly hard to resist, we had come to chill after all.
Atzaro Hotel & Spa, the freshwater pool in the open-air spa
Atzaro Hotel & Spa, Ibiza: The Food
With all the vegetables and herbs coming from the kitchen garden and the meat from local farms in the surrounding areas, the food is a big part of Atzaro Hotel & Spa. Menus are based on a true farm to fork concept, with mediterranean flavours that are healthy and fresh, dining here is as delicious as you would imagine. Try the melt-in-your-mouth homemade Iberian ham and cheese croquettes to start, suckling pig or for the veggies the beetroot & avocado burger is too good not to try and finish with the praline sponge. Boom.
Atzaro Hotel & Spa, La Veranda restaurant
The newly launched ‘Vegetable Garden’ coming in the Summer, entirely organic, using water from the estates well and electricity from the on-site solar panels, this is a special place. Walk through colourful vegetable rows and fig laden trees to find water features, a tree shaded bar and the most dreamy spot lined with palm trees to enjoy picnics plus used as a open air cinema in the evenings. We are sold.
Pop to a beach club, Atzaro Beach to be precise. Situated in the picturesque bay of Cala Nova in the North East of the island, its a unpretentious place to relax and unwind while the sun shines. Think rattan and wicker 1970s boho vibes, with palms a plenty and the turquoise sea twinkling in the distance. If you like a beach club with a chill atmosphere, that the crowds don’t know about yet this is the one for you.
When it comes to eating out you must try Aubergine, a restaurant spread across two buildings owned by the Atzaro group. Its a short cab ride away and like stepping into a little piece of authentic Ibizian heaven. With its super pretty gardens with twinkling lights, a small shop filled with local craft and pottery buys that will catch your eye and a rustic healthy menu full of vegan and veggie options, you wont want to leave. Everything on the menu is seasonal and local, either grown in the gardens or from the Atzaro estate and you can taste it. You will also wonder what exactly is that paint colour that is over all the upcycled furniture, is it sage green or mint and how can you start renovating your house back home in it? FYI you cant, its bespoke to Aubergine, damn.
Aubergine Ibiza, the delicious buddha bowl
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Atzaro Hotel & Spa, Carretera Sant Joan KM15, 07840, Ibiza
Its one of our favourite High Street stores, if you’re not shopping in Lindex with its collections full of on trend but wearable pieces, hello comfy denim, dreamy dresses and their sustainable line. Where have you been ?
So Lindex x By Malina what do we need to know? Its the newest drop on the High Street and we are obsessed. Their first collaboration with the Swedish fashion brand By Malina. With its bright colours and gorgeous unique prints, think seashells and palm trees. Modelled by three influencers, one peak at the campaign images of Nina Sandbech from Norway, AJ Odudu from the UK or Margaux Dietz from Sweden make us want to be on holiday, like NOW, wearing it all head to toe right?
Nina Sandbech in Lindex x By Malina
Founder of By Malina, Malin Ek Andren told us ‘The collections was inspired by the heat of the Mediterranean, with thin, lightweight fabrics designed for the effortless woman. Over the years, Ive often felt that packing for vacation is a struggle and I wanted to change that with this selection of garments. They’re simply the perfect items to take on a Summer getaway!’’ We couldn’t agree more! There is something about packing for a trip that brings team Marie Claire out in a rash so we are all over anything that delivers on the fashion front. Not just for holidays, the collection is full of pieces you can wear at home too, just add a slouchy knit over the tiered maxi dress and Stan Smiths for a easy weekend look.
Our favourite pieces would have to be, anything in the broderie anglaise, the high waisted bikini, with its flattering tie detail and the printed tiered maxi dress which is the perfect piece in your suitcase to accommodate all those long holiday lunches.
Prince William, Kate Middleton, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have joined forces to launch a mental health text line, Shout, which aims to support those in crisis.
The free anonymous text service allows those in distress to talk to trained volunteers 24/7 and the initiative has been backed by the royals with a £3 million grant from their Royal Foundation.
Prince William told those at the launch event: ‘With the biggest investment by the Royal Foundation to date we are today able to formally launch Shout – a new UK-wide service that connects vulnerable people in a state of crisis to trained volunteers who are there to help.
‘The service is free to use, anonymous, and operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
‘The conversations are run by volunteers who have completed 25 hours of online training, and are monitored by an exceptional clinical team. Over the course of the last year 1,000 volunteers have signed up, and 60,000 conversations have taken place.
‘That is 60,000 moments when people who were feeling scared, frightened and alone were able to use their phone to connect with someone who could support them.’
It has been modelled on the US-based Crisis Text Line, and will connect individuals with trained volunteers whenever they need support.
The Duchess of Cambridge added: ‘For the last few years, I’ve been focusing much of my work on the importance of prevention in the earliest years of life to help avoid problems in later life.
‘But, sadly, for so many, they have already reached a crisis situation. This is why Shout is so important. It is able to offer support when it is crucially needed, and the opportunity to turn lives around.’
From pH balancing cleansers and pelvic floor trainers, to vibrators and fanny supplements, this is your one-stop-shop for gynaecological health and sexual pleasure.
The online retailer wanted to start the conversation after a survey revealed that most of women only have a basic anatomical awareness. So they want to tackle the taboo head on, raise awareness, provide education and empower women. And their va-jay-jays.
‘The last two years have been a time of great social upheaval and awakening. Women are shedding the constrictive chrysalis of social stigma, shame and embarrassment; they are starting to own their sexual health and fulfilment and search for solutions and guidance that don’t come from the NHS, porn sites or sex shops,’ explains Cult Beauty co-founder and co-CEO Alexia Inge. ‘From menstruation to masturbation, female wellness and intimate health now exist under beauty’s umbrella. We are launching this new category in partnership with The Lady Garden Foundation because this is about more than products. We’re starting a conversation to help women close the ‘orgasm gap’, but also normalise commonplace issues so embarrassment doesn’t inhibit a better quality of life. We want to help The Lady Garden banish ‘The Silent Killer’ cancers by being loud about the symptoms.’
The Lady Garden Foundation is a brilliant charity that does wonders at raising awareness and funding essential research into gynaecological cancers.
Here’s our roundup of a few things to whet your appetite:
With February 14th just around the corner, our attention is focused on all things love and romance. Whether you’re loved-up and heading to a fancy restaurant, or you’re a single pringle planning to down a tub of Ben & Jerry’s Valentine’s Day flavour on the sofa, chances are you plan to do something.
For a lot of people, sex is on the cards – right? Well, maybe wrong. A recent study appears to show that we’re not all that fussed when it comes to getting between the sheets. In fact, Brits are more likely to donate an organ than agree to spice things up in the bedroom.
Research by GalaBingo.com asked 2,000 UK residents in long term relationships about the ‘gambles’ we are prepared to make, or have previously made, in the name of love.
The survey found that nearly half of loved-up Brits (42%) would move abroad for their partner, and 41% would give an organ, but less than a fifth (16%) would agree to spice things up in the bedroom.
Just under half (42%) revealed they would be prepared to change their job, and a third (34%) would face a fear if it allowed their loved-one to experience something they always dreamed of.
Of the participants, twice as many men had agreed to greater sexual experimentation for their partner than women (10% versus 5%) and more men had faced a fear for their partner too (40% versus 31% of women).
Overall, the study emphasised a readiness to gamble when in love, and a high probability that it would pay off.
Karina Adrian, Head of Brand Marketing at GalaBingo.com, said: ‘As the nation’s happy makers, we thought it would be really interesting to find out just how much we’re prepared to gamble in the name of our ‘happily ever-afters’.
‘What is great to see is both the level of devotion and the heart-warming outcomes from these inspiring acts of love.’
When Game of Thrones fans hear ‘White Walking’, they probably assume it has something to do with the undead army coming for Jon Snow in the icy north.
Actually, it’s yet another dating trend – and of all of them (scrooging, cushioning, the age-old favourite ghosting) it’s pretty outrageous and we can’t quite believe that it’s a thing.
Research by dating app Plenty of Fish showed that, sadly, it is.
Remember cuffing season? It’s the time of year when people attempt to find a significant other so they have someone to stay in and snuggle with when it’s cold outside? Well, White Walking is cuffing season’s frugal cousin.
PoF describe the new dating trend as ‘actively seeking a new date for Valentine’s Day, directly linked to a cold snap or snow storm.’ Great.
In other words, some people are so very concerned with their heating bills in February – around Valentine’s Day – that they try and find a partner to keep them warm instead.
A survey of over 650 British Plenty of Fish users also showed that just under half of singletons claim they have received an anonymous Valentine’s Day gift or card (although this sounds totally made up because does anyone even send anonymous cards once they’ve left primary school?). One in five millennials admit that they’ve received Valentine’s from their parents (sad but can relate), and over a third are done with the whole thing and would tell their partner to skip the day altogether.
We’re not exactly getting into the romantic spirit, with 28% of participants revealing that they’d prefer to pretend the day doesn’t even exist, and 37% of singles believing that it’s the worst day of the year to get engaged because it’s too predictable.
Will it stop the influx of ‘I said yes!’ posts on Facebook come February 15th? Probs not.
Janice from Friends. Everyone knows her, whether you watch the show or not, thanks to that pitchy, nasal and loud laugh. Despite only appearing in 19 episodes of the show, she’s a fan favourite thanks to her signature bray (as well as her regular ‘OH MY GOD!’s).
Now, actress Maggie Wheeler has opened up about how she developed her character’s iconic laugh.
Speaking on BBC Radio Five Live, Maggieexplained that Flipper the dolphin, Woody Woodpecker and Arnold Horshack of Welcome Back, Kotter inspired the infamous chuckle.
She told Emma Barnett: ‘There was a character called Arnold Horshack and he used to laugh and he would say [laughs].
‘Then I grew up watching Flipper which was a fantastic show about a dolphin, and I was in love with that dolphin and of course the dolphin sounds like a dolphin…
‘So I sort of say she’s a combination of Arnold Horshack and Flipper and Woody the Woodpecker. I don’t know, I think Janice was some kind of conglomeration that I invented on the day.
‘That laugh was a really organic life-saver, because Matthew Perry [Chandler] was so funny and I had to work with him and I knew he was going to crack me up. I knew that if Janice couldn’t laugh on set or laugh at that moment, I was going to be in big trouble and that is why that laugh exists.’
Add that to the list of things you never knew about Friends.
As the 29th March looms, some are speculating that that there will be no-deal Brexit riots, and if this is the case the royal family will be removed from London for their own safety, according to an insider.
During the cold war, plans were put in place to ensure that the Queen and her family would be relocated in the event of rioting, and now that same plan has been ‘repurposed’ to protect the royals in the event of ‘civil disorder’ following a no-deal Brexit.
A cabinet office source told The Sunday Times:‘These emergency evacuation plans have been in existence since the Cold War, but have now been repurposed in the event of civil disorder following a no-deal Brexit.’
The paper also revealed that Dai Davies, the ex-police officer formerly in charge of royal protection, believes the Queen will be removed from London if tensions rise.
He said: ‘If there were problems in London, clearly you would remove the royal family away from those key sites.’
During her annual Christmas Day speech, Queen Elizabeth called for the nation to come together despite our differences. She told 6.3 million viewers that ‘peace on earth and goodwill to all’ is ‘needed as much as ever’ and highlighted the importance of people with opposing views remaining respectful to one another.
While she is not permitted to take make political comments, many believe that she was referring to the divide caused by Brexit as she asked the UK to find ‘common ground’ and ‘never lose sight of the bigger picture.’
When it comes to learning and developing your skills nothing quite beats hands-on experience and a healthy dose of trial and error. So with that in mind, we teamed up with Fujifilm to host a fashion photography workshop to enable everyone to create amazing perfect Insta-ready images and fashion shots every time, powered by the new Fujifilm X-T100 camera (RRP £549).
We assembled a team of experts, as well as eight keen photographers and spent the day road testing the X-T100, from discovering the ins and outs of flat-lays, getting a first hand insight into shooting a fashion shoot, plus learning how to nail those edgy street-style shots.
With everyone usually reaching for their phone to take images, it’s easy to forget about the art of photography and using an actual camera. That’s what makes the FUJIFILM X-T100 so special, not only is it super easy on the eye, featuring classic retro styling and is lightweight to boot, it also features a 24.2 megapixel APS-C sensor which basically means you can achieve the amazing photo that Fujifilm is renowned for – think super-sharp with incredible detail.
After a quick Photography 101 where we learnt about aperture, composition and lighting led by Jamie Stoker, who has covered fashion weeks for the likes of Burberry and Dior, it was on to start the three segments of the day and for everyone to finally get their hands on the goods and test out the camera.
It takes a keen eye to master still life photography – just because you’re snapping an inanimate object, it doesn’t mean it’s easy. It takes a keen eye for detail, a steady hand and a sharp focus to take flat lays that are going to stand out. We challenged our photographers to work between three ‘live’ flat lay sets, which they could modify using different light set ups and props to get their ultimate professional set up.
What makes a static image come to life on Instagram? The device you use. Yes, you can get amazing shots with a smart phone, but nothing can beat the precision of an actual IRL camera. The Fuijifilm X-T100 has a high res electronic viewfinder and intuitive swivelling touchscreen which takes the guess workout of getting the perfect frame. Yes, this camera has your back.
There’s nothing like being on set with a full team of creatives; from photographer to hair and makeup artist to stylist and model, when everyone comes together it really can be something special. With the help of the camera’s built in advanced hybrid autofocus system and speedy 6frames per seconds shooting mode, no moment was missed and everyone was able to capture the perfect shot. The lightweight and nifty camera really is easy to use and the built-in flash works well in this setting but should you need to add an external flash, handily there’s a hot-shoe connection.
Street style imagery is one of the most popular types of content you’ll see on Instagram. You get more candid shots than a studio set up, and they’re often more fluid and let’s face it, more fun. We were all excited to get out on the streets of Shoreditch, London’s (unofficial) street style capital and put our amazing model Alex to work. This is where the camera came into its own. For a start, it’s light and compact. If you’re opting for a simple pancake lens, you can easily slip this camera in a jacket pocket or bag, so no excuses for not having your camera on you at all times.
We shot in multiple locations – from contemporary graffiti-lined streets to shooting outside 18th century-fronted shops – which resulted in a lot of images. The ‘always on’ Bluetooth function was a lifesaver – using the camera’s in-built WIFI connection, we could easily connect to our smart phones to instantly transfer the images, upload them and share on Instagram, which is basically the dream.
Scroll through for a look at some of the shots taken on the day. If this sounds like the perfect day out stay tuned because we will be hosting another workshop in the coming months.