Welcome to the August Hot List!
August is definitely one of our favourite month's of the year. In fact, there is so much going on that we found it hard to select just a few highlights to share with you, so we've included a 'Don't Miss Out' section at the end for you to explore for yourself, all recommended and approved by the RSG team! Prepare to be fully-booked with our top picks for the next few weeks...
We want to tell you about the trendy tropical themed pop-up 'jungle', Summer Tales, which will leave your thirst and hunger fully quenched, as well as a fun exhibition that will have you tripping from start to finish. We've gone all Ibiza on you with our latest playlist - Summer Sounds. Give it a listen to bring a little piece of the white isle into your home while you read our Bali holiday inspiration. The new cookbook by Jill Donenfeld 'Better on Toast' has us drooling over our next breakfast/snack inspiration - Anything on toast gets our vote! Tune into 'Life In Squares' with us - a new period TV drama on BBC2 with love, sex and relationships at it's heart, exploring life at the beginning of the 20th Century for the group of bohemian artists known as the Bloomsbury Set.
If all of that wasn't enough - we're taking care of those Summer tresses for you as well. This month's Hot List prize comes from the hair experts at Philip Kingsley who are giving away a goodie bag worth over £500! You've got to be in it, to win it...
Our Quote of the Month... "Online shopping - because it's frowned upon to be in a shop without a bra, in your pyjamas, with a glass of wine in hand..." - Unknown
& the Rockett St George Team
WIN: A PHILIP KINGSLEY GOODIE BAG
If you're into looking after your hair, love to be pampered or have a sun-drenched barnet that requires some serious TLC - then you will love this month's Hot List prize. The grand master of hair, Philip Kinglsey, are very kindly offering you the chance to win one of their fully loaded goodie bags, worth over £500! Included in the prize is the NEW Geranium & Neroli Elasticizer, the Finishing Touch Hairspray and ultimate summer hair protectant cream - Swimcap. We are huge fans of these beautiful products and can't wait for one of you lucky readers to win and try for yourself.
The Geranium & Neroli Elasticizer is inspired by Philip’s annual trips to his favourite holiday retreat in Portofino, Italy. This intensive and luxurious pre-shampoo conditioning treatment is infused with 100% natural neroli, geranium, lavender, rose and orange oils to leave your senses revitalised while improving elasticity, manageability, bounce and shine.
The Finishing Touch Hairspray gives long-lasting flexible hold, texture and natural control without stiffness. The weatherproof formula enhances and protects to suit all styles whether curly, straight, up or down and against humidity, frizz and colour fade. The beautiful fresh fragrance and ProVitamin B5 will give your hair shine leaving it beautifully smooth and healthy-looking and is easily brushed out.
3 essentials for your summer holiday: passport, bikini… SWIMCAP. Whether you plan to go sailing in St. Tropez, scuba diving off the Great Barrier Reef or lazing on a beach in Ibiza this summer, SWIMCAP is the holiday essential if you want to return with your hair in better condition than when you left.
To be in with a chance of winning simply click the link above to be redirected to or competition page where you will be asked one (very simple) question. Good Luck! x
Products included in the goodie bag: Geranium & Neroli Elasticizer 1000ml, Body Building Shampoo 1000ml, Moisture Balancing Conditioner 1000ml, Scalp Toner 250ml, Daily Damage Defence 250ml, Finishing Touch Hairspray 100ml, Swimcap 150ml, Preen Cream 100ml, PK4 Soya Protein Supplement, Maximizer 250ml, Grooming Brush, Paddle Brush, Body & Shine Jet Set, PK Kids Shampoo & Bodywash, Tricho Pro Protein Spray, Tricho Complex Vitamin & Mineral Supplement, Stimulating Scalp Mask, One More Day Dry Shampoo and a Weatherproof Styling Froth.
WHAT'S ON: SUMMER TALES
Our attention has been drawn to the pop-up bar sensation, Night Tales, this month. Based in Red Market this foodie/boozy mash up runs all year round serving a wealth of cocktails, street food and music. Spread over two-stories in a Shoreditch car park, the venue is totally transformed to make you feel as though you're tucked away inside a trendy festival tent. For the warmer months the venue takes on a tropical theme and switches it's name to Summer Tales; with five summer-inspired bars and stacks of delicious food stalls to tantalise your taste buds! Swing on the rope swing, rock in the hammock and soak up your time in the 'jungle'!
1- The Main Bar serving beers, wine and spirits.
2- The Coco Shack, serving coconut inspired cocktails.
3- The Freixenet Bar, serving Cordon Negro and a selection of Cava based cocktails.
4- The Frozen Punch Bar, serving blended, ice-cold punches that fuse cachaca, rum, tequila and pisco with tropical fruits and berries, and
5- The Lazy Flamingo, where you can sample ‘alternative’ piña coladas, mescal mules and mai tais… before stumbling on to the open air dance floor.
1- Burger and Lobster, it's in the name...
2- Bonnie Gull, the seafood shack.
3- Forza Win, a wood-fired Italian grill.
4- Morty & Bob's, ultimate grilled cheese creations.
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Tickets are £10 on Thursdays and £12 on Friday & Saturday and includes a cocktail.
288-299 Old Street, Shoreditch. London EC1V 9DP
EXHIBITION: CARSTEN HÖLLER - DECISION
Decision is the latest and the largest interactive exhibition from Belgian Artist Carsten Holler, based on challenging and exploring perception and decision-making. Holler has created a fun and experimental environment which you are invited to explore. Upon arrival, visitors must choose which entrance to use when entering the show, which lead you through two separate paths to the first gallery. Once inside, you will encounter several situations that will challenge you physically and psychologically. From upside-down glasses and taking a pill that you know nothing about to giant revolving mushrooms, roaming mechanical 'beds' and gliding above London's busy roads in a 'flying machine'. If you're not totally tripping out after all that, try sliding down the 'Isomeric Slides' on the outside of the building...
On until 6th September at the Southbank Centre/Hayward Gallery, London.
READ/EAT: BETTER ON TOAST
Cooking for one, or even two can be quite the challenge. This amazing book is filled with tantalising ideas for tasty, toasts. Fresh, fun and easy with beautiful photographs to inspire, Better on Toast reveals the most delectable ways to eat toast using the hottest culinary trends.
Single slice mountains, piled high with a bounty of delicious flavours; Better on Toast will quickly become your go to guide for gatherings, starters, snacks and late night supper. Savoury or sweet, no matter what your kitchen size or cooking ability, Jill Donenfeld will ease you through bread choice and on to toasting; Pan toasting, grill toasting, herb toasting, oven toasting, and just simple ‘ole TOASTING. The finale, and of course the best bit - a tempting array of flavoursome choices to match your mood – Brunchy Toasts, Chill Vibes, or Hibernation Preparation.
We’ll be starting with the ‘Fancy Pants’ Lobster Carbonara, followed by the ‘Rose and Toast’ Shaved Asparagus and Serrano, and finished with the ‘Hangover’ Madagascar Banana. Food Perfection.
£10.14, available to purchase here.
MUSIC: SUMMER SOUNDS
With the summer holidays now in full swing, we thought we'd send some blissed out summer beats your way.
So whether you're relaxing by the pool, soaking up the sun on a well deserved holiday, or chilling out in the garden with friends sharing a bottle of pink fizz, let these chilled out summer bangers fill your ear holes with the summer vibes of Ibiza.
1) Get Thy Bearings - Bonobo, Szjerdene
2) William Blood [Aeroplane Remix] - Grace Jones
3) Winter [Warpaint Remix] - Daughter
4) Two Dots - Lusine
5) Sunshine - Submotion Orchestra
6) Soon It Will Be Cold Enough To Build Fires - Emancipator
7) Finally Moving - Pretty Lights
8) Storm Returns - Prefuse 73
9) Crave You - Flight Facilities
10) Unstoppable [RKJ Remix] - Lianne La Havas
11) Pray For You - Tydes feat. Lapsley
12) La Rune Rousse - Fakear, Deva Premal
13) Pieces [LIVE] - Bonobo, Cornelia
14) Heavens Gonna Burn Your Eyes - Thievery Corporation, Emiliana Torrini
15) Say - C.Duncan
16) All I Need [Edit] - Air
Listen to the Summer Sounds Playlist, here.
GO: BALI - INDONESIA
With it's picturesque landscapes, lush vegetation and clear blue seas, as well as an absolute abundance of trendy bars, boutiques and eateries, Bali has certainly earned it's reputation as a tourist mecca and honeymoon destination of choice. But it's not just for the lovers and ravers. The almost equatorial island and province of Indonesia caters for pretty much everyone. Friendly locals, cheap living, and the actual sunshine in summer! If paradise doesn't appeal, this may not be for you. The lovely Catherine from our very own RSG office recently visited the island with her boyfriend and has rounded up a hot list of things not to be missed during your stay...
1) Head to Old Man's in Canguu for their beach front beer garden and the best waves on the island. Caffeine and gasoline lovers should check out Deus Ex Machina. Both super family friendly but being a hipster helps. If you're cool enough or like to watch those who are, stay in the 4 Quarters Canggu Villas.
2) Sip a margarita or two at Motel Mexicola or go posh with gourmet cuisine at Petitenget in Seminyak. If gluttony is your thing, feel free to overindulge at the beautiful Gardin Bali.
3) Catch a traditional Balinese show, get attacked by monkeys at the Monkey Forest (seriously), or head to the Rice Fields for those Eat Pray Love vibes in Ubud. Chilling should be the only thing on your agenda here. Stunning 5 star accommodation can be found at the tranquil Hanging Gardens.
4) Gili Air is just a short boat trip away (make sure you opt for the fast boat). Accommodation is basic, living is simple, transport is not at all motorised. There is something so magical and enchanted about the 1,800 populated island which only a visit there will explain. Respect the culture at all times, and treat yourself to a mushroom smoothie while you're there.
WATCH: LIFE IN SQUARES, BBC2
New TV Drama, Life In Squares, dramatizes the close and often fraught relationship between sisters, Vanessa Bell and Virginia Woolf, and Vanessa’s sexually complicated alliance with gay artist Duncan Grant as they, and their group of like-minded friends, navigate their way through love, sex and artistic life through the first half of the 20th century.
The BBC2 drama focuses on the tangled love and relationships of the artists, writers and intellectuals collectively known as the Bloomsbury set are to be explored in a new drama. Life in Squares promises to be an “intimate and emotional” period drama, charting the history of the bohemian circle that got its name from the smart area of London where members would meet to share ideas.
Penned by the super talented and BAFTA Award-winning writer, Amanda Coe this is set to be a must see drama series.
Life in Squares starts on Monday 27th July at 9pm on BBC2.
PS: DON'T MISS THIS
Notting Hill Carnival, 30th - 31st | Edinburgh Fringe Festival 7th - 31st | Queue for the £10 daily tickets to see Hamlet at the Barbican starring Benedict Cumberbatch, from 5th August | Airbourne Airshow in Eastbourne, 13th - 16th | Iris, in cinemas now | Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition, until 16th August | Druid Street Market, every Saturday | Sunset screenings of 3 classic films at the BFI Summer Love Weekend at the British Museum, 27th-29th) | Brighton Pride, 1st-2nd | Wilderness Festival - spot our boho umbrellas in the Laurent Perrier area, 6th - 9th |