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Sneak Peek: Inside the December Luxury Issue

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Sneak Peek: Inside the December Luxury Issue

Welcome to the Luxury Special December Issue of Country & Town House Magazine...

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Your December issue of Country & Town House Magazine is hitting newsstands this week, and this month it’s the luxury issue featuring our gorgeous cover star Yasmin Le Bon, chef Gizzi Erskine and photographer Dafydd Jones…

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Inside the December luxury issue, you’ll find…

Ballroom Blitz: Julia Robson meets photographer Dafydd Jones, whose gloriously evocative party images defined the Eighties


Slow Burn: Chef and author of cookbook Slow, Gizzi Erskine tells Clementina Jackson why we need to slow down

Flight of Fancy: Peter Hughes flies a Spitfire over the English countryside

The Greatest Christmas Album Ever: Country & Town House bring you the ultimate song-inspired Christmas gift guide, for everyone from the West End girl to the Smooth Operator

Plus: Horse-racing on ice in St Moritz; meet the beauty fairygodmother who can fast-track you to the best cosmeceutical doctors in the business; having a cocktail at Scarfes Bar with art dealer Philip Mould; hot London hotels for the festive season; a first peek at the UK’s newest country house hotel Heckfield Place; behind the scenes at glamorous London members’ club The Ned; tips on how to get Yasmin Le Bon’s glow from our beauty editor Nathalie Eleni and much more…

December cover

Some of our contributors share their best presents and shopping habits…

Peter Hughes 

What’s the best present you’ve ever received? A china dish which was part of a dinner service awarded by the Admiralty to an ancestor in 1782 for capturing a 64-gun French ship off Barbados. It was given to me by a cousin.

What kind of a shopper are you? One who still goes to shops, but usually knows what he is looking for. I am whatever is the opposite of impulsive.

Book you’d pass on to your best friend? Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel, because I have never been able to read it.

The Christmas holidays are for… Staying put.

December jewellery shoot

Rachell Smith 

What’s the best present you’ve ever given? Last Christmas, my sister and I convinced my parents that they should get two dogs. It was by far the best gift for the family.

What kind of a shopper are you? I try and be a little more savvy with my purchases nowadays. I prefer to shop with a family member or friend and mostly buy in-store as I like to browse and try on clothes.

Book you’d pass on to your best friend? It’s more of an audiobook, but anything by Tony Robbins is good for motivation and getting into that positive mindset. I would recommend Personal Power II, The Driving Force to anyone.


The Christmas holidays are for… Spending quality time with family and friends.

December jewellery shoot

Sam Kinchin-Smith

What’s the best present you’ve ever given? I designed and built a replica of the 14th-century Wilton Diptych with various friends’ faces superimposed where those of Richard II, the Virgin Mary and others should be.

What kind of a shopper are you? Christmas Eve shopping is underrated: panic = uncharacteristic decisiveness = uncharacteristic efficiency.

Book you’d pass on to your best friend? Alain-Fournier’s Le Grand Meaulnes is ubiquitous in France but hardly read here, which is a great pity because it’s as magical and devastating as Christmas.

The Christmas holidays are for… Hyperphagia and hibernation.

Caroline Phillips

What’s the best present you’ve been ever given? A three-week surprise family holiday in Myanmar (Burma) for my husband’s 60th. An ‘unsurprise’ holiday after he rumbled me.

What kind of a shopper are you? Retail, wholesale, sales and bargain, impulse, H&M to Hermès, middle-of-the-night internet, refund, window, necessity to leisure shopper…

Book you’d pass on to your best friend? A hollowed-out book ‘safe’ with a London Library membership card in it.

The Christmas holidays are for… Over-heating, over-eating, over-family, plus helping homeless people before Santa sends me to an Ayurvedic retreat in India.

Take a sneak peak behind the scenes on our cover shoot…

Here our beauty editor Nathalie-Eleni Cundy tells us how she prepped Yasmin Le Bon for our cover shoot

  • Make up was kept to a minimum, with prime focus on glowing skin.
  • Yasmin’s skin was prepped with Trufflesque by Temple Spa, a radiance mask that instantly hydrates and revitalises skin to leave it feeling like silk.
  • VENeffect Anti-Ageing Moisturiser was then massaged into skin. This super-luxe hydrating emulsion is formulated with the highest level of phytoestrogens for an incredibly luminous and vibrant looking complexion, helping to increase skin elasticity and impart a luminous glow.
  • Fillerina Lip Volume Roll on Grade 1 was also used, which has a wonderful natural plumping and firming effect. It works brilliantly before lipstick to hydrate and nourish lips for a fuller looking pout – a make up bag must!

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