Hot on the Highstreet Week 243

As London approaches the coldest week of winter I have selected my five favourite cashmere blankets to snuggle up and keep cosy.

Urbanara – Uyuni Cashmere Blanket £199

The Uyuni Cashmere Blanket is one of the finest cashmere blankets from the large Urbanara collection. Beautifully soft to the touch, this luxurious fibre is sourced from cashmere goats in Inner Mongolia, where the supplier carefully monitors the production process from start to finish, ensuring only the highest quality material for the Uyuni. The blanket displays an intricate, two-toned diamond motif with a delicate ‘eyelash’ fringe along the width to complete its look. Available in 140 x 200 cm, with a choice of three colours.

White Company – Cashmere Rib Collection £400

This blanket is from the incredibly luxurious featherweight-cashmere collection. Whisper-soft against your skin, it features a stunning all-over ribbed texture and is gorgeously finished with a deep, double-knit border. Presented in a suitably beautiful white box, it also makes a wonderful gift to treasure. The double-sided, ribbed cushion cover with a lovely plain-knit envelope closure finishes the look perfectly.

Johnsons of Elgins – Cashmere Reversible Throw £450

The ultimate luxury blanket from the Cashmere kings, Johnsons of Elgins. This versatile blanket is reversible to give a bright (Sky blue) and light (Ecru) appearance, depending on your mood. 190 x 140 cm, it is currently reduced in the new year sale.

Brora – Cashmere Woven Blanket £499

The ultimate and undisputed mark of luxury, to label this blanket as soft simply doesn’t do it justice! In deliciously new, bright Brora blends there is a shade to suit everyone, I love the tangy Pumpkin colour. This piece is an investment you won’t regret, a beautiful woven blanket made from the finest Scottish cashmere.

Burberry – Cashmere Check Blanket £995

This soft cashmere blanket has a sophisticated tonal check pattern and fringing at both ends. From the designer British brand it is as indulgent as you can get and will last you a lifetime.

Hot on the Highstreet Week 242: Beauty Detox and Replenish

January is a miserable month and our skin and hair can really suffer. I have compiled a selection of my favourite New Year products to detox and replenish so you can feel your best even in the coldest month of the year.

Mary Kay TimeWise Microdermabrasion Set £50 – I have tried Microdermabrasion facials before and always found them quite aggressive on my skin. Mary Kay have introduced this do it at home set which energises and nourishes in two easy steps. The first step should be used after cleansing and will gently exfoliate the skin removing dirt from pores and softening the skin texture. Step 2 is a rich serum containing vitamins and anti-oxidants and left my skin feeling luxuriously smooth and plumped.

Perricone MD Chloro Plasma mask £67 – I swear by the Perricone MD products and this revitalising mask is no exception. This innovative product contains blue green algae and watercress to help deep detoxification and purification. After an application my skin felt tighter and the pores were noticably smaller. It is also a great anti-aging product, reducing wrinkles and leaving skin looking supple and smooth. The perfect treatment to use on a Sunday evening in.

Thalgo Les Infus’Oceanes Bio Drainage £7.30 – Sometimes it is a great idea to supplement skincare with other dietary products. This detox infusion helps stimulate the body to release excess water. After Christmas it is the ideal drink to make you feel lighter and brighter. I tried the blackcurrent flavour but it is also available in other fruits.

Mary Kay Skinvigorate Cleansing Brush £35 – I found this handheld, battery-operated cleansing device quite comical when I first used it as I am not used to electrical skincare products. After removing eye make-up apply the cleanser and turn on the Skinvigorate slowly massaging the brush over your face in a circular motion. It is easy to use and truly removes make-up and dirt better than washing by hand, though it is quite an expensive alternative to a flannel. This product made my skin look more radiant immediately and the results continue as you use it repeatedly.

Murad Essential-C Day Moisture £57 – I struggle to find a moisturiser that is rich without clogging my skin. After the stress of moving house this product soothed and relieved my skin leaving it soft and silky, miraculously hydrating after just a few uses. And as an added bonus this product gives SPF 30 protection so will protect your face against the harsh pollution in London.

Yes to Grapefruit 25 Brightening Facial Wipes £3.99 – these are the perfect on-the-go wipes to cleanse and refresh. They are slightly textured so remove excess dirt and remnants of make-up and leave your skin completely clear. Made from 98% natural products and packed full of healthy grapefruit your face will be thankful for the zingy citrus burst.

Hot on the Highstreet Week 240

This week the weather drops below freezing so to keep you cosy in the coldest weeks I have compiled a warming Winter essentials Hot on the Highstreet so you can stay fashionable whatever the weather.

These Salamander Merino lambswool insoles always sell out fast. When your feet shrink in the freezing temperatures these thick insoles will ensure your feet are comfortable and dry all day long… £7.99 here.

My mum swears by the Uni Qlo HeatTech garments. Ultra thin but wonderfully warm, these unisex tops fit easily under clothes and will protect your skin even in the coldest weather… £7.90 buy here.

I can’t survive without a hot water bottle in the chillier months. This lovely handmade wheatabottle by Megan Alice England can be heated up in the microwave and stays hot for ages. Scented with lavender it has a relaxing effect too… £18.50 buy here.

There is something instantly comforting about The White Company and these Cosy Slippers are no exception. The faux fur lining is particularly insulating and they are blissfully soft for padding around the house in… £21 buy here.

When you can’t quite bear to leave the house treat yourself to a hot drink on the go. You can now design your own Keep Cup which will keep your coffee warm while you conquer the cold… from £7 buy here.