Get luxury for less in our mid-season sale. New to the website this week, we’ve handpicked our favourite pieces in classic shades of latte, taupe and lapis blue.
Look out for our signature fabrics, like Winter Chill (incredibly cosy and soft) or our Poupées Russes cashmere blends (the name means ’Russian Dolls’, and these pieces are perfect for layering). With styles that won’t date as the seasons change, there’s never been a better time to embrace downtime with a stylish edge.
Sexy, slouchy trousers are the ultimate hero piece for spring and we love how blogger Lucy has styled them here. She’s given our Asymmetric Trouser a downtown edge, teaming the pleated shape with a backwards baseball cap and converses for a head-to-toe colour wash. By rolling the trousers up and choosing pieces with luxe fabrics and finishes, she’s taken casual cool to the next level.
When you’re shopping for wardrobe essentials that will last a lifetime, it’s the little details that matter. We love this shot of blogger Inga at Intrigue Me Now, wearing our EterniTee’s Sweater in Navy With Black. With Lounge Lover’s signature thumbholes at the wrist, it’s perfect for days when you need extra protection from the chill.
Get in a sunnier spirit by heading over to the i-escape blog this week. They’ve chosen their favourite looks from our spring/summer collections, and matched them with sun-drenched destinations for 2013.
We’ve been returning to old favourites this week, thanks to plummeting temperatures in London. In this cold snap there’s nothing better than piling on a supersoft, oversized sweater, or spending a relaxed evening wrapped up in a luxe all-in-one.
Now you can shop these cosy favourites all year round with our new online boutique, the Winter Room. Be ready for anything with thick, soft-to-the-touch separates that exude casual cool, or slip into our Jacket With Zip for a more polished look. In core shades of cloud grey, midnight blue and pitch black, you’ll reach for them every winter (and spring!)
New to loungelover.com today, our SS13 Travel collection has us dreaming of beachside boltholes and far-flung destinations.
We’ve worked with spring-fresh shades of lilac grey and pearl for the first time, alongside a classic marine colourway which is perfect for channelling Riviera chic. Look out for key pieces like our halterneck dress and the luxe jumpsuit with an exposed zip at the back. Cut in supersoft linen, they exude casual cool and effortless style for long journeys or sun-soaked beaches.
Yesterday saw the launch of our online magazine, created exclusively for Lounge Lover subscribers. As well as teaming up with yoga teacher and blogger Ellie Ferguson, to discover her top pose for instant relaxation, we celebrated the launch by offering our readers a special discount on REN Skincare’s Glycolactic Mask – their bestseller in the US. To get your 15% discount on the range, simply enter the offer code loungelover when you check out at renskincare.com (Valid until March 31st 2013)
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STRETCH AND DE-STRESS
This month we asked Ellie Ferguson, yoga teacher, blogger and founder of The Balance Studio in Cheshire, to remind us of yoga’s less obvious benefits and share the pose that will help us unwind instantly. You can keep up to date with all of our interviews with wellbeing experts - plus news on the latest Lounge Lover styles - by subscribing to our newsletters here.
Ellie’s advice for beginners
Try different classes and see what works best for you. As well as there being lots of different styles of yoga, it’s worth remembering that teachers also have very different teaching styles. Recommendations can be useful but what is right for one person isn’t necessarily right for the next.
The mistake most new students make
Most students will compare themselves to everyone else in the class and from this, make judgements about how bad they are and how good others are. In truth, everybody is focusing on themselves and not really paying any attention to what you are doing! It is natural to feel uncoordinated and confused when you attend any class for the first time so don’t be too hard on yourself - do what you can and be glad for what you can do.
How to handle harder poses
A favourite quote from Pattabhi Jois, founder of Ashtanga Yoga, is, “practice, practice and all is coming”. By striving to be in a certain posture or be in competition with ourselves or others, we lose the essence of what yoga is about. Noticing where you are and being able to settle there and breathe is more important. Becoming less attached to the end goal and more interested in the journey is the practice.
Not only am I more physically aware of my body but I am more mentally and emotionally aware too. In the past I would have had a highly emotional response to challenging situations but yoga has taught me to take a breath, take a step back and look at situations in their bigger picture.
Her rule for avoiding injuries
Try not to let your ego get too involved. Most yoga injuries are caused by the ego. By listening to your body you can avoid over-exerting and pushing beyond your limits.
On better sleep
Yoga balances all of the body’s systems and also teaches you how to properly relax your body and mind. Postures like forward bends which help to relax the body and calm the mind alongside deep, relaxed breathing can help to promote a more restful sleep.
Reading this from your desk?
People who sit for long periods of time tend to have tight hamstrings, hip flexors, rounded shoulders and back ache due to poor posture. Many office based workers also suffer from headaches caused not only by staring at a computer screen but by the shortening of the muscles at the back of the neck. Just stretching these areas out will help to re-align the body and prevent tension and aches created by being in the same position.
If you only have five minutes…
The cat posture is great for managing stress as it helps to calm the mind by linking the movements with your breath. It helps to loosen the spine, stretches the back and front of your body as well as freeing your neck and shoulders. It improves circulation through the spine and core and stimulates the digestive tract and spinal fluid. Guide yourself through the pose here.