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"The Best Thing I've Ever Bought"
In the first of our new series, Stylist's editor-in-chief Lisa Smosarski shares the purchase that brings her immense joy

"For years I had wanted some champagne coupes, the type of glass befitting a French period drama, and had dabbled with a few cheap ones which had never quite done the job. Then, on a night out at Soho House, I was treated to a glass of champagne in a cut crystal coupe. It was weighty and beautiful, the bubbles dancing satisfyingly across the surface, and the champagne was even tastier when sipped from this glass of luxury.

"So when Soho Home launched in 2016, giving people the opportunity to buy some of the venue's homeware, I knew what I wanted: fancy coupes to call my own. Given my strong record of smashing glasses, this was a risky investment – they're not cheap. But I can safely say splashing out changed the way I drink at home. They force me to drink better wine (yes, I drink wine out of them as well as fizz) and take my time. They make me feel grown-up, sophisticated and decadent.

"Prior to lockdown, I saved them for special occasions but now they've become part of my weekend ritual – my Friday evening slowdown always starts with a chilled sparkling rose in my favourite glass. New Year's Eve saw one come to a dramatic end (it died doing what it loved), but I'm happy to invest again for this simple moment of luxury in my life." Barwell Cut Crystal Champagne Coupe, £32 each, Liberty London, or £152 for a set of four, Soho Home


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