11 chuck-on dresses | Cheengu blue home buys | Lisa Taddeo’s new book | Best cleansing balms


Loved Lisa Taddeo's Three Women? Her new short story collection doesn't disappoint

If there's a recent author whose portrayal of the sexual and emotional lives of women sticks with us – garnering a cult following along the way – it's Lisa Taddeo. Her 2019 non-fiction bestseller Three Women detailed the complicated relationship between female sexuality and desire, followed by last year's novel Animal which centred on rage, power and abuse. Now Ghost Lover (Bloomsbury), Taddeo's new collection of nine short stories, puts the spotlight on society's expectation of women, beauty, trauma and obsession, spotlighting characters in their 20s, 30s and 40s from the 1960s to present day.

"There are some things as women that we don't say out loud to ourselves or others, but we think – all the time," says Stylist Loves writer Kiran Meeda. "Ghost Lover delves into these unspoken moments about our collective desire to be 'beautiful' and our anger at certain situations with men and rejection, with such honesty and rawness. Whether it's the character breakdown of Forty Two's Joan, a picture-perfect model of a woman doing everything right, or promiscuous Miranda in 1960s Italy leaving a relationship that no longer serves her, there's no denying the relatability of these anti-heroines. It's comforting to know you're not alone in the expectation to be simultaneously put together and messy when you read this collection." £16.98, Bookshop.org

Read an extract here

Sweetpea & Willow / £175
Table lamp
Chic stripes make this the perfect bedside table addition, even with long, light summer evenings
buy now
L'Oréal Professionnel / £22.50
Metal Detox Mask
Protect your next hairdo from damage and colour fade with this rich creamy mask for coloured hair
buy now
Cider / £22
Pearl Knit Dress
This preppy monochrome mini dress brings back memories of Clueless' Cher Horowitz and her futuristic revolving closet
buy now
Next / £24
Ceramic Stripe Vase
This humbug-inspired vase is just what we need for the last of this season's peonies and our prized dried pampas grass
buy now
Veja / £145
Dekkan Trainers
It's a well-known fact that white trainers are a wardrobe staple, and there are few better than this recycled plastic pair
buy now
Chanel / £25
This summer's clean, natural-looking manicure trend is an effortless reality with this milky white varnish
buy now

17 cleansing balms that easily dissolve stubborn make-up and water-resistant SPF
find out more

Soho's new open fire restaurant is full of inventive flavours and Mediterranean vibes

Now that British summertime is finally here (hello, heatwave), it's inevitable that sunny evenings will be occupied by herculean efforts to light the BBQ. But if you have a troubled relationship with firelighters, we suggest heading to Firebird instead. The new open fire restaurant and natural wine bar from St Peterburg's esteemed restaurateurs Madina Kazhimova and Anna Dolgushina is transporting diners to the Med with a menu that revolves around the power of the flame.

"It's no mean feat to take a sliver of square footage in Soho and create a space where you feel like you've stepped foot onto a Greek island, but somehow, Firebird has pulled it off," says Stylist's digital entertainment editor Christobel Hastings. "The restaurant is all wood, terracotta and artful lighting; sitting by the grill gives you a great view of the chefs corralling the coals. After starting with sourdough focaccia, choux buns with chicken liver pate, smoky chicken skewers and grilled halloumi with Greek honey and truffle, we promptly ordered seconds because they were so exquisite. Next came glazed pork belly with potato salad and plum ketchup, and chicken breast with bacon jam and oyster mushrooms. We didn't think we had room for dessert, until we saw them: hazelnut praline cream and coffee cake and the prettiest honeycomb and strawberry éclair, which were washed down with a baked banana old-fashioned. The flavour combinations are inventive, the vibes are right and the satisfaction of consuming all things torched, scorched and smoked without lifting a finger is second to none. Just be sure to go with an empty stomach." 29 Poland St, London, W1F

Brought to you by ufurnish.com
Get up to 50% off at Soho Home on ufurnish.com
Shop exclusive offers from 110+ furniture retailers on ufurnish.com. For a limited time only. Terms and conditions apply, see website for details. 

This shade of blue is taking over Pinterest – 9 ways to add it into your home
read more
Nameplate bracelets, slouchy trousers & 7 more great buys from indie British brands
read more

Each week Stylist's editors share nine must-buy products from independent brands, sign up below to be the first to receive the edit every Thursday.
Sign Up Now
Sign up for workouts, nutritious recipes and expert tips, plus our Strong Women magazine with expert advice on building strength & resilience sent to your inbox.
Sign Up Now
FYI, we may make revenue on affiliate links contained in this email.
Image credits: Firebird; ufurnish.com; Courtesy of brands
© The Stylist Group Ltd


Posts les plus consultés de ce blog

Chris Ramsey can take the heat, but what would relegation for QPR mean for black managers in the Premier League?

The Best Specialty Burgers On Earth, Power Ranked.