Whether you want to shop, eat, listen or improve yourself, these sites, feeds, apps and podcasts will keep your finger on the pulse this year.
Beautiful, handmade animal headdresses are the order of the day at this stunning website. Divided into styles for kids, adults and weddings, these truly special pieces are bound to become heirlooms.
BONE & BROTHwww.boneandbroth.com
This chic site sells beautifully presented bottles of nourishing bone broth made with grass-fed beef and farm-fresh chicken. At the moment, they only deliver in the London area.
The happy brainchild of two former Vogue editors, Collagerie is a divine website that offers a tightly curated edit of fashion and homewares from the high street all the way through to top luxury brands. You will want it all.
DESERT ISLAND DISCSwww.bbc.co.uk
This stalwart of the airwaves has come under fire since Lauren Laverne started presenting it, but its back catalogue is nothing but a pleasure. Fans of The Crown should listen to HRH Princess Margaret’s interview from 1981.
EARL OF EASTwww.earlofeast.com
A treasure trove of own-brand candles, beauty products and independent homewares, Earl of East is a London-based lifestyle store with a focus on the four key pillars: create, curate, collaborate and community.
Written by Eve Rodsky, Fair Play is a bestselling new book that tackles the thorny issue of domestic responsibility. Rodsky says: ‘With four easy-to-follow rules, 100 household tasks and a figurative card game you play with your partner, Fair Play helps you prioritize what’s important to your family and who should take the lead on every chore from laundry to homework to dinner.’ At the website, buy the book (or get it wherever you usually buy your books) and download the cards free.
GETTING CURIOUS WITH JONATHAN VAN NESSpodcasts.apple.com
Welcome to the wildly popular weekly podcast that sees Jonathan Van Ness explore an amazing range of topics with experts in their fields.
Our thirst for indoor plants isn’t going anywhere in 2020. This clean, green and alluring site stocks a huge array of plants to suit every taste. They say: ‘We believe in the power of plants to lift the spirit, calm the mind and clean the air.’ What’s not to love?
Shop consciously for ethical, vegan, cruelty-free brands at this incredible new online marketplace. A single source of beautiful and responsible wares, Immaculate Vegan came about after its founder adopted a greyhound from the Retired Greyhound Trust and was forced to consider the link between our beloved pets at home and animal abuse in the wider world.
The Instagram feed of this former PR girl is a balm for the soul of its 52k followers. It is a highly stylised, mostly monochrome, study in how to live well and dress perfectly. A glorious time-waster if ever there was one.
Fallen out of love with Uber? Try Kapten, a rival ride-hailing app. Bankrolled by BMW and Daimler, it launched in May with a Leicester Square billboard pronouncing it ‘London’s new ride-hailing app (that pays it taxes locally)’.
It is, perhaps, a shame that the movie event of the year – Greta Gerwig’s Little Women – is happening so early on, but it promises to be enchanting. Its promotional website will whet your appetite. Its cast is a roll call of pre-eminent talent, including Meryl Streep, Timothee Chamalet, Emma Watson, Saoirse Ronan and Laura Dern.
On their website, during their tours and in their books, Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus discuss living a meaningful life with less. With over 50 million downloads, their podcast is hugely motivational and will set you on course for a 2020 well lived.
NO SUCH THING AS A FISHwww.nosuchthingasafish.com
In this weekly podcast, the researchers behind BBC Two’s panel game, QI, share the fact they’ve come across that week that they like best. This merry band of ‘QI Elves’ and their podcast have been going since 2014 but they are now popular enough to have spin-off merchandise to their name as well.
Let 2020 be the year when you really do start to buy fewer clothes. Consider a slick monthly subscription to a haul of cool clothes from cult brands via Onloan. Shipping, cleaning and minor mending are all included. Founded by two female friends, Onloan’s mission is ‘to reduce waste, curate independent designers and reignite a love of clothes without guilt’.
PINXTON & COpinxtonandco.com
The Pinxton factory was founded in 1796 and, in its heyday, employed some of the most sought-after craftsmen in Europe. Recently relaunched with an extremely elegant website, Pinxton & Co still follows in this tradition to produce exquisite hooks and ironmongery. Keep your eyes peeled for new designs.
Available across London, this app brings excellent and affordable private doctors, physiotherapists and osteopaths to your door, seven days a week. It sounds too good to be true – but it isn’t.
Prince Andrew is stepping back; the Queen is scaling down; the Prince of Wales is stepping up; Princess Beatrice is getting married; baby Archie is growing up. It looks like 2020 is set to be a big year for our royal family. Fans can follow developments at the official site.
SPOT AND TANGOhome.spotandtango.com
What if you could have all-natural dog food delivered regularly to your door? Well, you can, thanks to Spot and Tango. This website’s unique algorithm allows you to create a personalised plan for your pup’s dietary needs. The freshly prepared meals – made from locally sourced ingredients and formulated by animal nutritionists – are then delivered, frozen, in eco-friendly packaging to your home.
THE CLEAN LIQUOR COMPANYcleanliquor.com
No sugar, no sweeteners and no hangover are the promises made by Spencer Matthews’s (of Made in Chelsea fame) new brand of alcohol-free gin. It’s the talk of the town. Watch out for more low- and no-alcohol drinks in due course. Bottoms up.
Grown-up, elegant and reasonably priced, these clothes – and the website that sells them – are worth lingering over. This isn’t a new label but fashion insiders increasingly rave about it, so you’ll begin to notice it more and more this year. Limited drops, attention to detail and good-quality materials are hallmarks of the Spanish brand.
Inspired by 19th- and early 20th-century designs, this is the glassware you wish you’d inherited from an ancient relative. Each glass is hand-blown and hand-engraved – and made from fine, dishwasher-safe crystal. Best of all, the prices are unreal.
WHAT 3 WORDSwhat3words.com
This extremely cool app’s algorithm has divided the world into locations of three metres squared and encoded each one’s co-ordinates into three dictionary words. The founder conceived the idea when, while working as a concert organiser, he struggled to get equipment and bands to event locations on time because of poor address information. Check it out, and you’ll never get lost again.
After a year’s hiatus, The X Factor is returning – with better bling and backstories than ever – in 2020. Apply to audition now and prepare for the app to become a firm favourite.
Former Rag & Bone director of knitwear Phyllis Chan has joined forces with Chinese designer Suzzie Chung to create a line of knits inspired by their grandmothers’ inspirational attitude towards fashion. ‘They don’t care about what people think or what’s trendy,’ says Chung. ‘They just wear whatever makes them happy. They mix and match crazy prints and dress for comfort.’ The result is divine. Its called Yanyan. You heard of it here first.
Using motion tracking from thousands of yoga lessons to analyse your movements, Zenia is the first virtual personal yoga assistant. Practice at home, at work or wherever you feel comfortable – and receive feedback based on your performance.
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