These are a few of our Features Editor’s favourite things, from cosy cords to calming candles.

From a gripping movie to a giant of a novel, from the cosiest cords to an exhibition to get lost in, from superior soap to a calming candle – these are the things on Becky’s wishlist as 2022 gets underway.

Read: To Paradise by Hanya Yanagihara

The highly anticipated, brand new, third novel by Hanya Yanagihara has been described as ‘a masterpiece for our times’. It is a doorstopper of a book, spanning three centuries, that explores love, loss, the pursuit of happiness – and the way pandemics shape society. Intense though it was, I loved the book that came before this one, A Little Life. I’m up for whatever Yanagihara can throw at me next. Buy it here.

Tote Around: Mulberry’s Darley Cosmetic Pouch

The start of the year has seen me clear out my ancient makeup bag. Which means I’m in the market for a new one. I’d like to aim high and invest in one that I will try to cling onto ever. To me, this Mulberry one is perfect. Buy it here.

Step Out In: Toast’s Prussian Blue Cord Dart Trousers

These cord trousers – from the ever-reliable Toast – scream smart comfort to me. Whether they are dressed up or down, they have an appealing sort of Bloomsbury Group air about them. I’m convinced that wearing them will get my creative juices flowing. Buy them here.

Watch: Munich: The Edge of War

Netflix is set to bring us great things this year. I’m excited about Munich: The Edge of War, which is the film of Robert Harris’s bestselling 2017 book and stars Jeremy Irons as Neville Chamberlain. Expect stylish and suspenseful espionage. Watch it here.

Smell: A Eucalyptus Candle from Pott

This small British business deserves three cheers. At Pott, they make stylish, delicious-smelling, refillable scented candles. The idea is that you buy one once and, when it is finished, refill the hand-thrown pot with a one of their candle refills. You will never throw away an empty candle again. Genius! I’d like my first one to be the Eucalyptus candle in a Holly pot. Buy it here.

Keep Warm In: Whistles’ Camel Roll Neck Wool Knit

Everybody deserves a pristine new jumper with which to cheer up winter. I’d head straight to Whistles’s strong new collection to find mine. With its generous ribbed cuffs and rich camel colour, this is the one I want. Buy it here.

Visit: Late Constable at The Royal Academy

Late Constable Tour with Curator Anne Lyles from Royal Academy of Arts on Vimeo.

I am determined to get to this exhibition, on until February 13, before it’s too late. The RA has never before staged a major retrospective of the work of John Constable, one of Britain’s best-loved artists. This show focuses on his free and expressive later works. Book tickets here.

Luxuriate In: Claus Porto Soap

I’ll take an old-fashioned bar of soap over a plastic dispenser of shower gel any day. That’s just my personal preference. But I defy anybody to dislike the exquisite smells of this ancient Portuguese brand, Claus Porto. Buy it here.

Eat: Welsh Rarebit from Fortnum & Mason

I plan to put a few of these away this winter – spread on some excellent sourdough and then grilled – partly because it is so indulgent and delicious and partly because it comes in such a pretty pot. Cheese on toast at its very poshest. Buy it here.

Wear: Green Tie Dye Bracelet by Anni Lu

Danish jewellery brand Anni Lu, a recent discovery, has enhanced my life. I was given a couple of their pretty handmade beaded bracelets for Christmas and the floodgates are now open: I want them all. But I covet this green one the most. Buy it here.

By Becky Ladenburg
February 2022

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Becky Ladenburg

Features Editor

As the GWG's features editor, Becky has her discerning finger on the cultural pulse. She's also our go-to expert on the property market.