Artist Rory Dobner introduces the exclusive Love collection.
A favourite in the Liberty Gift Room, Rory Dobner’s intricate illustrations are a must-have for any stylish home. With a repertoire including sculpture, print and home furnishings, his English-made artworks have garnered a global following. We chatted to Rory about his Valentine’s Days past and present ahead of his visit to Liberty on 13 February, where he will be signing purchases and introducing the exclusive Love collection.
Best Valentine’s Day:
Sitting on the beach as the sun came up after a fun night out with our feet in the sand.
Worst Valentine’s Day:
It was at an antiques market where I came across the most amazing chandelier which I wanted to buy for my wife so I was extremely pleased that I had: a) remembered Valentine’s Day b) actually come across something she would like. I was happy all the way on the bus to meet her at her favourite restaurant up to the point where I greeted her, and mid-cuddle realised I had left the aforementioned chandelier cosily on its own seat on the bus…
Best Valentine’s gift to receive:
Anything! If you get a Valentine’s gift think yourself very lucky!
Best Valentine’s gift you’ve given:
A personalised Intricate Ink Tile I wrote a VERY special secret message on. It’s now publicly on display on [my wife's] office wall.
Dream Valentine’s date location?
Underwater – preferably scuba diving in Mexico.
Favourite piece you’ve worked on:
Having the opportunity to hand paint (in the boiling hot sun under a holey umbrella) my cat monocle on a 20 foot wall at a hotel abroad.
Favourite character in your alphabet:
E for Extinct. I love my little dodo. I think we would have been pals if he was still around to hang out with on Valentine’s Day.
Top 3 inspirations:
My childrens’ imaginations, the Natural History Museum and any and every antiques market.
Why made in England?
I was made here so it made sense. I love England!
Shop Rory Dobner online . Visit us in-store in the Gift Room on the third floor Friday 13 February 12 – 7pm to have your purchases signed by Rory. Find out more
On January 29 Melanie Lawson, founder of Bare Biology, will be in-store to showcase her revolutionary Lion Heart Omega 3 Fish Oil liquid and capsules.
Bare Biology is another great success from the Liberty Best of British Open Call 2014, a regular in our must-have beauty products selections, thanks to its high health benefits.
In-store we will be giving customers the chance to sample Bare Biology’s Lion Heart liquid fish oil and take away five day’s worth of Lion Heart capsules to try at home. You will also have the opportunity to direct health questions to Bare Biology’s nutritional therapist, specialising in women’s health and fertility, who will be present with Melanie on the day.
Simply visit the Must-Haves section of the Beauty Hall 5.30-8pm January 29 2015 to take advantage of this health opportunity.
Melanie founded Bare Biology with a desire to create products to enhance health and wellbeing. After having three kids achieving optimum health turned into her strongest passion, and since the UK lacked a supplement with a guarantee of purity, Lawson set out to create her own.
For the un-initiated, there are many advantages of taking Omega 3 rich fish oil. It’s the original superfood supplement, the most widely researched and consumed on the planet. It is clinically proven to reduce the chances of heart attack, lower blood pressure and triglycerides, fight depression, reduce the risk of dementia, aid the development of babies and children’s brains, support mothers during and post pregnancy, and has many more benefits besides.
We’re thoroughly convinced in Omega 3’s ability to help our health in both the short and the long run, and the most efficient and natural way of doing that is with Bare Biology’s pure liquid and capsules supplement. Shop Lion Hart Omega 3 now.
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Known as the ‘tree of life’, baobab is one of the most potent antioxidant, vitamin-rich superfoods on the planet. Here we show you how to use it in a warming hot drink.
Perfect for calming the mind and soothing the senses on a dull winter’s day, this winter-favourite drink is packed with immune system-boosting vitamins. Easy to make, the super-simple recipe will have you kicking your caffeine habit in no time.
• 2-3 teaspoons Aduna Baobab Superfruit Powder
• Hot water
• A wedge of lemon
• A slice of ginger
Mix the baobab powder with a small amount of cold water to make a smooth paste. Boil the kettle, then allow the water to cool for a minute or two (if the water is boiling hot the nutrient content of the baobab will be reduced). Add the hot water and stir well to break up any lumps caused by the high fibre content of the Baobab. Squeeze in the lemon’s juice – leave the wedge in the mug if a more citrusy taste is desired – then finish with a slice of ginger (optional).
Buy Aduna Baobab Superfruit Powder online or in-store in Beauty Must-Haves on the ground floor. Making this? Share the results @LibertyLondon with #LibertyBeauty.
As the exclusive new Aromatherapy Associates Renewing Rose Body Velvet cream arrives at Liberty, we caught up with the brand’s founder Geraldine Howard.
You tried your hand at biochemistry before transitioning to cosmetic science, what first encouraged you to start blending essential oils?
I studied cosmetic science at the London College of Fashion and that set my love for cosmetics. Then went on to work for Micheline Arcier, who worked with Dr Valnet, and they trained me in using essential oils. From my first day I fell in love with aromatherapy and went on just about every course and read every book to learn as much as possible. When I started to blend essential oils for my clients I learnt how powerful aromatherapy is at helping to transform our mood and help our general well-being. I think that is something we all need a little help with in our lives!
Tell us about your new product, Renewing Rose Body Velvet, and why you chose Liberty for its exclusive launch?
To celebrate Aromatherapy Associates’ 30th anniversary I wanted to make a special body cream that not only nourished the skin and smelt good, but also helped to keep the skin young looking. Our Rose body cream has always been one of our most popular products and this is really a super version of it with additional actives to help the skin retain moisture and stimulate collagen production. I wanted something to spoil and indulge the skin on our bodies and leave it feeling wonderfully smooth. We chose Liberty for the exclusive because we love working with the store and have a very loyal client base – it’s the perfect partnership to celebrate our anniversary with.
You’re well known for one of our best selling oils, Inner Strength, which came about from dark times you experienced. Can you tell us about the inspiration behind Rose Body Velvet?
The idea behind creating any new product always comes from either a need of my own, as in the case of Inner Strength, or the needs of a client or friend. As I get older I realise that the skin on our bodies requires more attention to keep it supple and healthy. We tend to look after our facial skin more than our body, so I wanted to make a cream that was really special for the body and in effect a ‘treatment’ each time you apply it.
What are your three key Aromatherapy Associates essentials or favourites?
1. Renewing Rose Body Oil – I love using oils under body creams or facial moisturisers to give the skin a real treat and this would be my desert island product as it is so versatile and can be used for hands, nails, hair… Plus, it smells wonderful and makes you feel good.
2. Overnight Repair Mask – I find it can transform my skin overnight, I wake up looking firm and smooth. It is so much easier than sitting with a mask and it saves time, too!
3. Inner Strength Bath and Shower Oil – it really did help me at a tough time in my life and continues to do so whenever I feel low.
What products would we always find in your handbag?
Pure Essential Oil Of Frankincense, Moisturising Lip Balm and Breathe Essence.
What are your top tips and products for unwinding after work?
If I am home late after a long working day I soak in a bath with our Deep Relax Bath and Shower Oil and then drop into a deep sleep. If I need to relax and enjoy an evening with family or friends then I go for a shower with our Light Relax Bath and Shower Oil. I also switch the electric room fragrancer on with the Relaxing Room Fragrance and enjoy the atmosphere it creates.
Why do you love Liberty?
I have always loved Liberty and actually bought my wedding dress in the store many years ago! I love the Liberty prints and used to buy lots of material, when I had time to do dress making. Now I just go to the scarves and bags to find beautiful prints.
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