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Monday, 30 January 2012

£20 New Year dining at the Fourth Floor


For January and February only, Head Chef Paul Cunliffe has created a special three course menu including a glass of Harvey Nichols wine for £20 per person.
The offer is available from Tuesday to Friday evenings until Wednesday 28 February. However please note that this offer is not available on Friday 10, Saturday 11 or Tuesday 14 February.
For information or to book a table please contact the Fourth Floor on 0113 204 8000 or email leeds.reservations@harveynichols.com

Sunday Lunch at the Fourth Floor



The Fourth Floor Café is now serving the finest Sunday Lunch menu packed with traditional home comforts along with a Harvey Nichols twist.
Our menu will change weekly but will always feature a traditional roast lunch with all the trimmings packed full of Yorkshire produce.
 Sunday Lunch is available from 12pm until 4pm and our menu is priced at £17.50 for two courses and £22.50 for three courses including a complimentary glass of 125ml  Harvey Nichols Prosecco.

For information or to book a table please contact the Fourth Floor on 0113 204 8000 or email leeds.reservations@harveynichols.com

A Taste of Harvey Nichols.


The Fourth Floor is excited to launch A Taste of Harvey Nichols.
A Taste of Harvey Nichols invites you to learn how to make two dishes from our menu for £10, which is then redeemable off of your bill if you choose to dine with us afterward. The Master Classes are taught first hand by new Head Chef Paul Cunliffe who always aims to surprise taste buds and deliver fantastic fresh and simple ingredients in tasty and exciting new ways.
For our January Master Class, Paul prepared and cooked roast saddle of lamb, pomme dauphine, cauliflower puree, roast grelot onions, black pudding fritter and seasonal greens. For dessert, a delicous pear tarte tatin, maple syrup ice cream and pear textures
The Master class is from 6.30pm until 8.30pm and includes a devised menu for you to follow and take home so that you can give it a go in the comfort of your own kitchen.

The Master Class dates for 2012;
Tuesday 7 February
Tuesday 6 March
Tuesday 3 April
Tuesday 1 May
To book tickets for this event please call 0113 204 8000 or email leeds.reservations@harveynichols.com

Dirty Dancing at Harvey Nichols


Join us on Saturday 11 February in our beautiful Espresso Bar for an exclusive film night. 
The evening will commence at 7.30pm with Champagne and nibbles followed by a screening of the romantic classic, Dirty Dancing, which will be accompanied by a delicious three course menu.
Choose from Pork rillette with bay butter or Red pepper and mascarpone mousse served with melba toast to start, followed by Chorizo and butterbean cassoulet with roast root vegetables and horseradish dumplings or Roast vegetable Mousakka, goats cheese sauce and garlic ciabatta as a main course. Round off your evening with a Chocolate fondue or glazed lemon tart, served with roasted vanilla berries and Chantilly cream
Tickets for the film with welcome drink and three courses are £30 a head. To book or for further information please call 0113 204 8888.
Alternatively visit the Espresso Bar from Saturday 11 to Tuesday 14 February and dine from the Valentine’s menu which includes two courses and a cocktail for £20.

Valentines at the Fourth Floor




On Tuesday 14 February the Fourth Floor will play host to a sumptuous evening of indulgence and romance.
The evening will commence with a Champagne and canapé reception held within the stunning surroundings of the Victoria Quarter, followed by a five course delicious dinner exclusively created by our new Head Chef, Paul Cunliffe, in our Fourth Floor Café.
The ever popular Alexandra Stanley will be setting the tone for the evening with her stunning vocals accompanied by Phil Hepworth on acoustics.
The evening will commence at 7pm with tickets priced at £55 per person.
To view the Valentine’s Day menu please click here.
Why not add that little extra to your special evening by letting us arrange Champagne or a dozen red roses for your table?
Booking in advance is essential, to reserve a table please call 0113 204 8000 or email leeds.reservations@harveynichols.com

Sunday, 29 January 2012

Pole Position





Leeds’ premier shopping destination, VQ is sponsoring intrepid adventurer Geoff Major in his attempt to raise £100,000 for local charities by trekking to the North Pole.
Geoff will celebrate his 50th birthday with what is arguably the challenge of a lifetime and will follow in the footsteps of legendary explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes, one of a small elite to reach the North Pole on foot.
Geoff, the founder of the BlueDucks consultancy, cycled hundreds of miles across Cuba for another charity challenge in 2010, but admits he’ll have his work cut out achieving the levels of fitness that will be needed to endure the arduous trek to the Pole.
“Cuba was a fantastic experience which really inspired me to do something much more challenging,” he commented.” I decided to try to combine as much fundraising as I could because I’m unlikely to have the time to do anything else on such a big scale. I don’t know how to ski at the moment let alone also pull a sled of supplies, but I’ll give it my best shot!”
To help ready himself for the challenge, Geoff has already enlisted the help of a personal trainer to get him super fit in time for April when he’s scheduled to begin the trek. In October last year he underwent survival training on Dartmoor and in March this year he’s spending a week in Norway to further acclimatise to the harsh conditions he’ll face at the North Pole.
In between times, he’s dragging two car tyres around his local park to get used to the weight if his sled.
And he’ll need to draw on all his reserves. The sea ice at the Pole is uneven and unpredictable and temperatures can plummet to a bone-numbing -350C. Geoff hopes to complete the trek in 9 days and nights, averaging 9 miles a day.
The event is organised by Charity Challenge, which works with major organisations including Comic Relief. Its Managing Director, Simon Albert said, “It’s difficult to explain just how hard this challenge will be for Geoff. The risks include frostbite, polar bears, thin ice and temperatures of between -100C and -350C.”
Victoria Quarter is one of a number of local companies supporting the challenge. VQ Centre Director, John Bade commented, “This is a hugely impressive challenge, even more so given that Geoff will be 50 at the time. With Geoff coming from Leeds it makes our support all the more appropriate. I wish him every success with the trek and hope he achieves the twin goals of reaching the Pole and raising his target sum of £100,000.”
Yorkshire-based charities to benefit from the expedition will include MacMillan Cancer Care, Help for Heroes, The Jane Tomlinson Appeal, Yorkshire Air Ambulance, Yorkshire Cancer Research and The Samaritans.
Geoff is still looking for donations and sponsors and for £50 companies get their logo on the flag which he will raise at the Pole. The flag will then be given to one of the companies featured as a memento of the trek. For further information and donations visit www.virginmoneygiving.com/GeoffMajorNational and www.northpoletrek.co.uk

 

Friday, 27 January 2012

One Night Only Play It With Style

One Night Only Play It With Style
 

When it comes to music and style, hitting the right note is an art in itself - Elvis stepped out in blue suede shoes, Bolan boogied in a boa, Hendrix created Purple Haze, and Prince preened through his purple phase. 

Fast forward a few decades and North Yorkshire’s Indie band One Night Only are not only rocking the sound of a new generation but fashioning a look that’s a style of their own.

From vintage to VQ, there’s no style counselling needed.

Carolyn Nicoll caught up with the band’s George Craig (vocals/guitar) and brother James Craig (drums) on a musical route through modelling shoots, Michelsberg suits and must have boots…………

What are One Night Only up to at the moment?

J: We’re in and out of the studio working on our third album that’s set for release this summer, with a single due out in the spring, and we’re about to head off to Brazil for Fashion Week, we’re involved in a couple of shows out there.

G: The band’s also working with Burberry and we’re premiering our next single in the Burberry Aviator eyewear campaign, it’ll feature an acoustic version of the track.

I’m also involved with Clublad in London, every month we feature new bands and artists, and I DJ at the events. It’s a great way to support new musical talent.


And your future plans?

G&J:  We have a UK tour planned, starting in April.

You got your big fashion break through the band.

G: Designer and Burberry’s Chief Creative Officer Christopher Bailey saw the video for Just For Tonight and called me in. I tried on some suits and didn’t really know what was going on, but then I got a call to ask me to model for the brand. Talk about a big break. It opened so many doors and I’ve met some great people. Burberry’s a real part of my look and they’re so savvy when it comes to music, it’s brilliant to be part of it. The team at Burberry are all so friendly and funny. It was an amazing privilege.

You worked with Harry Potter actress Emma Watson on the Burberry s/s 2010 campaign?

G: Yes, we got to hang out together quite a bit that summer.

Emma appeared in the band’s ‘Say You Don’t Want It’ video from the second album One Night Only.

G: It was a lot of fun filmed in the fabulous city of New York, shot over 2 days, with just the one camera and jumping in and out of a van to get to different locations. It went down a storm on the internet. (Over 5 million views!)

You also got to work with legendary photographer Mario Testino on the Burberry campaign?

G: It was brilliant working with Mario Testino and he said that he liked working with me!!!!! It was such a special time on that shoot and the photographs that he took are amazing. I also did a couple of catwalk shows for Burberry and that was so scary. I’ve played on stage to over 50,000 people but the catwalk experience was completely nerve-racking.

Do you have any more plans to model?

G: One Night Only’s my main thing but I’m always more than happy to work with Burberry.

James do you fancy following in George’s modelling footsteps?
 J: (Laughs) I’m not sure I’ve got the face for it, but the whole band are involved in the latest Burberry shoot for their sunglasses range, so that’s brilliant news.

George, you were spotted at London Fashion Week. What did you get up to?

G: I probably went to more parties than actual shows. There were a lot of drinks served! Of course, I did go to the fantastic Burberry show.

London Fashion Week’s great, it’s an excellent opportunity to dress up and show ‘your wardrobe’. I think I might rock my James Michelsberg suit from Michelsberg Tailoring at the next fashion week!

Michelsberg Tailoring at The Victoria Quarter is a family favourite?

J: I was shopping with Mum at the VQ and we popped in to the Jeffery West store for some boots, the manager had on an amazing bright red waistcoat and it was like WOW!!!!! He told us that James Michelsberg had made it for him, so we had to nip around the corner immediately to chat to James about his tailoring.

G: We sent Dad to have a suit made for his birthday and it was so fabulous that James and I decided we had to have one too.

Describe your Michelsberg suits.

G: Mine is a wintry, fine wool material, with grey and white stripes, a little 60s gangster crossed with The Who’s Roger Daltrey look. The lining’s an acidic yellow silk. It’s soft, it’s slick and it’s cut close to the body, which is exactly as I wanted it. I love it!

J: I went for a fine, electric blue suit with black stitching and chocolate brown velvet detailing on the collar and cuffs. There’s a very thin, subtle brown velvet trim on the pockets and the lining is bright white, so a great contrast. It’s fantastic!

How did you find the tailoring experience?

G: I got involved with the design. James Michelsberg is a fantastic tailor, excellent at what he does with amazing attention to detail. I went to see him with some 60s rock ‘n’ roll reference photos. He’s so creative and the whole experience was such a pleasure. James’ is a really nice guy to be with.

J: I agree, it was brilliant getting involved with the design, chatting about the style, colours, textures, linings and fabrics, plus having something created that’s so well made, and exactly as we wanted. It was an incredible experience to see the progress of the process. James (Michelsberg) is such good company and we had a real laugh. James is a good friend now and he came along to our Leeds gig.

G: When I’m wealthy enough I’m going to go to Michelsberg Tailoring every 6 months to get a suit made!!!!

Where do you love to shop?

G & J: We try not to wear what everyone else is wearing, so vintage stores in Soho and Camden Market in London are great for some lovely pieces.

Where do you shop in Leeds?

G: Jeffery West at the VQ for their excellent boots and great service. I think if you buy quality it shows and Jeffery West boots are so well made, with so many unique designs. I love the detail. I have a brogue style pair of Chelsea boots and some with a purple snakeskin vibe. People are always really complimentary about them when I wear them.

J: I go to Harvey Nichols at The Victoria Quarter. I love mad shirts, anything with a really interesting pattern, something a bit different. Like George, Jeffery West is also a must for boots. I have a couple of pairs that I wear all the time, such slick designs that fit in with my style. I have a pair that are black and a striking red colour, unique and sassy. I like to get pieces from the Blue Rinse vintage store in the city as well.

Which designers do you like?

G: I love Burberry, as well as Alexander McQueen, and I like to pop into Liberty when I’m in London.

J: I REALLY love Paul Smith shirts. I can always find a crazy shirt that fits perfectly at the VQ store. I open my wardrobe and it’s always a Paul Smith shirt that I go for. They’re different.
How would you describe your style?
G: A bit 60s, a bit mod. I like things that have a tailored fit and are slick. Pieces that are sharp, sometimes quite dazzling and a bit loud. I like to look different. Skinny jeans are a big part of my wardrobe. My style is VERY BRITISH, I like the iconic trench coats and Chelsea boots. 

J: I have a thing for shirts that are a bit 60s psychedelic. It’s good to have a look that’s unique and I love to find a great vintage piece. As a band, we all wear Burberry black skinny jeans, but the top half is up to us and certainly reflects our individual tastes.

What’s been the best bit about being in One Night Only?

G: Doing gigs I never thought I’d do, having such amazing fans – people that we saw at gigs 6 years ago who are still coming along, they’re real music lovers, and the links to so many different things – working with Burberry, the Coca Cola campaign (2011), and visiting every continent.

J: Being with friends and doing a job that isn’t a job. Spending time in the studio’s great, but nothing compares to looking out and seeing the enjoyment on all the faces when playing live.

What would you get up to on a typical ‘free’ day?

G: Seeing friends, having a nice meal somewhere with a good bottle of red wine, going on the X Box, playing guitar, listening to records, normal things.

J: Having a laugh with friends, a meal and probably a few cocktails. I’m also really getting into good live comedy. I went to the Comedy Store recently, I loved it and want to see more.

What is your ultimate goal?

G: To release One Night Only’s next single, to have another top ten would be great, also to do an arena tour would be incredible……and to be a success in the USA!

J: To carry on, make amazing records and keep trying to make better albums. Everyone in the band has the same goal, to strive to make albums that are more progressive and even better than the one before. To keep building on what we’ve done. Some bands have a great first album and then blow it away, that’s it, they get worse. With One Night Only we feel as a band that we have the potential to grow and grow, and get better. I’m really excited about the new stuff we’re working on. It would also be great to play some big arenas.

How would you sum up your life at the moment?

G: Pretty sweet!

J: Exciting!







Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Think Folli Follie this Valentine’s Day

 

With Valentine’s Day now just weeks away, we’re starting to get excited here at Head Office about what we might be lucky enough to receive on the day. With such a vast amount of beautiful jewellery available from Folli Follie, we’ve struggled to find an overall favourite! However, after much deliberation it seems that the gorgeous Elements Collection as well as the beautiful Heart4Heart Collection are the Folli Follie team’s most coveted pieces for Valentine’s Day this year.

The Folli Follie Heart4Heart Collection is designed with the motif of a heart and four leaf clover in mind, and therefore many of the products from within this beautiful collection will make for the perfect Valentine’s Day gift – whether bought for you by yourself or indeed that special someone! Featuring not one but four hearts, these pieces are designed to express your deepest feelings of love and tenderness. One heart for love, one heart for beauty, one heart for hope and one heart for promise…

One of our favourites from the Heart4Heart Collection here at the Folli Follie Head Office, is this beautiful rose gold plate Heart4Heart Necklace that is encrusted with sparkling champagne crystal stones. This necklace will make a statement and dress up any day time outfit, and will also look both beautiful and glamorous during the evening.
Another favourite collection here at Folli Follie HQ is the gorgeous Elements Collection. With hearts yet again being a running theme throughout, many of the pieces once again seem to be the perfect Valentine’s Day present. We’re loving this bold statement Elements Bracelet that we think adds a fashionable edge to your outfit. Designed in black PU with black crystal stones set in a rose gold plate surround, and glinting clear crystal stones adding a sense of glamour, this beautiful bracelet promises to be the centre of attention whether worn during the day or night.



Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Mediterranean Inspiration at Crabtree & Evelyn


Mediterranean Inspiration at Crabtree & Evelyn

Crabtree & Evelyn introduces their brand new Avocado, Olive and Basil Body and Hand Care Collection*.

Inspired by the revitalising botanicals of the Mediterranean, the new range features nourishing avocado, olive and skin conditioning basil extract and has been carefully blended to keep your body beautifully moisturised.

Feel the need for a touch of pampering this season?
Crabtree & Evelyn’s special launch offer will help smooth the way:

You can purchase 3 Avocado, Olive and Basil products for just £28 (rrp £45):
Bath & Shower Gel
Body Lotion
Hand Therapy

Composed of only the finest quality plant extracts, botanical oils and emollient butters, the new Avocado, Olive and Basil Collection will leave your skin wonderfully soft and smooth.

Revitalising Bath & Shower Gel
£15 for 250ml
This Bath & Shower Gel is formulated with conditioning avocado extract, rejuvenating olive fruit extract, and soothing basil extract for skin that is fresh and gently moisturised.

Skin Revitalising Body Lotion
£16 for 250ml
This Body Lotion is formulated with avocado fruit extract and shea butter to condition dry skin, basil extract to soothe, and avocado butter to moisturise and nourish the skin for a softer and smoother finish.

Skin Nourishing Body Butter
£22 for 225g
The luxurious, deep-conditioning Body Butter will condition even the driest skin. Contains conditioning avocado and shea butters, richly moisturising beeswax, soothing basil extract, and rejuvenating olive fruit extract for exceptionally soft skin.

Ultra-Moisturising Hand Therapy
£14 for 100g
Crabtree & Evelyn’s award winning Hand Therapy is packed with ultra-moisturising ingredients – nourishing shea butter and avocado fruit extract condition the skin, while avocado butter helps leave it softer. Formulated with a blend of vitamins C and E along with myrrh extract to help condition nails and cuticles, this will leave your hands wonderfully soft and supple.

The beautifully invigorating scent of Crabtree & Evelyn’s new collection completely captures avocado, olive blossoms, basil, sage, and Mediterranean herbs, with a twist of crisp lemon and energising cypress and is suitable for all skin types.

Don’t delay, take a Mediterranean inspired trip today:

Crabtree & Evelyn
4 Queen Victoria Street, The Victoria Quarter, Leeds
Telephone: 0113 246 9460 W: www.crabtree-evelyn.co.uk
* Available in store from Wednesday, 25th January.



Friday, 20 January 2012

NEW! Liz Earle Botanical Shine Treatment and Fabulous Competition

Valentine’s at CARAT*

Valentine’s at CARAT*


Luxury fashion jeweller CARAT* are spreading the love with their Valentine’s Love Cards for February 14th.*

Each feature designs by French illustrator Emilie Sarnel and contain a choice of three pendant combinations; a microset heart and either a fairy, handcuff or four leaf clover.

The cards will have a special meaning and a written love message, with the reply to the question ‘What is love?’ and includes:

Love is Magic
The love card will contain a sterling silver chain with one heart and one fairy
pendant

Love is Trust
The love card will contain a sterling silver chain with one heart and one handcuff
pendant

Love is Lucky
A love card containing a sterling silver chain with one heart and one clover
pendant

Prices from £175.

With an impressive list of A-list fans, CARAT* jewellery is loved and worn by celebrities including Destiny's Child singer Michelle Williams, Model and presenter Lisa Snowdon, BAFTA TV awards best actress winner, Vicky McClure, Hollywood actress Olivia Williams, Oscar nominated actress Brenda Blethyn, BAFTA nominee Juliet Stevenson, the cast of Gossip Girl, the hottest teen TV drama, and Amy Nuttal, star of Downton Abbey.
CARAT* has 27 prestigious boutiques in cities around the world including London, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Dubai and of course The Victoria Quarter, Leeds.
For a gift you’ll love to give this Valentine’s,
be drawn to the art of stunning design at……..

CARAT*

8 County Arcade

Leeds Victoria Quarter
Tel: 0113 245 1395
www.carat.co

* At the VQ CARAT* store from Saturday, 21st January.

Thursday, 19 January 2012

Charbonnel et Walker Fly The Flag


Charbonnel et Walker Fly The Flag


Celebrate Britain’s big events in 2012 in a truly tasteful way. From the London Olympics to the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, what better way to indulge, than with this brand new patriotic box of handcrafted, traditional English chocolates.

VQ chocolatiers Charbonnel et Walker, purveyors of fine English chocolates, are proud to present this striking Union Jack box of their finest signature milk and dark chocolates.

Founded in 1875, Charbonnel et Walker have an outstanding reputation, with over 130 years of quality chocolate creations. As one of Britain’s earliest producers of chocolate they also have a history of royal approval, including a royal warrant manufacturing chocolates to her Majesty The Queen.

Dip into your own bit of red, white and blue and take your pick from
Charbonnel et Walker’s Union Jack Fine Chocolate Selection
Priced at £20.

A delicious opportunity to fly the flag at……….

Charbonnel et Walker
19 County Arcade
The Victoria Quarter
Leeds
T: 0113 245 2627
W: http://www.charbonnel.co.uk/