For the first time, BOULESSE had its very own polo team. Naturally, we decided to make a day of it spurring on our team. Attendees feasted on Argentinian asado and desserts by Le Salzgries all while sipping on Pol Roger. The polo players were rewarded with a champagne shower, an engraved plate by Jarosinski & Vaugoin, as well as a BOULESSE goodie bag decked out among others with delicious Miller Harris perfumes. A fun day all around!
„A party without a cake is just a meeting,“ quipped Julia Child. So to celebrate the coming of spring we decided to have a small bash at our office – cake included. With a more than abundant flower installation thanks to the wonderful Fiori (who just opened their store in the Ringstraßen Galerien), a reserve of Pol Roger bubbly and delectable cakes by Sophia Stolz, we welcomed the influencer crowd to our abode overlooking the Schloss Belvedere. A beauty corner by Kussmund, glasses by Lobmeyr, plates by Augarten and forks by Jarosinski & Vaugoin closed out the offering. After a rich piece of cake & a couple of glasses of champagne, we couldn‘t let our guests leave without a small goodie bag. Our newest shop additions Assouline and teNeues were kind enough to gift coffee table books.
WHO? Daughter of Lord Charles Beresford and María Teresa Donoso
WHAT? Polo TV Presenter & Journalist
WHERE? ESPN, The Daily Telegraph, Polo Chanel, PoloLine, GQ Mexico & Latin America
LIKES: Zero Waste Movement
MAKES: Her own deodorant & toothpaste – baking soda and coconut oil will do the trick
PLANS: On starting her own company to combat food waste
READ: History of Art with a study abroad in Florence
FLUENT: in English & Spanish
TOP PLACES TO WATCH POLO:
England – for it’s charm
Sotogrande, Andalusia – for polo by the beach Santiago
Chile – for a backdrop of the Andes
Argentinia – for the best polo in the world by far
We’re 1 1/2 hours outside of London at Great Trippetts Farm to meet Lady Carolina Beres- ford. The grassy sweep of the polo fields evoke a tantalizing sense of anticipation, where owner Clare Marchioness of Milford Haven has been kind enough to let us shoot Carolina together with her horse Gitana (“gypsy” in Spanish). Clare herself is a Jaeger-LeCoultre ambassador who every year hosts a warm-up tournament for High Goal teams playing in the Queens Cup and Gold Cup.
“Polo was never a choice. It’s always been my life. My father and brother play, and my grand- parents on both side of the family also played,” Carolina lets us know. Her uncle was in fact the best polo player in Chilean history who won the Queen’s Cup, Gold Cup and Coronation Cup several times. If the polo scene isn’t something you tend to frequent, that’s a lot of polo events for you already, isn’t it?
As a TV presenter for ESPN and journalist for The Daily Telegraph amongst many other gigs (her CV of ‘ongoing’ jobs gives one a headache just reading it) it’s Carolina’s job to guide the champagne-sipping, hat-wearing crowd through the season. Though of course she laments the misconception of exclusivity outsiders have of polo. “One of the reasons I like watching polo in Argentinia is that the focus is purely on the sport. The environment is very down to earth; it is the authentic polo ex- perience.” Having grown up around the polo field in a somewhat nomadic childhood, it just made sense to use the knowledge of the game to her advantage. “I would attend the games anyway and being fluent in both major languages, English and Spanish, comes in handy.” It also doesn’t hurt that she’s friends with all
the players and thus has first-hand access to all the gossip. “If one of the players doesn’t want to do an interview, I just go over to their house to hang out and then they have to talk to me,” she laughs. Her neighbour in Argentina is Nacho Figueras, the “David Beckham of Polo” who might even be familiar to outsiders as one of the faces of Ralph Lauren. He’s famously compared polo to “playing golf in an earthquake”.
Though Carolina’s favorite player is, of course, her brother. “Polo keeps me in touch with my whole family, from my grandparents in Chile to my grandparents in Ireland.” With both sides of her family involved in Polo, “it always got a bit conflicting for my mother, when my father had to play against her brothers.” Naturally her parents met through polo, with her Chilean mother also playing national tournaments in the past. So why isn’t Carolina right there on the playing field swinging the stick? “I kind of regret it now, obviously, but when I was away at boarding school and only came home once a month I wasn’t exactly up for waking up at 6 in the morning to go practice polo,” she jokes.
Living in line with the biggest tournaments of the polo calendar, Carolina spents half her year in Argentinia and the other half in England. “So I tend to move from summer to summer.” Nevertheless she’s thinking about settling down in Argentina for good. Truly passionate about the zero waste lifestyle – from creating her own deodorant to making her own toothpaste – she would like to create a company to reduce food waste. But not to worry, she’s not planning on giving up polo – merely just adding another string to her bow.
BEATRICE TOUROU & CHRISTINA DANETZKY & CHARLOTTE SARRADO HELBICH visited GREAT TRIPPETS FARM to learn more about lovley Carolina.
Celebrated for her healthy and balanced lifestyle as well as her entrepreneurial spirit, Ella perfectly embodies the Wakeley Woman.
After being diagnosed with Postural Tachycardia Syndrome in September 2011, Ella Woodward took up a whole food, plant-based diet, giving the love and attention that her body needed.
Using her blog, DeliciouslyElla.com, she documented her journey, which has turned into an app, two books and a deli in Central London. Ella’s active and entrepreneurial lifestyle mirrors that of Amanda’s and embodies lifestyle luxury aesthetic…
What is most important to you when you create your recipes?
That it tastes delicious. Healthy eating is so often assumed to be bland and unsatisfying, and I’m on quite a mission to prove that isn’t the case! It’s just all about how you cook something, and I love finding new ways to bring our the flavours and textures of ingredients that I love.
When did you decide you wanted to open the Mae deli and how did you find the process of launching your own business?
We decided on the idea in May and opened in December, as we felt there was space in the market for a place that focused on nourishing food in a really accessible way. It’s been absolutely mad and totally non-stop, I’ve never worked this hard in my life, it’s really a 24/7 business at the moment and Matthew (my fiance and business partner) and I do everything from cleaning the loos to mopping the kitchen floor, building financial models and working the tills – it’s mad but really fun, I’m absolutely loving it.
What advice would give to someone who wanted to start their own business?
Be prepared for never ending to-do lists and quite a lot of stress! You feel a massive amount of pressure and responsibility, and things will inevitably go wrong everyday – I think it’s important to be prepared for that and not panic over every issue, although that’s easier said than done!
To live in the moment. I’ve been really learning a lot about gratitude and mindfulness at the moment; it’s making a massive difference to my outlook. Instead of focusing on the negatives, issues and to do lists I’m learning to focus on what I’m doing at that moment and appreciate it for what is it, and it’s making me so much happier!
What’s the best advice you have ever been given?
You get back what you put in. My mum always used to say it to me and I really dismissed it, but now I totally understand what she was saying. The more time, effort, love and energy you put into anything the more you get out of it, I really feel that’s true in all aspects of life from relationships to work and even healthy living.
How does the way you dress impact how you feel?
I think it’s back to the same expression above, putting more effort into the way you dress and present yourself always makes you feel more confident. I find putting on something you feel great in and a little make up instantly boosts my self-confidence.
Describe your personal style…
uite laid back, my life is really busy and I’m often cooking or working in the deli, so I like practical clothes that look and feel great – amazing jeans or leggings, Amanda’s cosy cashmere jumpers and great black boots.
What makes great British style?
Confidence in your own choices and wearing what feels right for you.
Describe your typical “London Day”…
It’s hard to describe a typical day as everyday is so different. Some days I’ll be doing a press event or a book signing, and then I like to put on a lovely blazer and silk shirt, but then the next day I might be working at the deli so I’ll be wearing a boyfriend jumper and jeans or my dungarees!
Where are your favourite places in London?
I love the diversity of London so much; each area has a totally different character. Borough market is one of my favourite places; it has an amazing atmosphere and so much good food! I love the area around Westbourne Grove for slow weekends, just wondering around the shops and getting brunch, and then I love home, which is West London, – home is my absolute favourite place!
What does luxury mean to you?
Feeling spoilt and beautiful
You can shop her look on BOULESSE.
With their history dating back to 1806, the founding tailor of Savile Row isn’t the first place that comes to mind when thinking about possible collaboration partners for Adidas. And yet: at a fitting session in the wood-panelled showroom Patrick Reinhardt, Global Senior Product Manager for Adidas and trusty Henry Poole customer, proposed merging the grey chalk stripe cloths of his suit (also favoured by Churchill) with the Adidas Original NMD. And so the “day shoe” (NMD R2) was created. The second pair in the series constitutes the so-called “Evening shoe” (NMD XR1) incorporating fabric from the midnight tuxedo dinner suit.
Both shoes feature a number of ‘bespoke’ touches, from the trademark Cundey Weave red lining more commonly to be found in its ties and suit linings, to the cage on the ‘Tuxedo’ shoe, designed to
replicate the corded silk lapel of the house’s hallmark dinner jacket.
And it shouldn’t surprise that the tailor to a who’s who of historical heavyweights, from Charles Dickens to J.P. Morgan, and holder of royal warrants should be so fashion forward – in 1865 the Prince of Wales and future King Edward VII asked his tailor and friend Henry Poole to cut a tailless celestial blue evening coat to be worn informally at Sandringham. So you see, the house knows to meet the needs of his era.
The Henry Poole x adidas Originals NMD XR1 is scheduled to release on Friday, July 21 at select adidas Originals retailers for £150 GBP. August 4 will see the release of Henry Poole x adidas Originals NMD R2. While the shoes will be exclusively available at Size? you can find ties, cufflinks and other accessories by the Savile Row tailor on BOULESSE, of course.
To showcase our wares („the finer things in life“) in a fitting setting, we chose the Park Hyatt Vienna who graciously allowed us to host what we hope will be a more regular event from now: a spring cocktail honoring our tradition of craftsmanship. Whose products could be fawned over, you might ask? Lobmeyr, Ludwig Reiter, Countess Barbara Metternich, Princess Nathalie von Hohenzollern, Huber & Lerner, Albin Denk & Kussmund had all hands on deck. Meanwhile, Petra & Stavros von Kazinyan could be seen arriving with their adorable pup, while Petar Petrov was busy charming a gaggle of Russian beauties. Spirits were high as new acquaintances were made and the night dragged on longer than anticipated as too good a time was had by all. We might have had to pay overtime, but what a problem to have! It was well worth it. On the way out our ever so lovely intern Inés passed out goodie bags to all guests with a small gift courtesy of – what else? – La Prairie.
Wimbledon style inspiration courtesy of Sienna Miller and the Middletons.
- Don’t wear all-white, as someone might mistake you as a player.
- Wear simple, clean-cut lines, like the court itself.
- Comfort is key, as there’s no saying how long a match can go on for.
- Choose flats over heels, so you can run back and forth to the bar for another jug of Pimms.
- Don’t forget your sunglasses – you don’t want to miss a second on court by having sunshine in your eyes.
- Pack a jacket. Even if you wake up and it’s bright sunshine, the British weather can always turn. The last thing you want to be doing is dreaming of a hot bath when the game is on.
- If all else fails, choose a T-shirt with Andy Murray’s face on it.