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Dare 2 Magazine By The Luxury Channel

Living an ‘eco’ life just got a whole lot easier thanks to the launch of Dare 2 Magazine.

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Dare 2 magazine is an online resource for everything eco-chic, whether that’s green travel tips and ideas from Quintessentially Travel or features on the latest green fashion and dining. And to make it even easier to stay green, readers can search the Little Green Book, a customised search engine which brings you all of Dare 2’s listings and company information, or The Green Map, which highlights restaurants, stores, companies and designers that meet the green standard. Meanwhile, Dare 2 is committed to bringing green lifestyle into everyone’s homes through in-depth interviews with leading green figures, from politicians to designers and reviews of the latest socially responsible documentaries and features.

Editor in Chief, Shirley Leigh-Wood Oakes wants to make being green a lifestyle choice, rather than a trend, and her aim is to integrate it into reader’s lives and show how it can easily slot into the fashion, beauty and foodie things they already enjoy. The word ‘green’ has become a cliché” Shirley remarks, “what we are showing at Dare 2 is that with a few small changes one can live a more responsible and socially conscience life. It doesn’t mean you have to give up the little luxuries…”

It certainly doesn’t, the first issue features ASOS’s new ASOS Africa collection, sourced from African communities, an interview with Rock and Roll beauty queen Jo Wood and plenty of dream-worthy travel destinations – all with a green twist.

As if they had still had to prove that being green doesn’t have to mean sacrificing style, the Dare2 launch event in Chelsea was a super chic affair serving up seasonal cocktails and canapes to an eco-savvy and stylish guest list, including Jo Wood, Sam Branson and chef Tom Aikens who contributes to Dare 2’s food pages.

Check it out – go on, we dare you.

www.dare2mag.com

Copenhagen, The Christmas City By The Luxury Channel

The small, but chic, capital of Denmark holds a myriad of stylish surprises.

While politicians gather in the Bella Center for the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, this fairy-tale city is getting ready for what it does best – putting on a magical display of lights and events to welcome in the holiday season.

An often overlooked luxury destination the small, but chic, capital of Denmark hides a myriad of stylish surprises.

Centering your trip around Kongens Nytorv, the largest square in the city, puts you in the perfect location for sugarplum fairies and shopping for Fendis. Max Mara, Prada, Birger Christian and the flagship store of Georg Jensen silver are found on Strøget.

Strøget runs through the heart of central Copenhagen from Kongens Nytorv to Rådhuspladsen, where you’ll find the younger fashion stores like Zara. This is also home to Scandinavia’s largest department store, Magasin du Nord, good for all those last minute stocking fillers. If the weather turns inclement, close by is Det Ny Illumit, with six floors of designer shops, nine restaurants and a spectacular glass dome on the top floor.

Walking under the twinkling white lights and peering into shop windows depicting scenes of old-time Scandanavian life will inspire you to treat yourself to something traditional, and Royal Copenhagen’s showroom at Amagertorv, filled with beautiful porcelain, silver and crystal, is the place to acquire an essential heirloom Christmas plate. Try Bing & Grøndahl (the world’s oldest series of collectibles) or a Royal Copenhagen plate (1908). Another century-old tradition is the specially designed holiday dessert spoon and fork. For other, larger antiques, walk down Bredgade – which runs from Kastellet to Kongens Nytorv and enjoy the view of Queen Margrete’s Amalienborg castle.

The best place to stay for shopping and access to the best of Copenhagen’s dining is the Hotel D’Angleterre, located a stone’s throw from the Kongen Nyvert Metro stop. Four-times selected Denmark’s best luxury hotel at the World Travel Awards, D’Angleterre is located in a landmark 1755 building overlooking the majestic square and its picturesque ice rink. This is simply the best location to experience the pulse of Copenhagen. If you intend on making a lot of purchases, upgrade to one of the hotel’s luxury suites overlooking the square and have even more room to spread out and enjoy your stay. Their personal shoppers know the city inside out and can point you towards the finest local boutiques you might otherwise miss. Even if you are staying elsewhere, the restaurant’s cocktail bar is worth a stop – a tie is not required but you might feel underdressed without one.

Shopping is not the only pleasure to be had – enjoy traditional Danish oxtail and Skagerack lobster in Michelin-starred Kong Hans Kaelder, situated in a romantic wine cellar in the oldest building in Copenhagen, just four minutes away from d’Angleterre. If the crisp weather or your holiday heels make that cobblestoned walk sound a little daunting, venture just outside to Brasserie Ego, an intimate space for dining any time over the festive period.

Stay through New Year and enjoy the traditional New Year’s speech from Queen Margrethe, broadcast at 18:00, and then finish the night by enjoying the fireworks at Kongens Nytorv or City Hall Square. Bring your glogg along for warmth or if you stay at D’Angleterre just throw open the windows and listen to the crowds welcome in 2010 in traditional song.

Glædelig jul and Godt nytår!

Hotel D’Angleterre: www.dangleterre.com

Kong Hans Kaelder: www.konghans.dk

www.visitcopenhagen.com