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Stay Green This Season By The Luxury Channel

Eco-friendly food and accessories to make you stand out from the crowd this English Summer.

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Pineberries At Wimbledon

Whatever happens at Wimbledon this year, come rain or shine, victory or (fairly certain) defeat, you can cut a swathe in the most unlikely of areas: fruit. Strawberries are soooo last year darling, didn’t you know? Show off your ‘‘food-forward’’ credentials and pop open a punnet of pineberries this year. Available from Waitrose, they look like pale strawberries but taste like pineapple! They were recently saved from extinction by Dutch farmers in South America – hoorah!

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Beyond Skin’s Red Pumps At Music Festivals

Revel and relish in the natural beauty of the countryside at a music festival. However, to dance the night away you’ll need the right shoes – we love Beyond Skin’s bright red pumps that are made from….wait for it….recycled bottle tops!

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Scullcandy Earphones At The Polo

Polo has enjoyed a real come-back in recent years. To get in the mood and catch up with the latest tunes, there’s nothing better for your ears (or the environment!) than these gorgeous Skullcandy earphones – they’re the only ones in the world to be made from wood and come in their own little hemp pouch.

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Hampers At Henley Royal Regatta

Picnic in style on the banks of the Thames as you watch a plethora of muscular young men row by. You know where to get your organic food, but be sure not to use lots of those horrid plastic utensils that just fill up tips all over the country. Instead, pick up a good quality hamper that you can use over and over again for years to come. Try the Natural Wine Lovers Picnic Hamper from Fortnum & Mason – it’s just £115.

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And On The Seventh Day….

Just relax at home on this gorgeous sofa from Bokja Designs! These great pieces are made by Hoda Baroudi and Maria Hibri, a Beirut-based design duo who share a love of antiques and vintage furniture, as well as a passion for ancient textiles and tapestries from the Levant and countries along the Silk Road. They work with artisans to ensure their precious skills are preserved, while encouraging the sustainable use of available materials.

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The Hottest Summer Events By Lauren Steventon

Summer Events 2010

Hot-footing and jet-setting it from one social event to another this summer? Make sure you know the best address to lay your head and recuperate between engagements.

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Guards Polo Club, Surrey, UK
25 July 2010

The polo event of the summer. Glamorous, beautiful and impeccably dressed – and that’s just the players. The see-and-be-seen event of the summer with hospitality from Cartier during the day and China White during the night. Excellent matches from talented teams – but that’s only half the fun. The great and good from the polo and celebrity worlds descend on Guards Club for a fashion-fabulous sporting day.

Where To Stay: Coworth Park is set in 240 acres of rolling greenery on the edge of Windsor Great Park. A traditional country house hotel with a fabulous spa and its own polo fields if you’re feeling inspired.

Salon Privé

London, UK
21 – 23 July 2010

One of London’s most stylish summer events, Salon Privé brings the world’s hottest super cars into the refined Georgian surroundings of the Hurlingham Club. If you’re more into shopping than speeding, hit the luxury brands tent, or simply admire the outfits while sipping champagne on the lawns.

Where To Stay: You might think the cars are the stars, but fashion is always pulling focus, so make sure your evenings are equally chic at Anouska Hempel’s exquisitely and interestingly designed Blake’s Hotel.

Skandia Cowes Week

Isle of Wight, UK
31 July – 7 August 2010

Trade your wispy frocks for windbreakers, and don your yachting finest for this annual regatta on the Isle of Wight. Around 8,500 competitors – ranging from Olympians to amateurs – compete in 40 daily races while spectators enjoy street theatre, entertainment and a fun-for-all atmosphere on shore. One of the top UK sporting events and one of the largest sailing regattas in the world.

Where To Stay: The George in Yarmouth is a sea-side, classic stay overlooking the Solent.

Summer Events 2010

Benicassim International Festival

Benicassim, Spain
15 – 18 July 2010

Forget muddy wellies and soggy tents, the way to enjoy the summer’s music festivals is to take to the sunshine. An hour from Valencia, Benicassim is Europe’s coolest musical treat. Bands gracing the stage for 2010 include Kasabian, Gorillaz, Calvin Harris and Vampire Weekend, but as well as music, the festival is a celebration of film, art and dance.

Where To Stay: To really immerse yourself in the atmosphere, the best option is to camp, but once the party’s over, head to Barcelona (two and a half hours away) and continue it at the funky W Barcelona.

Venice Film Festival

Venice, Italy
1 – 11 September 2010

More classy than Cannes and sunnier than Sundance, the Venice Film Festival, part of La Biennale di Venizia is a star-studded celebration of film as art form and business. It’s the oldest film festival in the world, and its awards are coveted by Hollywood’s great and good. The official line-up is announced at the end of July…watch this space…

Where To Stay: Live like a movie star and secrete yourself away at the impossibly romantic Ca Maria Adele, where Venetian style meets Eastern chic.

Burning Man Project

Black Rock Desert, Nevada, US
August 30 – September 6 2010

The ultimate destination for free-spirited, arty self-expression…

Anything goes – and we mean anything, whether that’s naked people painted blue, all-night parties, performance pieces, or simply sitting back and chilling in the desert. The Project is about community, art, self-expression, and self-reliance – entirely participant-led, creating a temporary community in the middle of the Black Rock Desert. This year’s art theme is Metropolis, exploring the past and present of civilisation and city life.

Where To Stay: Well, there’s only one option during the festival – on site. A camper van would be the top option as you have to take enough food and drink to sustain you (and to barter with) for your stay, and to remove all of your rubbish afterwards. The theme camps as much art installations as they are accommodations. Splash out afterwards at the new Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas. It’s a non-gaming property and the perfect place to escape the frenetic city.