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July Festival: Winning Streak


By Alice Ryan


You don’t have to be crowned Best Dressed to take home an amazing prize from Newmarket’s July Festival: Velvet is raffling this hamperful of treats - worth an amazing £1,500 - to a Style Awards entrant at random. Be in it and you may well win it

Rotary Ladies’ Cambridge watch, £209, rotarywatches.com

Rotary Ladies' Cambridge watch (10365646)
Rotary Ladies' Cambridge watch (10365646)

Established 120 years ago in Switzerland and now based in London’s famous clock-making district of Clerkenwell, Rotary is known for producing timepieces which combine style with substance. New to the brand’s Cambridge collection is this ladies’ watch: with its domed sapphire dial and three-link stainless steel bracelet, it’s both in fashion and wearable forever.

Links of London Narrative sterling silver bracelet, £160, Links of London, Rose Crescent, Cambridge

Links of London Narrative sterling silver bracelet (10375994)
Links of London Narrative sterling silver bracelet (10375994)

Based in Mayfair, great British brand Links of London has been designing classic-meets-contemporary jewellery since 1990. The clean-lined Narrative bracelet, which captures delicate bubbles of silver between a pair of engravable plaques - personalisation is complimentary at the brand’s Rose Crescent store - is part of the spring/summer collection.

L’Occitane skincare set, £150, L’Occitane, Rose Crescent, Cambridge and arc, Bury St Edmunds

L'Occitane skincare set (10365629)
L'Occitane skincare set (10365629)

Showcasing some of L’Occitane’s best-loved hero products - all formulated with fragrant essential oils and and powerful plant-based actives - this set includes an Almond Shower Oil, Shea Butter Hand Cream, Shea Butter Make-up Remover and two pieces from the cult Immortelle collection, Overnight Reset Serum and Precious Cream.

English Drinks Company Lemon Grove and Orangery Gins, £35 each, englishdrinkscompany.co.uk

Both recent additions to the English Drinks Company’s repertoire - the company is best known for creating the distinctive and delicious Cucumber Gin - Lemon Grove and Orangery are hand-crafted, copper-distilled and infused with citrus fruit. Served with tonic, ice and a slice of lemon and orange respectively, they’re summer in a glass.

Radley London Basket Gardens medium tote, £209, Radley London, Grand Arcade, Cambridge

Radley London Basket Gardens medium tote (10365643)
Radley London Basket Gardens medium tote (10365643)

Long considered a leading British leather brand, Radley was founded 20 years ago in London. An ingenious take on spring/summer’s basket bag trend, this tote is beautiful and built to last; made from cleverly cut-out tan leather and lined with a canvas drawstring, it’s of-the-moment, yet totally timeless, too.

Sanctuary Spa body pamper set, £120, Boots stores

Containing nine pampering products, you’ll be able to recreate the heaven of a spa day at home with this gift set. Stars of the show are the Sanctuary Spa Exquisite Bath Salts, Liquid Gold Bath Elixir, Shimmer Luxe Body Butter and Precious Glow Body Oil, which will leave your skin soft, radiant and summer-ready.

Penhaligon’s Impudent Cousin Matthew and Ingenue Cousin Flora Eau de Parfums, £188 each, Penhaligon’s, St Andrew’s Street, Cambridge

With supermodels (Kate Mosse, Sienna Miller) and royals (Princes Philip and Charles) among its many devotees, British fragrance house Penhaligon’s has an impressive pedigree. New to its contemporary Portraits collection is this pair of bright and breezy eau de parfums: Impudent Cousin Matthew (mandarin, petitgrain, patchouli) and Ingenue Cousin Flora (citrus, musk, ambroxan).

Loella Girl on Fire Flawless Base make-up brush set, £29.95, loellacosmetics.com

Loella Girl on Fire Flawless Base make-up brush set (10365631)
Loella Girl on Fire Flawless Base make-up brush set (10365631)

Containing four multi-tasking brushes, this compact and cruelty-free tool kit is all you need to create a flawless base, say the team at Loella Cosmetics. There’s Buffed Up Briony (large kabuki), Powder Woman Penelope (fluffy powder), Flawless Foundation Felicity (flat foundation) and Contour Diva Caty (angled blush and contour). With their ice-and-fire heads and handles, they’re as lovely to look at as to use.

Prosecco afternoon tea for two, £30, Bourn Golf & Leisure, Toft Road, Bourn

Bourn Golf & Leisure Prosecco Afternoon Tea | Photo: https://www.ianolsson.com (10365620)
Bourn Golf & Leisure Prosecco Afternoon Tea | Photo: https://www.ianolsson.com (10365620)

What could be more indulgent than an all-bells-and-whistles afternoon tea? Served with a glass of prosecco, tea at Bourn Golf & Leisure comprises three tiers, stacked with savoury finger sandwiches, a selection of home-baked cakes and fresh fruit scones with jam and cream - all of which you can enjoy while overlooking the green and pleasant golf course.

Dinner for two, up to £100, plus a pair of Mud & Water dining plates, Pear & Olive Scratch Kitchen, High Street, Hildersham

With Gael Lecolley helming the kitchen - former personal chef to the stars, the Frenchman has cooked for a veritable Who’s Who - it’s no surprise Hildersham’s Pear & Olive restaurant is a regular sell-out. The epitome of field-to-fork dining, expect to find the freshest in-season ingredients on your plate, which, handmade by Ickleton’s Mud & Water Ceramics, you can then take home as a memento.

Sandy Bay London Champagne candle, £28, and Countryman diffuser, £30, Strive for Design, Fordham Road, Newmarket

Home fragrance doesn’t come finer than Sandy Bay London’s candles and diffusers, stocked locally at Newmarket’s Strive for Design. The candles burn for more than 16 hours, the diffusers last six months, and, coming in a wide range of scents, from soft, feminine Champagne to the warm, woody Countryman, they smell scrumptious.

To be in with a chance of winning Velvet’s hamper, all you have to do is enter the Best Dressed Lady competition, which takes place at Newmarket’s July Festival on Ladies’ Day, July 11 - simply by entering, you’re putting your name in the hat. To book your tickets, visit thejockeyclub.co.uk/newmarket



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