Autumn Ladies’ Day: Win our hamper worth more than £1,200
Rotary Oxford Diamond ladies’ watch, £209, rotarywatches.com
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. Described as “a piece that balances power and poise”, this Oxford Diamond watch combines sophisticated form (sparkling diamond hour markers, luminous pink sunray dial) with sophisticated function (fitted with scratch-resistant sapphire glass, it’s also water-resistant to 50 metres).
Penhaligon’s Heartless Helen Eau de Parfum, £188, 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 Heartless Helen: an “alluring mystique of a potion. . . some would call it a trap”, which layers spicy pink peppercorn and zingy mandarin over full-bodied floral tuberose and jasmine and warm cashmere and wood, it’s ideal for autumn/winter.
Cambridge Satchel Company Small Emily Tote in Bay Celtic Grain, £175, Cambridge Satchel Company, St Mary’s Passage, Cambridge
Going from kitchen-table start-up to global phenomenon - the bags are regularly spotted on the arms of A-listers like Lady Gaga and Taylor Swift - Cambridge Satchel Company has just celebrated its 10th birthday. Among the bags released to mark the occasion was this Emily Tote, named after brand founder Julie Deane’s daughter. Like all Cambridge Satchels it’s 100% leather, made in Britain and equal parts practical and stylish: we love the best-of-both combination of short grab handles and long cross-body strap.
Pocket Watch & Petticoats dress, up to £60, Pocket Watch & Petticoats, St John’s Street, Cambridge and Bury St Edmunds
Promising to “take you down a dress size and show curves in all the right places”, the dresses from Pocket Watch & Petticoats work sartorial magic. The burgeoning boutique chain - the Cambridge store, which has only just opened, is its third - stocks vintage-style clothes, sizes 6 to 26, and accessories, too, from shoes and bags to belts and fascinators. The winner of our hamper can choose a frock of their choice, up to £60 in value.
Five-course dinner for two with welcome cocktail, £110, The Northgate, Northgate Street, Bury St Edmunds
Part of The Chestnut Group, which also runs The Packhorse in Moulton and The Rupert Brooke in Grantchester, The Northgate is known for its elegant and ever-changing menus which - a passion for head chef Greig Young - celebrate the best of East Anglian produce. The restaurant-with-rooms, which has just undergone a stunning makeover, is giving our hamper winner a voucher for a five-course dinner for two, £45 per head, plus welcome cocktails, £10 each.
Open Circle necklace, £95, elevenfifteenjewellery.com
A new, demi-fine jewellery brand based in Cambridge, Eleven Fifteen creates beautiful geometric pieces in 18ct gold vermeil and sterling silver. Described as “a contemporary take on timeless classics”, the high-quality jewellery is designed to be worn all day, every day, adding effortless style to your basics. Featuring an 18ct gold vermeil Open Circle pendant, measuring 16mm in diameter on an 18in chain, the necklace in our prize hamper is Eleven Fifteen's bestseller: a must-have for any capsule jewellery collection, it’s a piece you'll wear for years to come.
Evolve skincare set, £98, John Lewis & Partners, Grand Arcade, Cambridge
Plant-based, planet-friendly and cruelty-free, Evolve skincare also means business, with key actives including moringa peptides (to purify and protect), prickly pear (to calm and firm) and hyaluronic acid (to boost hydration and collagen production). This prize gift set includes four hero products: Gentle Cleansing Melt, £22, Daily Renew Facial Cream, £28, Hyaluronic Serum 200, £30, and Lip Shine in True Gold, £12.
Cyberjammies pyjama set, up to £50, cyberjammies.co.uk
With more than a decade’s experience in sleepwear, British PJ brand Cyberjammies is known for pairing good looks with high performance: made from a soft cotton mix and cut with comfort uppermost in mind, its pyjama sets are designed to help you sleep like a proverbial babe, but not be embarrassed answering the door to the postman. Our hamper winner will be able to choose a set from Cyberjammies’ A/W collection, up to a value of £50.
Bespoke facial, up to £100, Rachel Eve’s Advanced Skin Clinic, Stetchworth
It’s been open for little more than a year, but Rachel Eve’s Advanced Skin Clinic is already famous for its advanced yet non-invasive facials. With her expert skills and extensive knowledge of skin science - she worked with both leading cosmetic brands and spas before opening her own clinic - Rachel will give our winner a 45-minute consultation before deciding on the best combination of vitamin and collagen treatments, enzyme and chemical peels, LED phototherapy and (FDA-approved) micro-needling for their skin.
Full set of mink eyelash extensions, £77, Salon at No 5, Milton Road, Cambridge and High Street, Newmarket
Billed as “your one-stop salon”, No 5 offers everything from nails, waxing and HD brows to hairdressing and facials - in fact, it’s just cut the ribbon on a dedicated Skin Clinic in Harston. Our winner will get a full set of the finest quality mink eyelash extensions, which usually cost £77.
Nude by Nature Lip Icons set, £40, John Lewis & Partners, Grand Arcade, Cambridge
Promising not only to make you look good, but to do you good, too - they’re chock-full of nourishing ingredients, such as kakadu plum, shea butter, desert lime and tangerine oil - Nude by Nature products are both top-notch and 100% natural. The limited edition Lip Icons Moisture Shine Lipstick Trio in our hamper features three of the brand’s best-selling lip shades: 02 Nude, 03 Dusty Rose and 06 Dusky Nude.
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 Dubai Future Champions’ Festival on Autumn Ladies’ Day, Friday, October 11 - simply by entering, you’re in with a chance. To book your Ladies’ Day tickets, visit thejockeyclub.co.uk/newmarket
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