What To Do, See & Buy: Bettys; The Kid with a Bike; Wilderness festival; Cos; Ercol; Comme des Garçons
ON MATERNITY LEAVE. Charlotte Philby is a writer and reporter at The Independent, currently based on the news desk after six years on the Saturday magazine. She has been shortlisted for the 2013 Cudlipp award for excellence in popular journalism for an undercover investigative into a website offering students up to £15,000 in return for sex. She has also written for cultural magazines including Dazed & Confused and NYLON and contributed to several books, among them a biography of French street artist Blek Le Rat. A mother and born-and-bred Londoner, she spends most of her free time working on her first crime fiction novel.
Saturday 03 March 2012
Just when we thought we couldn't love the chocolatiers at Bettys any more, they go and dream up these gorgeous milk, dark and white chocolate saddleback pigs. Perfect for Easter, or just because. £12, bettys.co.uk
Acts of kindness
The Kid with a Bike is the latest film from festival favourites, the Belgian brothers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne. It's a tale of a troubled young boy who, abandoned by his dad, meets a local hairdresser who is willing to care for him. Masters of social realism, the Dardennes are rigorously unsentimental – even as they tweak your heartstrings. In cinemas from 23 March
Into the wild
The festival-planning season is upon us. If you, too, fancy something civilised this year, head to Wilderness, which promises theatre from the Old Vic and a banquet by Ottolenghi and Valentine Warner, against a backdrop of woods and lakeland at Oxfordshire's Cornbury Park. And not a bandana in sight. Weekend tickets from £119, 10-12 August, wildernessfestival.com
Cos they're worth it
If contemporary minimalism is your fashion thing, Cos should be your first stop this month. While you're there, pick up the ultra-cool in-house mag – this season starring Dutch students as models. Cossstores.com
Ercol's new table set combines classic style – first designed in 1956, the trio of elm and beech tables satisfyingly nestle together – with cool licks of colour. In turquoise, coral and red, they're bright and beautiful. Set of three, £498, anthropologie.eu
One step ahead
Comme des Garçons often collaborate with streetwear brands, and this year they're teaming up with Pointer – and the result of that teamwork, a new tennis-style shoe, will put a preppy spring in your step. They're made from canvas and suede and are available in cream, black and chocolate brown – all with a delicious lemon-yellow rubber sole. £120, present-london.com
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