LUXE LIFE: JESSICA LAING

Jessica is Editor at Remember Media, covering Luxe magazine's food & drink, health & wellbeing and homes & interiors pages. Her luxe things in life include music, massages and mighty brunches...

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Everyone thinks they have the best family and friends in the world and I’m no exception. My younger brother, Jack, is my favourite person on the planet. 

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For a weekend > You can’t beat a girls’ trip to London for shopping, culture and nightlife. I try to go a few times a year. I also have a bit of a soft spot for the Lake District – especially Windermere. A quiet weekend on the lake does wonders after a busy week. 

A long holiday > Fuerteventura. My family and I have been holidaying on the island for over 20 years and it really does feel like our second home. It’s my happy place.

A treat > Skiing in Switzerland, husky-sledging in Lapland, or surfing in Australia.

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Best food > I’m a huge foodie, so this is a tough question. I love it all. 

Best wine > I’m not a wine-drinker – never have been. I prefer gin, but a margarita goes down very well too. I’m really into sloe gin at the moment. 

Favourite restaurant > I live at the coast, so some of my go-to places at home are Elder & Wolf, The Boatyard, High Tide and Papa Ganoush. In and around Newcastle, I love Route, Greyjoys, Träkol and Kiln. 

Perfect weekend > There’s nowhere like home, especially when the weather’s kind. A dreamy Saturday might involve brekkie at the coast, a beach BBQ at Druridge Bay, then a night out in Newcastle with friends. On Sundays, it’s all about lie-ins, roast dinners and family time. Maybe a bit of surfing, or boxing, if I get up early enough. Doesn’t happen often. 

Downtime means > Treating myself to a massage or a facial. It doesn’t happen often, but I feel like a new human afterwards. 

Best telly > I hardly ever watch regular TV – it’s nearly always a boxset, or a film. The Ted Bundy Tapes on Netflix had me gripped from start to finish. I think I’ve seen every episode of Friends about 20 times. As for movies, if it’s black and white, or a classic chick-flick, I’ll watch it.

Best book >I read Bill Bryson books when I was a kid. Sarah Knight, Matt Haig and Catherine Grey are great authors, too. I’m reading Sparks of Phoenix by Najwa Zebian at the moment. Her poetry is beautiful. 

Best sounds > My grandpa’s voice. He’s 85 and the wittiest, smartest person I know. I could listen to him talk all day long. Music-wise, I love old-school soul and Motown and all the 80s classics. I was definitely born in the wrong era. 

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Best shopping city > I could spend hours in Selfridges, or Harrods, in London. But New York has Sephora. I’m torn. 

Favourite shop > Anthropologie, Oliver Bonas, Fenwick Beauty Hall, Liberty, IKEA? Anywhere I can shop for beauty, cosmetics or homeware.

Luxe retail treat > There’s a perfume by Acqua Di Parma called Fico Di Amalfi that I just adore. It reminds me of holidays and is probably one of my most favourite smells in the world. That, or a new pair of glasses from Op & Tom in Newcastle. 

Best buy > Probably my stone fireplace. I bought it on Gumtree and it’s my favourite thing in my house. That, or an oversized, camel-coloured corduroy jacket that reminds me of the one my dad used to wear in the 90s. 

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A memorable night out > My 18th birthday in Dublin will always stand out. My birthday falls on St Patrick’s Day, so there was only one place to be. This year’s celebrations were great too; a long weekend in the Big Smoke with the girls, then a night out in Newcastle with the work gang. We always have a lot of fun. 

Perfect party > Abroad somewhere, on the beach. That, or a big Christmas Eve party at home. I do like a dinner party, too. I can’t say no to a cheeseboard.

Best dress > I’m most comfortable in jeans, t-shirts and flats. But if I did have to dress up, I’d keep it simple and opt for black skinny jeans, heeled boots and some sort of top. I don’t think I own a dress!

Dinner date > Prince, Robin Williams, George Michael, Freddie Mercury, Steve Irwin, Elvis. A mix of comedy, music and crocs, what could be better? Can we bring them all back?

Your luxe thing in life >>

Family, food and Fuerteventura. And my specs. Oh, and all of my silver rings, too. I feel naked without them! 


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