Hello, May! A long-awaited month for many, it seems things are finally beginning to fall into place, as emergency decree restrictions are lightened — welcome back, restaurants! — and the alcohol ban is lifted. While we’re seeing a motivating drop in infected cases, things aren’t fully back to normal yet — the 10pm – 4am curfew is still in place, and drinking is prohibited in bars. Our key takeaway from this is that our quarantine measures are working, but it’s still too early to relax — rather, let’s take the time to be grateful that things are taking a positive turn, while also continuing to be vigilant in social distancing and staying healthy.
During all the ups and downs, as Society’s Luxury Authority, we at Prestige continue doing our utmost to provide you with indispensable content, all especially tailored to keep you safe, healthy, and informed from the comforts of your home. Hence, the birth of this new column: Prestige How-To. Taking place of our weekly Prestige Planner series, this column is designed to provide you with all the most exciting recipes, activities, and pampering outlets for you to try throughout the week, as we all dutifully stay in to flatten the coronavirus curve. From how to bake an impressive tray of chocolate chip cookies, to how to bathe like Cleopatra at home, we hope these fun tutorials can inspire you to stay creative, positive, and hopeful during your self-isolation.
Clean your watches and jewellery at home.
For many of us, this extended period of staying at home means we’ve been forced to neglect several things, from grooming — how long has it been since we’ve done our eyebrows and nails? — to maintaining our beloved watch and jewellery collections. While it might be harder to go out and get your treasures cleaned, worry not — Cartier has just shared an in-depth how to on caring for your accessories yourself at home.
When it comes to cleaning your watches, a key thing to take into consideration is the type of strap you have. Timepieces that come with leather straps should not be exposed to water, as it can lead to the accumulation of bacteria and germs. Instead, use a clean, dry cloth to clean the surrounding areas of the straps, and use a chamois cloth for the watch itself. On timepieces with removable metal straps, use a gentle dry brush to sweep away any dust on the strap.
Typically worn daily, jewellery made from white gold, yellow gold, or pink gold can be easily cleaned using a soft toothbrush with small, soft-bristled brushes. Gently dust along the setting of the piece, in order to get rid of any dust particles. In order to remove lotion stains, take a cloth and dip it in warm water, mixed with dishwashing liquid and rub on your accessory. After that, follow with room temperature water. For pieces that are worn everyday, you should try to clean them once a month to maintain their original charm and prevent dust accumulation. As alcohol gel is now rising in popularity, be careful to limit contact with your pieces as they may damage your jewellery.
For those who are looking to specifically treat watches and jewellery from Cartier, you can use the Cartier Care Kit offered with select purchases, until flagships open once again.
Make your own kale and quinoa salad
A new month can also mean new lifestyle choices! If you’re planning to take the healthy route this May, why not kickstart the week by whipping up a healthy and delicious quinoa salad from home? Anantara Hotels Resorts & Spas has just shared their signature recipe from Niyama Private Island Resort. We’ve summed it up here so you can recreate it from your own kitchens.
What you need:
Chopped tomato (1)
Mixed bell peppers
Olive oil, pepper, salt, and vinegar.
A squeeze of lemon
How to make it:
Combine all your ingredients in a large bowl, and add all the seasoning. Then stir thoroughly until you have a balanced mix, and enjoy!
Bake cookies using DoubleTree’s secret recipe
If, like us, you’ve been craving freshly baked chocolate chip cookies, here’s some good news — DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel has revealed their iconic cookie recipe, so you can recreate them at home. If you, too, are taking this quarantine time as a chance to hone your baking skills and become a professional, we’ve summarised the recipe for you below (this recipe makes roughly 26 cookies).
What you need:
Half pound butter, softened (2 sticks)
Granulated sugar (3 /4 cups + 1 tbsp)
Packed light brown sugar (3 /4 cups)
Large eggs (2)
Vanilla extract (1 + 1/ 4 teaspoon)
Freshly squeezed lemon juice (1 /4 teaspoon)
Flour (2 + 1/ 4 cups)
Rolled oats (1 /2 cup)
Baking soda (1 teaspoon)
Salt (1 teaspoon)
Cinnamon (1 pinch)
Nestle Tollhouse semi-sweet chocolate chips (2 2 /3 cups)
Chopped walnuts (1 3 /4)
How to make it:
Mix the butter, sugar, and brown sugar in a bowl, using a standard mixer on medium speed for around two minutes. After that, add eggs, vanilla and lemon juice, blending with the mixer on low speed for 30 seconds, followed by medium speed for about two minutes. Continue until you get a light and fluffy texture.
Switch the mixer onto a low speed, and add flour, oats, baking soda, salt and cinnamon, and blend for roughly 45 seconds. Don’t overmix. Remove the bowl from the mixer, and stir in chocolate chips and walnuts. Portion the dough with a scoop (around three tablespoons) onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Each scoop should be roughly two inches apart.
Preheat the oven to 300°F. Bake for 20 to 22 minutes, or until the edges are golden brown and the center is still soft. Remove from the oven, and cool on the baking sheet for around an hour.
Note: You can freeze the unbaked cookies, there’s no need to thaw.
Bathe like Cleopatra
Usually, this would be a week where we would combine all our holidays to go on new vacation. While our “new normal” might not be as getaway-friendly, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take these extra days off to unwind and treat yourself. Set aside a few hours and prepare yourself a nice bath to help relax and rejuvenate for the upcoming days to come.
Fun fact: Cleopatra prized a milk bath as a reputed beauty secret — an ingredient that is rich in lactic acid, and can gently exfoliate the skin, leaving it soft and silky. Six Senses has recently shared their own recipe for the famed bath, which we’ve included below so you can recreate it in your homes!
What you need:
Coconut milk powder (1 cup)
Epsom Salts (1 /4 cup)
Baking Soda (1 /4 cup)
Jojoba Oil (25 ml)
Oud Essential Oil (5 drops)
Jasmine Essential Oil (3 drops)
Rose Essential Oil (3 drops)
How to make it:
Take all the dry ingredients, and mix them together Then, blend all the essential oils in the carrier oil, before adding it to the elixir. Once everything has been mixed, add a generous sprinkling of flower petals, and enjoy bathing the way Cleopatra would.