LOVE LIST.

Gay Times Magazine - - LOVE LIST -

Sounds good, looks good.

Lead­ing Dan­ish de­sign brand HAY have given the Sonos One wire­less speak­ers a bit of a lim­ited edi­tion makeover. You can now get the stylish sys­tem in five brand new colours – For­est Green, Pale Yel­low, Soft Pink, Light Grey, and Vi­brant Red – with each shade tailored for a spe­cific area of your home. For in­stance, the green hues are meant to re­mind you of plants or pots by the win­dow, while yel­low gen­er­ally fits nicely in bath­rooms and kitchens. The end re­sult is a wire­less sound sys­tem for the home that truly blends in.

Sonos x HAY Sonos One wire­less speaker avail­able from sonos.com, priced £229

Brewed to per­fec­tion.

As the morn­ings get colder you’re go­ing to need even more rea­son to leave the warmth of your snuƒly bed and avoid hit­ting the snooze but­ton for a four­teenth time. For us, it’s the smell and taste of freshly brewed cof­fee that kick starts our day, and now iconic brand Smeg have re­leased their own ver­sion of the drip fil­ter cof­fee ma­chine. It comes with their trade­mark sleek de­sign and bright colours, giv­ing you some­thing truly beau­ti­ful for your sleepy eyes to be wel­comed by first thing in the morn­ing. Oh and with a 10-cup carafe, there will be plenty of caf­feine to get you out the door and on your way.

Smeg DCF01 Drip Fil­ter Cof­fee Ma­chine is avail­able from smeguk.com, priced £179.95

The fu­ture is bright.

When it comes to the iPhone XR it’s not just the lower price tag or more ex­cit­ing colour op­tions that’s a big draw, but the fact it comes with plenty of the fan­tas­tic fea­tures found in the iPhone XS. There’s an even faster Face ID that will have you au­tho­ris­ing a pay­ment in mil­lisec­onds, and the most pow­er­ful chip in a smart­phone giv­ing it op­ti­mum per­for­mance. That al­lows it to achieve Por­trait Mode with­out a dual lens us­ing some very clever ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence. The re­sults are gen­uinely im­pres­sive. Add the all-new Liq­uid Retina dis­play and you have an iPhone that’s as in­cred­i­ble as it looks. iPhone XR is avail­able from ap­ple.com/uk, priced from £749

Things keep get­ting bet­ter.

If you’re any­thing like us you’ve spent way too many nights weep­ing on the sofa this year. Not be­cause you’re upset, of course, but be­cause that su­per emo­tional mo­ment on Net­flix’s Queer Eye re­boot has got you yet again. Well now you can get all the ad­vice you need from the Fab Five in this of­fi­cial tie in book to the se­ries. Whether that’s hair and groom­ing tips from Jonathan, some life coach­ing from Karamo, a handy DIY tip from Bobby, some style ad­vice from Tan, or even An­toni’s se­cret gua­camole in­gre­di­ent, this Queer Eye book is here to help you cre­ate a happy and healthy life.

Pub­lished by Head­line, priced £25

Gotta catch ‘em all... again.

Get ready to head back to Kanto in Poké­mon’s first ad­ven­ture on the Nin­tendo Switch. Poké­mon Yel­low has been given an HD facelift with Let’s Go, Pikachu! And Let’s Go, Eevee! edi­tions, in­tro­duc­ing the clas­sic 90s in­stal­ment to a whole new gen­er­a­tion of fans. There’s a new bat­tle sys­tem and a new way to catch the orig­i­nal 151 crit­ters which falls more in line with the phe­nom­e­non that is the Poké­mon Go smart­phone game. With a few new mon­sters to col­lect, and the abil­ity to cus­tomise your char­ac­ters, this fa­mil­iar story will have you re­dis­cov­er­ing what made you fall in love with the fran­chise 20 years ago all over again.

Avail­able from store.nin­tendo.co.uk, £49.99

Never for­get.

Telling the re­mark­able true story of the small town that wel­comed the world, smash-hit Broad­way mu­si­cal Come From Away ar­rives in Lon­don’s West End this Jan­uary. Play­ing at the Phoenix Theatre, it tells the re­mark­able true story of 7,000 stranded air pas­sen­gers dur­ing the wake of 9/11, and the small town in New­found­land that wel­comed them. With a pre-pre­miere open­ing in Dublin this De­cem­ber, learn the sto­ries and names of those that helped shape the course of his­tory on 12 Septem­ber, 2001. Come From Away won the Tony Award for Best Di­rec­tion of a Mu­si­cal and fea­tures a book, mu­sic and lyrics by Irene Sankoff and David Hein, and is di­rected by Christo­pher Ash­ley.

Tick­ets are on sale now for the West End pre­miere at come­fro­m­away­lon­don.co.uk

Liars and cheats.

The United States of Amer­ica, 1899: the era of the wild west is draw­ing to a close. Eight years on from the orig­i­nal, Rock­star Games presents the new and im­proved Red Dead Re­demp­tion 2 which sees Arthur Mor­gan flee the law and man­age gang pol­i­tics in a huge open world. Beau­ti­ful and fully re­alised, RDR2 see’s Rock­star’s best sto­ry­telling to date, com­bined with a metic­u­lous at­ten­tion to de­tail that will make re­turn­ing to other open world games very dif­fi­cult.

Avail­able from ama­zon.co.uk, £49.90

You’re free to close your eyes.

We’ve teamed up with home fur­ni­ture brand dwell to show­case three LGBTQ artists aimed at sup­port­ing the com­mu­nity, with a do­na­tion from each sale go­ing to the Al­bert Kennedy Trust. Here we have an in­cred­i­ble piece by Achraf Amiri, de­pict­ing two male lovers kiss­ing lust­fully while flip­ping the fin­ger to ho­mo­pho­bia. Sen­sual, strong and strik­ing, it’s an un­apolo­get­i­cally queer piece of art that would add some ar­ti­sanal flair to any home.

Art­work avail­able from dwell.co.uk, £399

Now you can spritz your spritzer.

Here’s a new one: what if we said there’s a fra­grance that is blended like a tra­di­tional per­fume, but you could also use it to gar­nish your al­co­holic bev­er­age? That’s pre­cisely what Smith & Sin­clair have cre­ated. Whether you go for Wa­ter­melon & Citrus or Pear & Vanilla, a spritz of this spray will freshen you up while also en­hanc­ing the flavour of your fruity cock­tail or glass of Pros­ecco by 80%. And if you’re wor­ried that the sweet­ness could leave your skin feel­ing a bit icky, fear not be­cause it ac­tu­ally uses a non­stick for­mula.

Ed­i­ble Fra­grance is avail­able from smithandsin­clair.com, priced £20

Sip sip.

It’s time to ditch the plas­tics from your life. No, not your copy of Mean Girls on DVD, but rather any­thing that is one-use and dis­pos­able. The fu­ture of the en­vi­ron­ment de­pends on it. With that in mind, Fort­num & Ma­son has cre­ated an el­e­gant sil­ver-plated straw for you to sip your G&T with this Christ­mas. Yes it’s ex­trav­a­gant, but it’s also en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly and will look fab­u­lous in that very spe­cial glass­ware you’ll have out on the ta­ble this fes­tive sea­son.

Avail­able now from Fort­num & Ma­son, priced £15

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