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Jo Loves X Peggy Porschen Event

Posted by Young Ladies About Town
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on Wednesday, 10 May 2017
by Annette Kellow

It's that time of year again! Wisteria Hysteria, blossom on the trees and of course the Chelsea Flower Show is just around the corner- Flower season is officially upon us! So when I heard that Jo Loves (the new fragrance created by Jo Malone) was collaborating with cake specialist Peggy Porschen, I simply had to find out what it was all about.

Arriving at Peggy Porschen parlour on Ebury Street, my friend and I were ushered to a table surrounded by delicious pink blossom and shelves displaying biscuit boxes and cookbooks. We waited in anticipation for the Jo Loves Peggy experience to begin, and were told only one thing, that we were going to have a feast for the senses!

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First we were brought a tall glass of pink sparkling tea (which my dog seemed to think was for her for some reason) of which came infused with Moët or sparkling water depending on taste.

Then the cupcakes arrived. These matched the fragrance and the tea (white rose and lemon) and they smelt utterly divine!

Laid out on a plate was an array of things- edible flowers, citrus sugar dust, rose spray and perfume- I wasn't sure how it all worked but all was revealed on a card, 'How to create your own rose and lemon cupcake.' Time to get creative!

Firstly I took an edible flower which was then sprayed with pure rose water, dipped into the dust which looked quite like glitter (and also edible, yum). Then using a Jo Malone brush it could be dusted away afterwards- it was like pure playtime but in the most glamorous grownup way!

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I got a little carried away and put on extra citrus dust and then the piece di resistance is to spray the Jo Loves perfume onto your wrist whilst eating cake- incorporating scent into the eating experience. It was fabulously Marie Antoinette and we had so much fun indulging with all the brushes and sprays- even my dog, Dorothy got a few chunks of dust on her nose!

This particular cupcake and Jo Loves experience took careful planning and Peggy herself spent detailed time with her head chef to create one of her most unique cake experiences yet. The perfume is also a delicious spring smell perfect to wear for our warmer days ahead. Next stop, Chelsea Flower Show!

The Jo Loves X Peggy Porschen White Rose and Lemon experience is available at Peggy Porschen, Ebury Street. Reservations are recommended hello@peggyporschen.com 
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My daughters are feuding

Posted by Patricia_Marie
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on Friday, 05 May 2017
Dear Patricia Marie,

My daughters, aged 24 and 26, are worrying me lately as there is a distance growing between them. They no longer text each other and seem very unconcerned for the other's happiness. The problem started over one daughter's boyfriend, who can be quite unfriendly and opinionated, and who my elder daughter has taken an extreme dislike to. Her sister obviously wants him to be liked by the family and gets hurt when she is told 'I don't care about him!'. Other seemingly small differences of opinion occurred and these became blown up out of all proportion. Things worsened when the older sister moved away, whilst the younger is still at home with me, as I now feel very much in the middle.

They are very different characters, but have always got on, until now. They each talk to me and tell me they think their sister is at fault, but there are two sides to their arguments, and when I try and placate them I am accused of siding with the other. My efforts to calm the situation do not seem to work and each expects the other to change.

How can I make them see that they must sort this out before it gets even worse?

Patricia Marie says...

Having two adult children who have chosen to feud is undoubtedly worrying for you. However, it is important to separate your wants and needs from theirs. We all have dreams, hopes, and expectations for our children. A mother's wish is for her offspring to get on, and as much as you want to make things right for them, ultimately this is beyond your control. In fact, the more you try to intervene the more your daughters will probably rebel and turn against you.

However, what you can do is let them know how upset you are at their behaviour towards each other, and that you do not want to be drawn into their arguments. Remind them that as adults they need to act responsibly and resolve the situation themselves before it develops into an irreparable state. Instead of acting as a mediator, which is clearly not working, take a step back, and, without your input, they may then realise just how over exaggerated their problems have become.

Often when siblings fall out, it is their immaturity and lack of appreciation for each other that escalates matters. Without taking sides, or being interested in the details of the argument, emphasise to your daughters that life is about compromise. We all need to learn to accept each other's differences. Ask them how they feel life would be without their sibling, and in time they may see sense and move forward to a mutual resolution. Continue to be the warm, caring, mother you clearly are to your girls, and hopefully they will soon understand that whilst you may not always agree with them, or like their behaviour, you will always respect and love them unconditionally. I believe this will inspire them to follow your valuable guidance.
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My son left his ex-wife and two children and is now living with someone else

Posted by Patricia_Marie
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on Friday, 28 April 2017
Dear Patricia Marie,

My son left his ex-wife and two children and is now living with someone else. They have a new baby. My son has told me in no uncertain terms not to tell his ex-wife that he has another child, but I have been invited to the Christening of his daughter by his ex-wife and I feel that she should know - and that the children will be related.

She too has a new partner, and I feel sure she would be accepting of this news. Thankfully we have a good relationship, which I work hard to maintain as I would not want anything to jeopardise me seeing my grandchildren, but if I kept this secret from her, and she found out, she would be very upset.

My son said it is up to him to tell her. I can't envisage enjoying the Christening as I am the mother of the man who left them, so would it be right for me to accept the invitation?

Patricia Marie says...

It is your son's responsibility to tell his ex-wife that he has another child. It will come out at some stage and the more he delays it, the more difficult it will be. The children should know about the new baby - and perhaps hopefully get to enjoy a relationship with their new sibling. If this baby is kept a secret and they find out one day, that could be quite traumatic; they could be upset or angry with their father, and if it were to remain undisclosed for too long, they may never forgive him.

When he tells his children, to avoid them feeling rejected in any way, he must reassure them how much he loves them and that he will see them just as often. Whilst this is not an easy situation, it can be made tolerable if dealt with in a civilised manner.

Explain to your son that if you have to keep it a secret, it could damage your relationship with his ex-wife and your grandchildren when she finds out. If he absolutely refuses and his ex-wife does discover the truth, insist you were put in an awkward situation and that you had asked your son to tell her himself or to let you do it instead.
You are very worthy of the invitation, so go along, hold your head high, and enjoy your granddaughter's very special Christening Day.
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Benadryl ‘Allergy Face’ breakfast at the Ham Yard Hotel

Posted by Young Ladies About Town
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on Wednesday, 26 April 2017
by Katrina Schollenberger

On a sunny (but very chilly) Tuesday morning, I headed to Soho to the Ham Yard Hotel roof terrace for the launch of Benadryl's new 'Allergy Face' campaign. I was met with a wonderful continental breakfast, blue skies and a gorgeous garden. There were a few of us gathered to discuss how to tackle 'Allergy Face'- a coined termed by Benadryl to describe the visible symptoms of hay fever.

Nearly 18 million people in the UK suffer from hay fever, and almost all (95%) of woman with these allergies experience beauty challenges when their symptoms flare. This includes a red, flaky runny nose from tissue overuse, dry skin, puffy face, and watery eyes. Unfortunately, this can effect women's self-esteem, where half of women feel self-conscious and 17% feel less sexy. Benadryl had invited Dr Roger Henderson to talk us through tackling hay fever season, and makeup artist Jo Freeman gave us tips and tricks to combat Allergy Face. As a hay fever sufferer myself, I was ready, willing and eager to get involved in the discussion.

Hay fever develops in the vast majority of sufferers before the age of 20, and symptoms (for medical reasons unknown) are worse under the age of 30. Hay fever is also worse for those living in the city, due to the pollution and pollen mixture. Each of these stats reflect my current living situation, meaning my hay fever is bound to be worse. Luckily, with a model on hand, Jo Freeman talked us through a step-by-step tutorial on how to utilise makeup products in the wake of allergy symptoms. See Jo's top tips below:

"1. Make sure you prep your skin with a hydrating moisturiser before applying any make-up, Neutrogena Hydro Boost is great, so apply that first.
2. To neutralise any redness around your nose, use a green colour corrector before applying your foundation.
3. To widen and brighten watery eyes, use a white kohl eye pencil along the lower waterline and inner crease to make your eyes look bigger, fresher and more awake.
4. To help your eyes look fresh and natural despite your allergies, use a matte vanilla eyeshadow shade all over the lid, and a darker beige in the corner.
5. If you think your eyes could start streaming, use a good waterproof mascara, as this will stop your make-up from running down your face and giving you dark smudges under your eyes.
6. Combat puffy face by contouring with a bronzer and highlighter. Apply bronzer to the hollows of the cheek and temples, and use highlighter on the cheekbones and down the bridge of the nose to help disguise any puffiness.
7. A bright statement lip can help make your lips the focus of your face, taking attention away from puffy areas. Choose a vibrant colour that suits your skin tone."

Benadryl has teamed up with make-up artist Jo Freeman to give her top tips on how to combat Allergy Face. Benadryl has coined the term "Allergy Face" to describe the visible symptoms of allergies such as watery eyes, red nose and puffy face. For more information on allergies, visit www.benadryl.co.uk. If you wish to include any hashtags please use #allergyface and #benadryl
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I am in love with my best friend

Posted by Patricia_Marie
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on Friday, 21 April 2017
Dear Patricia Marie,

I am in love with my best friend and I don't think she feels the same way.

In fact, I think she would be horrified for me thinking as I do, as she has said in the past I am like the brother she never had. We are on the same course at university. I see her every day and we go out to supper a lot and she says she loves my company. However, she also talks of fancying the really good looking, fit guys, in our group, leaving me with a bit of an inferiority complex when it comes to my body. I am overweight and she is very beautiful.

I don't want to ruin our friendship by saying the wrong thing, but at the same time I want her to know how I feel. This isn't just a lust thing - she is intelligent and truly gorgeous. What should I do?

Patricia Marie says...

It does seem that this girl sees you as a close friend rather than a prospective romantic partner. I would be very careful and don't go blurting anything out as she may find this revelation quite overwhelming, and also be concerned that it could jeopardise your friendship.

You could test the waters with subtle flirting and say something such as: 'Do you ever see us going out on a proper date together?' If she responds to this lukewarmly or seems to feel uncomfortable, you'll know to back off. Although it may not be the answer you so desired, you will feel lighter and happier once you've confronted this. Then loosen your ties a little and look to date other girls.

What I do very much believe is that you need to start focussing on yourself - if you're unhappy with your body image perhaps you could try exercising, or take up a sport to lose a few pounds? It would be good for your health and your self-esteem.
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