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The Crown DVD Launch

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Tucked away in St James Park stands the beautiful St. Ermins Hotel which looks like it is fit for a royal affair. And a royal affair I was indeed attending for the launch of The Crown DVD release! I entered to hear a live orchestra playing above a long banquet table with the most beautiful displays of fruits and flowers, all set in a large ballroom with crystal chandeliers.

I then checked out the menu- we were to eat a six course meal similar to one that would have been eaten at the Royal Coronation in 1953 (don't mind if I do!) It started with some champagne and small appetisers followed by a talk with Robert Lacey who was a historical consultant on the series. He has also recently released a book which follows the journey of Britains longest-reigning monarch and looks back at the Queen’s reign, explaining how, after the sudden death of her father, she had to learn her duties very quickly. He also spoke of the series The Crown (of which is my go-to series when I'm feeling lazy to watch in bed!)

Produced by Left Bank Pictures and created by Peter Morgan, the series has won several BAFTAS whilst screen queen Claire Foy plays her Majesty impeccably well. Our courses then began arriving. Mouth-watering combinations of scallops, truffle, lobster, lamb, vegetables- in beautifully presented plates of sauces all accompanied with a specific wine for each course. I was trying to be tame with the wine as there were six courses and didn’t want to be too tipsy (but it went so well with the meals!)

At the end we were given our very own copy of The Crown DVD which includes a full gallery of unit photography. It is also available as a Platinum Edition Boxset and includes an article from The Times from the day of the Queen’s Coronation, on the 2nd June 1953. I left clutching my goodie bag, ready to watch all over again in my favourite place in the world- my bed!

The Crown DVD is now available to buy from October 16thcrowncopyplace
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Halloween Sweet Treats at Peggy Porschen

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On a very slightly chilled Wednesday morning I bustled into Peggy Porschen with blogger Jade Warnes with only one mission on our minds- to try the new selection of Halloween treats and delicacies at Peggy Porschen!

Located in Ebury Street, Belgravia, Peggy’s pink cloud of sugar heaven is probably the most Instagrammable venue in London whilst each season the shops forefront is decorated to suit the season.

I have to say you are never disappointed at Peggy’s. I have visited in all seasons and all weathers and always take family and friends as a treat. Their staff are always impeccable (I adore their uniforms!) and have great cakes and beautiful displays- no wonder they have 147 thousand followers online!

For Halloween we were greeted by a cascade of purple pastel pumpkins and flowers around the doors. Inside they had hung up biscuits in wrapping as well as Halloween décor which still went with their gorgeous pink surroundings. We also were introduced to their new tea, Sugar Plum, which was a purple delight of warm fruitiness. I also tried the Rose tea which is a classic and is made with real tiny rosebuds which are very light and fragrant in taste.

We decided to try not one, but all of the Halloween range (what can I say? We had not eaten breakfast yet!) and got our eager hands on some bat biscuits, pumpkin skulls cupcakes and brightly coloured ghosts. These all came as individually wrapped biscuits with pink ribbon or boxes which are available to give to your loved ones. They even do a ‘Dia de Muertos’ layer cake which has a copper skull and dusky English florals perfect for a Halloween party or event. For those that are super creative and a fan of baking, they also sell stencils and have a pack of three aptly titled Boo! Scary face and Cobweb.

Of course me and Jade had lots to discuss as we had not seen each other for some time and in between taking our photos (which must have been at least a hundred and involved Jade perching high on a chair to get the perfect shot!) we were talking about all things fashion, beauty, career and what we had been up to of late. After our teas and cakes, we strolled through Belgravia ready to face our day and definitely ready to venture back to Peggy at least one more time before all those bat biscuits are gone!

The Peggy Porschen Halloween range is available until the 31st October.



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How can I help my son who is taking drugs?

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Dear Patricia Marie,

My 25 year old son's behaviour has been concerning me lately, as he does not seem to want to settle down, and goes from one girlfriend to another. However I have just found evidence in his room that he is taking drugs and I am most disturbed.

I have recently noticed that his personality can be totally different from one day to the next, but I would never have thought he was the type to need drugs to help him through the day. I have brought him up well, sent him to university where he received a passable degree, and provided him with money each month to pay his expenses.
In fact, I am still supporting him now, as at the moment he is only working part-time. What went wrong? Should I confront him?


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There are a variety of reasons why people take drugs, including helping to relieve stress, to fit in with the crowd, for escapism and because they see it as a fun thing to do. Not everyone who takes drugs becomes an addict. But sadly many do end up with an addiction, so it's important that action is taken early on to prevent this from happening.

Communication is essential, and, as difficult as it is, you have to confront your son. Quietly tell him you suspect he's taking drugs, then let him speak. Avoid asking him the questions he is expecting you to throw at him, such as: "How could this have happened to you?" or "How could you do this to me after I have given you everything!" Questions such as these are irrelevant at the moment. Instead find out what is happening in your son's life. Is he struggling with any inner turmoil? Are there relationship issues? Does he have any problems at his place of work?

Do acknowledge the positive aspects of his life too, as although it may be part -time, at least he is getting up and going to work. Convince him you really want to help, but insist that he is honest with you. Remind him that however difficult things seem, you will always be there for him. This will show him the one thing a parent should naturally display for their children - unconditional love. If your son admits to using drugs, he needs to address this. Counselling, hypnotherapy, and addiction support can all help him, but only if he is willing to accept he has a problem.

If he denies taking drugs, and continues to take them, you may have to get tough. Remind him drug use is serious. As well as being illegal, it ruins the lives not only of the users but also of their families too. Tell him there is only so much you can do, that his behaviour is causing you great distress and that it cannot be allowed to continue. You must understand you are not to blame for your son's habit. He is 25, very much an adult, and needs to take responsibility for his own life.

As well as the support of their families, drug users often require professionals to guide, advise and help them. Open 24 hours, 'Ask Frank' is a confidential friendly, non-judgemental helpline for anyone in the UK concerned about drug abuse. I would urge your son to pick up the phone and regain control of his life right now.

Ask Frank: 0300 123 6600 www.talktofrank.com
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My Daughter Won't Accept My Pregnancy

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Dear Patricia Marie,

I have one daughter aged 16. Her father left us when she was a baby, and we were on our own until I met my partner 2 years ago. Everything was perfect until just recently, when we told her we were expecting a baby of our own. Since then she refuses to speak to us, slams doors and is constantly rude. We have tried to reassure her that having this baby won't make any difference to her life or between us, but any mention of the baby and she either becomes angry or bursts into tears. She has become an absolute nightmare. I have tried to be patient, but she is spoiling what should be one of the happiest times of our lives. Please advise.

Patricia Marie says...

I can understand how worried and upset you are feeling. As you say, this should be a 'happy' time for you and at the moment you are seeing your daughter's behaviour as unreasonable and unfair.

Nevertheless, labelling her doesn't help. Understanding her feelings can. Step into your daughter's shoes and try to see things from her point of view. After all, having a baby may be exciting and wonderful for you and your partner, but your daughter perceives this news as a threat to her place in the family. Of course she's upset - for 16 years she's been the number one in your life. She's scared she's no longer important and must be feeling rejected and very unsettled.

What she needs is plenty of love and understanding. Don't pressure her to be more accepting of the news, or make her feel guilty about not having a happy response. Instead, give her time and space to get used to the idea. Perhaps she would like to help decorate the nursery. Ask her opinion on name choices. Involving your daughter in plans around the forthcoming birth will make her feel very much included, and will also help her to come to terms with your pregnancy. Be honest and tell her things will be different, but the love you have for her will never change. As your daughter gets used to the idea of having a sister or brother she will become far less angry and anxious. Gently explain to her that although the baby will initially demand your attention, you will also ensure the two of you get to enjoy special time together. When she trusts the fact she's still loved and wanted, she will hopefully soon grow to accept and adore her new sibling, so you can all get to enjoy the special times that lie ahead.

For further help, advice and guidance, I highly recommend Family Lives (formerly Parent Line Plus) 0808 800 2222 familylives.org.uk/
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Belinda Carlisle Album Launch and Yoga Event

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When one normally thinks of an album launch they picture aperitifs, bright lights and loud music but the new Belinda Carlisle album launch, aptly named Wilder Shores, was a much quieter affair and with a unique difference- it is a Yoga Album!

On arriving at Cecil House, which looks like a lovely vintage dance studio I was greeted by soft candles and a large supply of Jax Coco Coconut water (how could I resist? I had to drink two). After settling on our mats we were taught some breathing practices by Joy Yoga, a London based yoga company that offers classes all over London. This is to relax the body and open the heart whilst Belinda Carlisle began singing songs and mantras from her new album. The music was gently uplifting and the yoga poses were not too strenuous so I instantly felt my stress melting away after my long day of business.

It was quite easy to learn the words too and I found myself naturally joining in, as others were. Normally I am quite self-concious but we weren't put on the spot and everyone was singing anyway so they probably couldn't hear how out of tune I was!

We were then treated to a Gongbath- something which I was not all too familiar with but was soon to learn! It involves the beating of a gong whilst you lie on the floor completely still with palms facing the ceiling. This is to soothe and detox the body in a holistic way and the sounds are to relax the mind. Of course I went one step further and literally fell asleep on the floor. It just felt so relaxing and I really couldn't help myself (which wasn’t part of the plan so hopefully nobody noticed!)

At the end Belinda explained her passion for Kundalini yoga and how meditation has helped her life in many ways whilst I also got the privilege to speak with Normandie Keith, an ambassador for YogaGlo. She explained the importance of self-care and taking time out for oneself which relaxes the mind and body throughout. I refrained from explaining that I had been so in the zone that I’d fallen asleep but I guess that brings a whole new meaning to the term relaxation! All in all, a beautiful evening with beautiful music that feeds the soul.
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