Young Ladies About Town

The girls living and laughing their way around London, meeting lots of fascinating folk along the way...

Sainsbury's Edible Flower Masterclass Launch

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on Friday, 11 August 2017
I have walked past the historic Bourne and Hollingsworth building many times but have never ventured in. Luckily for me I had a wonderful excuse as I was invited to the Sainsbury's cake decorating masterclass with Great British Bakeoff winner Chetna Maken who would be launching their very first range of edible flowers, released in stores nationwide.

On arrival the private kitchen in Bourne and Hollingsworth is pure vintage heaven! Fresh plants, flowers, a large table workstation and old rustic wooden beams greeted me as I sat down.

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I was handed a cocktail of Frose (this summers craze of crushed rose) adorned with flowers (full on Instagram worthy) and each of our placemats had cake stands and decorating utensils complete with Sainsbury's aprons- I whipped mine on straight away!

The first thing I noticed about Chetna is she is completely captivating. She talks in a relaxed manner and brought out some freshly baked cakes, one being rose and lemon, another pistachio, followed by blueberry. She explained that her preferred protocol is to use hints of flavour rather than over powering the tastebuds.

She began by using a fragrant smelling buttercream and spoke about how to make and achieve beautiful baking by not thinking everything has to perfect- infact she made it sound so easy!

After icing and layering the cake on stands she explained that the flowers are made specifically in England at the Vale of Evesham and include varieties such as tagete marigold, monkey flowers, viola and dianthus.

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She also told us an amusing story that some people go into Sainsburys hoping to buy a bunch of flowers then decorate their food and eat them ( apparently a big no-no as some flowers can be highly poisonous!)

Finally, it was showtime i.e time to make our own. The room was full of bloggers such as Monas Eyes and Little Sunny Kitchen and I was worried my icing was going to look like I'd done it with my eyes closed compared to theirs. But the smoothing utensils helped greatly and I figured if I went wild with the flowers hopefully no one would notice if I was a bit scrimp with the buttercream! And wild I went, pretty much covering one side of the cake (whilst hoping Chetna wouldn't see the other!)

After helping each other take photos, chatting, and nibbling on other fabulous Sainsburys goodies, I realised that working with food is not only beautiful, fun, creative and therapeutic- but it brought a bunch of ladies together that evening who bonded over the simple love of baking - albeit with the icing on the cake and the flowers to go with it.

Sainsburys edible flowers are now in store.
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Ockendon Manor Spa Retreat and OTEP Launch

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on Thursday, 10 August 2017
by Annette Kellow 

Sometimes in life we all need a little getaway. It can be a tranquil walk, a relaxing bath, some beautifully scented spa treatments... or a combination of all three!

Feeling like I needed a little TLC I discovered Ockendon Manor Spa and Hotel, based in Haywards Heath and handily just under one hour from London.

Arriving at Ockendon, which is set in acres of land with an abundance of flower beds, gardens and countryside I loved how peaceful the surroundings were and how friendly all the staff were as they helped me in looking rather disheveled from the rain!

My friend and I were excited to see our itinerary which had been carefully planned but first some snack indulgence! Off The Eaten Path are a new range of delicious snacks made with real vegetables. They have a high source of fibre whilst they come in delicious flavours such as sour cream, cracked black pepper or caramelised onion (naturally I simply had to try them all).

A lovely spread of all the flavours had been put out for us to nibble on (which we did more than nibble on by getting through a whole delicious bowl!)
We then had a walk organised with Devon based expert ramblers Two Blondes Walking, a duo with a wealth of information on how to get started in hiking.

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We had a lovely afternoon finding our way through lush green fields and wooded areas close by. Two Blondes Walking are something of the connoisseurs of hiking, with a refreshing blog, authors of three books and some amazing tips which would make even the most fearful of walking get their waterproofs on and get outside! Their reason for this is to build confidence whilst we discussed the importance of how it can improve mental health and physical ability.

I think my favourite tip from them was that a long distance walk can burn a high amount of calories so it's good to bring snacks to keep you going (eating is recommended and you burn calories? I'm sold!) They also spoke of wearing layers of clothing that you can easily remove or add depending on the weather and I loved hearing their Devonshire tales of cold water swimming too.

After arriving at our hotel room, we delighted in all the details laid out. White fluffy robes, some Off The Eaten Path snacks and a small bottle of champagne greeted us. My friend Millicent and I decided to head straight to the outside jacuzzi which looked rather inviting, even though it had begun raining again! That didn't stop us as it was heated and we had a good chat before trying out the sauna and steam room. The staff were able to assist us in every way (even charging my phone when I ran out of battery) and the time melted away until it was evening.
After a long drawn out bubble bath and a small snooze, we visited the restaurant on hearing that their food was prize worthy.

Indeed there was a tasting menu featuring several courses but we decided to try the three course meal, which arrived with a delightful glass of fizz.
I tried the cod loin accompanied with a variation of fresh vegetables. It was so mouth watering we could see why the whole restaurant was packed within minutes of them announcing dinner!

The hotel rooms are also extremely cosy and inviting, and after all our walking, chatting, eating and swimming there was only one thing for it- off to bed. And as they say, a good laugh and a long sleep are the two best cures for anything.

Off The Eaten Path snacks are now available from leading retailers including Sainsburys, WHSmith and Ocado.
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China White enclosure at the Royal Henley Regatta

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on Wednesday, 26 July 2017
by Andrea Brown

The China White enclosure at the Royal Henley Regatta has once again proved to be one of the most exciting social events of the British Summer season.

China White kindly invited The Lady to revel in a day full of delicious cocktails and mouth-watering food all inside the glamourous riverfront garden enclosure.

The afternoon started with refreshing Grenall's gin and tonics in the main tent followed by a delightful high tea consisting of mini cucumber, smoked salmon and egg sandwiches.
The savoury scones with goat's cheese and onion relish were a definite stand out followed by a variety of incredibly delicious macarons, cakes and petit fours.

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The stunning weather made the riverfront garden the perfect spot to watch the races and sip on Grenall's Wild Berry Flora Dora cocktails before China White's infamous after party kicked off. We also indulged in the incredible street food. The pulled pork burger was our flavour of choice to give us the energy for an evening of dancing in the DJ tent. The amazing DJ sets from internationally acclaimed DJ's really picked up the vibe and made for a great end to an eventful and enjoyable afternoon.
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Schwarzkopf BC Bonacure Launch

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on Wednesday, 26 July 2017
by Annette Kellow 

Although I love hair products, conditioning treatments and pampering my locks, I have a confession to make that sometimes it all goes out the window when I get busy. I do try to look after my hair to keep on top of the maintenance but it doesn't always happen, resulting in dry ends that have a tendency to frizz (not a good look I must admit!)

Last week was one of those moments. I had a hair cut booked but had to cancel because of work commitments and because of that, I felt like it wasn't looking it's best. So when I had the opportunity to attend Easton Regal Hair Salon for the launch of the new Schwarzkopf BC Bonacure Micellar Cleansing Conditioners I meekly hoped there was something they could do.
I was greeted by a very friendly Gary Taylor, an award winning world champion in acclaimed hairdressing techniques and Schwarzkopf ambassador. After an in depth consultation he explained exactly how he was going to tame my wild tresses (there was light at the end of the tunnel after all!)

Gary informed me that BC Bonacure Cleansing Conditioner is a rotation of wash, otherwise known as a co-wash, and is a shampoo and conditioner in one, giving the hair a gentler yet perfected daily care. The co-wash regime enables the natural oils in the scalp to be restored using the Micellar Technology which lifts oils and dirt gently, transporting them through water. Because the hair is not being washed daily it doesn't strip the natural moisture of the hair and locks in natural shine.

It is also sulphate-free and is meant to be used every third wash, giving it the perfect blend of conditioning and cleansing.

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As he washed my hair, the aroma smelt like a heavenly mix of botanical flowers and also didn't lather (a sign of less harsh chemicals and more goodness to the hair follicle).

I also loved the way he washed my hair! He explained the technique of moving around the scalp in a massage like motion which by using the product can help reverse three years of damage to the hair.

I certainly needed it being that I dye my hair often and use heated rollers with setting lotion on a regular basis!

Gary also informed me that the product is good for people who like to 'live their life, are busy and don't always have the time,' (a perfect description of my everyday movements then!) as the product is not meant to be used every single wash.

Next came the styling. He gave my hair a long wavy blow dry with soft curls and a side sweep. His technique on drying the hair using a rounded brush resulted in instant waves and I tried to take notes so I could copy him back at home.

He didn't use very much product (something I have found other hairdressers sometimes pile on but doesn't keep the hair so fresh). By keeping it lighter and letting the BC Bonacure Cleansing do the work it would ensure my hair stays softer and shiner for longer.

I certainly did feel much happier after the mini-makeover that Gary gave me and that using the co-wash at home would also keep the transformation and maintenance going for longer. I had never used this type of product before but BC Bonacure has definitely changed my mind about washing when your off being a busy bee, especially as it makes people look like they've spent hours on their hair!

Schwarzkopf BC Bonacure Conditoners are currently available from Schwarzkopf retailers and salons.
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Alexandria Imperiale Perfume Launch at Fortnum and Mason

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on Monday, 17 July 2017
by Annette Kellow

There is nothing more exquisite than entering the prestigious Fortnum and Mason store. From the two suited footmen holding candlesticks as you arrive, to the freshly made confectionary and the rows upon rows of deliciously boxed champagne- I always say nothing bad can ever happen there!

This week I was cordially invited to the launch of Xerjoff's Alexandria Imperiale perfume exclusively made for Fortnum and Mason (very tempting to say Fortnum's and Mason's but apparently that is rather frowned upon!)

Arriving at the prompt hour of 8am I was immediately ushered in by a very regal looking red suited doorman. The best part of this was that no one else was in the store and I had a clear view of the wonderland. You could hear a pin drop whilst there was a sense of magic in the stillness (and also the temptation to run around and go on a massive shopping spree).

I went up to the perfume floor to be greeted by the brand ambassador Costas, who looked and notably, smelt divine. He instantly took me on a mini-tour of the Xerjoff brand.
Alexandria Imperiale is a couture perfume created by Sergio Momo which has beautiful hints of rose, lavander and cardamom. It comes from the Xerjoff brand which Sergio founded 10 years ago.

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Alexandra Imperiale comes from the Oud Stars collection which is created with distinguished distillations and pure Oud from the plantations of Laos.

The extensive research and limited production of Oud Stars has been developed with the firm intention of creating a special luxurious creative collection, of this perfume emulates in abundance.

I also love that is quite a glamorous scent and Costa informed me the layering technique is often used with Xerjoff to create a profound long lasting essence.
Otherwise known as 'Fragrance cocktailing' it doesn't mean to start spritzing all your leftover perfumes on (as I imagined a new use for all my old ones that I'd chucked in the bottom of my drawer!) but creating a balanced fresh scent, which Costa is highly trained in.

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And please can we just talk about the bottle! Encasing a fusion of nature, passion and artistry, the gold leaf style sweeping lid and beautiful burgundy bottle give it the allure of a jewel amongst treasure.

After a little layering, it was time for some feasting. Fortnum and Mason laid out the most beautiful spread including fruit granola, pain au chocolate, hot cross buns, juices and coffee which of course I heartily indulged in. I can see why Fortnums food department has been raved about since 1738 and rumour has it even the Royal family are fans.

I couldn't resist trying it all and when Costa noticed me nibbling he said, 'Darling your having so much fun eating, if I ate that much I would have to wear two pairs of Spanx!'

I probably should have listened to him but at least I was wafting with delicious Xerjoff perfume- so I suppose all was not lost.
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