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Rebeca Li fashion show

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Sinead-Fashion-1When I arrived at the Rebeca Li fashion show I was surprised to be greeted by a line of tall, handsome men in tuxedos, lined down a red carpet, all holding roses. As they handed their roses out to each of the girls coming in, they said “Thank you for being you.” (My only reply: ‘Can I have this treatment every evening please?’) And after a long day in London it definitely made me smile.

‘Being you’ is exactly what Rebeca Li’s fashion is all about.

Born in China, Rebeca’s fashion is inspired by the Silk Road and her Chinese heritage, and she designs her dresses according to inspiration she draws from the person she is making it for.

“I crafted my collection to carry a woman through the day, from work to play, with fabrics that hold their own and are transformed by the changing light,” says Rebeca.

“The collection was inspired by the cool light of London, the energising light of Shanghai, and the optimistic light of the stories of the Silk Road. My fabrics are sourced in China, where my roots lie, and have been chosen because of their texture and colour. My collection reflects deeply who I am, and what I want every woman to be: beautiful on every occasion.”

As we nibbled canapes and helped ourselves to the fizzy, the models were strutting their stuff on the catwalk. All the while, Rebeca talked about the personalities and styles of the women modelling and explained why she chose each particular dress for them.

Overall the evening left me feeling positive. A reminder that we as women, are not just cut-outs or mannequins for any old high street chain.

While Rebeca’s designer glad rags aren’t cheap (especially not for a young journalist on a budget!), what I took away from it was the positive message and the idea that if I needed a frock for a special occasion, she would be the one I would contact.

Bespoke clothes with a hint of magic, Rebeca Li’s fashion does exactly what it says on the tin: “Fashion is for woman, not the other way round.”

You can check out Rebeca’s designs and learn more on her website at www.rebecali.com

Written by Sinead Nolan

Naked wines tasting

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Naked Wines Event "Nothing makes the future look so rosy as to contemplate it through a glass of Chambertin." said Napoleon Bonaparte.

And I couldn’t agree more. Hence why I headed off to the Naked Wines UK Summer Tour, which took place from the 20 - 29 June.

The winemakers had flown in from all over the world to share their delicious wines and they would be covering 10 cities in 10 days.

How it worked was fairly easy for the seasoned wine drinker: turn up, pick up a glass, decide what you wanted to try and then taste the wine. There was also spittoons, water and crackers by the edge of every table, lest one get too merry.

Sinead-Wine-1My friend, a seasoned wine tasting pro, advised we start at the expensive bubblies before the masses got to them and work our way down to the cheaper wines. We started our rounds at the fizz, port and dessert wine stalls with a Villebois Brut from the Loire Valley in France, a Prosecco from Italy and a Chapel Down Pinot Reserve 2007 from Kent in the UK, which kicked off the event with a nice zest.

Secondly we visited the New Zealand stand to sample some of the whites from Central Victoria, Hawkes Bay and South Eastern Australia, where among others we tasted a Marlborough Pinot Gris and a crisp, fruity Lay of the Land Destination Sauvignon Blanc 2013. It was here that I chatted a little to the Naked Wine representative (I must mention that he was fully clothed!), an award-winning wine grower himself, who had travelled half way around for the event. We chatted about all of the unusual names, such as the ‘The Rebel Reisling’ and ‘The Butterfly Effect Shiraz’. Who knew winemaking could get so creative? But I couldn’t keep him too long, there were eager wine tasters pushing at my elbows to get some of the best stuff...

Next, we were drawn to South Africa, where an Arabella Reserve in Unison was very popular among tasters. I spoke to an ‘Angel’ there (a Naked Wines ‘Angel’ is someone who has signed up to pay a certain amount every month and in return receives a hamper of unique wines of their choice every few months) who was very impressed with the scheme. But the winner of the wines that evening had to go to Argentina and Chile with their Kimbao Pinot Noir 2012 from the Metropolitana region of Chile, which proved to me one thing I had always wondered - yes, quality and price can make a difference. Also, that I would never be able to appreciate a cheap wine ever again.

After a little sit down and some food, we did the rounds of Italy, Germany and Austria, France (the favourite being a Domaine O’Vineyards Stranger Stranger 2007 from the Languedoc-Roussillon region) and of course Spain and Portugal where we tried a Negreiros Douro from Portugal (grapes squashed by foot, no less!) and a fantastic, full bodied Carlos Rodriguez Rioja Graciano 2012.

Finally, when all the wine was gone we realised it might be time to leave on our merry way. Four sheets to the wind, yet much more wine educated, we made our way home.

Naked Wines is a customer funded business who invest in independent wine. If you are interested in learning more about signing up go to www.nakedwines.com

Written by Sinead Nolan
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Fresh air fun

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The glorious thing about good weather is that there is SO much more fun to be had. Alfresco dining, frolicking in the Serpentine, sipping cocktails in glamorous rooftop bars across the city...

With the warmer months also comes the chance to go the theatre outside. The Regent's Park Open Air Theatre has been delighting audiences for more than 80 years, and the 2014 season is proving to be a stellar one.

We Young Ladies went along this week to see the rollicking production, Hobson's Choice. Mark Benton leads the cast in a play which had us laughing throughout, the performances seeming all the more majestic under the open sky.

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Before the play and during the interval, we soaked up the atmosphere in the beautiful grounds of the theatre too. With food, fine wine and fairy lights, it feels like a grown up version of the secret garden.

Hobson's Choice is on for just one more week, but a highly-anticipated production of The Gershwin's Porgy and Bess follows. It's tempting to set up camp in Regent's Park to see them all...

For more information visit www.openairtheatre.com

Café crush

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on Thursday, 03 July 2014
There are more cafés in London than you can shake a teacup at, but few have the power to make people literally stop in their tracks.

L'ETO - with branches in Chelsea, Belgravia and Soho amongst others - does just this. Their array of delectable cakes have people practically licking the window in appreciation.

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And it gets even better when you venture inside. As well as the cakes (all homemade), there are a selection of chocolate truffles, and healthy yet hearty salads for a that bit of savoury before you indulge in the sweet.

If you happen to be passing in the morning, it's worth trying their new breakfast menu. From avocado on toast to fluffy pancakes to quinoa porridge, there is something to cater to every fancy. Their freshly squeezed juices are delicious too.

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Part patisserie, part chocolatier, part fresh and vibrant café, it has swifty become a firm favourite for us Young Ladies About Town. See you there for breakfast, a light lunch of afternoon tea (most likely all three)!

www.letocaffe.co.uk 

Shhh…

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on Thursday, 19 June 2014
The London Cabaret Society (whenever it is uttered during the evening the audience is urged to reply with "shhh...") have recently launched their new summer cabaret show at the rather decadent Café de Paris.

Promising to be a night full of burlesque, singing and other bizarre and wonderful entertainment, we went along to see if the London Cabaret Society (shhh) is really the ultimate cabaret.

There is the option to dine as you enjoy the performances. The main of steak and dessert of the most indulgent chocolate pud ever are fantastic and great value for money. I would say the starters leave a little to be desired. Sadly my salmon tasted like it had been sat around for a while. But the main event of the evening is the cabaret acts, not the food!

Enjoying a Dita Von Tini cocktail the night unfolded in a whirl of gorgeous ladies, hilarious singing duos and acrobatic acts. The highlight for me was the singing duo, East End Cabaret, whose song, Danger Wank, (yes you read that right) had me crying with laughter.

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The show's compere, Des O'Connor, helps the show flow seamlessly and adds extra humour during the time between acts.

After seeing the acts, if you're feeling inspired to showcase your own burlesques skills (I have none but that didn't stop me wanting to jump on stage and whip my dress off) then you could have the chance. Once a month an unknown talent will get the chance to perform alongside world known acts on the 'Hot Spot'. So it's a great way to see the potential future cabaret stars of tomorrow.

When the show finishes the night is far from over. Guest are invited to dance the night away (to cheesy classics as opposed to unintelligible noise which seems to form the basis of the charts today) with the performers to the small hours.

A night as fabulous and decadent as both the venue and it's performers you can't go far wrong. Vive le Café de Paris and the London Cabaret Society (shhh)!

www.cafedeparis.com
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