Young Ladies About Town

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Champagne, butlers and roller coasters...

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on Friday, 22 August 2014
Sometimes, we Young Ladies About Town like to venture out of the city (gasp!)

Last week we travelled beyond leafy Windsor to enjoy a day of delights. In fact, we opted to forgo our usual light lunches and rounds of cocktails for...wait for it...Thorpe Park. That's right, the Young Ladies went to a theme park.

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Now usually, one associates these sorts of places with screaming teenagers, a silly number of burger outlets, and the odd oversized soft toy thrown in. And of course the queues. Endless, endless queues.

We're here to tell you it doesn't have to be that way. You can go to the park, enjoy the thrill of the rides, and glide around like you're wandering through your very own kingdom. My dears, you have three options:

1) Buy fast track. This enables you to hop, skip and jump right to the front of every queue. It means a slightly pricier ticket, but there is nothing quite like the satisfaction slipping past the bored faces of those who have been waiting for HOURS.

2) Make an evening of it. Thorpe Park is putting on Summer Nights activities, which means that the park stays open extra late on Fridays and Saturdays. There are a limited number of tickets, so the queues are automatically lower. Perfect for a date (providing you and your beloved are not overly nauseous types).

3) Go VIP. If you really want to splash out, you can have your very own park host, VIP ride access, all day dining with a butler service, Champagne reception, backstage tours plus a gift bag to take home after all the excitement. We're of the firm belief that everyone should have luxury theme park experience at least once (a year).

VIPs can also climb to the top of THE SWARM (the terrific and terrifyingly high roller coaster). And do you know the best part? You can see the London from the top! You can take the girl out of the city...

Summer Nights tickets are limited and are priced at just £15 per person, or guests can buy day and night tickets for £35.99. VIP Gold Packages cost £400 per person. For more detail visit www.thorpepark.com

Krug & Krustacean

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on Tuesday, 19 August 2014
As pretentious as this probably makes me sound, seafood and champagne do make this young lady about town very happy indeed. There, I've said it. Mock me if you will but I stand by it.

With this in mind, you can imagine how excited I was to be invited to the launch of a new pop up due to open this September, Krug & Krustacean – the ultimate seafood and champagne experience.

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Held at the newly opened Beast restaurant (the pop up itself will be on the South Bank) who have collaborated with Maison Krug for the project, the evening was spent enjoying some rather amazing King Crab canapés and of course, a glass or two of champagne.

You can enjoy King Crab delights from Norway in wooden dining pods, designed in a Scandinavian style, when the pop up opens its doors from the 3-7 September, and if the canapés are anything to go by, you'll be wanting to book yourself a table now!

To book visit www.krug.com

Lights out

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on Monday, 04 August 2014
The Royal British Legion has teamed up with Marks & Spencer to encourage the nation to take part in ‘LIGHTS OUT’, a campaign to remember the soldiers who fell during the First World War.

The Legion is inviting the nation to take part in a moment of reflection, by switching off their lights and illuminating their homes with a single candle between the hour of 10pm and 11pn on 4 August, signifying the date Britain entered the Great War 100 years ago and the time the news was broadcast. Volunteers from the Legion are also organising hundreds of local remembrance events taking place across the country to mark the date.

‘LIGHTS OUT’ has been inspired by wartime Foreign Secretary Sir Edward Grey, who famously remarked: “The lamps are going out all over Europe; we shall not see them lit again in our life-time”.

To support the campaign, centenary candles are now available to purchase across all Marks & Spencer stores and online here, with all profits going to the Legion in support of the charity’s vital work.

Rebeca Li fashion show

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on Wednesday, 16 July 2014
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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