Young Ladies About Town

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Specsavers Silent Night

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on Thursday, 12 November 2015
specsavers-176One in six people under the age of 65 in the UK currently suffer from some sort of hearing loss. I have two grandparents who wear hearing aids, and despite understanding the obvious that they struggle with hearing; I had no understanding of how they feel and how they may struggle at a family meal such as Christmas dinner.

In a bid to help people understand I went to the Specsavers Silent Night event, which would entail enjoying a Christmas meal whilst having my ears blocked so 70% of hearing would be lost.

Once I'd had the putty like filler injected into my ears I took a seat around the table to have breakfast and chat which sounds simple, but had now been made a whole lot harder.

When talking to people I had to make sure I was looking directly at them, relying much more than I usually would on facial indicators and lip movements during a conversation.

I also found that eating and talking to someone was near impossible; when eating, the sound of chewing would drown out everything around me. I found this meant it took me much longer to eat a meal, having to constantly stop eating so I could partake in conversation.

I also found it very difficult to chat to more than one person at a time, unable to look at different people's faces at the same time making it hard to get into group conversations.

Nick Taylor, Head of Professional Advancement at Specsavers Hearing Centres, was in attendance at the breakfast and explained some of the knock on effects of hearing loss (that is left untreated) with depression, loneliness, diabetes and weight gain being just a few.


Once your hearing starts to deteriorate, there is nothing that can be done to bring it back 100%, but a simple hearing test and an aid can bring back up to 95% of hearing, vastly improving a person's life.

Having experienced 70% hearing loss and struggling to get through a meal without worrying I was speaking too loudly, not being able to communicate fully, and even not wanting to really eat as it disturbed my hearing, I now more than ever see the importance of hearing tests.

For more information on hearing loss and to book a free hearing test visit
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Hooray for lunch time

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on Friday, 09 October 2015
Working in the center of Covent Garden we young ladies about town are lucky to have a huge variety of food choices when it comes to lunch. Invariably though we just head for the nearest place, sticking usually to places on our very own Bedford street and Herietta Street.

So we were all rather excited to discover Caffè Nero's (which is directly opposite our office) new range of hot dishes for lunch time.

The launch comes in light of research they carried out revealing that despite nearly 40% of us feeling re-energised, a third of us feeling happier , a fifth more focused and 16% more motivated after a lunchbreak, nearly one in ten Brits (9.5%) never take a break at all, and 15% of us do lunch 'al desko'.


In a bid to lure us away from our desks their new range (which can be taken away or eaten in) includes Al Forno dishes: Penne Bolognese in a rich ragu and Chicken Pesto Al Forno with fresh pesto and a crisp breadcrumb topping, layered pots: Creamy Mushroom and Spinach Risotto with fresh leaves, Mediterranean Vegetable Arrabiata with basil and olive oil, and flatbreads: Chargrilled Vegetable or Sunblush Tomato, Pesto and Mozzarella flatbread topped with a creamy mozzarella.

On hearing about the new range it wasn't long before we found ourselves tucking into something delicious, served in a china bowl (if you sit in), making a nice change from eating out of a cardboard pot.

So far we fully appove of the risotto, penne bolognese, and the flatbreads. As for the other dishes, well by the end of next week I have no doubt we will have tried them all.

The new Caffè Nero hot food range is priced £3.50 - £5.25

A Royal Night Out

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on Monday, 07 September 2015
On V.E. Day in 1945, peace was declared across Europe. The streets of London were full of celebrating people and wanting to be a part of the celebrations, Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret are allowed out to enjoy what the Queen has referred to as 'one of the most memorable nights of my life.'

A Royal Night Out (available on DVD now) is the imagined knees-up the sisters went on, from The Ritz to Soho.

To celebrate to the release of the DVD, we spent the evening enjoying our own, modern, Royal night out.

The Queen recalls the night, 'I remember lines of unknown people linking arms and walking down Whitehall, and all of us were swept along by tides of happiness and relief.' They allegedly did the Conga around Piccadilly Circus and Trafalgar Square before entering The Ritz (still doing the Conga) which raised some eyebrows.'

So where does one start if they want to party like a Royal?

For my Royal night out we start at Bumpkin in South Kensington.

royal-night-out-blogClockwise from top left: Still from the film A Royal Night Out. Melonie enjoys a cocktail with the barman at Eclipse. Another film still. Both Eclispe and Boujis have a wide range of delicious cocktails on offer. The Princesses dancing in the new film. Melonie meets Carlo Carello- General Manager of Boujis and Director of Business Development at Ignite Group.

Using locally sourced produce the British brasserie is a great place to start your Royal tour. Serving everything from delicious pies to steak and fish, as well as a range of salads and other vegetarian options, it's a great place to have a lunch or early dinner before hitting the town. It's been reported that certain members of the Royal family like to dine at the venue.

For a spot of dinner (they also offer late night dining) Ramusake is perfect for dinner before hitting the tiles. Frequented by Prince Harry and Princess Eugenie,  and with Princess Beatrice and Cressida Bonas attending the soft launch when the venue opened, this restaurant/bar is perfect for dinner on your Royal tour.  Anyone who is interested in membership can get in touch to make a booking and on the night a member of the team will discuss membership options with you. Membership is currently £250 per year. Situated on the Old Brompton Road in South Kensington, if you love Japanese food it is definitely worth going to the effort of finding a way to dine there.

For pre-drinks try Eclipse in South Kensington. Both members and guests are welcome at the venue. With a number of private areas, it's become popular with celebrities the world over, knowing they can enjoy a night at the venue without being disturbed. Equally if they want to mingle or partake in impromptue performances (if they are musicians), that is also an option.

The final stop on the Royal tour should be Boujis. A favourite again with celebrities and Royals alike, Boujis has clubs in both London and Hong Kong.

Open for more than 10 years, Boujis is the choice for international VIPs, aristocracy and London's elite, providing an unrivalled nightlife experience and regularly playing host to some of the world's most influential and glamorous people.

Its reputation for discretion and professionalism, outstanding cocktails and top class DJs has won Boujis numerous awards and kept its A-list devotees coming back for more.

Undoubtedly the perfect place to bring your Royal night out to a close.

A Royal Night Out is available on Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand, courtesy of Lionsgate Home Entertainment.
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A mini revival

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on Monday, 07 September 2015
With the Goodwood Revival (11-13 September) upon us, the excitement among vintage fans and classic car enthusiasts is no doubt high.

The Goodwood Revival is the UK's annual visual feast of vintage motors and sartorial splendour. Established as the only sporting event that's staged entirely in period theme, understandably what to wear is of great importance.

If you're like myself, so far I have been 'set' on an outfit five different times, and have no doubt the outfit I'm currently 'definitely' wearing will change again before I go along on Saturday.

goodwood2From left: Swing Sixties (model pictured with a Maserati Mexico, £150,000). Fresh faced fifties (model pictured with a Maserati 3500 GT Vignale Spyder, £700,000). Forties feeling (model pictured with a Maserati Ghibli, £300,000)

Luckily for me I managed to get some advice from a very good source. To celebrate the launch of this year's event, Goodwood teamed up with Maserati and Sue O'Donoghue, Costume Curator for Goodwood, and spent the day showing me how to create looks from the 40s, 50s, and 60s. As well as that I also got the ultimate thrill of experiencing laps in a top of the range Maserati at the Goodwood circuit.

goodwood1Strike a pose! I get my chance to model with the classic cars

Sue gave some great tips for those attending the event (and who may still be umming and ahhing about their outfit) this weekend, from how to create the vintage look with modern clothing and if you're set on wearing vinatge, how to spot true vintage in shops.

For example, think that dress may be true vntage? A good way to check is by looking at what the zip is made of and where it sits. Vintage dresses tend to have metal zips sitting on the side, and trousers, again tend to have metal zips and they are positioned either on the side or at the back unlike trousers today where the zip tends to be plastic and sit at the front.

If you decide to create a vintage look with modern clothing, a good place to start is your local charity shop. A simple tea dress (racks in charity shops are will usually have at least one 80s does 40s dress of this style) will help to achieve a 40s look. A simple pair of cigarette pants or pedal pushers, teamed with a top and a neck scarf will create an effective 50s look. Or, with this year's Revival celebrating 50 years of the mini skirt, channel your inner sixties goddess and

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Do keep an eye out for Toni &Guy

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on Friday, 28 August 2015
This week I went to the launch of Toni & Guy's newest innovation- the Fluid Metal Styler, a product aimed to keep tresses sleek and chic with its salon quality technology. The event, hosted not far from The Lady Towers, hosted a range of beauty writers and hair enthusiasts drinking champagne and getting their hair done by an on site Toni & Guy stylist.

I was greeted by two representatives of the brand who talked me through their latest product. Its glossy exterior is matched by its iridescent plates, and it even came in a shiny bag with a heat proof mat. The titanium plates of the straightener ensure heat transfer while protecting hair follicles, and at 25mm, they go much beyond straightening. The styler also doesn't snag or irritatingly get caught when you go to curl your hair, as I later found out.

Sipping prosecco and munching on mini quiches, we were entertained by a contortionist who bent herself into unthinkable shapes. In between ogling at the spine-aching poses of the acrobat, I chatted to the girls around the room about where they worked and what they came along for. The space was lit up with purple and blue hues, and bubbles were rampantly bursting out of a tiny machine.

I was then swiftly ushered into a stylist chair where a trendy lady in heels asked me what kind of hairstyle I wanted. I pointed at the girl that was in the chair before me, who had emerged with loose, effortless waves. Within seconds, the stylist was spraying my head with heat protector and parting sections of my hair. As she glided the straightener around my hair she started to tell me a little about her styling career, and all the crazy behind the scenes stories of chaotic events like London Fashion Week. Ten minutes later and a little tussling, my hair was bouncy and full of texture.

Goody bag in hand, I left the event (albeit only staying an hour) feeling like I had just had a spa day.

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