Young Ladies About Town

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A morning with Phillip Kingsley

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on Thursday, 28 January 2016
Last week I had the pleasure of attending the press launch for Phillip Kingsley's new PK Prep line, a luxurious styling range that's infused with formulas to strengthen the foundations of your hair. The range is a trio of products: the Perfecting Spray, Plumping Cream and Polishing Balm.

As I enter the galactic elevator at the Sanderson Hotel, I was excited to be immersed in an hours worth of hair talk- as an enthusiast of all things hair and beauty, I'm already quite familiar with the Phillip Kingsley brand.

katrina-blogThe new PK Prep range including the Perfecting Spray, Plumping Cream and Polishing Balm


I got to talk to Phillip Kingsley's daughter, Anabel Kingsley, Director of Communications and trichologist at Phillip Kingsley. She gave me a run down behind the science of the products and how to get the perfect blow dry.

Each of the products have their own application tips:

The Plumping Cream, don't over dry your hair when thoroughly blow drying it dry- even a few seconds of heat on dry hair can be damaging.

The Polishing Balm can give your hair a shiny, sleek look when applied on dry hair, and for those unruly hair lines, add a small amount of product to an eyebrow brush and work through to tidy up the area.

The Polishing Spray works best when layered, building more product into the hair when styling. This doesn't burden the hair with product, but rather remains lightweight, and when blow dried with a large brush, creates perfect volume.

The event was a great way to kick start my morning, and I'm definitely excited to incorporate the products into my haircare routine!
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The ulitmate pamper session

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on Tuesday, 26 January 2016
When it comes to a pampering session, there are few things that will do the job better than a visit to the salon.

After a successful pop-up salon in south Kensington, The Bardou Express Blow Dry Bar have made a home in Covent Garden (right around the corner from The Lady HQ!).

Having had a bad experience with a blow dry bar before (after leaving the salon it wasn't even 30 mins before my hair was back to the way it was before the appointment), I was dubious about trying another. Thankfully I took the plunge because Bardou is my new favourite saloon.

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From the moment I walked in, the retro tunes (it's like they knew I was coming!), the lights around the mirrors at each station a la old school Hollywood, and the champagne and cupcake I was given on arrival, I realised this was my kind of place.

Off to a party in a Marilyn Monroe esque dress I opted for big hair like the icon herself.

Their philosophy is first class styling with first class stylists and that was given from the off.

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Daniel the salon manager was incredibly tentative and a pleasure to chat to whilst I waited for my appointment.

The stylist (stylists work on a freelance basis so you might not always be able to get the same one but they all have 15 years of experience in the hair industry so whoever you get you'll be in safe hands) was great. Not only was he chatty but he knew exactly what I wanted and ran with it; sat in front of the lit mirror I felt just a little like a star.

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I couldn't have been happier with the result and positively bounded out of the salon, taking the time to catch a glimpse of myself in every shop window I passed.

For the feel good and look god factor, when it comes to blow dry bars, call of the search, we've found a winner.
Bardou, 44 Shelton St. WC2H 9HZ, Covent Garden, London. Open Tuesday until Saturday from 9am to 9pm: www.thebardou.com
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Grab your swimming costume! It's a full moon

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on Monday, 25 January 2016
Do you know what you'll be doing on the next full moon?

Well the team from Secret Adventures do, they'll be swimming in lidos, rivers and lakes across London every full moon in 2016.

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To celebrate the full moon swims for this year, the team at Secret Adventures invited a group to an evening of swimming, followed by food (supplied by Foods Unearthed) and singing around the campfire.

Just under an hour of swimming was the perfect thing to build an appetite for our campfire feast and despite the rain, the cold, and my forgetting of waterproof trousers and a blanket (was saved there as the Secret Adventures team had enough picnic blankets for all), I had a great time.

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And after a swim what could be better than live music and great food? FYI campfire cooked camembert is the best thing ever and my new campfire food favourite.

I went on my own, knowing a few people from the group but I'd say that if you wanted to go alone but were worried about sitting in the corner with no one to chat to then don't worry; everyone was very friendly and chatty.

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Overall, I would definitely be up for donning my bikini and partaking in a bit of night time swimming again!

The night time, full moon swims will be accompanied by a delightful camp fire and marshmallows. All you need to bring is a picnic, your swim suit and wear something warm! www.secretadventures.org

Juicing: Does it work?

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on Friday, 15 January 2016
plenish-176Have you been embracing the New Year New You state of mind? Personally I've always been a sausage and chips at the local greasy spoon kinda girl as opposed to a salad one but with my best friend's wedding next month, for once I well and truly boarded the New Year New You wagon.

But which way do you turn? With so many fad diets and schemes out there, it's difficult to know where to start.

I opted for a Plenish juice cleanse which involved drinking six juices a day for three days; a level one cleanse.

My fears going into it would be that the juices would be foul tasting and that'd I'd be really hungry.

The first thing I realised when the juices arrived at The Lady HQ was that to do the cleanse you need to have a lot of space in your fridge; 18 juices take up quite a bit of space. Thankfully we have two fridges in the editorial department so that was fine but if I were to have taken the juices home I would have struggled.

With your juices you also get a glass straw (fancy!) and a booklet with tips on recipes and an advised schedule for your juices.

Plenish advise you have a hot water with lemon at 6am and then your first juice at 8am drinking one every two hours from then, with a break at 6pm. This is just a suggested schedule so from the off I binned the 6am hot water and lemon – I don't have to get up for work until there is half seven so there was no way I was getting up an hour and a half early for some water!
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Other than that I stuck to the schedule.

So how did it go?

Well my first relief was that the juices (bar one) were quite yummy! Secondly, the only time I felt hungry was when I forgot my 4pm juice and had it a bit late. But thirdly and most excitingly was that after three days of juicing I've moved my belt buckle one extra notch – yay!

Being a complete cynic when it comes to this sort of thing I have to say I'm an absolute convert. I had loads of energy, slept well, my skin looked great (without makeup), and I managed to lose a few pounds. What's not to love?

And at just under £60 (per day) for the level one juice it's something I think I'll definitely be doing again.

www.plenishcleanse.com

Get stupidly healthy

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on Friday, 08 January 2016
moju-176Kayaking selfie! Everyone is getting into the New Year, New You spirit, to the extent that even I'm sitting here with a cold press juice instead of the usual cup of tea or hot chocolate with cream and sprinkles.

Moju launched their cold press juices late last year by teaming up with Secret Adventures and taking a group of bloggers and journalists (myself included) on a kayaking trip on the canals of Hackney.

Moju's brand mission is to inspire a new generation of healthier, happier people by making accessible, great-tasting juice in the healthiest way possible, and with their tagline being 'get #stupidlyhealthy,' a day's kayaking was the perfect way to share their new brand.

Rain and my terrible kayaking skills (my partner and I more zig-zagged down the entire canal then going for the more traditional straight line route) aside, an hour or so after setting off I was Moju juice in had at the quirky Crate Brewery in Hackney.

Founders of the brand and university friends, Rich and Charlie, joined the group for the trip and had time to tell us about the venture.

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After leaving university they both got jobs which meant busy days and long hours so started juicing to help stay healthy. Finding nowhere that stocked reasonably priced juices they ditched the suits and decided to fill the niche.

moju-3Zig zagging like troopers...

Initial tasting sessions with Charlie's mum's book club were a huge success and the brand went from strength to strength; from using a simple juicer in their mum's kitchen and delivering by hand the brand is now stocked in Harrods and available to buy online.

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The cold press juices are packed full of goodness with at least four portions of fruit and veg in each bottle (equivalent to an impressive 1/2 of a kilo of fresh produce), and are 100% natural with no additives.

moju-1And we finally make it!

So after a mornings kayaking in pretty miserably, cold weather it's no surprise I was feeling perky!

The MOJU range comprises three flavours, The Green Juice, The Purple Juice, and The Orange Juice, all costing £2.95 (250ml bottle). www.mojudrinks.com


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