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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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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

For advice on getting your look visit

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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.

Afternoon Tea Week

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on Monday, 10 August 2015
Afternoon tea. Possibly the most quintessentially British thing about Britain; the scones, the cakes, the finger sandwiches, the tea (of course) all placed delicately on beautiful china and extravagant tiered cake plates, what could be more perfect? I absolutely love afternoon tea, the whole experience I find not only relaxing, but also charming and culturally fabulous.


You can imagine my utter delight, therefore, when I discovered there was a whole week dedicated to celebrating afternoon tea, let alone that I was invited to Afternoon's Afternoon Tea Week Launch. We arrived at St. Ermin's Hotel promptly at 6:00 to be ushered up the sweeping staircase and onto the terrace, already laid with beautiful pink and blue china. After taking our seats, the food promptly arrived on impressive square blocks, almost mimicking windows as we peered through to see what treats we could discover.

Although there was some discrepancy on our table that the tea didn't arrive quick enough, for me, food comes before everything, and the majority of it was delectable. I do highly recommend the chocolate and raspberry tea cake while the strawberry macaroon was questionable as it seemed to be more like a marshmallow. The waiters then came and took our tea orders, where I chose the 'Rooibos Orange', a soothing, fragrant drink which is also warming and comforting – perfect as it started to drizzle with rain and we huddled under the umbrellas. This, of course, did not spoil the atmosphere and we continued to nibble, sip and socialise.


Afternoon is an online booking site for afternoon teas all over the country in a variety of large hotels and restaurants. It is, if you will, rather like a 'go compare' site for afternoon teas, allowing you to compare the best deals, menus and locations and then going on to book the afternoon tea that you would like.

Afternoon Tea Week is from the 10th to the 16th of August 2015.

Oysters and Gin

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Have spent my childhood growing up in a seaside town, there isn't much, if any, seafood I don't love. And oysters are most certainly up their amongst my favourites.

So getting to spend the evening at Shuck in Borough Market, eating oysters and drinking specially paired gin cocktails (gin just so happens to be my favourite tipple!), well it doesn't get much better than that.


On arrival we enjoyed a G&T to cleanse the palate, before getting the chance to taste a variety of fresh natural oysters from around the British Isles, each paired with a different Gin Mare cocktail.

The menu included naked oysters, dressed oysters, with individual sauces created using each of Gin Mare's four botanicals of Thyme, Basil, Olive and Rosemary, and tasty (and super impressive to watch being prepared!) blown oysters. My favourite cocktail and oyster of the evening was definitely the Hotter than July cocktail (see all of the recipes below) served with the naked oysters.

oysters-3The blown oysters made for rather impressive viewing...and tasting!

After we were treated to a mini masterclass learning how to shuck an oyster, with a short talk by Shuck's Simon Lamont about oyster tasting and how the taste differs depending on where in the UK it has come from.
All in all, gin in one hand and delicious oyster in the other makes this Young Lady About Town very happy!

Make the cocktails at home...

Hotter than July (Serve in a champagne flute)
25ml Gin Mare
15ml fresh lime juice
5ml sugar syrup
Szechuan pepper
Jalapeño pepper
Top with prosecco

Sea & Salad
Muddle 2 cherry tomatoes, 6 basil leaves, sprig rosemary, sprig thyme
50ml Gin Mare
20ml fresh lime juice
10 ml sugar syrup
Top with prosecco


Med Snapper

50ml Gin Mare
25ml spice mix (Tabasco, Worcestershire sauce, celery salt, black pepper, fresh chilli)
25ml fresh lemon juice
10ml sugar syrup
Top up with good quality tomato juice
Serve in a 15oz glass over ice, garnish with a lemon wedge
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