Young Ladies About Town

The girls living and laughing their way around London, meeting lots of fascinating folk along the way...

Animal Heaven at the National Pet Show

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on Wednesday, 17 May 2017
by Annette Kellow 

This week I was invited to the National Pet Show held in E14 by Professor Noel Fitzpatrick, a yearly show in which they host an array of animals with an entertaining and educational factor.

I arrived at Excel early and was ushered through to a large auditorium which looked like pet heaven with many different arenas, stands and varieties of animals.

Luckily I was given a clear map of where to go and what to see so I headed straight to the dog area where I watched 30 big yellow retrievers on show, who were part of The Golden Retriever Display Team. They were so obedient, sitting and turning on cue to the music (Could It Be Magic by Take That was in full force) and each had its owner leading them along, whom they doted upon. I couldn't imagine my dog being so good even when treats are involved!

I then went to the hen area. Fresh Start For Hens rehouse ex-commercial hens which have care centres across the country. These particular birds would otherwise be killed or left unwanted as when they stop laying eggs they are deemed to be useless and often owners do not want to pay for them anymore. Fresh Start For Hens look after them and care for them, then they are rehoused with new individuals who are wanting hens as pets or companion animals. I think the highlight of my day was cuddling a sweet hen who snuggled into my lap then swiftly fell asleep!

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I also visited the small furries Theatre, the secret rabbit garden, birds of prey arena and miniature horses paddock- I even had a parrot who started having a little light hearted conversation with me!

The National Pet Show has an in depth educational side to it too. You can learn about the care of animals including dogs and find out how rescue services work.

Professor Noel Fitzpatrick had many talks throughout the day with up-to-date information on a variety of animals. He shared his insight on exploring the incredible bond between human and pets alike and how they help in many areas of life- as a companion, a working dog, police dogs and how you can learn from each other.

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Caring for a pet is a rewarding experience but he explained the importance of educating yourself before taking on an animal- there were many talks on the day for people interested in learning about specific species.

For any doting pet owner who enjoys treating their loved one (or even spoiling them to absolute bits!) there was also a wide variety of pet accessories, beds, treats and more toys than your pet would know what to do with. I came away with a few treats, balls and a rather fetching dog lead which my dog completely ignored when she smelt the other goodies on offer. As they say, whoever said that diamonds were a girls best friend never owned a dog!
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To Snare a Spy launch at the Sloane Club

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on Wednesday, 10 May 2017
By Katrina Schollenberger

The Nare hotel is Cornwall's top luxury hotel. With breath taking views, two restaurants to dine at and a spa, The Nare country house hotel accommodates all your needs for a luxurious escape to the coast.

Thriller novelist Jon Stock, former writer at The Daily Telegraph, has penned a new spy book set on the south coast of Cornwall based at The Nare hotel. I was invited down to the Sloane Club in Chelsea recently for the launch of the book, featuring wonderful seaside-inspired canapes, champagne, and a discussion with the author himself.

Toby Ashworth, proprietor of The Nare Hotel, talked guests through a typical stay at The Nare and what they'd be able to do and explore while visiting the Roseland Peninsula. Jon Stock then took over to explain the synopsis of the novel without giving too much away: 15 year old Noah always looks forward to his annual family stay at The Nare in Cornwall, however, 'Russian roommate, Alexei, says something that will change his summer – and his life – forever'. The tale follows an exciting journey through land, sea and love, with twists that don't disappoint.

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Jon explained his writing process, research and how he incorporated characters into the novel from the people he met while writing in Cornwall. He thanked The Nare for their gracious hospitality while he was writing the book and happily proceeded to sign copies for guests.

Fellow guests in attendance also included CEO of Small Luxury Hotels Filip Boyen, CEO of Pride of Britain Peter Hancock, CEO of Good Hotel Guide Richard Fraiman among others. All in all, it was a lovely evening with great company to celebrate a 'thrilling' novel!

Purchase your copy of To Snare a Spy at www.narehotel.co.uk/tosnareaspy 
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Jo Loves X Peggy Porschen Event

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on Wednesday, 10 May 2017
by Annette Kellow

It's that time of year again! Wisteria Hysteria, blossom on the trees and of course the Chelsea Flower Show is just around the corner- Flower season is officially upon us! So when I heard that Jo Loves (the new fragrance created by Jo Malone) was collaborating with cake specialist Peggy Porschen, I simply had to find out what it was all about.

Arriving at Peggy Porschen parlour on Ebury Street, my friend and I were ushered to a table surrounded by delicious pink blossom and shelves displaying biscuit boxes and cookbooks. We waited in anticipation for the Jo Loves Peggy experience to begin, and were told only one thing, that we were going to have a feast for the senses!

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First we were brought a tall glass of pink sparkling tea (which my dog seemed to think was for her for some reason) of which came infused with Moët or sparkling water depending on taste.

Then the cupcakes arrived. These matched the fragrance and the tea (white rose and lemon) and they smelt utterly divine!

Laid out on a plate was an array of things- edible flowers, citrus sugar dust, rose spray and perfume- I wasn't sure how it all worked but all was revealed on a card, 'How to create your own rose and lemon cupcake.' Time to get creative!

Firstly I took an edible flower which was then sprayed with pure rose water, dipped into the dust which looked quite like glitter (and also edible, yum). Then using a Jo Malone brush it could be dusted away afterwards- it was like pure playtime but in the most glamorous grownup way!

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I got a little carried away and put on extra citrus dust and then the piece di resistance is to spray the Jo Loves perfume onto your wrist whilst eating cake- incorporating scent into the eating experience. It was fabulously Marie Antoinette and we had so much fun indulging with all the brushes and sprays- even my dog, Dorothy got a few chunks of dust on her nose!

This particular cupcake and Jo Loves experience took careful planning and Peggy herself spent detailed time with her head chef to create one of her most unique cake experiences yet. The perfume is also a delicious spring smell perfect to wear for our warmer days ahead. Next stop, Chelsea Flower Show!

The Jo Loves X Peggy Porschen White Rose and Lemon experience is available at Peggy Porschen, Ebury Street. Reservations are recommended hello@peggyporschen.com 
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Benadryl ‘Allergy Face’ breakfast at the Ham Yard Hotel

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on Wednesday, 26 April 2017
by Katrina Schollenberger

On a sunny (but very chilly) Tuesday morning, I headed to Soho to the Ham Yard Hotel roof terrace for the launch of Benadryl's new 'Allergy Face' campaign. I was met with a wonderful continental breakfast, blue skies and a gorgeous garden. There were a few of us gathered to discuss how to tackle 'Allergy Face'- a coined termed by Benadryl to describe the visible symptoms of hay fever.

Nearly 18 million people in the UK suffer from hay fever, and almost all (95%) of woman with these allergies experience beauty challenges when their symptoms flare. This includes a red, flaky runny nose from tissue overuse, dry skin, puffy face, and watery eyes. Unfortunately, this can effect women's self-esteem, where half of women feel self-conscious and 17% feel less sexy. Benadryl had invited Dr Roger Henderson to talk us through tackling hay fever season, and makeup artist Jo Freeman gave us tips and tricks to combat Allergy Face. As a hay fever sufferer myself, I was ready, willing and eager to get involved in the discussion.

Hay fever develops in the vast majority of sufferers before the age of 20, and symptoms (for medical reasons unknown) are worse under the age of 30. Hay fever is also worse for those living in the city, due to the pollution and pollen mixture. Each of these stats reflect my current living situation, meaning my hay fever is bound to be worse. Luckily, with a model on hand, Jo Freeman talked us through a step-by-step tutorial on how to utilise makeup products in the wake of allergy symptoms. See Jo's top tips below:

"1. Make sure you prep your skin with a hydrating moisturiser before applying any make-up, Neutrogena Hydro Boost is great, so apply that first.
2. To neutralise any redness around your nose, use a green colour corrector before applying your foundation.
3. To widen and brighten watery eyes, use a white kohl eye pencil along the lower waterline and inner crease to make your eyes look bigger, fresher and more awake.
4. To help your eyes look fresh and natural despite your allergies, use a matte vanilla eyeshadow shade all over the lid, and a darker beige in the corner.
5. If you think your eyes could start streaming, use a good waterproof mascara, as this will stop your make-up from running down your face and giving you dark smudges under your eyes.
6. Combat puffy face by contouring with a bronzer and highlighter. Apply bronzer to the hollows of the cheek and temples, and use highlighter on the cheekbones and down the bridge of the nose to help disguise any puffiness.
7. A bright statement lip can help make your lips the focus of your face, taking attention away from puffy areas. Choose a vibrant colour that suits your skin tone."

Benadryl has teamed up with make-up artist Jo Freeman to give her top tips on how to combat Allergy Face. Benadryl has coined the term "Allergy Face" to describe the visible symptoms of allergies such as watery eyes, red nose and puffy face. For more information on allergies, visit www.benadryl.co.uk. If you wish to include any hashtags please use #allergyface and #benadryl
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Debrett’s x Bicester Village ‘The Future of Fashion and Etiquette’ Panel Discussion

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on Thursday, 30 March 2017
by Katrina Schollenberger

There is no doubt that fashion, style and etiquette go hand in hand. Tom Ford once said 'dressing well is a form of good manners'. In that light, never was there a marriage of two unions more perfect that Debrett's etiquette consultants and Bicester village, the luxury outlet village showcasing premium fashion brands at discounted prices. This year, the two institutions will partner on a bespoke book titled the 'Guide to British Style', depicting the history of British fashion and trends and providing insight into contemporary seasonal dress codes.

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To celebrate the launch, I was invited to a panel discussion featuring some of Britain's style experts and influencers including Mary Portas, Richard E Grant, Lady Kitty Spencer and Debrett's stylist Tim Lord. Held at the Keeper's House at the Royal Academy, guests were treated to a sit-down breakfast of miniature mango and chia seed puddings, pineapple skewers, Croque Monsieur's and sweetcorn fritters topped with guacamole.

The panellists covered a range of questions delving into British fashion, and with such differing backgrounds and ages, opinions were varied. For example, Mary Portas had asked if Britain were to set up shop in any country around the world, what would our 'signature look' be, and what items would be on display? Does Britain have a 'signature style'? Richard E Grant definitively thought not, whereas Tim Lord was on the fence, and Lady Kitty Spencer perhaps thought hats would be our top export. Despite this, there is no doubt that Britain has lead the forefront on fashion trends for decades. Panellists agreed that Brits dress unapologetically, whereas countries like America lag behind the times, with Richard inputting that British men "are not fearful of looking anything less than four-square heterosexual, they dress with more individuality than their American counterparts".

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The floor opened up to questions ranging from casualisation in high fashion to production sustainability before guests left with potted hyacinth bulbs (to represent the growth of Bicester) and the Guide to British Style itself. The book comes in English, Arabic and Chinese, reflecting the origins of Bicester's cultural customers, and will be available to VIP customers at Bicester Village.

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