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The Crown DVD Launch

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Written by Annette Kellow

Tucked away in St James Park stands the beautiful St. Ermins Hotel which looks like it is fit for a royal affair. And a royal affair I was indeed attending for the launch of The Crown DVD release! I entered to hear a live orchestra playing above a long banquet table with the most beautiful displays of fruits and flowers, all set in a large ballroom with crystal chandeliers.

I then checked out the menu- we were to eat a six course meal similar to one that would have been eaten at the Royal Coronation in 1953 (don't mind if I do!) It started with some champagne and small appetisers followed by a talk with Robert Lacey who was a historical consultant on the series. He has also recently released a book which follows the journey of Britains longest-reigning monarch and looks back at the Queen’s reign, explaining how, after the sudden death of her father, she had to learn her duties very quickly. He also spoke of the series The Crown (of which is my go-to series when I'm feeling lazy to watch in bed!)

Produced by Left Bank Pictures and created by Peter Morgan, the series has won several BAFTAS whilst screen queen Claire Foy plays her Majesty impeccably well. Our courses then began arriving. Mouth-watering combinations of scallops, truffle, lobster, lamb, vegetables- in beautifully presented plates of sauces all accompanied with a specific wine for each course. I was trying to be tame with the wine as there were six courses and didn’t want to be too tipsy (but it went so well with the meals!)

At the end we were given our very own copy of The Crown DVD which includes a full gallery of unit photography. It is also available as a Platinum Edition Boxset and includes an article from The Times from the day of the Queen’s Coronation, on the 2nd June 1953. I left clutching my goodie bag, ready to watch all over again in my favourite place in the world- my bed!

The Crown DVD is now available to buy from October 16thcrowncopyplace
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Halloween Sweet Treats at Peggy Porschen

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on Friday, 13 October 2017

On a very slightly chilled Wednesday morning I bustled into Peggy Porschen with blogger Jade Warnes with only one mission on our minds- to try the new selection of Halloween treats and delicacies at Peggy Porschen!

Located in Ebury Street, Belgravia, Peggy’s pink cloud of sugar heaven is probably the most Instagrammable venue in London whilst each season the shops forefront is decorated to suit the season.

I have to say you are never disappointed at Peggy’s. I have visited in all seasons and all weathers and always take family and friends as a treat. Their staff are always impeccable (I adore their uniforms!) and have great cakes and beautiful displays- no wonder they have 147 thousand followers online!

For Halloween we were greeted by a cascade of purple pastel pumpkins and flowers around the doors. Inside they had hung up biscuits in wrapping as well as Halloween décor which still went with their gorgeous pink surroundings. We also were introduced to their new tea, Sugar Plum, which was a purple delight of warm fruitiness. I also tried the Rose tea which is a classic and is made with real tiny rosebuds which are very light and fragrant in taste.

We decided to try not one, but all of the Halloween range (what can I say? We had not eaten breakfast yet!) and got our eager hands on some bat biscuits, pumpkin skulls cupcakes and brightly coloured ghosts. These all came as individually wrapped biscuits with pink ribbon or boxes which are available to give to your loved ones. They even do a ‘Dia de Muertos’ layer cake which has a copper skull and dusky English florals perfect for a Halloween party or event. For those that are super creative and a fan of baking, they also sell stencils and have a pack of three aptly titled Boo! Scary face and Cobweb.

Of course me and Jade had lots to discuss as we had not seen each other for some time and in between taking our photos (which must have been at least a hundred and involved Jade perching high on a chair to get the perfect shot!) we were talking about all things fashion, beauty, career and what we had been up to of late. After our teas and cakes, we strolled through Belgravia ready to face our day and definitely ready to venture back to Peggy at least one more time before all those bat biscuits are gone!

The Peggy Porschen Halloween range is available until the 31st October.



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Belinda Carlisle Album Launch and Yoga Event

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on Friday, 06 October 2017
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When one normally thinks of an album launch they picture aperitifs, bright lights and loud music but the new Belinda Carlisle album launch, aptly named Wilder Shores, was a much quieter affair and with a unique difference- it is a Yoga Album!

On arriving at Cecil House, which looks like a lovely vintage dance studio I was greeted by soft candles and a large supply of Jax Coco Coconut water (how could I resist? I had to drink two). After settling on our mats we were taught some breathing practices by Joy Yoga, a London based yoga company that offers classes all over London. This is to relax the body and open the heart whilst Belinda Carlisle began singing songs and mantras from her new album. The music was gently uplifting and the yoga poses were not too strenuous so I instantly felt my stress melting away after my long day of business.

It was quite easy to learn the words too and I found myself naturally joining in, as others were. Normally I am quite self-concious but we weren't put on the spot and everyone was singing anyway so they probably couldn't hear how out of tune I was!

We were then treated to a Gongbath- something which I was not all too familiar with but was soon to learn! It involves the beating of a gong whilst you lie on the floor completely still with palms facing the ceiling. This is to soothe and detox the body in a holistic way and the sounds are to relax the mind. Of course I went one step further and literally fell asleep on the floor. It just felt so relaxing and I really couldn't help myself (which wasn’t part of the plan so hopefully nobody noticed!)

At the end Belinda explained her passion for Kundalini yoga and how meditation has helped her life in many ways whilst I also got the privilege to speak with Normandie Keith, an ambassador for YogaGlo. She explained the importance of self-care and taking time out for oneself which relaxes the mind and body throughout. I refrained from explaining that I had been so in the zone that I’d fallen asleep but I guess that brings a whole new meaning to the term relaxation! All in all, a beautiful evening with beautiful music that feeds the soul.
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Goodwood Revival Festival

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on Thursday, 28 September 2017







Theres nothing quite like a festival in England- indeed more than 3.5 million will have attended one this year. But it is even more exciting if it is a dress up affair, as is the Goodwood Revival, a vintage themed festival hosted by the Earl of March annually. 

I was cordially invited by Ford who would be taking up fort beside the pit lane where we were to view car racing, spitfires and entertainment. Set in 12’000 acres of sprawling green fields, it concentrates on Goodwood’s heyday of racing between 1948 and 1966. 


But first it was a night of relaxing and dancing at the Park House Hotel close by. The hotel is set in beautiful grounds and includes a spa, dining barn and vast gardens. It is also perfectly located to attend Goodwood, whilst my room (number 18 incase you need to know) was a pink cloud of Toile de Jouy wallpaper. I couldn’t believe how vintage it looked!


In the barn we tucked into a beautiful three course meal accompanied with a surprise swing dance lesson. After trying a selection of vintage themed cocktails we were shown the basics of this popular 1950's dance and then had to put it all together- somehow we managed even after the champagne cocktails (hic!) whilst our waiter who had joined in to make up the numbers was the best in the group!


On arriving at Goodwood the following day I was in vintage heaven looking at all the outfits and get ups. Men and women were dressed in period clothes with impeccable detail of the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s and even the children sweetly dressed for the occasion. I watched a 1940’s fashion show which was followed by a classic English lunch hosted by Ford (with endless dessert of rhubarb crumble!).

I then watched some entertainment in the style of The Andrew Sisters and had a personal tour of Ford’s vintage cars on display which were also racing at Goodwood.


As if that isn’t enough Goodwood also hosts many beautiful stalls with vintage clothes, housewares and other period items for sale. I loved looking at all the fashions which were also available to purchase.


After a few photos beside the big wheel I made an impulsive decision to go on. ‘Just think of the selfies,’ I told my friend. Soon after going up the wind nearly blew my hat off and I was clutching onto my mobile phone for dear life. My friend of course, found it hilarious and said that she definitely had the picture of the day- I, on the other hand was not so sure!


Goodwood is a festival for vintage souls, young and old and definitely a day of inspiration, joy and a feast for the senses! To see more visit www.goodwood.com
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Doggy Afternoon Tea at Egerton House Hotel

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on Thursday, 21 September 2017
by Annette Kellow

If you are anything like me, you try to include your dog in almost everything. This includes shopping, visiting friends, holidays and spontaneous beach trips. In fact in Britain we are so dedicated to our dogs that a whopping 74% of us will take our beloveds away with us on trips, holidays and excursions.

So imagine my delight on discovering Egerton House Hotel, a 5 star hotel designed with traditional style and elegance, which welcomes our four legged friends and serves a special doggy afternoon tea!

Set on a quiet tree-lined street in Knightsbridge overlooking peaceful gardens, it is the perfect home away from home, whilst being set on the doorstep of vibrant central London.
My friend Betsy arrived with her dachshund Frieda, whom my Yorkie dog Dorothy instantly covered in wet-nosed kisses. We were then introduced to a very smart looking red menu- but not just any menu, the dogs menu!

Inside the treats included bowl licking chicken, biscuits and doggy icecream as a three part meal – they even had their own water bowl, doggy mat and squeaky duck toy laid out.
This was all served in a tier of bright doggy bowls, which the dogs instantly began devouring!

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Now that the dogs were fully occupied we received our own 'human' menu. A traditional English afternoon tea was served with cucumber sandwiches, salmon, coronation chicken, scones, lemon drizzle cake, Victoria sponge, Bakewell tart and Champagne! Wow! On seeing our chintz china and tea time delights we knew we were being utterly spoilt!

As the dogs were so intent on eating and playing they seemed to have forgotten all about us humans so we settled down to a lovely long chat with some deliciously fragrant tea, of which I picked my favourite Rose. The tea room itself has a very relaxing ambience with chic and luxurious décor, perfect to while away the afternoon in a quiet place but still in the hub of London. I also spied a few vintage and antique items giving it the perfect mix of style, glamour and elegance.

Indeed our waitress, Tunde, also loves to do photography and happily took our photos which the dogs couldn't concentrate on for more than two seconds with their food and toys taking up most of their attention!

I was also intrigued to be told by the waitress that the owner, Beatrice Tollman, adores dogs. She is a fan of dachshunds and passionate about hotels which is how the Red Carnation Hotels came to life with her husband Stanley Tollman. And life it most certainly is, with a warm friendly atmosphere and the most impeccable staff one could ever meet.

Egerton House Hotel, we will be back- and with our dogs too!
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