Young Ladies About Town

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Sea Containers Events launch party

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on Thursday, 23 March 2017
by Katrina Schollenberger

The Young Ladies of The Lady were recently invited to the launch of Sea Containers Events: two levels of function rooms at the Sea Containers building, created to accommodate a range of events against breath-taking views of London's skyline.

The event was managed by award-winning hospitality providers Green & Fortune, and the evening certainly didn't disappoint. The launch was held on the 12th and 13th floor of the Sea Containers, overlooking London's most iconic buildings. Upon arrival, my guest and I were greeted with a fruit-based vodka jelly segment and a passionfruit and chilli spritz before being escorted up to the 12th floor. We walked around demonstrative dining tables with beautiful layouts, business presentations, a LED dance floor and a large circular bar serving wine, beer and fantastic cocktails.

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After weaving around and gaping at the views, we headed up to the 13th floor, walking up the stairs of an amphitheatre that could hold up to 200 people. There were canape stations dotted around the event with some great cooking including a carving station serving delicious warm lamb pittas. Other canapes making rounds at the event included venison, spiced apple and mulled wine sausage rolls, cured stone bass ceviche, tequila and lime dressing and salt chilli chicken with spiced pepper mayonnaise. Out of all the food of the evening, I particularly enjoyed the seafood display and 'Pudding Lane' full of fine miniature cakes and sweets. There was even edible mist on offer.

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The evening's entertainment included an DJ, electric violinist, pianist, saxophone quartet, a photo booth and an illusionist who left my guest and I completely baffled. Among the six new spaces available for hire, you could envision how anything could come to life from a wedding reception to a corporate party. Rooms are capable of hosting up to 150 for dinner and 250 for cocktail receptions (there is an exclusive hire application for anything larger). The space's terraces and balconies stole the show, with an endless glittering London skyline to view for miles.

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As the evening came to an end, guests were given individually bottled and wax sealed barrel aged Negroni. An absolutely show-stopping evening.
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Lunchtime driving with Simon Dixon, founder of Rockar group

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on Monday, 06 March 2017
by Victoria Senior

During a busy lunchtime on the roads in London I caught up with Simon Dixon, Founder of Rockar group. He is the CEO who is changing the way we think about buying cars and has created this premium automative company.

I'm typical of someone in my age group, used to going to a car showroom to find out more about a car and how to buy it. Admittedly the days of doing this on my own are over as my husband loves the challenge of buying a car, me, well yes I'm still intimidated by taking the car to the garage for repairs so anything to make me feel more comfortable about this process is welcome.

Simon picked me up from the offices in Covent Garden in the new Jaguar 4x4, the F-Pace. I was hopeful this car would be up there as the next family car to cart my three sons around with their ever growing sports paraphernalia, along with the dog. Space is my foremost need in a car, seconded, very closely, by the drive.

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The Jaguar was a dream to drive. I was nervous on the busy roads in the West End of London, but its manoeuvrability was smooth and very quickly gave me confidence to weave between the traffic. The satnav was required as we crossed the river to head south, otherwise I would definitely have had the cameras on confirming the minuscule space between me and the many lorries. However, it transpired I did not need them as the wing mirrors are well placed for viewing the sides of the car. The suspension was firm but flexible enough to take the odd curb without me realising and Simon did not mind the car mounting the pavement to park up when there was no space outside the office!

The steering wheel was a bit small and I was not keen on the rear view as it looked as if I was viewing the roads behind through a telescope. It wouldn't fit our family and kit in comfortably but it's a great car that would be as useful in the city as on a long drive on the motorway or even through country lanes. Along the journey Simon told me about his vision for changing how cars are bought through showrooms. His new 'shops' are located in shopping malls, with cars in the multi storey car parks ready for test drives. These showrooms are designed for the younger audience with the digital space allowing the customer to browse touch screens. Everything can be done online before, during and after your visit.

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Financial information regarding your purchase is available at your fingertips and there are as many women as there are men on the shop floor. The sale staff are called 'Angels' and are trained for three months before serving customers and none have a background in car sales. Their aim is to improve the overall customer experience and not push sales. I am yet to visit the store but am most intrigued to pop in and see how it works for me and how my 'stereotype' can benefit from this way of selling cars, additionally I am told the store takes inspiration from other fashion brands with constantly changing window displays. My husband might be harder to convince but he is the one who doesn't mind the old way of buying cars so much!

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The Ultimate Facial at Chelsee Lewis

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on Thursday, 23 February 2017
by Annette Kellow 

When looking for a good facial it can be like throwing a needle in a haystack just by browsing through the many treatments available online. But one name that I kept seeing crop up was Chelsee Lewis who does the renowned Caci Facial, a lifting and toning treatment which astonishingly has been around since the 1970's.

Being a big beauty fan I had heard lots about this facial so simply had to try it, which has seen a revitalisation of late. I wanted someone who could also analyse my skin of which Chelsee offers in her bespoke Mayfair clinic as well as the treatment. After all, if I know my skin, I can know whats best for it!

She welcomed me into her cosy clinic which was conveniently tucked away behind Green Park and on arriving we instantly had an in depth consultation of my skin type, previous problems and what I ultimately hoped to achieve. We also spoke about my current skincare routine (I felt slightly naughty when I said I only did a face mask once a month!) and we discussed ways I could improve home care.

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She said the Caci facial (pronounced Casey) would be suitable for my skin, as it transmits micro-currents to the skin which plumps and lifts, something I was definitely needing with all the harsh winter wind!

She started by using a hydrating cleanser and then applied the toning wands which felt surprisingly relaxing. Infact it was so relaxing that if we weren't having a good chat about all things skin I could quite easily have nodded off! It is easy to assume that Caci could be painful as it transmits currents but it is quite the opposite and you hardly feel a thing.

Chelsee has been a facialist for over 20 years and she started at the prestigious Regis and Decleor where she found the science, beauty and treating of the skin walked hand in hand. Indeed her skin looked so pristine I had to pry into what her skincare routine was- I was genuinely blown away by how much it glowed!

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Afterwards she applied a Yonka moisturiser and I instantly saw a difference , this is the beauty of the Caci, the results can be seen right away. It is a treatment that needs maintenance and a course is recommended (which then goes into a monthly treatment).

If you are new to the Caci I highly recommend a clinic that will look directly at your skin and know the best way to treat it as it is such a personal treatment.

I particularly liked Chelsee's clinic as it has a quiet relaxing ambience, she herself has a wealth of information on skin maintenance and with no interruptions, it was the perfect getaway from a busy day in London.
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Cooking with Clean Eating Alice at KitchenAid

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on Wednesday, 15 February 2017
by Katrina Schollenberger

Snacking healthy can be light work (or so I learned last week!)

On 7th February, I headed down to the KitchenAid shop and showroom to meet Instagram health and fitness star Clean Eating Alice, who was going to guide us through some simple, healthy (and most importantly: tasty!) snack recipes. On the menu for the class was kale chips and vanilla chickpea energy balls, both that I was super excited to try having spotted the ingredient prep on the kitchen counter when I walked in.

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After mingling with guests and Alice herself, our first instruction was to head to a prep station, fitted with a KitchenAid food processor, baking trays and bowls of ingredients. We were going to be making the kale chips first. Pouring a bowl of cashews and sunflower seeds in the mixer, we then grated a fresh clove of garlic. We whizzed all the ingredients around in the processor for a few minutes to create a paste. Unloading a fresh bag of kale onto a baking tray, we took the paste in our hands and massaged it into the leaves. Alice explained that this recipe was one of her favourites out of her new book, Eat Well Everyday.

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We placed the kale in the preheated oven and left it to crisp up and absorb all the great flavours. A quick wash up later, we were onto the vanilla chickpea energy balls. First into the processor was the bowl of almonds, blitzed down to a floury consistency. Next came the chickpeas, blended for a few seconds, adding texture. Then came the sweetness: vanilla extract, maple syrup and peanut butter. I may or may not have snuck a few spoon licks of the peanut butter, as it's my all-time weakness.

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About 15-20 minutes into our blending and blitzing, we removed the kale chips from the oven. Mine had simmered a touch too long, but I didn't mind, as the extra crispiness made for a lovely crunch. The chips were tantalizingly moreish, I couldn't stop picking at the tray, and nor could anyone else.

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Back to the energy balls, we tipped the mixture out of the processor and started to roll little balls. We placed them on a lined baking tray, snapping pictures of our finished products. We popped them in the fridge for 25 mins, but couldn't resist trying one before they went. The balls weren't too sweet and were easily filling, a good remedy for afternoon nibbles. I can't wait to read more of Alice's recipes in her book and try more out for myself at home.

KitchenAid's flagship store in central London are hosting classes with Clean Eating Alice in March and April. Click here to book for 9th March class.
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Valentines Day at Peggy Porschen

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on Friday, 10 February 2017
by Annette Kellow 

Love is in the air! And the 14th of February is a day for all things heart shaped- especially eating cake! So when Peggy Porschen invited me down to her Ebury Street parlour to taste the Valentines delicacies on offer, I didn't hesitate for a second.

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I always think cake solves everything so I decided to get in the mood by wearing a Katya Wildman Bombshell dress which are very feminine to match the Peggy décor. I was absolutely in love when arriving as the parlour had swapped the silver Christmas baubles for a heart shaped wreath- the place looked picture perfect inside and out! I instantly made my dog Dorothy pose in the wreath which made a few passersby amused.

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My friend Hannah accompanied me and we started by trying the Raspberry and lemon cake with Valentines coffee, aptly decorated with chocolate lips and kisses stencilled on the top, all of which came out presented in lovely pastel chinaware.

Peggy Porschen was founded in 2003 and has been dubbed 'the best cupcake in the world' with her sweet treats being created as edible pieces of art. She also helps others create beautiful cakes with a busy academy and cook books, all of which are suited for a variety of levels.

I have visited Peggy several times but never for Valentines and we loved their floral cupcakes which we couldn't help but try next on our hit list! Peggy is most definitely the place for a girls day out and a good chat but also as a romantic date with a loved one.

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I also noticed they did a selection of love inspired cakes to take away- I personally had my eye on the cupcake love heart which I thought would be perfect for a present, although I couldn't see them lasting too long with the way we were devouring our cakes.

My sweet tooth was definitely satisfied after our relaxing afternoon so decided to walk home as Belgravia was looking fresh, crisp and sunny. And with Valentine's Day upon us, the secret ingredient is always love. After all, cake is for life, not just for birthdays!
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