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Bridget Jones Baby Dating Seminar

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on Thursday, 02 February 2017
by Katrina Schollenberger 

This week, I headed to the Charlotte Street Hotel to attend a private screening of Bridget Jones Baby, as the home entertainment release of the movie came out Monday 30th January courtesy of Universal Pictures (UK).

As guests arrived and settled into their cinema seats, we were offered wine and delicious canapes. There were also some famous faces in attendance at the screening, including Linzi Stoppard, Fiona Wade, Carol Kirkwood, Nell Hudson, Sonali Shah and X Factor's Honey G.

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Before the screening, we were treated to a dating seminar by love guru James Preece (the UK's version of Jack Qwant, as played by the very suave Patrick Dempsey). He gave us essential tips for online dating and using apps like Tinder, as digital dating nowadays seems to be the best way to find a partner. He mentioned that in our array of pictures we put up on social media, we should always post a smiling picture to seem more approachable, as well as a photo engaging in an interest or activity as a conversation starter.
 
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James said to attract potential suitors; we must let our guard down and have the confidence to push ourselves outside our comfort zones. Talk to people in coffee shops, head to bars alone, make more eye contact, and go to singles events. He also said once we do secure dates, they shouldn't last longer than 90 minutes, so as to leave an air of mystery and the chance to follow up on learning more about the person.

I found his speech quite interesting and insightful into the world of dating. He then opened up the floor to questions, where women and men alike posed their dating woes to him. He struck confidence into everyone to get up, get out, get going, and look all around us, as a potential date could be anywhere. Most importantly, he reminded us to be ourselves, just as Bridget Jones unapologetically is.

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We then got comfortable to watch the movie. Having seen the Bridget Jones Baby already in the cinema, I was quite excited to watch it again, as I had enjoyed it so much the first time. It really was like bringing it home on DVD and re enjoying my favourite parts, although with more people... and more wine.
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Nail Transformation at Sophie Gass

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by Annette Kellow 

O.K I have a small confession to share with you. I'm rubbish at looking after my nails. It starts with the best of intentions but then I get so busy it all goes out the window. I normally forget about the hand cream, leave my nail varnish on far too long and pushing the cuticles back doesn't even get a mention.

So when I heard that Sophie Gass does a luxury shellac manicure I thought it was high time I went and revitalised myself at her Notting Hill salon.

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Located conveniently at the top of Ladbroke Grove and set in a beautiful white open space, my nail technician Rebecca instantly welcomed me, sitting me down with a drink and a friendly chat. She could tell that I had recently had falsies on and had taken it upon myself to remove them (a big no no in the nail world!) and I tried to use the busy excuse again (not sure it washed).

So she started by buffing, filing and cutting cuticles. Then after picking out a lovely peach shimmer she gave me the full shellac treatment, which I had never tried before.
This involves using a different technique to your standard manicure, applying a gel polish, which is cured under a UV light and lasts up to a month. Up to a month? And keeps the nails harder and firmer without chipping? Sounded like heaven for a lazy bones like me!

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She applied the layers of polish and set the nails under the lamp, which I found went very fast (normal manicures often take double the amount of time). Then she went on to give me a rose infused hand massage that felt utterly dreamy and smelt divine.

I loved that Sophie Gass also sells her own line of clothes and home accessories, all displayed in a classic and minimalistic way throughout the shop. So whilst your topping up your polish you can also top up your home décor- I shall definitely be back!
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Detox Body Wrap at The Moroccan Spa

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on Thursday, 26 January 2017
by Annette Kellow 

Running along Old Brompton Road panicking I was going to be late for my appointment at Urban Retreat, I can certainly say I was not feeling calm. I'd had a busy morning, my strap had broken on my shoe and the rain had given me a frizzy electrocuted look (that only those with curly hair know about it).

But arriving at The Hammam Moroccan Spa MarocMaroc, aptly on the top floor of Harrods, I was invited in by my lovely therapist who immediately took my coat and showed me the way to a beautiful airy changing room.

After putting on a fluffy white robe I was taken to the hot relaxation room. The heat and steam opens up the skin's pores releasing toxins, bacteria and other impurities making it ready for a deep exfoliation.

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Indeed The Moroccan Spa is based on the Hammam Ritual (a treatment that has played a significant part in Moroccan cultures of centuries) and is the main part of their practice.

I was then taken into a marble chamber which was also heated, and told to lie on the floor. I had never heard of this but you literally lie down and are cascaded with water, exfoliated with a mitt and then given a relaxing massage, to release more impurities.

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'Are you tired?' My therapist asked me. 'I don't think so,' I squeaked. She showed me a part of my hand which was really tense and then asked if I'd had a headache yesterday? Yes I said, I had! How did she know that? She explained that when we are tired our muscles often become tense sending signals to the brain, resulting in migraine. And the last week I had been very busy, rushing from place to place.

As she hit reflexology points on my hands, feet and head, I instantly began to feel the tenseness disappearing and let myself become fully immersed in the experience. After more exfoliating (it seemed the shedding skin was never ending!) she applied a clay mask on my body and face followed shortly by wrapping me up in a sheet, which felt a little like being cocooned as a baby.

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Another foot massage ensued (who was I to say no?) and then the clay was washed off with more cascading buckets of water. The big finale was a bucket of cold water, which she kindly asked my permission first, assuring me it would close the pores- hello ice bucket challenge!

I lastly retired to the relaxation room with Moroccan tea, dates and nuts. I truly felt like I had visited another country (albeit via the number 52 bus) in my fluffy towel, spacious seating area and dim relaxing lights. As I was leaving I was given some Moroccan body crème and an exfoliating mitt (clearly I needed it) and information on how to do self care massage at home.

Outside the rain had stopped and so had my rushing around- The Moroccan Spa at Urban Retreat had infused, invigorated and inspired me back to glowing relaxation.
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Tesco’s #KeepLoveAlive Floristry Workshop at Jamie Aston Flowers

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on Wednesday, 25 January 2017
by Katrina Schollenberger

Last week I had the pleasure of being invited down to Jamie Aston Flowers on behalf of Tesco's to attend a Valentine's Day floristry workshop. Having never attempted to arrange flowers in my life, I was absolutely thrilled at the opportunity. I love being creative, and who doesn't love flowers?

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Arriving at the shop, I was met with a glass of fizz and nibbles in heart shaped bowls. The smell, as you can imagine, was gorgeous- the shop was teeming with beautiful Tesco's flower arrangements and scented candles. After a bit of chatter amongst guests, we were greeted by Tesco's head florist Michelle Buck as well as Jamie Aston himself, who were going to lead us through the two hour workshop.

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We pulled up our seats at listened tentatively as Jamie and Michelle guided us through the two arrangements we were going to be making that evening: the Finest Midnight Temptation bouquet, and a heart oasis arrangement using Red Naomi roses, among other beautiful flowers.
 
First, Jamie and Michelle talked us through their floristic backgrounds, while Jamie prepared for the demonstration. He began creating the Midnight Temptation arrangement by placing two tall black candles in the centre of the oasis. Next, he trimmed and added compacta leaf foliage to the oasis, as well as purple spray stocks. He finished with a few purple calla lillies and lilac roses, as well as a cute sparkly butterfly for additional flare. It was interesting to learn that Jamie himself had never actually received flowers in his life...but I could understand how that would be an intimidating task as the giver!

Next came the heart arrangement. Conscious of time, Jamie hastily cut red Naomi roses from their long stems (sans thorns, florists hate buying thorny roses) and placed them sporadically around the oasis. Then he placed spray roses, and finished the heart with more beautiful white lillies.

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Undertaking this task ourselves seemed like an easy feat after watching Jamie, but as an incredibly skilled florist, he was bound to make it look effortless. Over the next hour we attempted to recreate the arrangements ourselves, often calling on the help of Jamie, Michelle and several other florists in attendance.

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Flower arranging is truly an art that requires time, patience, and a creative eye. One look at my heart arrangement attempt, and Jamie took seconds to add a few bits and pieces to make the heart seem much more dimensional.

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After a few more glasses of prosecco and flower chatter, we completed our task. The not-so-fun bit was getting the arrangements home, as well as other lovely Tesco's goodies- champagne and chocolate! If you're looking for a thoughtful gift for your significant other this Valentine's Day, definitely seek Tesco's flowers for their freshness, preservation and stunning beauty. They are doing a great job to #KeepLoveAlive this Valentine's Day.
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Hair and Skin Rejuvenation at Gina Conway Aveda

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on Tuesday, 17 January 2017
by Annette Kellow 

Your hair is a dress that you never take off, or so Ronan Cotes tell me when analysing my rather dry and split-ended hair.

I refrain from telling him about all the backcombing that happened over the Christmas period but secretly I think he can tell. Good job I am visiting Gina Conway Aveda at Westbourne Grove for a full rejuvenating experience on my hair and skin (perfect after all the festive indulgence!)

Gina Conway heads up three successful salon and spas in London and her clientele includes Annie Lennox, Sienna Miller and Lulu Guinness.

Ronan is going to tame my brittle tresses with the revolutionary Olaplex treatment to gain volume, body and gloss back into the damaged hair molecule.

But firstly I headed downstairs to have a 60 minute Tulasara facial with Amber. As all healthy eating had gone out of the window at Christmas I had quite a few clogged pores (which I'd unsuccessfully tried to cover with foundation). Aveda uses 97% plant based, organic ingredients in their products so I was rather enticed by this holistic approach, whilst Tulasara means to 'move towards balance' -something my skin was clearly crying out for!

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She started by used a perfecting cleanser, dry facial brush (which felt oddly satisfying) herbal clay masque, exfoliating pads, hydrating masque all accompanied by gentle steaming with towels and the most relaxing massage ever. I tried not to fall asleep but the feeling of being cocooned in the warmth followed by the foot massage made it inevitable. It was finished with concentrated botanical serums and eye cream for radiance and shine whilst my senses felt completely heightened with the natural scents of the products.

Then afterwards the Olaplex went on. Another hand massage ensued whilst I was waiting (I willed myself not to fall asleep but the aromatherapy was making if difficult) and then my treatment was washed off ready to blow dry.

Ronan is an absolute expert in hair knowledge and maintenance so he freely gave me useful tips on how to handle my weak hair whilst using an all-natural Phomollient mousse and thickening tonic.

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He also informed of the projects Aveda devotes themselves to. These include supporting young girls in India to working with a Yawan tribe to make their village profitable yet still traditional. Even my bag of products at the end was made with entirely sustainable recycled materials yet still looked absolutely picture perfect.

The salon is a bright, airy, refreshing space with a friendly welcoming feeling and I could see why they had won the London Lifestyle Awards for Health and Beauty Facility of the Year. I walked back outside with a spring in my step, feeling lighter and happier as indeed the dress that you never take off was ready to take on the world!
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