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The Om Show

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on Thursday, 03 November 2016
written by Georgie Brierly 

As a keen yogi, I was really excited to visit the Om Show and see what it had to offer.

Set against the extravagant backdrop of Alexandra Palace and surrounded by like-minded people in search of new approaches to yoga, meditation or maybe just a tasty vegan treat, there was an air of excitement in the courtyard as I approached.

Inside I was greeted with the smell of incense and lemongrass, there was an array of yoga workshops to choose from and stalls offering fresh wholefoods and unique vegan treasures. After enjoying a mood boosting quinoa and potato curry, it was time for some relaxation.

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Mudita Thai Yoga were running a workshop on the basics of Thai Massage. The workshop – called 'Compassion in Action!' was all about giving and receiving love. Once partnered up, the instructor asked each of us to set an intention for our partners and ourselves: Thai massage is more than just about relaxation, and the foundations of Thai massage lie in sharing energy and love through body-to-body touch - using your own body weight to work with your partner's body.

The massage itself was surprisingly relaxing, I was taken into a moment of stillness despite with the bustle of the ten thousand people surrounding me. The experience was also rather amusing at times, shaking the left leg of your friend in the middle of Ally Pally, isn't something I'd typically be doing on a Sunday afternoon - but would definitely recommend.

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As for the yoga, the wide-range of workshops they had on offer was impressive. It was so good to see such renowned yoga instructors, such as Michael James Wong and Emily-Clare Hill, sharing their practice with so many of us. In particular, the 'Aerial Yoga Swings' caught my eye: specially rigged swings that allow you to experience yoga from a totally different perspective and force your mind to concentrate on a new kind of experience.

Playtime is always fun, but this was a particularly special experience, one that I recommend to anyone out there - beginner or expert, yogi or not.
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Fortnum X Frank: A New Exhibition

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on Thursday, 27 October 2016
written by Annette Kellow 

At the bright hour of 8AM I excitedly huddled outside Fortnum and Mason raring to be one of the first to see the grand window reveal of their latest collaboration, Fortnum's X Frank.
I was told to look for the red tailed gentlemen on Duke Street and I spotted him with hoards of other people who were waiting for the exhibition display.

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A collaboration between Frank Cohen, one of the world's most prolific art collectors and Fortnum and Mason, it will showcase sixty of his finest pieces throughout the store. Artists such as Tracy Emin, Charming Baker and even more classic painters such as David Bomberg will be available to view.

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With such big names and expensive works of art, I wondered if they would have to step up on the security but curator Robert Upstone assured me that there would be extra eyes and ears on board- Phew!

I normally salivate a little whenever I pass a Fortnum's window (mainly because I want to eat or buy everything!) but it was refreshing to see that the Fortnum's X Frank windows were kept simple with the paintings hung against their signature Eau de Nil backdrop.

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After getting into some quite awkward positions and taking about a hundred photos, it was announced that our breakfast would be served in the Diamond Jubilee Salon.
I tried not to look too obvious as I eagerly hopped up the stairs- And it didn't disappoint! I treated myself to some Fortnum's classics, pastries and croissants whilst I was informed that hot cross buns are perfectly acceptable at 9AM. As we were eating we listened to an interesting talk by Frank Cohen and his journey of collecting many pieces throughout his life.

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It was definitely worth getting up at the crack of dawn for but you can attend at the more timely manner of 6.30PM in the evening.

https://www.fortnumandmason.com/events/fortnums-x-frank
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Rare Tea Launch at Claridges

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on Thursday, 27 October 2016
One doesn't normally associates an afternoon cup of tea as a party but when visiting the Rare tea launch there was definitely the spirit of celebration.

After arriving at the utterly charming Claridges we ascended in officially the oldest lift in London, and were welcomed with Christmas music and spiced chai tea infused with rum- Hello early Christmas!

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Rare Tea is the brainchild of Henrietta Lovell who started the brand in 2004 and supplies the world's best restaurants and hotels, including the ever-glamorous Claridges.
The company focuses on quality and ethics, trading with farmers who are committed to sustainable practices.

Henrietta also showed us her bespoke tea sets in which she collaborates with Stoke on Trent potteries and ceramic artisans. I loved the names of the teas like Speedy Breakfast, Sporttea, Sunset Oolong, Matcha Made in Heaven and Henrietta herself is known as the Rare Tea Lady (quite envious that her title is actually a Lady!)

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The launch was set in a suite, which was just as friendly and warm as the tea. I was joined by dancer, Miss Betsy Rose, who was asked by an affable chap that as she was a dancer if she could perhaps do a merry jig, but with all the cake on offer we decided to concentrate on that instead. As it was in a suite I had worn a vintage dressing gown, which looks like a silk dress. I kept whispering to Betsy that I hoped no one could tell that it was secretly nightwear. With all the many biscuits, Christmas cake and Panettone on offer, I don't think anyone noticed!

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After they filled my cup with more chai tea and Betsy and I mingled with a few more tea-obsessed people we exited Claridges, armed with a lovely tin of goodies that Henrietta gifted us. We were thrilled to be descending back in the oldest lift in London and our lovely lift conductor didn't even mind us giving him our own rendition of Noel Noel (sorry about that).

From now on I am definitely going to recreate the Christmas atmosphere at home, and yes, it may include a dash of rum!
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Fifi Chachnil Lingerie Launch at Hazlitt’s Hotel

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on Tuesday, 18 October 2016
Walking along Frith Street to one of London's oldest hotels, Hazlitt's, I excitedly arrived with the instructions to knock three times on Lord Willoughby's suite and wait for the door to open.

The mysterious anticipation was revealed once I was lead in and given a cool glass of bubbly. Inside I discovered a secret haven that only those with the knocking code could see- Fifi Chachnils new lingerie launch held exclusively at the hotel.

Fifi Chachnil is a Parisian lingerie and clothing designer who uses the finest angora, lace and silk to create feminine pieces with exceptional classic techniques.

She is also not shy of showmanship- being the muse of Pierre et Gills and a celebrated French singer her launches are always a fun and fabulously feminine rendezvous.

The underwear and clothing hung beautifully on display throughout the 17th century suite and guests were encouraged to try it on and show each other!

There were journalists, designers, bloggers, dancers and actors- Infact it seemed to be swiftly turning into one big girlie slumber party!

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As I am a huge fan of Fifi's angora 1950's style cardigans after some encouragement I decided to try one on (which swiftly turned into four) as they do them in many pastel colours. As I had come with fellow blogger and ballet dancer Robert Noble, he began playing stylist and telling me what skirts and accessories worked best- all aided with a glass of champagne, of course!

It was the perfect setting for such a soirée, a bronze pink bathtub with a four poster bed (yes please) although I wasn't quite sure if there was a friendly ghost as a window suddenly shut and a door opened on it's own!

Then Fifi herself turned up, much to everyone's delight.

Her pieces have graced the cover of Vogue and Grazia with fans such as Jerry Hall and Tamsin Egerton.

As I had brought my camera with me we decided to do an impromptu shoot (they're always the best!), which was fun to see all the other ladies dressed in their Fifi outfits.

I'm pleased to say the photos came out well and my bank balance wasn't too dented after the launch. Everyone left with a little bit more glamour and elegance in their lives and Fifi kept her guests entertained throughout the night in a thoroughly French affair- Oh la la!
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Afternoon Tea and Fashion with Suzie Turner

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on Tuesday, 18 October 2016
A monthly event that caters for all things fashion and fabulous, (hello pink éclairs) whilst drawing on the traditional values of Christian Dior's 1947 show.

I was accompanied by friend and fellow tea addict Millicent Binks. On arrival we felt like we were walking into a real life film set. Vintage Bentleys were parked outside, a beautiful ornate fountain and the tinkling of a grand piano was just enough to make you believe it was the 1940's.
I have always been a fan of The Savoy, known for its patriotic glamour and iconic affiliations with fashion whilst the quintessential tradition of afternoon tea is the perfect pastime.

After stopping by the salons beautiful flower display for a few impromptu photos and selfies, we were taken to a table underneath a stunning glass dome.

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The night before we had urgently conferred with frantic texts about our outfits (big earrings or small earrings? Hair down or huge hat?) So we decided to wear vintage style dresses designed by Mariya Ivanova to fit in with the classic backdrop.

We were instantly in heaven when our kind waiter promptly brought out a tier of sandwiches. After eating just a few (well O.K, about five) the show began with a ripple of applause.

Suzie Turner garments are enough to make the most seasoned couture wearer gasp. A selection of gowns embellished with Swarovski, Lace and feathers were shown by beautiful classic looking models. They also interacted frequently with their captivated audience, one even sitting down at a table for a quick recline!
Suzie has dressed some of the most exquisite woman in the world including Emma Weymouth, Emily Blunt and Elllie Golding. Her gowns have also graced the pages of Tatler, Vogue and Royal Ascot campaigns.

After Millicent and I played a game of which ones were our favourite (and naturally social occasions to wear them) they brought out the most delicious selection of Suzie embellished Cakes- all decorated with her name!

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Whilst we indulged, photographer Martin Parr took a few photos of us for his ongoing Savoy project, which I am excited to see, as it will be showcasing a selection of visitors at the hotel.

The combination of couture fashion in a bespoke salon is a unique and wonderful idea and great for a spot of socialising.

And as they say, you can't buy happiness but you can buy tea- and that's sort of the same thing, right?
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