When Caroline Neville, the President of CEW (Cosmetic Executive Women) asked me to sit on the jury for the inaugural CEW Digital Excellence Award, sponsored by Google, at this year’s CEW Achiever Awards, I accepted immediately: CEW is the highly respected body that exists to support women in the beauty industry at all levels, providing support, mentoring and recognition.

This year’s Achiever Awards were held last night in London, recognising key players, including Charlotte Tilbury, Suzy Menkes and Celine Gilg, General Manager at Tom Ford Beauty, Estee Lauder Companies UK. Our jury chose Claire Vero, founder of Aurelia Probiotic Skincare as the first recipient of the Digital Achiever Award, and I am thrilled that she is the author of today’s A Day in the Life.

Over to you Claire:

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The Dog Box (Solvit Tagalong Booster Seat)

by Sasha Wilkins on November 19, 2014 · 7 comments

dog car seat

Transporting a little dog in a car can be very dangerous: if you stop suddenly, there is an enormous risk that braking will cause the dog to be flung forward off its seat. Best case is that it just falls off, worst that it is propelled through the windscreen. Either way is Not Good.

Although P Bad, and now Lettice, are very good car travellers – they don’t try to escape, or move around, because they are so little and can easily be turned into canine missiles I do worry about their safety. I  also drive a two-seater so they can’t be kept safely in the back, and it doesn’t help that it’s a convertible, so there’s always a risk of a break for freedom by Letty over the sides when the roof is down, as her body is so long that she can stretch herself quite far (think gazelle action.)

And, of course, they are always much, much happier when they have a bed to snuggle into.

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Fortnum Mason skate Somerset House

I know that every year we all think that the Christmas build up starts even earlier, but I’ve also started to realise that unless I start thinking about all things festive from now, December puts on its rollerskates, and suddenly it’s the 24th and there has been no drinking of mulled wine, no skating, no party frockage…

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tumi vapor Oh frabjous day! I have just booked a proper holiday over both Christmas and New Year. I CANNOT WAIT. I have longed for a trip to Thailand over the Christmas holidays for a Very Long Time, but events have always conspired against me.

We will be flying direct to Hong Kong on Virgin Atlantic, then switching to Air Asia a few hours later for a connection to either Phuket or Krabi on Thailand’s West Coast. On the return we will fly back to Hong Kong, to spend two nights exploring the city, before arriving back in London on the 14th January.

The London – Hong Kong flights are booked and paid for, but I haven’t decided yet what to do in between. The plan at the moment is to spank some cash somewhere luxe-y and relaxing or five days over Christmas – either on Phuket or Koh Lanta, move to Koh Phi Phi for 5-6 days over NYE, and then hole up on a beach somewhere cheap and cheerful to write, swim and eat until the flight back to Hong Kong.

I’ve been researching and researching all weekend, and think I know what we shall do, but if anyone has any great recommendations – or avoid stories – I’d love to hear them, especially for the luxe-y part. A lot of the obvious places to stay are full, hence the flexibility on location for that part of the trip.

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The Georg Jensen dinner to celebrate Reflections, published by Rizzoli

November 17, 2014 LLG Fashion

One of the most beautiful dinners I’ve been to recently was to mark the publication of ‘Reflections’, published by Rizzoli, which examines the history of Georg Jensen, as they celebrate their 110th anniversary.  Founded in 1904, Georg Jensen has a deep heritage in high-end silversmithing, and is now arguably the preeminent luxury silver brand in the world. The intimate […]

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Behind The Scenes of the Boden shoot for The Guardian Weekend Magazine

November 12, 2014 LLG Fashion

Boden booked me for a lovely shoot* to highlight their new party collection, which ran as an advertorial in The Guardian Weekend Magazine two weeks ago. (See carousel at end of post for the clothes I wore.) The shoot itself took place in the most extraordinary and huge house in Kilburn, about fifteen minutes west of […]

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Three me me me things…

November 12, 2014 Friends Food Family

hi Ever wanted to follow the trail of Bruce Chatwin’s journey from In Patagonia? Or learn the secrets of urban beekeeping? Or hear John Simpson’s incredible anecdotes from more than 40 years in journalism? Earn your wings in a British Airways flight simulator? Attend a show at London Fashion Week front row (with, er, me)? This month sees […]

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Lettice makes her modelling debut for Mungo & Maud x Mulberry

November 10, 2014 Dogs

Lettice & Jackson So when I was away recently, Holly – my sister, and Lettice went off to Claridge’s one morning to have Letty’s portrait taken for the campaign for the new Mulberry capsule collection of collars and leads in collaboration with luxury Dog & Cat Outfitters Mungo & Maud. Of course Holly and I […]

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Paris in Autumn: From the Palais Royal to Place Saint Michel

November 10, 2014 My Travels

Paris in the springtime might be the romantic ideal, but last Friday made a good case for Paris in Autumn. I was in the city for a lunch with Ines de la Fressange, who was launching her third collection for Uniqlo and afterwards I walked from the studio, just north of the Palais Royal, twenty-five […]

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LLG Digest: A Month in LLG, from Primrose Hill to Belfast, via Shanghai, Atlanta & Seoul

November 9, 2014 Digest

It’s been a whirl and a half, these past four weeks or so. Apart from a trip to Malaysia and the Philippines back in the spring, I severely curtailed my travelling bug for most of this year to concentrate finishing Friends, Food, Family. So, when a stack of invitations landed in my inbox I said […]

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