Why it’s exhausting being me and the Marie Curie Masterpiece Summer Fair

“It is truly exhausting being you”, a dear friend of mine recently proclaimed, as we dined on cannelloni and seared tuna, overlooking Berkeley Square, from the first floor balcony of Morton’s.

I was slightly confused as to what she meant, to say the least…my friend works a full-time job in the services industry, is starting an events company on the side, as well as expanding her own property portfolio.

Surely her life is more exhausting than mine. You see, I determine my own hours – I can get up at 10.30am on a Thursday if I like, or take conference calls whilst heading to the gym at whatever time I choose…

She then clarified what she meant by her intriguing statement: My life is a constant flow of media events, high profile social obligations, launches, and photo-shoots/interviews, which means there is not a week that goes by when I’m not planning outfits (never wear the same thing twice!), getting a blow dry, and attending Skinny Bitch Collective classes. On top of running my fashion company, four blogs, and occasional TV work – it can all seem a bit much if you’re not a Capricorn.

But what a great theme for my forthcoming blogs for the one and only Hello!. I will be delivering regular blog posts on how it all comes together – the fashion, the beauty, the gossip. Exhausting? I originate from a normal, middle-class background and I’ve fought tooth and nail from the age of 13 for this fabulousness, that is my life. Therefore the day I start complaining, feel free to sock me squarely in the jaw with my Louboutins.

Disclaimer: They say there is a strong woman behind every successful man. Behind every successful fashionista there is a gay man. Fact. Mine goes by the name of Krishan Parmer and without his sharp eye, his attention to detail, and commitment to all things fashion, I wouldn’t be half the Instagram-worthy gal I am. (www.krishanparmer.co.uk).

This first post is going to be a little different from the next as we are going back in time to the beginning of this month to some first class ‘fabulousness’ that cannot go undiscussed.

Marie Curie Masterpiece Summer Fair:

This annual charity event, hosted by my friend Heather Kerzner, which takes place at the beginning of the summer social season every year. My dear friend Katy Wick helps Heather organize this momentous evening, inside the expansive halls of the Royal Hospital, just off Chelsea Embankment. It’s a fantastic time to reconnect with all the social set and with the catering by Caprice Holdings and endless flow of champagne, there is nothing not to love, especially for such a fantastic cause.

My Bravo TV show, Ladies of London, was mid-season in the US, so all the press and socialites wanted to chat with me about what I deem “the reality of reality”.

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For this event I donned an all-white look by London brand Yanny London, which Krishan and I teamed with a fantastic Aspinal of London clutch (love the outside grip!). Some of the celebrities in attendance included Princess Beatrice, David Bailey, Clive Owen, Patrick Cox, Danny Houston, Yasmin Le Bon, Amanda Eliasch, Zoe Hardman, and the legendary Monica Lewinsky (yes, that one). I had a nice long chat with my co-star Annabelle Nielsen who was of course wearing Alexander McQueen.

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I am pretty big on charity. One of the causes I support, is working towards an AIDS free generation and I am an ambassador of the MTV’s Staying Alive Foundation. Grazia and You magazine held a quiz night in support of Elton John’s AIDS Foundation on the same night as the Serpentine Summer Party, and although the Serp is one of the best parties of the year my charitable duties placed me at Quiz Night.

Our gorgeous co-hosts Amy Williams (fashion editor for You magazine) and Katherine Ormerod.

Katherine and Amy organized a room of fashionista’s for a fashion themed quiz evening at the lovely Home House. I had some pretty stiff competition vs some of my closest friends, Net a Porter even had a team! I went for a sport-luxe look with Villain cotton separates and sparkly heels, heading to Chiltern Firehouse afterwards.

The following evening I attended an event at The Arts Club for DNA personalized skincare brand Geneu hosted by Duran Duran and Creative Director, Nick Rhodes.

At the intimate dinner I was seated next to fashion designer Zoe Jordan, whose eponymous label shows at London Fashion Week while Professor Christofer Toumazou, Chairman and Chief Scientific Advisor at GENEU, gave a hugely informative speech about Geneu’s science behind the brand. As soon as I get a minute I’m popping in to their new central London location for a consultation.

For this dinner, I chose a mustard jumpsuit by Narciss that sounds in theory dreadful but was a smash hit! I’d also had my hair done my a local hairdresser called Leticia Haute Coiffure and I kid you not; the owner Pierre can do a ten minute blow dry (I arrive with clean hair that is rough dried). How amazing is that for the busy City girl? LHC also sells monthly memberships, wherein for a small fee you can get as many hair or beauty treatments as you want. Genius! http://www.leticiahautecoiffure.com

Sandown Park

When Sandown race course asked me to judge Best Dressed at Ladies Day, on July 4th, I jumped at the chance and when they named the 4.10pm race after me and allowed me to pick best turned out horse I was jumping even more.

Krishan and I chose Jonathan Saunders for Edition at Debenhams separates, Jimmy Choo shoes, Aspinal of London poppy-coloured clutch, and Stephen Jones hat.

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Confession: the races for me are usually more about fashion, socializing, and champagne than betting. In my 11 years in Blighty I’ve never had a bet that even places. Boy, did my streak end this year! I chose Presburg as Best Turned Out for the Noelle Reno Handicap Stakes due to his stars and stripes detailing (it was July 4th!) so naturally I placed a bet for him to win despite his 14-1 odds. I do have a natural inclination for the underdog…

The runner up and 2nd runner up chose monochrome looks for the day, very much like myself, which is always a chic option against the backdrop of a racecourse. Ultimately however I was swayed by Gail, an attractive mother in her early 40’s, who embraced the Independence Day theme with a printed red, white, and blue dress and Philip Tracey-esque hat. Handing her the award, Gail was in a state of pure shock saying she had never won anything in her whole life and would be so excited to tell her little girl. Another great gamble on my part!

Now that we are caught up, my following blogs will be a combination of forward planning, realtime, and reporting back. This means you may be reading about the outfit and the gossip on the event, before it even happens! The point is to always keep you lovely readers engaged and entertained so please do feedback – all is welcome.

Til next time, Noelle X

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