Thursday 18 January 2018

Replacing Zen with a sugar rush - no harm mixing sinners and saints

Finding time to tap into your inner chi/zen, whatever, can be a bit of a chore.

But the wonderful people at Dermalogica managed to get a select group of beauty experts to unlock their deep-seated sense of serenity when they held a meditation session to launch their PowerBright TRX products.

Guests lay outstretched on the floor of Smock Alley's Banqueting Hall as beauty expert and committed yogi, Catherine Walker (pictured), told us find our inner eye and breathe.

"This is exactly what I needed," lithe and limber former model Ruth Griffith said folding her legs in front of her. "It's the perfect way to unwind."

After we had all calmed down we were told about the pots and potions before "kaletinis" and pomegranate Tom Collins were handed out. Because who doesn't like mixing their superfoods with super spirits?

We left with yoga mats tucked under our arms and mused about mindfulness. Were I as puritanical as I dream of being, I would have headed home for a cup of piping hot nettle tea.

But, alas and alack, temptation got the better of me. And instead I made my way to Lily O'Brien's Ultimate Chocolate Party. Trendy haunt Drury Buildings had been transformed into a sugary wonderland.

Jeni Glasgow from Brown Hound Bakery whipped up the baked good and tables heaved with truffles, tortes and moreish meringues. Mary Ann O'Brien worked the room encouraging us all to load up on slabs of chocolate. My Zen was replaced by a sugar rush. Everything in moderation - including moderation?

- KBK

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