Editor’s Comment: A busy month for The Sloaney team in the run up to Royal Ascot

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Another hectic month has passed at The Sloaney HQ. When I wrote in May, the summer season had kicked off with a bang and it seems the bang is lasting. Highlights during the last month have included the worldwide press launch of the Global Party, which is a tremendous charity initiative that aims to help raise awareness and money for 360 local children charities around the world. To mark the build up to this spectacular event, a select number of guests were invited to The Savoy for lunchtime canapés followed by a boat trip.

This event was quickly followed by the Waitrose Summer Party, which has grown to become one of the most impressive occasions on the London social calendar. Hosted in the grand surroundings of the National History Museum, I attended with our new Social Correspondent Katie Ann Lamb, who is a regular guest at this soiree. We chatted to the vivacious Heston Blumenthal and enjoyed delicious Waitrose treats with Pippa Middleton as Paloma Faith sang live.

Katie Ann Lamb reports from the Waitrose Summer Party

Katie Ann Lamb reports from the Waitrose Summer Party

Katie then covered the Official Launch of Summer at Bluebird Chelsea, where corks of Moet bottles popped until the early hours. Meanwhile, my brother and I were given a tour of the impressive new Wine Shop at Selfridges.

This week, The Queen’s Club drew big crowds with the Aegon Tennis Championships. We were invited down to the popup Maggie’s Club, which proved a popular new haunt within the Members Enclosure.

Other launches of note included the introduction of Juicy Couture’s Viva La Juciy Noir. As with many of the key social occasions this month, Sarah Bacon and I recorded some short video highlights to accompany our report. This launch was incredibly impressive and plush Home House was decked out head-to-toe in pink. A pink carpet, pink flowers, pink lighting and pink champagne guaranteed a girly atmosphere for this sweet, fruity fragrance.

Halle Carlson brought us video highlights from the launch of Diptyque’s Summer Collection. Unsurprisingly, this luxury brand always proves popular with our readers. Halle was also the belle of the ball when she donned a stunning Patricia Bonaldi gown for the celebrity-filled Butterfly Ball and beckoned readers of The Sloaney inside for a sneak peek.

Halle Carlson in Patricia Bonaldi

Halle Carlson in Patricia Bonaldi

Natasha Eddery has been busy with her Bride-To- Be Diary and visited Emmy London to find some Cinderella-esque shoes for her big day. Natasha has also been preparing her face and body for the occasion and has just returned from an indulgent day at the luxurious Four Seasons Spa in Hampshire. Her trip sounded delightful and a must visit, regardless of whether you are due to get married! For those who don’t have time to escape the city, Natasha also gave us the lowdown on her favourite home treatments for your skin and there are a number of great recommendations in this feature.

Several members of the team attended the Mint Polo in the Park as guests of Pommery Champagne and the Hurlingham Club was bathed in glorious sunshine. Rebecca Jarvest reported on the action from Friday and her video highlights will be live soon. Becky also enjoyed a chic new concept that mixes art with fine dining in Notting Hill.

Our team continues to expand at a rapid rate and the latest contributor to The Sloaney pages is Adil Azim. Adil visited Copenhagen recently and reviewed the authentic New Nordic restaurant, Host. Actress Charlotte Dainton was also a new contributor this month and gave us some insider tips for a luxury break in Ibiza.

The Sloaney's Editor Laura Toogood at Mint Polo in the Park

The Sloaney’s Editor Laura Toogood at Mint Polo in the Park

With Royal Ascot in full swing, we visited The Hat Club in Putney. This hat hire venue opened its door this year and fills an important gap in the market. There is a stunning selection of hats available to hire and the friendly owners can’t do enough to help you. They will even collect your hat from Ascot at the end of the day. So if you haven’t selected your headpiece yet, we recommend booking a viewing slot and don’t forget to take your dress!

On that note, our next stop is naturally England’s most prestigious flat racing festival, an occasion that is undoubtedly highlighted in the diaries of many of our readers. You can keep up-to-date with all the action by following the team on Twitter.



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