The best hay fever remedies to banish symptoms for good

The best hay fever remedies to banish symptoms for good

Hay fever season is well and truly here. Sneezing, itchy eyes and a runny nose? We spoke to the experts to find out the best hay fever cures out there…

hayfever remedies

Looking for some hay fever treatments and natural hay fever remedies? Experiencing the incurable tickle at the back of your throat; the unbridled fear when you realise you have no tissues on you; the fact you have to hate summer by default.

Well, welcome to the life of a hay fever sufferer.

One in five of us suffer from hay fever in the UK. Hay fever is at its worst from May onwards when the UK grass pollen season starts, which affects 95 per cent of hay fever sufferers and runs until July.

Hay fever symptoms

Symptoms include a runny nose, itchy eyes, sneezing, the sensation of having mucus at the back of your throat, coughing, tiredness, headaches (yes, hay fever can give you headaches) and a general feeling of being miserable.

True hayfever is seasonal, and only occurs at specific times of the year,’ explains Amena Warner, National Nurse Advisor for Allergy UK. ‘Symptoms usually start at the beginning of April or May, when it peaks, then decreases by the end of July, beginning of August, depending on weather patterns.’

Are you sat there thinking, do I have hay fever, or am I just suffering with a cold? Well, the easiest way to tell the difference between hayfever and a common cold is through your mucus. With hayfever, the mucus is usually clear and colourless and the nose feels itchy. With a common cold, the nasal discharge can be green. You can also get a temperature with a cold.

Warner elaborates, ‘In the absence of a temperature, no green discharge and if its within hayfever season, this is usually indicative of an allergy.’

Now, whilst there’s no definitive cure for hay fever, but we’ve rounded up some of the best hay fever treatments to relieve symptoms, including top tips from leading allergy expert Dr Jean Emberlin, Director of Pollen UK.

Hay fever treatment


Available as hayfever tablets or nasal sprays, antihistamines work by blocking the action of the chemical histamine, which is released by the body in the hay fever allergic reaction. Antihistamines can either be taken as a preventative treatment on days when you know there’s going to be a high pollen count, or as needed when you first notice you’re developing symptoms.

Corticosteroid nasal sprays and drops

These steroid treatments are most effective if you start taking them a couple of weeks before symptoms start. If you have a big event coming up, such as a wedding or holiday, your GP might prescribe a short course of corticosteroids to help control the symptoms during that time.

Nasal decongestants

If your hay fever is causing a blocked nose, nasal decongestants such as Care Decongestant Tablets, £2.09, can be useful as they have an anti-inflammatory effect, helping to reduce the swelling of blood vessels in the nose.

Cellulose powder nasal spray

All of the remedies above can have mild side effects, but a natural cellulose powder spray such as Care Allergy Defence, £5.99, has no side effects and is non-drowsy. When sprayed into the nose, it forms a protective gel layer, which acts as a barrier to allergens. It should be used at least three times a day, but can be used as often as needed.

Eye drops

To help treat red, itchy eyes, use drops such as Opticrom Single Dose Eye Drops, £7.99 (pack of 20 x 0.3ml) or Opticrom Hayfever Eye Drops, £4.70 (3ml).


Rub the base of your nose with a nasal balm to help trap pollen before it enters your body. It’s invisible and most are non greasy, so you don’t end up with a shiny rim around your nostrils

Have a spoonful of honey

It’s sounds counter-intuitive, but honey can desensitise your body to other pollens and reduce hay fever symptoms. It also happens to be the most delicious remedy out of all the choices. Try an unprocessed honey, like Manuka, to see the best benefits.


This naturally occurring pigment can be found in foods such as carrots, apricots, pumpkin, sweet potato and spinach and acts as a powerful antioxidant to help reduce inflammation and fortify your immune system.

Brew a cuppa

Chamomile tea is known to relieve inflammation in your airways. Not only is chamomile an antioxidant with an antihistamine effect, it’s also a source of flavonoids, which help strengthen your nasal membranes to prevent irritating particles, like pollen, from entering your bloodstream.

Eat fish

Omega fatty acids contained in fish are important for a healthy immune system. The first phase of an immune reaction is an inflammatory reaction – and fish oil is an anti-inflammatory. Not only that, it’s a great booster for your immune system.

Clear out your fridge

A lot of foods can help reduce hay fever symptoms, but a lot of them can exacerbate the situation. Ditch dairy (you can get calcium another way) because it over stimulates your glands and try to avoid tomatoes, which, although are great antioxidants are also naturally high in histamines.

Shower at night

Can hay fever make you tired and puffy? Can it ever. If you wash your hair in the morning, switch it to night-time. This will get rid of any pollen that’s found its way into your hair, so it won’t end up on your pillow and wreak havoc while you’re sleeping. Puffy morning eyes, be gone. Try this in tandem with this one workout that can actually help you sleep better and you’ll be sorted.

Put down the bubbly

We know it’s cruel, especially during summer, but drinking alcohol worsens symptoms. In fact, research from a team of Danish experts found that drinking alcohol increases the chance of an attack by three percent. If you can’t bear it, alternate with glasses of water.

Add garlic

Just two raw cloves a day will reduce excess catarrh (AKA a stuffy nose). It also contains antioxidants that act as super antihistamines. Apologise to the office in advance.

Beware of your washing line

Don’t hang washing outside on high pollen count days. The pollen will collect on your clothes and bedding and could trigger symptoms.

NB: Talk to your GP or pharmacist to see which treatments are best for you.

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Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz are welcoming their first child together

Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz are welcoming their first child together

Congratulations are definitely in order…

daniel craig rachel weisz

2018 is undoubtedly the year for celebrity babies, with Jessica Alba kicking off the year by announcing the birth of her and Cash Warren’s third child on New Year’s Day.

Since then, it seems like a new celebrity baby has been announced each week, with Kim Kardashian welcoming Chicago, Kylie Jenner giving birth to Stormi Webster and Khloe Kardashian and Rachel McAdams both welcoming babies this month.

Not to mention – the royal baby clock is officially on, with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge ready to welcome their third child at any moment – set to become the fifth in line to the throne.

Basically it’s baby fever – and as it’s only April, it looks like this year might be a celebrity baby record.

The latest baby news however comes from Rachel Weisz and Daniel Craig, with the couple expecting their first child together.

The 48-year-old actress announced the news in an interview with The New York Times while promoting her new film, Disobedience.

I’ll be showing soon,’ the actress explained. ‘Daniel and I are so happy. We’re going to have a little human. We can’t wait to meet him or her. It’s all such a mystery.’

Congratulations are definitely in order!

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50 Over 50 Awards: nominate your unsung hero for an award and win tickets to a sumptuous lunch

50 Over 50 Awards: nominate your unsung hero for an award and win tickets to a sumptuous lunch

In partnership with J D Williams

Know an amazing woman who deserves to be recognised? Nominate her today for the chance to win a very special award…

Our sister title, Woman&Home, is searching for remarkable women – the ones that go the extra mile – to celebrate what they do to make life better for other people at a special 50 Over 50 Awards ceremony. And we’re asking you to help us find that special woman.

Perhaps your mum or an aunt is a tireless community worker. You might know a colleague who mentors brilliantly or who never fails to put a smile on the faces of those around her. Perhaps you’re lucky enough to have a ‘fairy godmother’ who goes above and beyond the call of duty.

Which of your nearest and dearest is so thoughtful, beautiful (on the inside, obviously), brave or selfless she raises the bar for the rest of us?

Here’s your opportunity to show them how inspirational they really are by nominating them to take part in the Woman&Home 50 Over 50 Awards ceremony, held in conjunction with JD Williams. There’s even an incentive for you because everyone who nominates will be in with a chance to win two tickets to a sumptuous W&H Christmas lunch (worth £360).

Here’s how to enter…

Choose your category:

Community Heroes: An amazing woman over 50 who gives her time and energy to improve the lives of people around her

Friendship Above And Beyond: An amazing woman over 50 who has done something exceptional as a friend

Get in touch with Woman & Home to tell us all about your nominee.

You can either write to us at 50 Over 50, Woman&Home Features Department, 161 Marsh Wall, London E14 9AM, or email with the following information:

* The category you’re nominating someone for – Community Heroes and/or Friendship Above And Beyond

* Your nominee’s name, age, email address and contact number (we’ll want to get in touch if we decide they’re a candidate for the shortlist, so please ask for their permission first)

* Why you think they deserve this award; how have their actions impacted on others’ lives?

* Whether your nominee has won an award before and, if so, what

* A photo of your nominee

* Your name, contact number and email address

The closing date is 30 April 2018 and the winners will be announced in the November 2018 issue of Woman and Home.


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This is why you will always see Prince William holding George’s hand

This is why you will always see Prince William holding George’s hand

We couldn’t have called this!

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge
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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are set to welcome their third child this month, with the future royal to be the fifth in line to the throne.

But coming behind four-year-old Prince George and two-year-old Princess Charlotte, royal fans are interested to see how the newborn will fit into the family – with the number of family members as well as their descent to the throne seemingly determining how the family position themselves.

Eagle-eyed royal fans have spotted that ‘the Cambridges’ seem to split off when in public, with Princess Charlotte often seen attached to her mother, Kate Middleton, while Prince George is often spotted holding his father Prince William’s hand.

Prince William and Prince George. Credit: Rex

This detail seems to have even extended to official photographs, with the family’s royal portrait showing Charlotte standing in front of Kate and George in front of William.

According to UK parenting expert Jasmine Peters, this is no coincidence, supposedly giving a nod to the Cambridges’ traditional take on family.

‘It is not uncommon to see a father with his son to set the foundation of what his role and responsibilities will be in life with a family,’ Jasmine Peters explained to the Daily Mail. ‘It is often believed that it takes a man to raise a boy to be a man. Yes, it could reflect that Kate and William are traditional, but it also reflects the importance of the bond created between father and son and mother and daughter that they both treasure and hold dearly as responsible and loving parents.’

We’re not sure how feel about this, but we’re certainly looking forward to the Duke and Duchess welcoming their third child.

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Lactic acid for skin: The complete guide for beginners

Lactic acid for skin: The complete guide for beginners

When it comes to skincare, not all acid exfoliators are equal…

lactic acid for skin

Like many other chemical exfoliants, lactic acid is an increasingly popular skincare ingredient in many a beauty lover’s regime.

Like glycolic acid, it’s an alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA), however, it’s far more moisturising to the skin than glycolic, and less likely to cause irritation. It’s therefore an excellent choice for more sensitive complexions.

Naturally present in milk, lactic acid has a larger structure than glycolic acid, and doesn’t affect the thickness of your skin (not that that means you can skip using your best SPF moisturiser in the morning).

Unlike salicylic acid, beta-hydroxy acid that penetrates deep into your pores, AHA sloughs off dead skin cells leaving a more radiant, smooth complexion underneath.

Lactic acid peel

Max-strength chemical peels are performed by a professional, but it’s possible to buy slightly weaker AHA peels you can perform in the comfort of your own home. Kate Somerville’s Exfolikate Treatment, for example, is a mega tingling formula that sloughs all the dead skin cells from your face, leaving you positively glowing.

Don’t fancy the fuss of applying a peel and sitting around waiting for it to do its thing? Peel pads, like those made by Skyn Iceland are an easy way to exfoliate fuss-free both morning and night.

Lactic acid serum and cream

These are leave-on formulas enirched with AHA exfoliating prowess; for example, Sunday Riley’s Good Genes serum can be left on overnight to smooth out the skin, or a thicker layer can be applied as a 10-15 minute wash-off treatment.

Similarly, lactic acid cream gently resurfaces the skin while you moisturise for a smoother finish to your complexion over time. If you have sensitive skin, higher concentrations of lactic acid may still cause your skin to become irritated, so always do a product patch test beforehand.

Keep scrolling for team Marie Claire‘s top five favourite lactic acid skincare products you can shop now. Happy peeling!

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These are the clothes brands Prince George and Princess Charlotte love

These are the clothes brands Prince George and Princess Charlotte love

Your complete guide to Royal baby fashion

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge iPads

With the new Royal baby set to be born any day now, we can imagine the Duchess of Cambridge has already stocked up on lots of cute children’s clothes, and there’s no doubt she will be returning to some of her favourite brands that she’s shopped for Prince George and Princess Charlotte.

Kate has famously always opted for traditional clothes, including lots of shorts for Prince George (there is a good reason for both of these, if you follow those links), and the general public loves it, with many items selling out as soon as the Royal children wear them (what Kate effect?).

So here’s your ultimate guide of the baby and children’s fashion brands Kate and William love the most, and where you can shop them.

G.H. Hurt & Son

The family owned brand saw a huge spike in visits to their site (and by huge, we mean 100,000 in less than 24 hours) when Princess Charlotte was presented to the world outside the Lindo Wing, swaddled in its traditional knitted shawl.

The Duchess Of Cambridge And Prince William royal baby Princess Charlotte

Photo: Rex

Shop now: Super-fine Merino Wool Christening Shawl for £54 from G.H.Hurt & Son

Cath Kidston

Prince George at Kensington Palace

Photo: Kensington Palace

Who can forget THAT picture of Prince George in his toy soldier tank top for his last official Christmas portrait before the arrival of Princess Charlotte (he was 17 months at the time)? The tank top was possibly one of the most popular Cath Kidston items ever, and has been re-issued in one form or other ever since.

Shop now: KIDS KNITTED TANK TOP for £28 from Cath Kidston

Rachel Riley

Check out Prince George's red shorts

Photo: Rex

British brand Rachel Riley is Kate’s go-to for traditional designs for George. He wore a smock shirt and red shorts for Princess Charlotte’s christening, prompting many comparisons with a similar outfit Prince William wore when he was a child.

Shop now: RACHEL RILEY Baby Boys Ivory Cotton Shortie for £75 from Children Salon

John Lewis

Princess Charlotte

Photo: Kensington Palace

To celebrate Princess Charlotte’s 2nd birthday, her parents released a pic of the tot wearing a pastel yellow Fairisle jumper from John Lewis, which obviously sold out instantly. A fashion influencer or what?

Shop now: John Lewis Baby Bunny Intarsia Cardigan, Orange for £13 from John Lewis

Pepa & Co

The Spanish kidswear brand won Kate over with its pretty embroidered designs, and both Princess Charlotte and Prince George have a few of the brand’s clothes hanging in their Royal wardrobes. They both wore it to Pippa Middleton’s wedding, Prince George sported a whale jumper for an official 3rd birthday portrait, and Charlotte wore a pretty dress on her tour of Canada.

Photo: Rex

Prince George 3rd birthday photos

Photo: Rex



Remember that adorable picture of Princess Charlotte wearing a pie crust dress and playing with her cuddly toy? Yep, that was M&H.

Princess Charlotte First Baby Photo

Photo: Kensington Palace

Shop now: Smock dress for €33.95 from M&H

Amaia Kids

Prince George wore an Amaia jumper to meet his sister for the first time, and Princess Charlotte wore a pink dress for the Queen’s 90th birthday. She also wore an Amaia coat for her first day of school.

The Queen at 90

Photo: Rex

Photo: Kensington Palace

Shop now: Chickadee shirt for £42 from Amaia Kids

My 1st Years

Remember that cute customised robe Prince George wore to meet President Obama? That was by My 1st Years. He teamed it with velvet slippers and silk pyjamas, and the internet did the rest. Cue 100,000 memes.

Prince George Obama

Photo: Rex

Shop now: My 1st Years Baby Personalised Prince Gingham Robe for £27 from John Lewis

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The Queen is celebrating her 92nd birthday in surprising style this weekend

The Queen is celebrating her 92nd birthday in surprising style this weekend

We definitely couldn’t have called this…

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This weekend will see the Queen’s birthday, with the monarch turning 92 on Saturday, the first of of her two birthdays this year.

Yes, the Queen has two birthdays a year, celebrating on the actual day, April 21st, and then also having an official birthday in June to publicly mark the occasion, commemorated with the annual Trooping the Colour parade, taking place this year on 9th June.

While we still have some time to wait till the national festivities, the Queen will be celebrating this weekend with her nearest and dearest.

But how will she actually be marking the day? With a star-studded concert of course, attending a night of music in her honour at the Royal Albert Hall, accompanied by her family.

‘The concert, known as The Queen’s Birthday Party, will be attended by HM and other Members of the Royal Family and will include performances from leading artists from around the Commonwealth,’ the official Royal Family twitter announced.

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It should be an action-packed evening, with world renowned acts from Kylie Minogue and Shawn Mendez to Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Sting & Shaggy, set to perform.

While royal family members are said to be attending the festivities with the Queen, there’s no word yet as to which members will be present.

With the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge set to welcome their third child at any moment, it seems unlikely that either will attend, same with Prince Philip who is currently recovering from hip surgery. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle however look likely to attend, busying themselves with engagements ahead of their wedding next month.

While tickets for the concert are not available, it will be broadcast on BBC One at 8pm on Saturday, or you can tune in to BBC Radio 2.

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The best rooftop bars to cool off with a drink this weekend 😎

The best rooftop bars to cool off with a drink this weekend 😎

Sun’s out!

Boundary Rooftop - Best rooftop bars
Boundary Rooftop – Best rooftop bars

There’s only one direction we’re heading when the sun comes out, and that’s upwards. Much like festivals, Pimms and umm Andy Murray, sipping cocktails with a view of your favourite city skyline has become synonymous with British summertime. So we’ve rounded up the best rooftop bars in the UK to while away a long summer’s evening. Up, up and away from all the traffic and crowds is where the best parties get started…

Best rooftop bars: West London

The Roof Gardens, London
The Roof Gardens is an eclectic venue, worthy of a Katy Perry music video. Flamingos roam the grounds and DJs spin a healthy mix of classics, remixes and mash-ups until 3am, making it a prime party destination. A glamorous crowd gathers at this private members club for some top notch al fresco dining and tickets to their weekend antics are available through at a great discounted price. Did we mention that they have a meaty BBQ available until 2am?

Best rooftop bars in East London

Madison Terrace Bar and Lounge, St Pauls
The view from Madison‘s terrace puts you at eye level with one of London’s best landmarks: the gorgeous grey dome of St Paul’s Cathedral. Between May and September you can find a virtuous way to take advantage of the view by signing up for a Vinyasa yoga class on the roof at 7am (which costs £13), but the place really comes into its own at dusk, with a buzzy atmosphere, music and cocktails. If you’re feeling decadent order a bottle of champagne and some nibbles – the truffle fries and sautéed mini chorizo sausages are delicious – or cool off with a frozen berry Daiquiri.

The rooftop bar at Madison with its unrivalled view of St Paul’s

Dalston Roof Park, London
For as little as £5 you can become a member of Dalston Roof Park and enjoy a whole load of events, from free film screenings to street food stalls. Newly refurbished in April 2017, it draws a hip crowd thanks to hosting bands such as Basement Jaxx, Rudimental and Disclosure. Mismatched chairs are scattered across the venue creating a laid back vibe that’s the perfect switch-off for after-work drinks.

Boundary Rooftop Bar, London
We’re fans of anywhere that serves cocktails in sizeable pitchers. Add to this the delicious food, panoramic London views and fun staff and you’ve got one helluva hotspot to spend some time this summer. The restaurant is covered so even if the Great British weather should disappoint, your time at Boundary won’t. All the best rooftop bars have a Plan B for the weather. Useful, no?

The Sky Garden, London
Sky Garden has three stunning floors and boasts one of the highest roof gardens in London, making it a must-visit – even if you have a fear of heights. There’s more than one reason why it’s been regarded as one of the best rooftop bars in the UK – it offers quick bites to eat, from breakfast to lunch, not to mention down-the-hatch cocktails for those in search of some evening hedonism. It is renowned for its picturesque view of London which is an Instagram-filtered gift for your social feed.

Netil 360, London
Spice up not only your summer, but your year, and purchase Netil 360’s yearly membership for £120 – it doubles up as an awesome co-working space for freelancers and small businesses. A range of experiences, from yoga to rooftop parties, will be at your disposal alongside the added bonus of being able to bring along one of your friends for free, and boasting one of the best rooftop bars in the UK. You will also receive free entry to their BYOB evenings and weekends which are an absolute hoot and easy on the pocket. We love this place for its low key attitude and unconventional partying.

best rooftop bars east london

Queen of Hoxton, London
This summer sees the launch of Queen of Hoxton’s summer rooftop sessions and this year a giant tipi provides the backdrop for the ultimate sky-high night out. Festival on the roof, anyone? Last year, silent discos and film clubs fuelled memorable nights under the stars and, no doubt, this summer will be the exact same. Fun times will be on offer alongside frozen daiquiris to cool you down after the sun sets.

Best rooftop bars in North London

Proud Camden Roof Gardens

Looking more like a sun-drenched Eden than a bar, Proud Camden’s roof terrace is bedecked in botanical greenery and florals, and already attracting the most in-the-know crowd in town. Throughout the summer, there’s a residency from Manhatten Cantina, one of London’s most popular pop-ups serving Mexican-style burgers. After sunset (a view worth waiting for in itself), live DJ sets take you long into the night. Discover it before everybody else does.

best rooftop bars north london

Best rooftop bars in Birmingham

Marco Pierre White Champagne Bar, Birmingham
Marco Pierre White’s Champagne Bar is a venue with a 360-view of Birmingham’s skyline and offers a long list of quaffable champagnes. The mixologists are known for conjuring up delicious bubbly cocktails that aim to refresh summer palates.

best rooftop bars birmingham

Best rooftop bars in Manchester

Roof Garden Playground, Manchester
A bit of a hidden gem, Roof Garden Playground operates a work-hard-play-hard attitude as it serves up a vibrant selection of cocktails, champagne, wine, beer and spirits. Come evening, it’s popular amongst city slickers and brings to life a romantic vibe with candlelit lanterns. The terrace and hot tub are available for private hire to help people lap up some rays in privacy.

best rooftop bars manchester

Best rooftop bars: Glasgow

Ubiquitious Chip, Glasgow
Ubiquitous Chip is a venue full of wonderful curiosities. It has a themed indoor rainforest with plenty of twinkling fairy lights and a simple roof terrace where the good times roll. A great menu offers fine dining and entertainment comes in the form of jazz lunches. If you’re looking for a unique night out or bite to eat, this is your spot.

best rooftop bars glasgow

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This micro bag trend will take you straight back to your school days

This micro bag trend will take you straight back to your school days

Minimalist bags in faux croc and practical shapes may be the one for AW18, but while spring is in full swing, statement accessories are still king.

And there’s one bag I just keep on seeing, which takes me right back to my childhood: the beaded bag. It’s obviously not the most practical bag, and it is a bit silly, but it sure as hell is cute and pretty and there’s nothing wrong with that.

Pandora Sykes was one of the first to adopt the trend (of course), with the now-cult Antonia bag by British brand Shrimps, followed by the likes of Parisian blogger Leia, Camille Charriere and Lorna Luxe. The cream pearl bag also comes in pastel hues of yellow and mint, all of which keep selling out.

Pearly queen ⚪ am with you in spirit @shrimps 😷🤧

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Then came the wonderfully colourful creations of New York-based Susan Alexandra, which are essentially happiness in a bag. Think rainbow see-through beads, and fun fruit-shaped designs, including a retro cherry bag that’s about to hit your Instagram hard.

☯Which one is the mega fashion influencer? ☯

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Obviously, the high-street has been quick off the mark, with Mango and Zara both serving up some highly Instagrammable beaded bags.

Do yourself a favour and shop these addictive bags below. Your wardrobe will thank you.

Shop now: Antonia Beaded Cream Bag for £450 from Shrimps

Shop now: Ma Cherie Bag for $265 from Susan Alexandra

Shop now: BEADED TOTE BAG for £39.99 from Zara

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The secret to success: Find out how the best have succeeded in our ‘How I Did It Series’ at Future Shapers Live

The secret to success: Find out how the best have succeeded in our ‘How I Did It Series’ at Future Shapers Live

Calling all career-focused women, of any age and from any industry, learn how the best have made it to the top at our bespoke career conference…

Ever wondered how the top CEOs got to where they are now, or how key influencers launch and grow their brand?

Maybe you’re looking to switch careers but aren’t sure where to start. Or perhaps you have a brilliant idea for a business and need practical, take-home advice on how to secure investment, scale your growth, or build a pro portfolio career?

Whatever your dilemma, our handpicked roster of leading business-leaders and creative minds at Future Shapers Live are perfectly placed to arm you with your ultimate workplace arsenal. Join us for a full day of inspiration, Q&A and panel discussions to learn how you can make it to the top.

Here’s just a few of the line-up on the day who will be speaking in the series…

How to start your own business from scratch

Pavan Ahluwalia, Founder of the Pavan Henna Bar

Pavan the world’s fastest Henna Artist and founder of the Pavan Henna Bar, was born in East London to two hugely inspirational parents. In 2012, Pavan claimed the Guinness World Record for the world’s fastest Henna Artist with this global achievement seeing Pavan’s client list grow to include celebrities such as Ellie Goulding, Perrie Edwards and Alesha Dixon. In 2013 the demand for Pavan’s work was ever increasing and after recognising there wasn’t a flagship destination currently available, Pavan opened her first Henna Bar in Topshop taking the high street by storm. The new location was met with huge success, leading Pavan to open Henna Bars in Selfridges London & Birmingham, Harvey Nichols and Shoreditch salon Barber & Parlour.

How to start a side hustle and keep your day job


Ruth Penfold, Head of Talent at Shazam and Yoga Instructor

Ruth has worked in the recruitment sector for around 18 years, and has spent the past four years in-house leading the quest for hiring incredible talent for Shazam globally. Powered by plants, water and positivity, Ruth believes that brilliant people are the lifeblood of any successful business and enjoys creating the right space for people to grow into the best versions of themselves. She does this both in and outside the workplace, by teaching yoga in her spare time. The work that she does in both areas are mutually enriching, and she thrives on the difference and balance both bring to each other.

How to harness your individuality

Emma Gannon, Author, broadcaster and podcast host

At the forefront of business, technology and career development with wide-ranging experience and expertise, Emma Gannon launched her own podcast CTRL, ALT, DELETE in 2016 – amassing 1.5 million downloads to date, with listeners in over 100 countries. Interviewing guests from around the world, from Greta Gerwig to Lauren Laverne and Lily Cole to Anne Boden, Emma has won numerous critical acclaims including Editor’s Choice’ on iTunes multiple times.
Emma has led training workshops with prestigious charities such as Princes Trust and the Queen’s Young Leaders and given a TEDx Talk on Online Identity and taken part in Digital Sessions at the BBC Academy as well as being an expert voice on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour on subjects such as ‘How To Start a Side Hustle’ and ‘How to Achieve Work/Life Balance’. She was selected in the Forbes 30 Under 30 Europe 2018 list in the media and marketing category.
Emma’s first book was a ‘Millennial memoir’ called CTRL ALT DELETE: How I Grew Up Online and was published in July 2016 and has a new book THE MULTI-HYPHEN METHOD due for release this May.

To read more about Future Shapers Live visit or to book CLICK HERE.

WHEN Saturday 9 June 2018

 TIME 9.30am-6.30pm

WHERE Sofitel London St James, 6 Waterloo Place, London SW1Y 4AN

TICKETS Take advantage of our super-early bird ticket offer and book at the discounted price of £84 before 10 May (usual price £99). Ticket includes lunch, cocktail reception and a goody bag worth over £100.


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