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Marlene and Adele are fully trained personal stylists, with extensive knowledge and broad ranging expertise and experience in public speaking and style coaching

In an era when everyone is obsessed with celebrity, size and the strive for perfection, they are passionate about helping each individual to feel confident in their own skin.

Whatever your age, gender or lifestyle you need to decide what to wear each day.  Marlene and Adele can help you make the right choices confidently, to suit YOU, your lifestyle and budget.When you know you look your best you will feel confident and success is all about confidence!

What three words would your best friend use to describe you?
Sociable, Stylish, Business Woman

What’s on your iPod/playing in your car these days?
Ed Sheeran

Who’s your favourite James Bond actor?
Daniel Craig

Your house is on fire, what one item do you save?
Photo’s

Last meal on earth?
Carbs

Dream dinner party guests?
Oprah Winfrey, The Queen

First thing you’d do if you won £1million?
Holiday

Quiet night in or big night out?
Depends on how busy we have been at work! 😉

City break or weekend in the country?
Either – It’s good to get away

Early bird or night owl?
Night Owl

Save it or spend it?
Spend it !

Couch potato or fitness fanatic?
This week fitness fanatic

Home or abroad?
Abroad

Early or late?
Late

Cats or dogs?
Dogs

Happiest memory?
Lots!! Family times together.

And most embarrassing?
Lots again. Usually involving alcohol

Biggest regret?
Don’t believe in them.

What are you proudest of?
Our kids

Who do you admire most?
People who help others.

And who do you detest?
People with double standards

Who would you like to thank?
Our parents

What advice would you give to your younger self?
Just do it !!

What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever had to do?
Being a mother!

Hardest thing you’ve had to give up?
Not a lot of will power, so can’t think of anything.

Could you save someone’s life if they were dying in the street?
Yep!!! Did a CPR course last week 🙂

What keeps you awake at night?
Kids

And your biggest critic?
Ourselves

Mobile phone ringtone?
“This is what you came for”

Sophie McEwan: Owner of two successful businesses in Perth, Mum to amazing human and fur babies and wife to wonderful husband Neil. We couldn’t help but wonder if Sophie was an all round super woman so, we took a few minutes to get to know her!

Alongside the aforementioned husband Neil, Sophie owns Perth’s favourite Range Cooker and Woodburning Stove showrooms: HeatWorks. Not only has Sophie been running this successful business with hubby for the last 10 years, she also is the proud owner of Quince.

Quince is an online homeware store that is dedicated to indie makers and unique design – sounds right up our street, Soph!

We don’t know how she juggles it all and makes it look so easy! We were super excited when Sophie agreed to open up to us a little…..

What three words would your best friend use to describe you?

Hopefully….Kind, Caring and Fun!

What’s on your iPod/playing in your car these days?

I have a massive playlist that I have on shuffle, a real mix of songs that I’ve discovered on BBC Radio 6 Music. My favourites from my playlist at the moment, would have to be any songs by This is the Kit, Public Service Broadcasting and Young Fathers.

Who’s your favourite James Bond actor?

Oh Daniel Craig for sure!

Your house is on fire, what one item do you save?

Apart from the obvious, kids, husband and dogs. It would have to be our piece of art by Anna King.

Last meal on earth?

This is maybe a bit daft, but whenever my Mum asked me what I wanted for my birthday tea I would always ask for Markies Spaghetti Bolognese. I’d probably ask for this as it reminds me of happy memories…that or a trip to the Fat Duck!

Dream dinner party guests?

Oh my goodess, this is tricky, here we go…

Adam Buxton

Richard Ayoade

Rosie Ramsey

Louis Theroux

Bob Mortimer

Celeste Barber

My husband Neil (He’d never forgive me if I didn’t invite him along with this lot!)

First thing you’d do if you won £1million?

Call my Mum and have a large gin and tonic!

Quiet night in or big night out?

Depends on my tiredness level, I’ve got a toddler body clock at the moment, early bed and early rises. I think it would have to be a night in with cheese and wine.

City break or weekend in the country?

Weekend in the country, any excuse to have a mini digital detox and hit the hills with our two wild whippets.

Early bird or night owl?

I’ve turned into an early bird thanks to my kids, but to be honest I love it. I’m so much more productive with an early start.

Save it or spend it?

Both…I use the Plum app to help save small manageable amounts, but I still love a trip to the garden centre.

Couch potato or fitness fanatic?

I would say that I’m somewhere in between. Exercise for me consists of daily dog walks and the odd bit of pilates. This keeps my body and mind happy.

Home or abroad?

This year we’re spending our Summer on the West Coast instead of abroad, the beaches are beautiful and the travel a whole lot less stressful. I will still be venturing abroad for skiing though!

Early or late?

Early, I’m always early.

Cats or dogs?

Dogs all the way! I’m a self confessed Whippet woman and our two hounds come to work with us everyday. I would be lost without them.

Happiest memory?

Our family holiday to Arisaig. Playing on the beach, in the sun with my family.

And most embarrassing?

I’m not embarrassed easily, so this is tricky, I tend to laugh at myself a lot!

Biggest regret?

I don’t know if it’s a regret as I probably wouldn’t have ended up where I am now without the choices that I had made. But I do wish I stayed on at school and achieved my Highers.

What are you proudest of?

My babies, I have two wonderful, bright and caring children that I am so proud are mine.

Who do you admire most?

My parents, they worked their socks off to bring me up and have offered endless support throughout the years.

And who do you detest?

I don’t really detest anyone in particular. But I do detest people who prey upon the vulnerable.

Who would you like to thank?

My parents, my husband, my in-laws and all of our wonderful clients who keep our business going.

What advice would you give to your younger self?

Life is too short, and it flies by. Don’t waste it on negative people and do what makes you happy.

What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever had to do?

A charity cycle of the Hebrides with no practice on a bike that wasn’t my own. Even padded shorts didn’t help. Ouch.

Hardest thing you’ve had to give up?

Gluten! I miss a decent crusty white loaf!

Could you save someone’s life if they were dying in the street?

I hope so.

What keeps you awake at night?

My to-do list. I need to get in the habit of writing it all down before I go to sleep so I can clear my head.

And your biggest critic?

Myself for sure.

Mobile phone ringtone?

Star Wars theme.

A dynamic new committee in charge of Perthshire Businesswomen’s Network (PBN) has announced an exciting programme of speakers and events planned for the rest of the year.

Jane Rennie of The Extraordinary Training Company has stayed on as President, with Tricia Fox, CEO of Perth based marketing agency Volpa stepping into the role of Vice President.

The full committee is made up from fellow local businesswomen and PBN members Georgina Coleman, Managing Director of Established Events; Claire McFarlane, owner of The Grampian Hotel; Caroline Mackintosh, Senior Solicitor at Macnabs; Donna Bednarek, Fundraising Manager at CLIC Sargent; Rebecca Ellwood, Solicitor at Macnabs and Olivia Robertson, Director of The Home Straight.

Jane Rennie, President of Perthshire Businesswomen’s Network commented:

“The committee has worked tirelessly over the last few years to reshape the network for modern businesswomen. We have a range of events on offer at different times of the day and different days of the week, and we’re balancing that with online networking activities too.

“We have an incredibly inspiring line of businesswomen to speak at our events this year which includes Kirsty Lunn, co-founder of multicoloured bra manufacturer, Molke; Karen Reid, CEO of Perth & Kinross Council and Catriona MacInnes, Editor of The Courier and Scotland’s only female newspaper editor.”

She added: “It’s a great opportunity for members and guests to meet some of the women running exciting businesses on our own doorstep and to network with fellow businesswomen locally.”

Information for the series of events is available on PBN’ s website www.perthshirebusinesswomen.co.uk.

Wednesday 30th November, 6.30 – 9.30pm, Sante, Perth

A company’s culture built on the wellness of its team is a thriving one. Wellness isn’t just about physical health, although that is a crucial element. It’s also about giving options to employees that encourage them to nurture their body, mind, heart and soul. During this event we’ll be hearing from Catriona McCaw, Mindfulness Teacher at Bemindful.co.uk and Philly Alexander Cancer conqueror and Business Owner as we learn more about the importance of health and wellness in business.

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THE VENUE

Sante Wine Bar and Restaurant, St John’s Place, Perth PH1 5SU

Sante Wine Bar and Restaurant is located in the heart of Perth. Next to the famous St John’s Kirk, the building dates back to the last century. Sante is an ideal and relaxing venue for the people of Perth to come and sample the best of Scottish products cooked in a Franco/Iberian fusion style cuisine. Sante is open every day from morning ‘til late serving coffee, lunch, dinner or just an after-work drink. www.sante-winebar.co.uk

FOOD

We’ll be enjoying a delicious pescatarian buffet, and refreshments prepared by Sante’s chefs.

PRICE

£12 Members / £13.50 Non-Members

SPEAKERS

Philly AlexanderPhilly Alexander

Cancer Conqueror & Business Owner

Home-Based Business to Home-Based Health

Natures’ Pharmacy – A Journey of Discovery

Over the last 18 years Philly Alexander has built a successful home-based business spanning 19 countries from her residence in Invergowrie, near Dundee.  3½ years ago, her life was turned upside down when, by an amazing turn of events, she was diagnosed with Invasive Lobular Breast Cancer which had progressed to Stage 2 with 2 tumours in her left breast. Her medical team told her that she would have to have a mastectomy followed by the relevant cancer treatment.

A chance conversation with a friend and business colleague opened her up to the idea of the ‘Science of Food’ and a naturopathic route to deal with her breast cancer and, after 3 months of intensive research, she made the choice against all conventional medical advice, to delay any type of conventional treatment and put together her own ‘Cancer Protocol’.  Within 7 months she only had 5% of one tumour left and after 12 months she was completely cancer free.

Philly would like to share with you some of the critical components that she believes can help anyone to take more control of their Health and Wellness.  For her, cancer is like a ‘Perfect Storm’ so knowing, understanding and eliminating some of the potential contributory factors to chronic diseases – just makes sense!

 

Catriona McCaw – Mindfulness Teacher at Bemindful.co.uk

Catriona’s background is in mental health nursing, working latterly in Perth with the Scottish Dementia Research Network. She left the NHS in February this year, and after some travelling is focusing on delivering mindfulness training in Perthshire.

Catriona first came across Mindfulness in 2001 when it was introduced to NHS staff. She felt something from her training but didn’t really know what it was. It wasn’t until after 2007 when Catriona took a retreat on the beautiful Holy Isle on the west coast of Scotland, that she really felt the benefits of mindfulness, and began practicing on a regular basis.

Catriona completed 2 years of mindfulness studies training with Aberdeen University, and began teaching in Perth in 2013 at Perth Yoga Studio where she still teaches. Catriona is particularly interested in the kindness and compassion component of mindfulness, and its relevance to every aspect of our lives.

Catriona lives just outside Pitlochry with her partner Andy and a few chickens.

“Mindfulness is a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations. By being fully present in this way – not forcing things or hiding from them, but actually being with them, we create space to respond in new ways to situations and make wise choices. We may not always have full control over our lives, but with mindfulness we can work with our minds and bodies, learning how to live with more appreciation and less anxiety.

Making mindfulness a frequent aspect of daily life requires training and a lot of practice. If you’re motivated, a fresh perspective can begin to emerge and extend to the whole of your life – when we start practising mindfulness, we’re embarking on a journey that helps us live life more fully, to really be alive”. www.bemindful.co.uk

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Gallery restaurant

The award-winning training restaurant in Perth is twice-winner of the “Best College Restaurant in Scotland and Northern Ireland”, so when you come here to eat you’ll experience something pretty special. The latest dinner menus will be posted here.

Students on catering and hospitality courses make it all happen, and do everything from providing you with a warm welcome to preparing and serving the dishes on the carefully prepared menu, using as much local and healthy produce as possible.

These delicious meals are available at seriously affordable prices during term-time, so you really should book your table early.

 

Restaurant open to the public

The Training Restaurant is open on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. On Thursdays we are offering a table d’hote menu and on Fridays a Bistro style lunch. You can view the Restaurant Calendar dates here.

Service is available from noon to 1pm.

Due to popular demand, dinners are still available on Tuesdays, offering a tasty selection of themed evenings. Service is from 6–7pm. You can see dates here.

View the Round the World in 3 Courses menu being served Tuesday 16 February here.

 

Special offers

A – Book any 5 dinners @ £15 and receive a bottle of wine with your 5th dinner.

B – Book any 10 dinners and receive the 11th free (excluding Gourmet and Christmas).

 

Book your place now by calling 01738 877605 or 877715 or emailing restaurant@perth.uhi.ac.uk

The Black Watch Castle and Museum invites you to experience the Home of The Black Watch

Thursday 3rd March | 6.00pm – 8.00pm

Begin the journey with a freshly brewed coffee or tea selection accompanied by signature shortbread from the award winning Copper Beech Team.

Discover the Museum of The Black Watch, Scotland’s Premier High Regiment, view the inspiring redeveloped Wavell Meeting Room and lay eyes on the stunning private dining experience.

Uncover the story of the iconic Poppies: Weeping Window installation and their upcoming visit to the Castle and Museum.

 

£4 per person | Bookings by email to events@perthshirechamber.co.uk |

We ask that any cancellation is made by Tuesday 1st March

The Black Watch Castle and Museum | Hay Street | Perth | PH1 5HR

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