The next Marylebone Mums coffee morning will be held on Wednesday 4th October at Costa Coffee, 3C – 3D Baker Street, London, W1U 8ED from 10am to 12pm. All parents, carers and of course little ones welcome.
On of our lovely local mums Sarah is part of the team behind Aurora London - an online brand that is a go-to destination for luxurious accessories at guilt-free prices (yippee!).
Given the festive season is approaching (!!!), I thought this would be a perfect time to highlight the brand as they are making beautiful items using the same high grade leathers and working with the same family owned factory as some of the leading designer brands. The difference is that they do not wholesale, instead they pass on the cost saving to our customer so that we might enjoy high quality leather goods at affordable prices.
Some background to the brand:
In 2014 Devina DiCarlo and Sarah Auerbach established Aurora London after identifying a gap in the market for high-quality, luxury leather accessories at accessible prices. This London-based brand is fast becoming the go-to website for stylish women looking for fashion-forward yet timeless pieces crafted from high quality leather using superior craftsmanship. All of the products are designed in London and made in Southern Spain.
By retailing on-line they pass on the wholesale margin to their customers. This model has enabled the growth of a solid customer base, with repeat purchasing and word-of-mouth propelling the brand forward, fast.
Currently the Aurora London range comprises the Willow, Gigi and newly launched Ziggy cross-body bags. Each has the signature Aurora London interior – credit card holders, a large zip pocket and a detachable keyring. Every season new colours are added to the range and once sold-out seldom repeated. All Aurora London bags can be personalised with either gold foil embossed or blind-debossed initials.
Price-wise, the bags are definitely affordable, ranging from £69 and with the lovely option available to monogram the bags for an additional cost.
I have just ordered one of their gorgeous bags so you may see me out and about with it soon!
You can see the whole range at www.aurora-london.com as well as at @auroralondonstyle
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The Mindfulness Project, a secular space for teaching mindfulness meditation in Fitzrovia, is holding an 8-Week Mindful Parenting course in September.
Some info about the course: "We believe it can be of real benefit -- in supporting their own wellbeing, helping with stressful and difficult times and also supporting the wellbeing of families as a whole.
Here's a link to the course where you can read more:
If you have a child in Year 1 and above, this is great news! The wonderful Chelsea Young Writers club are expanding into Marylebone, bringing their brilliant writing club for local kids to enjoy. They have kindly sent over some information for those of you who haven't heard abut what they do:
Chelsea Young Writers is aimed at children between the ages of 6 and 12. We run creative writing courses for schools, private groups, and mixed groups in locations throughout schools and other community locations in London. The types of classes we run depends on the age range we are targeting, from 'My First Story' (years one and two) to 'Master Your Creative Writing' (year 5+).
In term time we run 10 week or 8 week courses which build upon each other. In the more advanced classes, the aim is to allow children the opportunity to write two complete, well fleshed out stories based on the term's theme (previously we've focused on space, ancient myths, kings and queens...). The 'My First Story' term-time course uses a different story or fable each week to inspire the writers to create their own version, and in Editing Club the writers analyse and proofread 'classic' children's tales (Dickens, Kipling etc) to gain skills which allow them to write and revise their own short stories. In 11+ sessions, children spend time in a small group with an experienced 11+ tutor alternating between creative writing exercises, comprehension and exam technique sessions, often doing so under timed conditions so the 11+ exam experience becomes far more friendly and familiar before the big day itself. We also offer holiday clubs in every school break including half terms for 'My First Story', 11+, 'The Whole Story' (five days of writing a detailed story from start to finish), and a number of themed one-day workshops.
The Marylebone Saturday Club is part of an expansion of the number of Saturday Clubs we are running. Our current Saturday Club in Notting Hill has been hugely successful over the past few years and we are looking forwards to attracting more children from other areas in London. In addition to the Marylebone club, we're also opening Saturday Clubs in Richmond, Chelsea and Swiss Cottage from September. At the Marylebone Branch, we are running term-time 'My First Story' classes at 9.15-10.45am (10 week course) and 11+ coaching at 11am-1pm (8 week course). The club is being held at St Marylebone's CE School on Marylebone High Street (behind St Marylebone Church). We are not affiliated with St Marylebone's in any way beside using at as venue, and naturally we welcome children from any (or no) faith. We are exceptionally proud of the fact that our young writers reflect the diverse nature of London, and are always open to discussing access requirements for students with additional needs.
Group sizes are small (limited to 8 children at the Marylebone branch), and we find that keeping them this size allows writers and course leaders to develop a mentoring-type relationship. A key aspect of CYW is that our students not only develop the flair and enthusiasm for writing for fun, but also learn to give and receive criticism/feedback positively and usefully.
The autumn term courses start on the 23rd of September and there is a week's hiatus for October half term (21st Oct). My First Story finishes on 9th of December (total of 15 hours) and costs £270 for the term. 11+ finishes on 25th of November (total of 16 hours) and costs £370.
You may like to take a look at our Saturday Club page here: https://www.chelseayoungwriters.co.uk/creative-writing/term-time-courses/saturday-club. You'll find a link to the Marylebone branch information here, too.
As you can see, the club sounds like a wonderful opportunity for children to explore their creativity as well as develop their vocabulary and story-writing skills. Along with being fun, it is also of course a great skill to develop for when we have to start thinking about honing skill needed to make the next educational step to Prep or Secondary school.