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Duchess Kate: Kate in Eponine London for XLP Mentoring … 0

Duchess Kate: Kate in Eponine London for XLP Mentoring …

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited the mentoring programme of the XLP 1 (eXcel Project) at London Wall this afternoon. In March last year the Duke and Duchess visited the XLP project at Gipsy Hall 2 and, clearly impressed by what they learned about the charity, decided they wanted to see another side of its work supporting vulnerable young people. XLP works to create positive futures for young people from inner London boroughs and has been operating its XL-Mentoring programme since 2008.

The programme is focused on at-risk young people who are facing exclusion from school, risk involvement in gangs and other anti-social behaviour. The young people taking part are referred to the project by their schools, pupil referral units, youth services and the police. They are then matched with a mentor who commits to providing two hours face-to-face time each week for a minimum of twelve months.

Mentors are drawn from the local community. They receive training and supervision from an experienced full-time co-ordinator, who manages up to twenty-five active relationships by supporting the mentors, mentees and families through the process. The results of the programme speak for themselves: over ninety per cent of beneficiaries have either remained in school or returned to school and are doing well after twelve months with a mentor.

The charity’s website shares a number of stories 3 from young people who have benefited from availing of the programme and having a mentor in their lives. Kate chatting with XLP founder Patrick Regan OBE. William and Kate met mentors and mentees who discussed their experiences of the programme and how it has helped them.

Mentoring coordinators from around the country who have completed their training shared their reasons for wanting to help and how rewarding it has been for them thus far. Among the topics discussed at the event were prison, homelessness, gun and knife crime. The goal is to expand the project within London and to share expertise by operating a free training programme.

Over a hundred organisations have already taken part in the two-day course for co-ordinators who are trained to run programmes and to train, in turn, their own mentors. More from the Daily Express: 4 The Duke of Cambridge put his hand up and grinned when a charity official asked if anyone in an audience of young people and youth mentors had heard of the show, which features a team restoring and customising old cars. He and Kate heard how a former police riot van turned into a recording studio by the youth charity XLP had starred on the show in 2008.

The royal couple saw it last year on a visit to the charity in Gypsy Hill, south London. When charity workers offered him and Kate a couple of gifts, a picture and a record made by an inspirational young woman who had overcome clinical depression and an eating disorder , William joked: “Do we get the van? I want the van.” A lovely shot of the couple.

Kate debuted a new label today – Kensington-based bespoke firm Eponine London 5 . Kate’s red and white skirt suit is from the Spring/Summer 2016 Collection 6 . The top features a boat neck and three-quarter sleeves while the skirt is A-line It’s a beautiful outfit and I love the silhouette, the lines, and the gingham pattern.

Eponine shared news the suit retails for 1200. It’s very much a fresh Spring look reminiscent of Jackie O. and perfect for a day time engagement.

The womenswear brand is inspired by the elegant lines of the fifties and sixties. Founded by designer Jet Shenkman, Eponine was born from her passion for clothes with a unique, relaxed silhouette. Jet s years of styling experience have equipped her with an expert eye for precision and an innate understanding of the female form.

Every garment is designed and made in London for women who seek out individuality and who desire to be both chic and contemporary. Below, three retro styles from the current collection. There’s a lovely article in The Telegraph 7 about the owner of the brand.

Oh my goodness, it s unbelievably nice, Shenkman told The Telegraph of how it feels to have Duchess championing her label. The mother-of-four – whose design studio is in her Kensington home – said it remains a mystery how Kate discovered her. But within hours of pictures of the Duchess emerging wearing Eponine, her small firm was inundated with emails and sales enquiries.

I have never experienced anything like this! she added. A mother of four, Shenkman s studio is in her family home – giving an air of intimacy she thinks her clients like.

It can be a distraction from time to time, but I really enjoy it and am incredibly lucky to have a very supportive family who don’t mind loads of women traipsing through the house, she says of her children, who helped choose the name of her business after their favourite character in Les Miserables.’ The Duchess wore her black suede Gianvito Rossi pumps 8 . Described as “sophisticated and elegant” they retail for $670 at My Theresa 9 . Kate accessorised with her elegant Kiki McDonough Morganite and Cushion Drop earrings 10 .

Kate carried her Muse clutch again today. You can watch a video from the engagement at ITN Source 11 .There’s a cute moment when Patrick Regan is giving a talk and compliments Kate, “you look absolutely wonderful this afternoon”. Check out William’s and Rebecca’s smiles when he says it. 🙂 Also today, Kensington Palace announced Kate will open the new East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices charity shop in Holt, Norfolk next Friday, 18 March.

The new shop will form part of EACH’s portfolio of 21 charity retail outlets, and will play an important role in raising funds for the organisation, which largely relies on voluntary donations. The Duchess, who has been Patron of EACH since 2012, will be taken on a tour of the shop and will meet staff. The shop is located quite close to Anmer Hall.

The Palace also announced unexpectedly, Prince William will be attending the St. Patrick’s Day parade and present sprigs of shamrock solo on 17 March. This is very surprising news as it has become something of a tradition for Kate to attend each year, and has been a longstanding tradition for a female member of the British Royal Family to do so.

It is not known why Kate is not attending, however Richard Palmer tweeted “It was suggested to me that they wanted to get away from the expectation she’d do it every year.”.

We’ll see you on Monday for the Commonwealth service.

We hope you all have a wonderful weekend 🙂 References ^ XLP ( ^ visited the XLP project at Gipsy Hall ( ^ shares a number of stories ( ^ Daily Express: ( ^ Eponine London ( ^ Spring/Summer 2016 Collection ( ^ The Telegraph ( ^ Gianvito Rossi pumps ( ^ at My Theresa ( ^ Kiki McDonough Morganite and Cushion Drop earrings ( ^ at ITN Source (

Burtons Grill & Bar Unveils Its New Beverage Program for … 0

Burtons Grill & Bar Unveils Its New Beverage Program for …

From our friends at Burtons Grill & Bar 1 … Founder, President and CEO Kevin Harron is pleased to unveil the new beverage program at Burtons Grill & Bar 2 , located within the Hilltop Village Center at Telegraph Road and Beulah Street in Alexandria, Virginia, 22315. The list of tempting libations is seasonally developed by Corporate Beverage Manager Chris Little and spearheaded by Alexandria Beverage Manager Justin Toft.

Guests can also anticipate an eclectic wine list emphasizing the major regions of the world, as well as a diverse draft and bottled beer list featuring domestic, imported, and local craft brews, and craft cocktails. We believe in creating a seasonally and locally driven menu, following trends that fit our customers needs, says Chris Little, We will continue to craft our wine and beer menu as well as keep our cocktails fresh and interesting, match our food and delight our guests. Our focus is to give a city feel while dining in the suburbs, and that means keeping our guests preferences our number one priority.

Burtons Grill & Bar’s craft cocktail menu features 17 house-made, specialty cocktails in four different categories: shaken, stirred, muddled, and crushed. Shaken cocktail highlights include Blueberry Squeeze with Van Gogh acai blueberry, blueberry pomegranate juice, fresh squeezed lemonade, and blueberry lemon granita; Pomegranate Martini with Van Gogh citroen, Cointreau, pomegranate juice, and house-made pomegranate syrup; Barrachina with Bacardi coco, Absolut Vanilia, pineapple juice, fresh lime, cane syrup, and pineapple coconut sorbet, and Reysberry with Reyka vodka, limoncello, fresh lemon, cane syrup, and raspberries. Stirred cocktail highlights include Burtons Mai Tai with Mount Gay black barrel, amaretto, Gran Gala, fresh lime, pineapple, and a mango-pineapple ice sphere; Cucumber Limoncello Collins with Greenall s gin, limoncello, cucumber essence, fresh lemon, and cane syrup; Sunsplash Sangria with St.

Germain, Absolut hibiscus, gran gala, pinot grigio, and mango puree; Paloma with Olmeca Altos silver, agave nectar, grapefruit juice fresh lime, touch of bubbles, and an agave-lime salt rim, and Margarita Pura with Tres Agaves anejo, Gran Gala, fresh lime, hand-pressed orange juice, agave nectar, and an agave-lime salt rim. Muddled cocktails include Moscow Mule with Hammer & Sickle, lime, and ginger beer; Dublin Mule with Jameson black, lime, and ginger beer; Kentucky Mule with Maker s Mark, lime, and ginger beer; Sanjito with Charles & Charles blended red, mint, muddled limes, oranges, blueberries, Gran Gala, and Bacardi dragon berry, and Classic Mojito with Bacardi silver, fresh lime, mint, and cane syrup. Crushed cocktails include Huckleberry Mint Lemonade with Stoli blueberi, huckleberry syrup, fresh lemon, muddled mint, and blueberries; Pomegranate Tangerine with Stoli ohranj, house made pomegranate and tangerine syrup, fresh lemon, and pomegranate juice, as well as Brazilian Punch with Leblon cachaca, Emmolo sauvignon blanc, fresh lime, cane syrup, merlot, and raspberries.

Craft cocktails range in price from $9 to $12. Burtons Grill also features a selection of After Dinner cocktails and creative Zero Proof non-alcoholic list of beverages. After Dinner cocktails include Dark Roast Martini with cold brewed espresso-vanilla vodka, Kahlua, and chilled espresso, available black or with cream and sugar; Chocolate Punch with Remy Martin, ruby port, Godiva chocolate liqueur, cane sugar syrup, touch of cream, and shaved bittersweet chocolate; Blueberries & Cream Martini with Absolut Vanilia, Stoli blueberi vodka, Rumchata, blueberry preserves, and a touch of cream; Derby Street Coffee with Kahlua, Baileys, and Frangelico; Burtons Irish Coffee with Jameson cask mates, brown sugar, and chocolate stout cream.

Zero Proof cocktails include Hand Crafted Rickeys such as pomegranate lime, huckleberry lime, and three citrus with orange, tangerine, lime; Single Batch Lemonade including classic, half & half, and shaken blueberry; Fresh Brewed Iced Tea including unsweetened, sweet tea, mango, and pomegranate, as well as Cucumber Mint Sparkling Water . After Dinner drinks range in price from $9 to $12, and Zero Proof cocktails range in price from $2.95 to $5.95. The bar program at Burtons Grill & Bar offers a wide selection of red and white wines highlighting some of the world s best known regions.

The expansive wine menu features 47 wines by the bottle, along with 18 wines by the glass. Prices range from $7 to $ 12 by the glass, and $20 to $86 by the bottle. Highlights include Cabernet Sauvignon , Rodney Strong, Sonoma, CA; Malbec , The Show, Mendoza, Argentina; Pinot Noir , Belle Glos Meiomi, Sonoma, CA; Tempranillo , Villa Bujanda Crianza Rioja, Spain; Chardonnay , Meiomi, CA; Pinot Grigio , Cielo, Veneto, Italy, Rose , Aim Roquesante, France, and Sauvignon Blanc , Ponga, Marlborough, New Zealand.

Local Beverage Manager Justin Toft and Corporate Beverage Manager Chris Little have worked together to curate a unique list of draft and bottled beer which features local craft beer as well as domestic and imported favorites. The beer menu boasts 12 draft lines and 17 bottled beers including Starr Hill Jomo Vienna-Style Lager , from Charlottesville, VA; Angry Orchard Cider , from Cincinnati, OH; Sam Seasonal Cold Snap , from Boston, MA; Magic Hat #9 , from South Burlington, VT; Harpoon IPA , from Boston, MA; Sierra Nevada Pale Ale , from Chico, CA; Devil s Backbone 8 Point IPA, from Roseland, VA; Brooklyn Brown Ale , from Brooklyn, NY; Sam Adams Lager , from Boston, MA; Omission IPA Gluten Removed , from Portland, OR; Stella Artois , from Leuven Belgium, and Blue Moon Belgian White , from Golden, CO. Draft beer ranges in price from $4.50 to $8.50, and bottled beer ranges in price from $4.50 to $8.50.

Additionally, Burtons Grill & Bar will show their support for our dedicated service members by collaborating with the Fort Belvoir Soldier and Family Assistance Center 3 (SFAC) to launch their Good Neighbors outreach. The Fort Belvoir Soldier and Family Assistance Center (SFAC) provides customized, integrated support services dedicated to serving soldiers in transition and their families. The Fort Belvoir Soldier and Family Assistance Center (SFAC) is a one-stop location to equip and aid soldiers in making life changing decisions as they transition either back to duty, or to civilian life.

Restaurant-goers can participate to help contribute to the fundraising efforts by purchasing a Hero s Cosmo , Tito s vodka, Cointreau, fresh squeezed lime juice, cranberry juice, Hero s Mule, Tito s vodka, lime juice, ginger beer, both offered at $10 or Buffalo Chicken Dip , grilled chicken, blue cheese and cheddar, served with corn tortilla chips for $12.95; Burtons Grill & Bar will donate $1 per each of these items sold to (SFAC), between March 7th and June 7th , 2016. Featured items are available at both lunch and dinner. Justin Toft brings over ten years of experience managing beverage programs and restaurant operations to his role as manager at Burtons Grill in Alexandria, where he oversees daily operations of the bar program.

A native of Charlottesville, Virginia, Toft began working for Burtons Grill in October of 2014 as a manager of their new Charlottesville location. Then in January of 2016, he moved with his wife to begin the hiring and training for the opening team of Burtons Grill in Alexandria. Toft is passionate about providing exceptional service through his team, and he loves the “never a dull moment” variety of working in hospitality.

The creativity involved in running the bar program is especially satisfying for him. Chris Little brings years of experience to the position, with time spent building and perfecting what he calls a customizable bar experience. Little started his bar career at Outback Steakhouse in 1996.

Squeezing fresh juices, crafting cocktails to order and listening to the needs of the guests were Little s main priorities. He was able to really hone this concept when he moved on to the Midway Lodge in Stow, VT in 2003. In 2006, Little joined the Burtons Grill team as a manager at the Hingham, MA location, and in 2008 he took on the role as beverage manager for the company, developing a customizable program for each community that Burtons Grill joins as the company expands.

Burtons Grill & Bar is located within the Hilltop Village Center at Telegraph Road and Beulah Street in Alexandria, Virginia, 22315. Hours of operation are Monday through Thursday, from 11:30 AM to 10 PM; Friday and Saturday, from 11:30 AM to 11 PM. and Sunday, from 11:30 AM to 9 PM.

For reservations or additional information, please call (703) 922-1730 or visit 4 . More about Burtons Grill & Bar : Since opening our doors in 2005, Burtons Grill & Bar has had a simple goal in a complex and highly competitive business, delight every guest. Consistency, integrity and passion guide us.

Whether it s the traditional fare that our patrons love, or our chef-driven, innovative local preparations, we promise to keep guests coming back for more. With our legendary from scratch kitchen, we are able to customize our menu offerings to meet specific dietary requests. Our business is about balance, providing guests with an array of high quality food and beverages, served by friendly, knowledgeable staff.

Burtons Grill & Bar s mission never varies and excellence is our choice. We appreciate customer loyalty and know it must be earned every visit. Burtons Grill & Bar also proudly supports and serves locally grown and wild caught product when available.

More about the work of SFAC : SFAC is primarily assisting soldiers who are suffering from TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury), PTSD, and aiding ST (soldiers in transition), which is soldiers transitioning to life both to and from the battlefield. The SFAC sponsors events and programs that help reintegrate these soldiers back into society. The money sponsors events as simple as karaoke night, to developing critical financial skills and assistance enrolling in financial assistance programs.

The affected soldiers frequently have limited mobility and are not returning to the workforce. Just getting these soldiers out of the house makes a tremendous impact on their survival after returning from the battlefield. The SFAC is streamlining processes that would otherwise be monumental for these injured soldiers.

They bring emotional, financial, social counselors, and representatives from government agencies such as social security right on base. Another aspect of SFAC is their work with the caregivers for the soldiers. Caregivers include spouses, family members or volunteers who assist affected soldiers with daily tasks.

Until recently, caregivers were often overlooked, without regard for the emotional and psychological stress they undergo.

SFAC took the lead on addressing this issue with counseling, massages, and babysitting to give caregivers some relief.

References ^ Burtons Grill & Bar ( ^ Burtons Grill & Bar ( ^ Fort Belvoir Soldier and Family Assistance Center ( ^ (

Eric Koston Interview / Slam City Skates Blog 1

Eric Koston Interview / Slam City Skates Blog

Portrait by Maksim Kalanep 1 Eric Koston was recently in town for the release of his new shoe the Koston 3 2 . He has been raising the bar for his whole career and is an integral part of skateboardings evolution. It stands to reason that his approach to making shoes is the same, testing the realms of possibility is what keeps things interesting.

Our friend Brennan once pulled Koston aside at a premiere at the Prince Charles and said to him “If aliens landed on earth and we had to send one person to play skate for our salvation, it would be you!” That says it all really, he is a true original and his new shoe is like no other on our shelves. We caught up with him in a quick interview to find out much more about this Nike SB 3 release… Are you stoked on the end result with this new shoe?

Yeah I am stoked, it was tough. It was a long journey to get this thing done, two years. Who do you feel this will appeal to?

You know, it’s really going to appeal to people who have a little bit more of an open mind to things. It’s definitely more shocking compared to what a skateboarder is used to seeing. It’s pushing them well outside of their comfort zone.

But hopefully those people that are afraid of it will change their perception as they see people wearing it. Compared to just the product shot of it sitting by itself, the feedback I have got from people who have seen it on my foot have found it more appealing than when it is just sitting there on the shelf. Everyone gets so fixated on the now but the (Koston) One is still around and there is a vulcanised version of the one coming out so there are take down versions for people who aren’t prepared to spend 100 on it, there’s a basic out there too.

I have that luxury of something that’s trusted and proven to be a very reliable skate shoe with the One, which gave me the luxury to sort of push the envelope with this so that’s why I kind of went nuts. Do you think you will chop and change with skating your older shoe or stick with skating the Three? II don’t know, t’s going to be weird going back into shoes that don’t fit like this because you are really locked in.

There is a sense of security about that. You’re not moving around, it’s very secure and snug like somebody cuddling my feet. It’s going to be different, that’s for sure.

You have always tried to use current sports innovation in your shoes. The eS Koston 2 was way ahead of it’s time and a predecessor to the shoe trends which followed it. Your shoes have always been about embracing new technology and challenging perceptions of what is a skate shoe which is often met with resistance.

People will wear a dress shoe inspired design but not a sports influenced one. What do you think about people approaching new products with that frame of mind? I get it, I totally understand it.

I’ve seen otter shoes where I have done the same thing and been resistant. But I think over time, I have learned to appreciate little things. Not everyone has that sort of obsession too so i can’t expect somebody to think the way I think or have the same viewpoint.

I just hope to open somebodies eyes a little bit more. That’s the way I have always been. As for the feedback of people freaking out about it coming from sports, I have always been into it and I’m not sure anybody even knows that.

I guess it’s all about storytelling, people understanding the history of me being a fan of basketball, I’ve played golf for a long time and I’m open to seeing all of those things. Soccer, football, I don’t play it much but I appreciate the designs of those shoes a lot. I take inspiration from all of those things and try to apply it to what I’m doing.

There’s either an aesthetic purpose to influence how something looks or an actual function and I want to use it. Eric and Nike founder Phil Knight. Photo by Maksim Kalanep 4 This is a highly evolved milestone on your journey designing shoes.

At what point did you feel like you had nailed it with the Koston 3? It was down to the wire, it was the last sample. Basically the last sample to be able to get the shoe out.

Was the sock involved from the very beginning? The concept was the sock but at first it was neoprene. It was too hot, neoprene gets stinky.

All shoes get smelly but neoprene can get particularly gnarly. Did anything come to light with the first samples where you knew it wasn’t working? It was like that, at first it really didn’t fit right and the whole concept was to make something which fits like a second skin.

Was there a team of people testing it out at every stage? There are wear test kids who do it. I’m not supposed to interact with them which is probably a good thing.

It would be weird if I were there watching the kids with a clipboard. It would change what they were going to say or be intimidating. There are twenty or thirty kids from Portland and twenty or thirty kids from LA who frequently do it.

I do see those kids and end up talking to them later on to see what they think. Some of them are really good at skating and have good feedback and a lot of times it is similar to mine. I don’t really feed anything to them.

I just ask them what they think about ares where I have noticed flaws and it is often similar feedback to mine. Who was the first person you showed a sample, maybe a team mate or someone you skate with who had a big reaction to it? I didn’t unveil it to anyone but Angelo from Supreme was working on something and was at the office.

Angelo texted me a photo of an early sample when we were just starting and he was really into it and thought it was pretty cool. I was surprised because I thought a lot of people were going to be like “what are you thinking?” Has anyone been really into skating in the shoe who you didn’t expect to be? Alex Olson saw them really early on too and he has been skating in them.

He skated in the early samples and was really into them. This was the early stages, fit was the biggest issue and it took a long time to get it right all the way through to the last sample. Are you going to go wild with colour ways going forward with this shoe?

I don’t want to get too wild with the colourways on this shoe because it’s already wild as it is. I really want it to be almost monochromatic and let people get used to them being one colour and try it on. People need to try it.

What would you say to anyone thinking about trying it? Try it! Then you can throw any opinion at me.

If you haven’t skated in it yet you aren’t going to know…

Thanks to Eric for taking the time to do this interview and to Nike SB 5 for hooking it up.

References ^ Maksim Kalanep ( ^ Koston 3 ( ^ Nike SB ( ^ Maksim Kalanep ( ^ Nike SB (