The Meeting Place

Victoria Meets Adele Marks

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There’s a story behind every brand, but FanU’s is one that is particularly heartfelt. We caught up with the founder, Adele Marks to find out what inspired her to create the clever portable fans and why she continues to give back…

Can you tell us a bit about your background?

I left school at 16 with 5 0-levels and worked in fashion wholesale, but I’ve always been hugely into athletics. I met my husband when I was 17, he proposed on my 18th birthday and we were married just after my 19th birthday. I had my first daughter at 21, second at 23 and son at 25.

Throughout the years, I remained devoted to fitness and wellbeing and regularly attended the gym; played tennis and enjoyed kickboxing. Once my children were at school-age, I trained and qualified as a personal trainer.

In 2009, I ran the London Marathon in aid of two charities ‘Young Variety’ and  ‘Fight for Life’.

Over the last 20 years, I have worked on a committee ‘Fight for Life’, which raises funds for the children’s radiotherapy unit at the University College Hospital in London.

How did FanU come about?

When I had a hysterectomy at the age of 32 I immediately began experiencing hot flushes throughout the day and night with no warning. I would become awkwardly and uncomfortably hot in public places and realised my menopause had started. Although there were hand fans available, I couldn’t find an effective cooling fan.

In 2013, our beautiful daughter Jodi gave birth to our first grandchild Charlie, a gorgeous blue-eyed, bundle of joy and we were all crazy about him. Four months after giving birth Jodi found a lump (the size of a pea) on her left nipple. The doctor assured her that due to her age and the fact she had recently given birth it was probably an infected milk duct.  

However, after a biopsy Jodi was given the shocking news she had breast cancer. Following the diagnosis and supported by an incredible cancer team, Jodi was given a double mastectomy as well as having 19 lymph nodes removed from her left arm. She had to undergo six months of extensive and grueling chemotherapy followed by radiotherapy.

Throughout Jodi’s treatment she suffered terribly from hot flushes, as did the other patients she spoke to who were having chemotherapy. Once Jodi’s treatment was finished she was told she would have to have an injection every three months for the next five years to put her ovaries to sleep. Thus sending her into early menopause and causing the hot flushes to continue, becoming more intense and frequent.

Wanting to do all I could to help Jodi and knowing first hand the discomfort hot flushes caused, I set about sourcing an effective air cooling fan that was pleasing to the eye and cooled you down. And so, FanuU was born.

FanU is not sorely for those suffering from hot flushes, but is also an effective air-cooling fan to help anyone who needs cooling down in a public place.

Jodi felt is very important to give back and chose Breast Cancer Now as the charity for FanU to support with every fan sold .

What advice could you give to relatives trying to best support someone through chemotherapy?

Be mindful and considerate. There will be highs and lows, days when it seems things can’t get any worse and days when there is a clear light at the end of the tunnel. Keep that light shining, be a source of positivity and brightness. Fight for and alongside whoever it is you are supporting and don’t forget to look after yourself too.

If you could give your 18 year old self one piece of advice what would it be?

Enjoy each day and live in the now. Give to others who might be in need of some care and extra love.

What is your desert island beauty product and why?

A FanuU of course to cool off! And, Extreme protect SPF 30 to keep my skin well protected from the heat, as well as help to repair collagen and cell DNA.

 

Victoria Meets Jo Fairley

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You might have read one of the many features she’s written for VH over the years, including Getting Your Yoga Mojo Back or the Apps That Make You Happier, but there is more to Jo Fairley than simply being a journalist and over the years she has added many strings to her bow…

Can you tell us a bit about your background?

I left school at 16 with 6 ‘O’ Levels – and a lot to prove, having been told by my careers teacher that I would never amount to anything. I trained as a secretary and worked my way up through magazines, becoming the youngest-ever editor of a magazine – Look Now (a title for nice teenage girls) – at 23, then going on to edit the fashion title Honey, where over the three years of my editorship I worked with amazing photographers at the start of their careers, such as Mario Testino and Ellen von Unwerth, and had Mary Greenwell and Sam McKnight as my ‘resident’ hair and make-up team. Read More…

Victoria Meets Katie Brindle

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Chinese Medicine might have been around for thousands of years, but few of us truly understand or appreciate the many health and wellbeing benefits it can bring. Enter Katie Brindle, an expert in the field with over 16 years experience. After a car accident put a stop to her dream of becoming an opera singer, Katie embraced Yang Sheung (the Chinese approach to self-care) to help overcome the complications around fertility, weight, stress, depression and fatigue that followed. To help others embrace the healing powers of Yang Sheng, Katie developed Hayo’u, a game-changing brand that is focused around one-minute rituals and a clever jade beauty tool. As Hayo’u launches on VH, we asked Katie a few questions about her approach…

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Victoria Meets Denise Leicester

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Healing is one of those words that either piques your interest or instantly turns you off. Over the past few years, more of us have become more attuned to the idea that there is more than scientifically proven remedies to help boost our overall wellbeing. Cupping and Reiki have become commonplace and we all know someone who bathes their crystals outside under a full moon.

One woman who has been championing the benefits of healing for years is Denise Leicester. For fans of Ila Spa, Denise needs no introduction, but those who haven’t heard of her before have come along at just the right time as her latest brand, ilapothecary is focused solely on helping you to de-stress and relax – whether you’re into healing or not.

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How To Deal With Emotional Stress

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Amongst all the self-help books clamouring to make you happier and banish negativity, Chinese wisdom is a lone voice of dissent. Because if you listen, it will tell you that it’s not natural, healthy, or even desirable to always be happy. It’s not only ok to be sad, or angry – it’s actually healthy. Chinese wisdom gently advises that all emotions are healthy for us and simply part of the tapestry of life. It’s too much emotion – of any kind – that is bad for our health. 

The Chinese way considers wild emotion to be addictive, distracting and bad for our health. Huge value is placed on peace, quiet joy, mindfulness and contentment. Read More…

Gill Meets Colette Haydon

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What is your background?

I am a doctor in dermo-pharmacy.  I am passionate about the skin and formulating skincare. Over 20 years ago I set up a laboratory in London called Elixir de Beaute.  Together with my team, I formulated hundreds of products for many of the most coveted beauty brands.  I am pretty sure there is at least one in your bathroom.  I stand proud behind them all.

You have created products for brands such as HealGel, Jo Malone, Aromatherapy Associates and REN to name just a few; what has driven you to create your own brand?

Lixir is driven by my skincare and laboratory experience.  My skin beliefs have evolved with time; they are deep, disruptive and controversial.  Above all I want to improve your skin, not wrack your brain. I dedicated my work to the understanding of skin. Read More…