The Olympics’ Real Life Heroes

Why should you watch the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro? Forget Usain, the mesmerising gymnastics routines and the glittering ceremonies, this Olympics, it’s all about the newest team to participate in the games. No, it’s not a brand new country you’ve never heard of before – it’s the first-ever Refugee Olympic Team. Assembled by the International Olympic Committee, the ten-strong team is composed entirely of athletes who are also refugees. And of course, for them – it’s about much, much more than winning medals.

Six men and four women – from South Sudan, Syria, Ethiopia and the Democratic Republic of Congo – who have also only had nine months to prepare for Rio 2016. From South Sudan come Anjelina Nada Lohalith and Rose Nathike Lokonyen – participants in the 1,500m and 800m respectively. Then there’s Congolese Yolande Bukasa Mabika who will be hoping to triumph in the judo. And not forgetting 18-year-old Yusra Mardini who fled Syria and almost perished in the Mediterranean on a dinghy taking her and her family from Turkey to Greece.

Ten remarkable journeys – and a symbol of hope for refugees everywhere. We’ll be cheering for them – the true heroes of Rio 2016.

Our Exclusive New Skincare Columnist

Teresa Tarmey. Chances are you’ve heard the name (if you read Vogue, Tatler, Vanity Fair et al- we won’t go on). And if you haven’t? Well you’ve certainly seen the results on the red carpet. We don’t like to name drop, so we’ll just pop a few pics of the celebrities who regularly enjoy (or are rumoured to…) Teresa Tarmey’s facials here. Pretty damn impressive, we think you’ll agree – and that’s just the people we’re allowed to tell you about. Offering results-driven facials which really do deliver, Tarmey’s built up a reputation as the go-to facialist for flawless skin since she first opened her doors in West London, providing in treatments to the great and the good – all in the utmost privacy, of course.

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More recently, Tarmey has opened a beautiful flagship salon in Westbourne Grove, with facials combining the latest clinically-proven technology and a holistic approach including her signature facial massage – using lymphatic drainage techniques to lift, plump and firm skin instantly. So we’re delighted – and very excited – to welcome Teresa Tarmey on board as our latest columnist, answering your questions on skincare. But first – a little bit about the dedicated skincare expert herself…

How did you get started in your career?

I started 20 years ago and been obsessed ever since. At the start of my career I was a beauty therapist with the perfect skin. When I hit 20 I started with acne out of the blue which is when I started to become really interested in skincare and facials, as opposed to the other traditional beauty treatments.

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The best thing about being a facialist?

Being able to make a difference to not only people’s skin but also to their confidence and how they feel when they leave the salon – that’s what I really love about this.

One question everyone always asks you? And what’s the most common skincare mistake?

Clients always ask about skincare as opposed to treatment first assuming that they can fix things by simply putting on a product. Yes the product helps but it’s also about lifestyle and what they put into their body. Biggest mistake would also have to be about the sun. Not protecting and burning the skin is an absolute disaster in my eyes.

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How often would you recommend having facials?

We have to remember that facials are a treat, especially when it comes to aesthetics and the treatments I do – with mesotherapy, chemical peels and LED therapy, for example. I aim to get visible results that last and provide more than just a short term fix. People tend to come and visit me about once per month for a results-driven course of treatments that we work out together, to suit them and address their concerns.

Top anti-ageing tip?

Top anti-ageing tip has to be don’t purposely put your face in the sun and always protect your skin with an SPF.

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Where can you cut corners with skincare? Any decent cheaper brands?

Something I always tell clients is “if you could buy in a bottle what water does to your skin, you’d pay thousands”. Drinking enough water is the answer to many skin problems – and it’s cheap as chips! My favourite cheaper skincare product has to be Simple Facial by Simple.

Your five can’t-live-without beauty products?

● Water – yes, it’s that good
Heliocare SPF 50 Gel
NeoStrata Ultra Smoothing Cream
SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic
NeoStrata Foaming Glycolic Wash

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Now’s your chance – do you have a skincare question you’d like to put to Teresa? Pop your details below and if you’re lucky, you’ll get the answer to your query! Yes, it’s pretty exciting to have exclusive, direct access to an acclaimed facialist, but that’s how we do things around here….

For more information and to book facials with the lady herself, see Teresa Tarmey‘s website.


Linda Rodin is a woman who does things differently. Can you launch your own beauty brand with a single product? You betcha. And what are your chances of your luxury facial oil becoming a cult must-have pretty much overnight? You just watch. Yes, that’s Linda Rodin – the instantly-recognisable creator of best-selling Rodin Olio Lusso, and one-woman phenomenon behind the Rodin beauty brand. The media might not show enough stylish ‘older women’, but 68-year-old Rodin – with her signature silver mane and elegant, understated look – is an exception to that rule. And why do things like everyone else? You fancy launching a capsule collection of lipsticks? You damn well do it!

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Yes, that’s exactly what Linda Rodin did next – launching her own Rodin line of five lipsticks. Guess what? They’re as fantastic as you’d anticipate they might be. So why lipcolour? “I feel a bit naked without lipstick… my mother never left the house without it,” says Rodin. She’s spent over a year creating the collection, personally attending to every detail from the creamy, velvety-matte texture to the transparent packaging – a clever detail which makes grabbing your favourite colour on the go (or from the depths of your handbag) easy-peasy.

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Matte lipsticks can be drying, but – of course – these are infused with Rodin’s luxurious Olio Lusso blend of jasmine and neroli oils, leaving lips feeling soft, smooth and hydrated. There’s also Vitamins C and E to nourish, rose and lavender flower waxes and rich apricot, argan and meadowflower seed oils. And the colours? Just five shades makes for a concise collection, but there’s something to suit all complexions here – whether you wear bright lipstick on the daily, add a sexy slick of colour come sundown, or file it under ‘strictly for special occasions’.

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Winks is a zingy, lively cerise shade, while reds come in the form of Red Hedy (a true, bright red named after Hedy Lamarr) and Tough Tomato (a punchy orange-red that looks great on blondes). Then there’s Billie On The Bike, which is a gloriously feminine suits-everyone berry shade named after Rodin’s mother. So Mod – the fifth lipstick in the collection – is the perfect pale pink nude colour à la Brigitte Bardot. The lipcolours “magically bring the face to life,” says Rodin. “No one we know can choose just one.” Right again Ms Rodin, right again.

The Rodin lipstick line is available to buy online via Liberty, Net-a-Porter and Panache Cosmetics.

The Fashion Fix

When something’s a big deal on Instagram, we’d usually like to say we’re the first to raise an eyebrow. Fashion blogger style? Not really our thing. Style rules aside, there’s something that will always, always get our attention: the perfect summer dress. And that, dear friends, is something that Instagram’s hottest label of the moment – Réalisation Par – excels at.

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Realisation Par Valentina Ozzie

A summer dress needs that whimsically nonchalant feel that says “Oh this old thing? I just threw it on.” Because you really did. That’s all you need to do with a sundress; throw it on, add shoes, perhaps a little jewellery and maybe a spritz of SPF and you’re good to go wherever the sunshine takes you.

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Réalisation Par is the brainchild of Australian blogger slash model Alexandra Spencer and fellow Aussie and NYC resident Teale Taylor. Of course, both are pretty darned gorgeous – in that glowy, golden, sunkissed way that Aussies wear so well. But they’re also pretty decent designers, delivering clothing collections that have got all Instagram talking – and snapping/sharing pics, of course.

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Their dresses are just the right length to have that perfectly beachy, summery feel. And necklines to show of a hint of sexy, suntanned decolletage – perhaps accessorised with a necklace or two. There’s pretty, tea dress-inspired prints aplenty, as well as coquettish shoestring straps, senorita-style ruffles and gorgeous backless details. Of course, it can’t hurt that their pieces are all over everyone from Alexa Chung and Emily Ratajkowski to fashion bloggers Lucy Williams and Pandora Sykes. Réalisation Par‘s sexy summer dress style? You can count us in.

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The Diane in Navy Star        The Ozzie in Pansy

The Goldie in Star Struck

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The Valentina Dress in Daisy        The Kate Dress in Rust Spot

The Christy Dress in Black

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The Diane in Red Star        The Ozzie in Navy Star

The Goldie in Cherry


A Hotel For Hats

We really do love it when companies think outside the box and do things a little differently. With its Duchess rooms scheme for solo female guests, picnics in the park and the very bar that saw the conception of Mr Bond’s iconic ‘shaken, not stirred’ martini – well, the DUKES Hotel in Mayfair already likes to challenge expectations. So what’s else could London’s most charming boutique hotel roll out to impress us? How about a partnership with one of London’s most legendary milliners: Lock & Co. Hatters?

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The world’s oldest hat shop, no less, Lock & Co. Hatters has been supplying all manner of headgear to the great and the good since 1676. Holding a Royal warrant, customers of the milliners include Oscar Wilde, Winston Churchill and Charlie Chaplin – in fact, Lock & Co. actually invented the latter’s favourite, the bowler hat. And as Lock & Co. is but a short stroll from the esteemed front doors of DUKES – it’s a partnership that makes perfect sense.

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“We feel the two have perfect synergy: both quintessentially British, both transcending the test of time to become a true classic in their respective industries,” say DUKES of the partnership. And so, hotel guests can enjoy a variety of complimentary hat-related services during their stay – ideal for those enjoying the activities of London’s busy social calendar, or perhaps dressing to impress for a wedding or garden party. Choosing a frock is complicated enough, but finding the right hat? If Lock & Co. can’t find that flawless finishing touch, no one can.

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During your stay, we’d highly recommend a visit to the hotel’s elegant restaurant, Thirty-Six. Overseen by Nigel Mendham since 2011, the chef’s traditional British style focuses in the best of seasonal produce with an inventive twist and a hint of contemporary refinement. Everything is carefully prepared, beautifully presented and – unusually for a hotel restaurant in Mayfair – actually very competitively priced. If you do fancy trying Ian Fleming’s favourite tipple in the DUKES bar – definitely remember to book. It’s a favourite of non-residents and cocktail fans alike, and you’ve probably got more chance of tea with the Queen than scoring a walk-in table at the DUKES bar sans reservation. There’s a rather bijou Perrier Champagne Lounge though, should you miss out on martinis.

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That said, if you do manage to book in a cuppa with Liz, Lock & Co. Hatters can certainly organise suitable hats and offer complimentary millinery services such as changing a band or bow, fitting headpieces or even top hat-shining. You won’t get that at just any boutique hotel. Lock & Co.’s expert staff can advise on styles to suit – whether it’s a pretty feathered fascinator or sophisticated wide-brimmed panama. Since we stopped wearing hats so often, there’s a real sense of occasion to them and to choosing one to match your social engagement. Hurrah for hats, we say!

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Nightly rates in a DUKES room at DUKES LONDON start from £311 inclusive of VAT and breakfast, with complimentary upgrade to next room category. For more information please call 020 7491 4840 or visit

The Return of Valley of the Dolls

Sometimes things just happen in the most serendipitous way. You’re looking for a book to take on holiday – something unputdownable to really get your teeth into; a page-turner to peruse poolside. And then, just like that, that exact book is published – it’s absolutely perfect timing for your summertime reading. We are – of course – talking about Jacqueline Susann’s 1966 publishing phenomenon: Valley of the Dolls. But as a book that occupied the top spot on New York Times’ bestseller list for no less than 28 weeks, it’s much more than just a poolside read. Translated into 30 languages, Valley of the Dolls has sold more than 40 million copies since it was published in 1966.

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And so, in recognition of Valley of the Dolls‘ 50th anniversary, Virago are republishing the celebrated bonkbuster with a special edition paperback. If you haven’t read Susann’s bestseller before, you’re in for a treat. If you have, then you’ll know it’s definitely worth re-reading. Because, scratch below the surface of the page-turning, sexy exploits of Valley of the Dolls‘ showbiz starlets – Anne, Neely and Jennifer – and you’ll see that it’s truly an era-defining masterpiece. Sure, it’s gossipy, salacious and packed with pop culture, but it’s also tackles some pretty important issues head-on – Valley of the Dolls was way, way ahead of its time.

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Gender, sexuality, feminism, women’s rights, drug addiction and body confidence are just a few of the topics Valley of the Dolls treats with frank, no-nonsense style, making it every bit as relevant today as it was 50 years ago. Sure, the sex scenes are pretty graphic, and there’s despair, depression and drugs too, but Valley of the Dolls wasn’t just a bestseller because of its gripping, salacious narrative. There’s power in these pretty pink-edged pages. ‘Jackie, it seemed, understood by instinct that her readers were ready for the raw side of love… for a franker sexuality and a tougher kind of story – for romance with tears AND oral sex,’ says The New York Times.

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Of course, the rags-to-riches tales of the novel’s protagonists will have you turning the pages to find out what happens next. Three gorgeous heroines making it big in a male-dominated world, tall tales of the rich and famous – Valley of the Dolls is a book you’ll read and instantly want everyone else to read too.

Published by Virago, Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann is available to buy online here.

The Beauty Fix

Well ahoy there, perfect packaging! If you’re into pretty packaging, it doesn’t get any prettier than the NARS Under Cover collection for summer 2016. The French Riviera-themed limited edition collection features beautiful illustrations from artist Konstantin Kakanias – and the products themselves are pretty damn covetable too. If you fancy some makeup newness for summer – and really, who doesn’t – you certainly can’t go wrong with summery lip colours, eye shadows and blush palettes.

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Of the collection’s four Lip Cover liquid lipsticks, we’ve been wearing Get Dirty (ahem…) non-stop. A dusty rose-nude with a soft matte finish, this is an elegant shade for day, or looks hot hot hot with a smoky eye come sun-down. If you prefer something a little more ZING, you’ll love Do Not Disturb which is a bold, vivid orange-red – perfect for a change from your usual scarlet shade. Both are highly pigmented and long-lasting, so they pass the Running in Heels test for style and substance with full marks.

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The Under Cover collection’s blushers are extremely pretty too – and universally flattering. It’s no secret that NARS makes some of the best blushers in the business, and these don’t disappoint. Obviously, product titles should have no bearing on how much you like them, but Sexual Content and Liberation might just be the best blusher names we’ve come across since 2007. (From the people who brought you Orgasm, obviously!) Sexual Content is a soft peach/raspberry combination to suit paler complexions, while Liberation is a gorgeously bright pink/dusky rose duo to instantly add a pop of colour.

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Two neutral and two bright eye shadows complete the collection – a special mention goes to Topless: a pearlescent seashell pink which works seamlessly as a highlighter too. Sea, sand, sunsets and sophisticated rendez-vous in the South of France, “glamorous, chic and fun” is how Kakanias describes the women of his illustrations.  Ah oui, we’ll have some of that!

Shop the Under Cover collection online here, or head to the NARS website for more information.

New (Classical) Music Now

Maybe you love classical music and know many composers whose music you enjoy. Perhaps you know a few composers, symphonies and even conductors who enchant your ears with musical loveliness. Or it’s just possible that you don’t know anything about classical music really, but you’d like to – and you’re not too sure where to start. Search doesn’t work so well when you don’t know what you’re looking for. Klarafy is a magical technological tool which translates your taste in music into classical music. Clever technology eh?


How does it work?  Very simply, actually. You give Klarafy access to your Spotify, and it does the rest, finding corresponding classical music in next to no time. Love Queen? You should try Bach. Prince fan? How about some Puccini? Playlists mainly composed of electro and house? You might enjoy Bartók. Klarafy bases its classical music suggestions on the genre and mood of Spotify playlists, generating selections that it thinks you’ll enjoy and helping you discover music you’ll love. And it’s all completely free. Try it – there’s nothing quite like finding new music to fall in love with.

For more information, see the Klarafy website.

Hawksmoor Turns Ten

We were talking about celebrating more just the other day, and here’s a very good excuse reason to celebrate something rather brilliant. The unfailingly excellent steak palace that is Hawksmoor is celebrating ten years in business – cheers to that! Cheers is exactly right, as – alongside a celebratory History of Hawksmoor menu with ALL THE FOOD – there’s also a special new cocktail selection. And it’s very, very good.

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Behind an unremarkable door next to the restaurant, Hawksmoor’s Spitalfields Bar is an absolute gem – and a favourite of many a cocktail aficionado. Why? The stylish basement bar has won too many awards to bother naming, the mixologists really know their stuff, and it’s a sophisticated spot from the drinks menu to the deco. The bar’s new cocktail menu divides into The Gin Years (celebrating the past ten years) and a shiny new list to honour the start of a new decade of adventures. Some of it is a bit bonkers, some of it is a little silly, but we can attest that it’s all delicious.

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There’s creativity on the drinks menu galore – with Hawksmoor’s bartenders not only dreaming up incredible cocktails, but also making their own bitters, shrubs and syrups. The Old Fashioned Date Night mixes that craziness and creativity; it’s popcorn-washed Ron Zacapa, Coke & date reduction, chocolate and tickets. It’s a strong, sweet and very moreish concoction that needs to be tried to be believed. And we love the Good Tiki Drink which is pure holiday in a glass – with rum, spices, smoked passionfruit and toasted coconut.

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Traditionalists won’t be disappointed though – we’d recommend the Pastis St Germain (St Germain Elderflower, lemon myrtle tea, tea pot bitters and a dash of Pastis) which is a deliciously elegant, refined cocktail – and one of the most popular on the menu. And then there’s ten years of gin cocktails to try too… 2006’s original Champagne Charlie always goes down a treat – it’s a potent mix of champers, gin and the current seasonal syrup. Guaranteed, you’ll want more than one.

Champagne Charlie

Soak up the booze with a bar snack or two – although ‘snack’ doesn’t really do Hawksmoor’s legendary shortrib nuggets or gooey macaroni cheese justice honestly. There’s also lobster rolls, hotdogs and – of course – burgers, which are as exquisite as you’d expect. Happy Birthday Hawksmoor – here’s to another decade!

For more information, see Hawksmoor Spitalfield’s website.

RIH Eats

Marie Antoinette might have said “Let them eat cake,” but she was obviously genetically-blessed with a ridiculous metabolism. We’re never going to get militant about diets here at Running in Heels, and we do believe in all things in moderation, but you probably shouldn’t really be eating cake on a daily basis – regardless of your metabolism! And so, we’d unreservedly recommend Henrietta Inman’s Clean Cakes – a book with a title that may sound like a contradiction in terms, we know…

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Billed as offering recipes for “delicious pâtisserie made with whole, natural and nourishing ingredients and free from gluten, dairy and refined sugar,” Inman’s book will make you rethink your whole approach to baking. After all, making – and eating – cakes is fun, relaxing and pretty therapeutic. But butter, sugar and white flour are never going to be part of a healthy diet, let’s face it. And if you’re lactose and/or gluten-intolerant (or you have friends that are), cakes and desserts can represent a no-go area.

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A qualified pastry chef – having earned her stripes at London’s Michelin-starred Lanesborough Hotel, no less – Henrietta Inman has thoroughly tried and tested all of the recipes in Clean Cakes. And you won’t be disappointed, we’ll guarantee that. So here’s an exclusive Clean Cakes recipe for you to test out – one that definitely gets our seal of approval too: salted tahini shortbread biscuit bars with yogurt-coated walnuts and figs. Deeeeelish.

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These bars are crazy-good! Crunchy toasted walnuts and sweet, juicy dried figs coated in homemade yogurt-like ‘white chocolate’ on a slightly salty buttery biscuit base, what more could you want? For it to be guilt-free, too? Well, here you are! Hard to put down and devilishly moreish, these won’t be around for long. This recipe makes 24 square bars

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For the ‘white chocolate yogurt’

120g cashew butter    –      180g cacao butter, melted
½ vanilla pod, split lengthways and seeds scraped out
Finely grated zest of ½ lemon
65g (generous 3 tbsp) raw honey      –    Pinch Himalyan pink salt

For the biscuit

360g walnuts, preferably activated and dried
80g coconut oil, softened but not melted
120g coconut sugar      –     180g light tahini
2 tsp vanilla extract     –     200g oat flour
2 tsp coarse sea salt, finely ground
1 tsp baking powder     –    20g arrowroot
200g dried figs, small stalks removed

To make the ‘white chocolate yogurt’ place everything in a blender and blend until completely smooth. Pour into a bowl and set aside, leaving it in a warm place so it does not set.

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Preheat the oven to 170°C/325°F/Gas Mark 3. Line a 30 x 20 x 3 cm deep tin with baking parchment. Line another tray with baking parchment and toast 160g of the walnuts on it for seven minutes or until just beginning to colour. Set aside to cool. Beat together the coconut oil, coconut sugar, tahini and vanilla extract until smooth.

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Blitz the remaining 200g of walnuts in a food processor with the oat flour and arrowroot until as fine as possible. Add the salt and baking powder and blitz once more. Combine the dry ingredients with the tahini, sugar and oil mixture. Finish by bringing the mix together with your hands. Press the biscuit mix into the prepared tin, smoothing it out to make an even base with a step palette knife. Bake for 30–35 minutes, turning halfway, until light brown. Leave to cool.

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Roughly chop the figs into about 4–6 pieces each. Roughly chop the toasted walnuts into pieces a bit larger than peas. Mix thoroughly into the ‘white chocolate yogurt’ and then immediately pour over the cooled tahini shortbread base. Leave to set in the freezer for 30 minutes, then remove from the tin and cut with a large serrated knife into 5 cm  squares and serve. The bars keep well for five days in a sealed container.

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The recipe and images are extracted from Henrietta Inman’s Clean Cakes, with photography by Lisa Linder. Clean Cakes is published by Jacqui Small.