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Melissa Odabash x Harper's Bazaar x Banyan Tree

Last week saw the match-made-in-heaven coming together of high fashion magazine Harper's Bazaar, exclusive resorts Banyan Tree, haute couture holiday company Select Collection & Melissa Odabash for a night of exclusive VIP shopping, beauty treatments & of course, plenty of champagne!
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Guests were treated to an after-hours shopping experience, with a 20% discount off all Melissa Odabash swim & beachwear & the chance to finish off their holiday wardrobes with the exclusive MO jewellery collection as well as hand-selected pieces including Tom Ford & Hugo Boss sunglasses, sandals by TKees & accessories by independent & young designers. And Melissa was on hand to give expert advice throughout the evening, meaning this was a very special event - who better to advise on your perfect beach look!?
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Canapes provided by the wonderful Whisk Canapes
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Banyan Tree ran a prize draw throughout the night to win a week's stay at the super exclusive Maldives Banyan Tree resort.
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Left: pendants by hand-selected independent designers effortlessly tap into the neon trend.
Right: Friendship bracelets from the MO 2013 colelction - pile them high on your wrist to channel Meliss'a beach style.

Downstairs, express manicurists from Coco's Nail Bar were on hand to whip shoppers fingernails into shape - and the girls did such a great job, quite a queue formed up the stairs - Melissa Odabash events do tend to get busy & this was no exception!

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Also downstairs, the girls from haute couture holiday company Select Collection were on hand to offer advice, provide information on their bespoke breaks & holidays (including Banyan Tree Resorts) & hand out gasp-inducing brochures - because planning one of these incredible holidays certainly gives you something to look forward to on a dreary (and of course, rainy!) London evening.

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Whilst holidays may have been booked & beach wardrobes bought throughout the evening, the bikini diets went out of the window, at least until the morning. Kate & Florence of Whisk kept (incredible) the canapés coming throughout the night - with the exotic duck & mango rice paper rolls, thai chicken salad wonton cups & satay skewers with peanut sambal going down a particular storm, though perhaps not as much so as the amazing 'MO' branded pudding pops that lucky guests found in their goodie-bags.

Throughout the evening, guests entered a prize-draw to win not one but three prizes - a beach look from Melissa Odabash,  four days stay at the new Banyan Tree Spa in Portugal & last (but by no means least!), one weeks stay at the uber-exclusive Banyan Tree Maldives resort, comprising of flights & transfers to the private island, all meals, a group of staff, treatments & all the activities you could handle (be still our beating heart!)
The Odabash girls were sorely tempted to enter our names, however refrained from doing so - which was probably for the best as the lady who did win was the epitome of (excited) composure, which I'm not sure any of us would have been. 

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Melissa then retired from from the advice-giving for the evening & had time to catch up with some friends of hers who had come along, including long-time friend & Odabash&Macdonald collaborator Julien Macdonald (who took a much needed break from hectic London Fashion Week preparations) & the stunning Yasmin Mills, whilst happy customers shopped more before leaving with gorgeous nails, the perfect beach wardrobe, holiday plans & of course, an exclusive goodie-bag courtesy of Harpers Bazaar.

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