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On Saturday 14th July Tracie Gunningham owner of Envy, hosted a charity Bollywood Summer Party.  The event was held at The Plymouth Venue, Victoria House in the heart of Plymouth. 

The party was a huge success raising a total of £2900 for women V cancer, cycle India challenge 2018. 

Tracie Gunningham said 'The venue was the 'perfect' space to host the event' it had so many areas in which to 'decorate' and create a real 'Bollywood feel'. 

Tracie had a strict colour theme in mind, purple, pink, orange, gold, turquoise.

The event was a 'sell out' and Tracie said 'It never ceases to amaze me the amount of generosity, people show when it comes to supporting charity, whether it be giving time, donations, raffle or auction prizes' and she recognises that it was only through having 'EVERYONES' support that the event was as successful as it was. 

Tickets cost £20 and included

A welcome drink, an entry ticket into 'Win a weekend at the Scarlet', https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/tracie-gunningham2 and indian feast, pudding and plenty of dancing.   

The welcome drink and bar service was provided by Westlake events. 



Tracie started planning the event in April 2018 and knew she would need help to ensure costs were kept to a minimum in order to raise the maximum she could for the charity.

Tracie appealed for help from friends and family and reached out via social media for help with various props. 

Her first ask was for jars, any shape any size, that she could colour and then hand decorate to turn into t light lanterns for the tables. Tracie coloured and decorated over 70 jars.

The second ask was for cushions, this was to create a floor level seating area in the Raj tent. Tracie's mum went and bought loads from charity shops, staff, clients and Tracie's dance friends came up trumps again producing enough cushions to create the look.  Kevan Kennedy the owner of the Plymouth Venue donated some left over material which would then match the drapes in the Raj tent area.  Tracie then set about making cushion covers to help keep the theme. Having used all the material the last few cushion covers came from Drake's Jewellers store room courtesy Monique Hirshman, a recent store refurb meant they had some old luxury velour cushion covers that could be put to good use, along with a flower display, gigantic gold baubles and gold sequin table covers to add to that Bollywood bling.




Tracie wanted to break the eye line of the ceiling height in the venue and sourced some indian umbrellas to hang upside down over the tables, they looked beautiful. 



More handmade props made by Tracie and her 'bollywood angels'  included a colourful sign post, the table plan and a decorated mountain bike. 


On the evening guests were greeted with soft entrance music provided by Steve Whiteway. 


The Indian food was sponsored by Creative Direction IG and cooked by Jaipur Palace, served by Tracie and Ian Gunningham.

The menu was chicken tikka masala, chicken bhuna, channa masala, sag aloo, vegetable bhajis, naan and poppadoms.



After dinner and during pudding there was an auction which raised £360, massive thanks to Martin Roberts who enthusiastically pushed up the bidding on various items donated by Id Fashion, Field Accounting, Admin Angel, Julia Ford, Aunty Hazel. 

The Raffle raised a total of £600. 


After the auction guest were 'encouraged' to take part in a 'Bollywood dance routine' choreographed by Tracie Gunningham with the professional help of Julie Baker (a dance teacher at The Lemon Frog Dance Company)  It was an energetic and a FUN routine which seemed to be enjoyed by everyone.  

A flash mob was sent out a week before to encourage guest to learn the routine before the event. 

Guest were also encouraged to take home a 'Bollywood' cup cake made and donated by Helen Brann. 


Tracie said that 'she was genuinely thrilled with the amount of effort people had put into their costumes and for people supporting the event and the charity'. 

Tracie would like to publicly thank everyone who played a part in this amazing event. 

Tracie is now getting back into her cycle training, as she needs to be super lean and fit by November 2018 in order to be ready to take on and complete her cycle challenge.  

Tracie is still raising money for the charity,  to find out more or to donate you can click the link here. 



Thank you to Nige at Hawk Eye Photography for capturing the whole evening. Great photography, check out his facebook page for all the images. 



Tracie started her dance journey on the 24th of February 2017, after being volunteered by Shelley Coleman, to perform a ‘strictly style’ dance routine in front of 300 people for Plymouth Ladies Club Charity.

Her partner was the owner of the Lemon Frog Dance Company, Kevan Kennedy.

Her first lesson was an initial assessment, to see whether she had any natural dance ability, and more to her horror, to see whether or not, she could be lifted! 
The first few weeks consisted of working out the routine, timing to the music and the likes and dislikes of certain moves. Tracie soon learnt that even the basic moves were going to be a lot harder to learn than initially thought. 
To help speed up her learning, she enrolled on group dance lessons at the Lemon Frog, that included Salsa and Tango.
Ten weeks on from her first dance lesson, she had lost over a stone in weight and dropped a dress size, due to increased exercise and the thought of performing in front of 300 people.

Tracie was really starting to struggle with nerves at this stage too and enlisted the help of a mindfulness coach, Jackie Taylor. 
Jackie taught Tracie some techniques to help calm her nerves and keep the anxiety under control. Techniques such as meditation, visualisation, mindful pauses and anchoring to name a few.


Take a look at Tracie's personal reflection in this short video below. 


photographs By Emma Barrow. 

Weekly sessions with Kevan and Jackie, led to  a 'runner up' placement at The Plymouth Ladies Charity Club Strictly Come Dancing Ball. 

Tracie said 'I didn't expect to win, however I achieved my goal, I performed my routine from start to finish, I was composed and confident, I was happy with my performance'.  


Kevan at The Lemon Frog, choreographed the dance, took Tracie from a non dancer to a dancer. 

Tracie said  'he’s an amazing teacher and has made the lessons fun and enjoyable, but above all he has been patient and encouraging'.

The evening was well attended.

Tracie and Kevan received lots of encouragement from family, friends, the ‘Envy Team’, clients and Lemon Frog members who all came along to support the charity.





After much consideration, Envy has decided to close its hairdressing salon in Plympton St Maurice and transfer the business to its Broadway branch.

Contributing factors were not being able to attract another staff member to join the small team, impacting on Envy’s ‘no lone worker policy’. It had become increasingly more difficult to staff the salon in times of sickness and holiday periods.

Tracie Gunningham said: “I’ve seen a big change in the hairdressing industry in the last 5 years. It is becoming more and more difficult to attract ‘GREAT’ stylists.

Despite successfully recruiting new team members at our Broadway and Royal William Yard branch, Plympton has been harder to attract staff. It made sense therefore, to transfer Tom (our excellent Manager and hairdresser) to our busier team at the BWY. Tom will now assist Sarah Chapman and Allison Samuels in the management of the Broadway branch.

Tracie and Tom would like to whole heartedly thank the local residents for their support and loyalty over the last two years. 

We would welcome our loyal residents to make the journey to Plymstock and will be offering a loyalty discount for anyone who would like to transfer.

As sad as it is to close the salon, it’s not all bad news as the premises will become Envy’s head office.

The premises will lend itself to a meeting room for the Envy managers, as well as having design and PR on site as the office space will be shared with two other businesses. The office will be named ENVY HOUSE.

Ian Gunningham (Tracie’s husband) will run his brand communication company from the site and Lucy George - Foster will run her PR Marketing and Event from there too. Both Ian and Lucy are well known figures in the Plymouth Business area. ENVY House will become a lively hub of creativity in the Heart of Plympton St Maurice.


Envy are always keen to support local charities where possible. 

2016 Envy's chosen charity was Hugs from Henry. 

Hugs From Henry supports families affected by childhood cancer, neuroblastoma from diagnosis, through treatment and post. The Hugs From Henry team aims to grow the charity to be able to support hundreds of families who are forced to deal with neuroblastoma across the United Kingdom. 

The Envy team held various small fund raising events such as Cake sales, sponsored walk, raffles, mufti day and had collection change buckets in the salon all year round. 

On 23rd December Tracie Gunningham presented a cheque for £962.21.  

Well done TEAM ENVY. 



The Envy Hair and Beauty team worked hard creating the latest looks in hair and makeup to provide a 45 minute catwalk show supported by New Look clothing. 

The Envy Apprentices wowed the audience with their hair demonstrations.  

Tracie Gunningham said


Special Thanks also went to 'Allison Samuels' events manager at the Broadway salon, for all the planning and preparation with New look and the models and putting it the fashion show together. 



"London Calling"

A cold October morning, Tracie Gunningham & Sarah Chapman set off early hours to fly to the capital to complete their KMS training. 

The final session to their Style Syndicate course that they started in January. 

The course focused on the management side of the hairdressing industry and included tips and advice in retailing, consultation process, customer service and measuring performance of employees. 

Tracie Gunningham said 'that she has fully enjoyed the Style Syndicate and very much looks forward to implementing new ideas that she has gained from the course'. 



Changes to Plympton St. Maurice Salon

All change at PSM.

Despite our old PSM manager moving on, the Plympton St Maurice salon is still very much OPEN for business.

Out with the old, In with the new!

The new manager at ENVY PSM is our very own Tom Pearce. Tom has a loyal clientele and has a wealth of experience. 

Tom has qualifications in level 2 & level 3 hairdressing, L'Oreal colour, and has completed a number of courses including that of Goldwell and Keune colour.

We  would also like to introduce our new employee, Amy Grimmer; Amy is now working with Envy part time and offers hair, nails and express beauty services, making her a diverse and brilliant addition to the Envy team and in particular adding extra services to PSM. 

Why not take advantage of our offer and receive 50% discount off your first visit to the salon.  


Want to book in with Tom or Amy at PSM? Call: 01752 251351




New Season - Autumn/ Winter 

A drop in temperature, must be time for fashion designers around the world to show off their new Autumn/ Winter collection, and that's just what ID Fashion did by holding a fashion show at Mills Bakery, Royal William Yard. 

With the walk ready, the team from Envy gave up their Sunday to make the models look fabulous. The cat-walk lasted 45 minutes with a raffle in-between, and this was all in aid of a new charity: Plymouth Ladies Charity Club. 

Plymouth Ladies Charity Club is a recently launched charity, created to provide grants of up to £500 for children and young adults in the PL postcode area. They welcome applications from children, their parents or carers in need of financial assistance, be it to achieve a long held ambition or to overcome a short term problem. 

To find out more about Plymouth Ladies Charity Club visit their website: http://www.plcc.org.uk/

The event was a success, with plenty of socialising and the bar laid on by Le Vignoble, one person who enjoyed it in particular was our very own Tracie Gunningham "It was a well attended event, the perfect launch for a new charity and a great time had by all."


Diamonds are forever! 

Tuesday 26th July : Tracie and Ian Gunningham attended a Diamond's and Cocktails event hosted by Bovey Castle in conjunction with Michael Spiers of Exeter. 

It was the perfect evening for summer drinks and to take a look at the amazing jewellery collections on offer.


 'The evening was superb' said Ian and Tracie Gunningham, I'm sure made even better by the fact that Ian won a diamond necklace for his wife. 

Diamonds are a girls best friend.

Diamonds are a girls best friend.


What a super evening had by all. 


Skills Group Exeter

Tracie Gunningham accepted a place on the judging panel for the Skills Group hair show in exeter. 

With plenty of talent on show, the decision making was tough, but the 30 years of hairdressing experience came in handy when it came down to the final cut.

Tracie Gunningham said ' I find it so refreshing to see how much effort and natural talent and flair there is in the hairdressing industry, some entrants only had 6 weeks experience and what they manage to create on stage in 30 minutes is truly incredible'. 

The Judging Panel photography Mike Baxendale @Skills Group

The Judging Panel photography Mike Baxendale @Skills Group

Anyone interested hairdressing or a barbering career, check out http://www.skillsgroupuk.com/


Jam or Cream First? 

Claire and Benjamin Stirling of 'Made with maturity' recently started a business networking event called The Cream Tea Club an opportunity to network with other businesses in a relaxed environment over a cream tea.  Tracie Gunningham owner of Envy was delighted to be asked to go along and speak at one of the events which was held at The Moorland Garden Hotel. 

Tracie Gunningham gave an inspirational speech on her personal and professional life, and how the experiences she encountered in both, has moulded her into the successful business woman she is today.

Tracie said ' I have never publicly spoken to so many people before, I was terrified but I think that most people were genuinely interested'.  

Some took to twitter to express how well the Salon owner did..


The Cream Tea Club is a fabulous informal business networking group. To find out more  http://www.creamteaclub.co.uk/?mc_cid=359d13a9ef&mc_eid=e07b61f212


Happy Birthday ID Fashion!

ID Fashion celebrated their 1st birthday in style with a special discount event, location: Royal William Yard. In attendance was Tracie Gunningham accompanied by husband Ian and daughter Zayli. 

Wine and canapes were a perfect compliment to the ambience ID Fashion created, making it a great experience to check out the latest designs on offer.

Tracie was quick to take advantage of the 20% discount on offer that night, and came away with a new bag, & dress. She was also lucky enough to win a necklace in the raffle! 


For fashion inspiration & news on ID's latest looks: 



Below: Tracie Models new purchases & winnings.


Manic Monday

Location Holiday Inn Plymouth. Skills Group laid on a competition for young hairdressers to express their skills. 

Starting with the Novice's group category "at the races". Lauren stepped up to the bar and produced a wonderful piece of hair art. With a pleated part of the back section, the junior stylist then took small sections of hair placed and sprayed to create a rose effect swirl. Hair accessory was made out of hair to create the look of a fascinator and placed and secured to complete the look.

But the celebrations didn't stop there. Also flying the Envy flag in the advanced group was Rhianne Cawse. With the category title of "Razor Sharp", the Plymstock based stylist used clippers to cut length 'razor sharp' cut wide blunt fringe and disconnected side pieces to create geometric insterest.

Tracie Gunningham was delighted with the result. She said ' it's always great to see what the standard is in the city, today it was high, the girls worked hard to prepare themselves and their models for the competition and their hard work and determination paid off'.  The Envy team love a competition and the apprentices are fully supported and encouraged by all senior members. 

A Great Result. 


Envy are now offering Microblading .    

Micro-blading gently enhances clients’ natural features, giving them more confidence in their overall appearance.

The phenomenal eyebrow treatment is ideal for people who: aren't happy with their brow shape, have over plucked or loss of hair / patchy areas that won’t grow back (potentially due to nuclear medical treatments such as chemotherapy).

However, it doesn’t suit certain skin types:

  • Problem skin broken Capillaries
  • Acne
  • Moles within the brow
  • Keratosis
  • Seborrhoea Dermatitis
  • Previous brow tattoo of pigment is still saturated 
  • Very dry or peeling skin.

What happens in the Consultation?

A COMPULSORY patch test must be applied 24 hours before your microblading treatment.

An outline will be drawn by pencil, this way you get a feel for the shape and form.

We then conduct an in-depth photo analysis of your facial symmetry and features. This allows us to provide you with our expert advice on how to proceed forward with your selected style.


On the Treatment Day:

Your eyebrow area will be sterilised with hygienic pads and draw the brow form on to your skin. Again we take another picture so you can get a good picture of what's happening. The camera also shows up any defects in the design.

A Sterile disposable Micro-blading tool and blade (also disposable) are used during your procedure.

We only use EU regulated permanent makeup pigments for both quality and your safety. These are specially manufactured for Micro pigmentation.


How long does it last?

Microbladed eyebrows will last from 12 - 18 months depending on your skin type.

Does Microblading hurt?

Not at all. On a survey recently conduct in the UK, customers voted an average of 3 on a 1-10 pain scale.


Aftercare: Touch Ups

You will need to return for your touch up treatment no later than 6-12 weeks after treatment. 

Everyone’s skin heals differently and most clients develop patchy areas or the appearance of fading after the first treatment.  It is important to understand that this is a two part process and the second, Touch Up Treatment will complete the procedure and, after healing, you will see the finished result.   


£199 for initial treatment. 6 to 8 weeks later £50 for top up - £50 non refundable booking fee to secure appointment date (£50 taken off total price on appointment)


To book your Microblade consultation contact Jemma Rowe: 01752 251 351