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'THE THAILAND TRIO' HOLD THEIR FIRST THEMED CHARITY EVENT

FRIDAY 3rd May marked the start of some major fundraising for @womenVcancer. 


Tracie Gunningham, Lynda Penny and Zayli Gunningham hosted an Audrey & Elvis fundraiser at the Plymouth Venue (Plymouth’s up and coming function space used for weddings and parties) 

All guests were encouraged to come dressed as a version of ‘Audrey or Elvis’ the guests didn’t disappoint!! Everyone who attended made an outstanding effort helping ‘set the scene’ and adding to the various themed props which were dotted around the venue. 


The evening started with welcome drinks supplied by Plymouth Gin, followed by Marks Summers as Elvis who had the guests up dancing, working up an appetite ready for the gastronomic American themed buffet . 

The food was plentiful and very tasty!! 

THE BUFFET
DOUGHNUT WALL BY EDIBLE ESSENCE

The doughnut wall was the perfect ‘help yourself’ pudding supplied by Edible Essence an award winning cake decorator and supplier. 

The guests had the option to enter the raffle for £5 and the total raised was £275. 

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Tracie Gunningham publicly thanked the local companies and friends for their generous support and donations.  Listed as below.

TRACIE GUNNINGHAM THANK YOU SPEECH

Welcome drink - Plymouth Gin

Table runners and candelabras - Vanda and Bill 

Cupcakes - Helen Brann 

Doughnut wall - Edible Essence 

Car prop - Kevan Kennedy 

Slow cookers - Heather Nail, Sharon Everson, Claire Felton, Helen 

Hot plate - Egi Tracey Rebeiro 

Silverware - Egi 

Chocolate Lollies- Annemarie West 

Guitars-John Penny

Design- Ian Gunningham 

Prop making - Zayli Gunningham 

THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO DONATED A RAFFLE PRIZE FOR OUR EVENT

THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO DONATED A RAFFLE PRIZE FOR OUR EVENT

TAKE A LOOK AT THE PICTURES TAKEN ON THE NIGHT BY HAWK EYE PHOTOGRAPHY


Everyone had a super time.. but the night was yet young. No time to sit down.. time to ‘rock n roll’ Kevan Kennedy and Julie baker from the Lemonfrog dance company delivered a basic ‘jive’ lesson.. it was so much fun and EVERYONE was smiling and wondering at their new found skill. 

The guest then spent the evening dancing to party tunes. 


A donation of 50 breakfast at Tiffany themed cupcakes were made and donated by Helen Brann (a good friend of Tracie’s) and displayed on a stand, loaned from Drake’s jewellers.

The cupcake toppers were all hand-cut out by Tracie’s lifelong friend Annemarie West..

making these a great little ‘take home’ gift. 

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The total profit raised and donated to the charity totalled £1365.

The ‘Thailand Trio’ are ‘ecstatic’ with the success of their first event.


Just wanted to share just one of the lovely messages we received after the event.

Hi Tracey, I'd just like to say that.......Your Charity event was absolutely incredible! ..You all created THE Most perfect evening on Saturday .. what with the decor, buffet,  your guests were lovely, so friendly & fun...& Mark as Elvis,  mingling on the dance floor! Wow! ...an amazing  combination of Elvis Presley & Audrey Hepburn! ..there wasn't one lady in the room who didn't imagine they were the real Audrey!! Haha .. admittedly I felt her spirit too! You looked fabulous.....I wish you all the very best in your fundraising in the future, & I hope there will be more events like that one in the future too.. I'm not on facebook but I wanted to tell you how Matthew & I so enjoyed the experience,....and tell your husband, for me to win the best prize in the raffle was amazing too...the toolkit!!! Haha ...thankyou .. 




FUTURE FUND RAISING EVENTS

PUB QUIZ on Saturday 14th September at 7pm. It’s being held at The Fortesque Pub on Mutley Plain.

TICKETS £10 more info here https://www.facebook.com/events/2574843772742254/

SILENT DISCO on Saturday 5th October at 7pm . The Plymouth Venue, Victoria House, Peverell.

TICKETS £15 more info here https://www.facebook.com/events/1167252536770694/



THIS DYNAMIC TRIO ARE FUND RAISING FOR WOMEN V CANCER

As March marks ‘OVARIAN CANCER AWARENESS’ MONTH it brings about the focus to think about why 3 of Envy’s team member’s have signed up to CYCLE THAILAND IN 2020, raising money for Womenvcancer which supports three women’s cancer charities. Ovarian Cancer action. Breast Cancer Care and Jo’s Cervical Trust.

Being that is is ‘Ovarian Cancer Awareness’ month the link to the charity can be found here.

https://ovarian.org.uk/

 

This Thailand trio made up of Zayli Gunningham (salon assistant) Tracie Gunningham (salon owner) and Lynda Penny (salon manager) have signed up to cycle 413 km from Bangkok to Ko Samui in October 2020.

THE ROUTE

THE ROUTE

THE CYCLE THAILAND TRIO

THE CYCLE THAILAND TRIO

In this picture one person has had Ovarian Cancer Stage 4 but thankfully has been 4 and half years clear, one person has had pre cancerous cells of the cervix and the youngest one has had relatives on both sides who has had a ‘women’s’ cancer.

 It’s of no surprise that the recent family and friend losses, inspired each one of the girls to sign up, to raise much needed money to help fund research and also support women and their families that have the disease.

 

The statistics of ovarian cancer are scarily high.

IT KILLS 1 WOMAN EVERY 2 HRS IN THE UK,

90% OF WOMEN DON’T KNOW THE 4 SYMPTOMS-

STRUGGLING TO EAT,

BLOATING,

STOMACH PAIN,

WEEING MORE

BE AWARE- #ovaryact #ovarianaction.

The Thailand Trio are hosting a series of fund raising events over the next coming months.

The first big event is an ‘Audrey and Elvis’ themed party. Think ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s meets Viva Las Vegas’.

£30 a ticket will get you

Entry, a welcome drink, an American themed buffet, entertainment from the AMAZING Mark Summers the UKs Official Number One Elvis Tribute, winner of the National Tribute Music Awards 2018, Kevan Kennedy from the Lemonfrog Dance Company, will be delivering a ‘basic’ jive dance lesson, to set the mood for the rest of the evening. It will be a fantastic evening and a great way to raise money for the charity. All profit will be donated.

TICKETS ARE LIMITED SO BE QUICK, (Mark’s last gig in Plymouth was a SELL OUT)


To read about the teams individual reasons for signing up, take a look at their just giving pages.

Zayli Gunningham- https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/zayli-gunningham1 

Lynda Penny- https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/lynda-penny

Tracie Gunningham- https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/tracie-gunningham4


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BOLLYWOOD SUMMER PARTY IS A HUGE SUCCESS

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. 

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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.

 

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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. 

 

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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. 

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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.

 

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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. 

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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. 

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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. 

 

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/tracie-gunningham1

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 GUNNINGHAM TAKES ON STRICTLY CHALLENGE AND 'NAILED IT'

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.

THE BTS VIDEO 'IN TRAINING'. 

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

DRESS REHEARSAL AT THE LEMON FROG DANCE COMPANY

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.

 

 

TRACIE AND SARAH COMPLETE KMS TRAINING IN LONDON

"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'. 

 

 

TRACIE GUNNINGHAM GIVES TALK TO OTHER BUSINESS OWNERS

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

5 ENVY TEAM MEMBERS SET TO VISIT KMS UK HEADQUARTERS IN LONDON THIS WEDNESDAY

Sarah Chapman will attend a visual merchandising seminar, which will provide the relevant skills to transform the salons retail and window displays into a Visual “WOW”. The other four: Tracie Gunningham, Lynda Penny, Lauren Crossly and Ellie Temple will be having a one to one session with Simon a Harris a mentor for salons in the hair industry.

 

 Harris explained: “While I continue to offer in-salon coaching as I have always done, I recently embraced new technology and can offer an on-line learning facility which allows salons anywhere in the world to access my webinars and videos. The response has been terrific, and I now have members signed up from across the globe who all want to benefit from learning how to tackle the most common issues faced by those in our industry.”

 

The team are eager to get to the Capital, and then to get back and implement their new skills & knowledge onto the salon floor. 

SUNNY TUESDSAY AT BOVEY CASTLE

Tuesday provided Devon with arguably the best weather 2016 has offered, the perfect day for a wedding photoshoot. Shot by Emma Barrow at the stunning location Bovey Castle, Tracie Gunningham was behind the scenes making sure that the model bride and groom’s hair looked fabulous. Tracie showed true talent to help capture the mood of the shoot We’re excited to see the photo’s published!

The Wright Media Company were also on set to film a behind the scenes feature - coming soon!
 


All credits for the photo-shoot are listed below:

Hair: Tracie Gunningham

Location - Bovey Castle - http://www.boveycastle.com

Photographer: Emma Barrow - www.emma-barrow.com

Models: Adam Phillips & Amy Coles

Personal Stylist : Natalie Watts - http://www.nataliewatts.co.uk

Cake Supplier: Cut Me Off A Slice. (Cupcakes and Cakes) - http://www.cutmeoffaslice.com

Floral designer: Flourish - http://www.withaflourish.co.uk

Dress Provider: The Wedding Company, Plympton - http://the-wedding-company.co.uk/

Social Media Specialist - The Wright Media Company - www.thewrightmediacompany.co.uk

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY

International Women’s Day. 

A celebration of women who continue to contribute towards social, economic, cultural and political achievement. 

The Duke of Cornwall hotel in partnership with Shekinah Mission, The Eddystone Trust and Trevi House, held an afternoon of cream tea and invited female business leaders to chat  informally to women who are supported by the charities. In the hope to gain an understanding to the challenges faced by vulnerable women in the city but also to inspire the women and help sow seeds around them gaining confidence to move forward in their lives. Tracie Gunningham attended - “I think talking informally over a cup of tea and a scone helps find mutual ground in regards to children, family life, and some difficult things that they may have encountered. It was definitely an eye opener for all parties involved”. 

“The support from the charities involved is fantastic to see. I was glad I could be of assistance, I wish everyone good luck for the future”

 

Envy supplied goodie bags containing KMS hair products and other treats for each attendee. 

 



MANAGEMENT TRAINING BEGINS FOR ENVY EMPLOYEES

It certainly has been a busy week for Envy, with management training kicking it  off first thing on Monday morning.

 

Held at St. Elizabeth’s house just around the corner from Envy PSM, a selection of employee’s started their journey into a six month management training programme in hope of it securing themselves a management role within the Envy brand.

The programme was written and delivered by director Tracie Gunningham, who hopes all her staff enrolled on the programme will find it challenging but rewarding, leaving them with the skills and knowledge to manager her salons.

The next training session will commence on the 29th Feb.

VENUS AWARDS…THIS IS WHAT IT FEELS LIKE TO NOT WIN

On Friday 27th November, Tracie Gunningham accompanied by her husband attended the Venus Awards for women.

After becoming a finalist for the ‘Business of the Year’ award earlier this year, Tracie engulfed in an evening to help celebrate different achievements by women in business from across the Devon region. 

Tracie unfortunately this time didn’t become the winner for her category, Please watch the video below of when someone else took the title.

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Tracie was disappointed with the result, however completely respected why the sponsors ‘Sampson Hall’ decision to mark Kathy Murdock the winner, as she has overcome some difficult personal circumstances to ensure her business continued to grow, and be a thriving success.

The evening was held at The Great Hall, in the University of Exeter, both Tracie and her supportive husband had an enjoyable evening.

ENVY PLYMPTON ST.MAURICE MARKS ITS FIRST YEAR OF BUSINESS.

The Plympton St. Maurice branch of the Envy Hair Salons celebrates its first birthday.

A year ago tomorrow, the salon located in one of Plymouth’s most historic areas, 

opened its doors for the first time.

The salon, which is the 3rd to open by Tracie Gunningham, has had a successful year, offering a variety of hair services.

Olympic diver Sarah Barrow opened the boutique salon in 2014.  

To mark its first year, PSM stylists George and Clare, will be offering a FREE cut with any colour, FREE deep conditioning treatment with a cut and blow-dry, and also 3 for 2 on all products (excluding gift packs). (Tuesday 1st December Only). 

PSM have also added 'Express Beauty' to their services this year. This consists of CND shellac manicures, pedicures, facial waxing, brow and lash tinting. 

Envy would like to thank all current clients for their continued support of PSM, and are looking forward to its second year of business.

ENVY CREATES HAIR AND MAKE-UP FOR LOCAL CHARITY FASHION SHOW.

ENVY CREATES HAIR AND MAKE-UP FOR LOCAL CHARITY FASHION SHOW.

 

Two weeks ago Team Envy took part in creating a high-end and successful fashion show in correspondence with The Lady Taverners autumn lunch.

 

The annual lunch this year took place at Le Bistro Pierre located in Plymouth’s prestigious Royal William Yard.  The purpose of the event is to raise money for a charity that supports disabled and disadvantaged children.

 

Team Envy showed off their creative talents by creating catwalk worthy hair and make-up for 8 individual models.  The team consisted of Pao Panawam Ham, Tracie Gunningham, Sarah Chapman, Kerra Day, Georgina Nail and Lynda Penny.

 

ID Fashion, a local clothing brand, stepped in and arranged the fashion show last minute for the Lady Taverners lunch due to guest speaker Katie Hopkins cancelling last minute. 

ID fashion, based in the Royal William Yard and Totnes, showed off their latest one-off clothing collections. Owner Deni donated a simple ‘LBD’ to auction at the event, which alone raised £120 for the children’s charity.

 

A successful fundraising afternoon was made extra special as Judy Spiers announced her new role of president for the South West Lady Taverners, with the help of Gus Honeybun.  

 

Team Envy did a fabulous job, and enjoyed helping a charitable event in hope to give children a sporting chance.  Please check out our hair and make-up look book below.

Anyone who fancies joining the Lady Taverner's Devon and Cornwall should contact Shelley Coleman @shelleyjputt@icloud.com

Photo credits to Emma Barrow Photography.

 

 

ENVY MAKE BUSINESS OF THE YEAR FINALS.

Tracie Gunningham has made it into the final round of the Venus Women Awards for‘Business Of The Year’ within the Devon region.

In competition for the annual award, Tracie was originally against twenty-two other business nominees, and now sits within the final three. 

The official sponsor of the award, Sandra Sampson of Sampson Hall, stated ‘It was a difficult task choosing 5 businesses for the semi-finals, and even harder to reduce down to 3 finalists’.

Tracie Gunningham, shared her experience of the moment she found out she’d become a finalist as ‘an honour’.  The owner of Envy, also stated “When I heard my name called out as one of the finalist, I couldn’t quite believe it. To be in a final is such an honour as it now feels like the hard work and determination that I’ve put into growing and sustaining Envy has now been recognised not just locally but regionally.’

The final is to be held in the Great Hall at The University Of Exeter on the 27th November, where the winner will be revealed. Regardless of the result, this is a real achievement for both Tracie and her team of professionals. 

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Business of the Year Finalists with Sandra Sampson from Sampson Hall 

Business of the Year Finalists with Sandra Sampson from Sampson Hall 

LOCAL ARTIST LAUNCHES 'THE PLYMOUTH SERIES' AT ENVY

Local artist Peter Blackler launches 'The Plymouth Series' from Envy RWY.

Tracie Gunningham actually appears in some of the Plymouth Series paintings.

Peter started coming to get his haircut with Tracie about 21 years ago, being a regular client of the salon for all that time, Tracie said that 'she felt honoured to have be asked to be a subject in his recent collection of paintings'.

Peter trained with the late Robert Lenkiewicz. 

The series are a collection of well known historical buildings and places.

Original oil paintings and limited edition prints and canvases are available to buy in salon or online @www.maherartworks.com

THE PLYMOUTH SERIES POSTER AT RWY
PETER BLACKER 

PETER BLACKER