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V1CE have set the trend for business cards for 2020 and beyond

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TrendLife Magazine reviews V1CE Business Cards

Traditionally a double-sided piece of card measuring on average 3.5 x 2 inches, the humble business card has been used for decades to share basic contact information between business men and women. Why would a lifestyle magazine be interested in business cards? Because the business card of tomorrow is here.

Once reserved for high earners and high net-worth individuals, traditional business cards date back centuries. The format has relatively stayed the same over time but UK based V1CE has introduced a contactless business card that is going to set the trend for business cards going forward.

The business card for the future

Say goodbye to carrying multiple cards for a start. You probably will only need one V1CE business card but you will end up wanting more. The V1CE business cards work using integrated NFC technology, which enables the safe transmission of selected contact details & social profiles to any other smartphone without the need to install an app.

V1CE Business cards replace traditional cards

Picture any scenario where you may be meeting someone for the first time and want to share your details with them. Simply tab your card on their handset and within seconds, you have shared all the standard information that is on a traditional business card and more.

V1CE business cards are ideal for entrepreneurs, startup businesses, and socially active individuals. First impressions count and being able to share your contact details effortlessly into someone’s phone, eliminating the need of a potential client or partner having to physically store your card or worse, input your details manually is priceless.

The business card becomes a social card

Many of our readers are entrepreneurs and understand the power of branding. The great thing about V1CE business cards is you have the ability to brand the card itself and the information each tap generates. Via an online portal, you can see all your scans and manage your profile.

If personalisation is your thing, V1CE Business Cards can be personalised across most of the range. There are essentially four different types of cards to choose from. The entry card is the V1CE One Card that starts at around £25.00. The next card in the range is the V1CE Transparent One Card and this is currently priced at around £35.00. The Walnut Bamboo ECO One Card is our favourite card in the range.

Being eco-friendly and with the big push to reduce our impact on the environment, we have ditched printed business cards and decided to go all hi-tech with the Walnut Bamboo ECO One Card.

The final offering in the range is the V1CE Hybrid Metal One Card – The “Paul Allen business card” if you would. If you have not seen the American Psycho infamous business card scene, click here and thank me later. Fully customisable, the V1CE Hybrid Metal One Card comes in a stunning matt black finish and with an embossed logo of your choice.

What can you share with a V1CE business card?

Essentially, you can share all the standard contact details on a traditional business card and much more. From social media usernames and handles to professional networks like LinkedIn, the V1CE business card allows you to add, edit, and remove as much or as little information as you want to share.

How much does a V1CE business card cost?

The entry card is the V1CE One Card is currently price at £25.00. The next card in the range is the V1CE Transparent One Card and this is also priced at £25.00. The Walnut Bamboo ECO One Card is £39.99. There are more cards and accessories in the range which you can view at v1ce.co.uk. Save 10% on your order by using TREND10.

Lover of all things FAST. If I am not in the office, you can find me near a track or under a car. I also work with great people in TrendLife's Editorial team.

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St Albans’ favourite Chloe James Lifestyle prepares for reopening

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Chloe James Lifestyle prepares for lockdown reopening

As one of St Albans’ favourite destinations for all things haute couture, we are excited that Chloe James Lifestyle have announced they will be reopening this coming Monday 12th April.

Regular St Albans shoppers will know Chloe James Lifestyle has been a fixture on High Street St Albans for over 10 years. Despite being extremely busy preparing for the reopening, Owner Donna Nichol has shared her thoughts on reopening Chloe James Lifestyle and what changes fashionistas can expect.

Chloe James Lifestyle owner Donna Nichol

Chloe James Lifestyle owner Donna Nichol

What are you looking forward to most at Chloe James Lifestyle?

Personally, I’m really looking forward to the buzz of a busy shop again – lots of chat and laughter and the general feel good vibes of helping people look and feel their best. Nothing beats it! When we reopen, we are going straight back to our normal hours i.e. 10-5.30 Monday to Saturday and 11-4 on Sunday. We can’t wait to open the doors again and welcome our customers back in!

What new changes can we expect at Chloe James Lifestyle?

The shop has had a complete refresh. Every single inch has been cleaned and there are lots of new products for our customers to enjoy, including great gift lines and a new jewellery brand as well as our Spring fashion collections. One of my personal favourites is a new French fashion label called FRNCH which we are currently featuring in our window – the colours are just stunning!

We love what independent businesses bring to St Albans. How do you think shoppers will respond post lockdown?

I believe there’s going to be a real return to shopping small. After all, we are the ones who have carried on throughout the pandemic, finding ways to adapt to our customers’ needs, offering Click & Collect and always being at the end of a phone to help find the perfect birthday gift. We’ve even personally delivered them on a specific date when it was possible!

We’ve also kept our windows vibrant to cheer up the daily walk and many people have said how much they loved this. It’s become apparent to everyone how much small independent businesses add to their community and we really must make sure they don’t disappear!


About Chloe James – Chloe James Lifestyle is an elegant lifestyle boutique based in St Albans specialising in fashion, art, stylish interiors and beautiful gifts.

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Amersham High Street Spanish restaurant Pluma prepares to reopen

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Buckinghamshire Spanish Kitchen Pluma prepares for reopening
Popular Spanish Kitchen Pluma is preparing to reopen its doors on Amersham High Street this week. Despite being extremely busy organising the reopening, co-founder Charlie Baxter has found some time to tell us what to expect when Pluma reopens. Charlie and wife Arantxa co-founded Pluma in 2012 with the goal of bringing the best Spanish traditions and culture to their food.

What are you looking forward to most at Pluma?

We will be opening on the 13th of April to the public. We have changed our opening hours for the dine out stage of lockdown ease to 12.00pm-8pm (last booking). We are most looking forward to greeting our wonderful guest back into the restaurant. We have missed them dearly.

What new changes can we expect at Pluma?

We have been working hard to create some amazing new dishes for the menu. which have been created by our head chef Luis Urrutiabeaskoa from Bilbao. We have also been hard at work in the bar to bring some exciting new cocktails to really help our guests celebrate the re-opening of restaurants with a bang.

Buckinghamshire Spanish Kitchen Pluma prepares for reopening

Fancy sampling Pluma cocktails this summer?

About Pluma

Pluma serve food with a conscience and are big believers in giving back, and doing good where they can. Pluma pride themselves on working closely with local suppliers who have the same ethical values. Pluma also have a great blog and social presence that we recommend following. Pluma can be found on 18 High St, Amersham, HP7 0DJ.

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Foodies For Thought : What are you doing when lockdown eases?

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TrendLife talks with local Three Counties foodies about life after lockdown

With a number of our favourite eateries across Beds, Bucks & Herts getting ready to open their doors (and gardens) next week, TrendLife have spoken with six of our favourite foodies to find out where they plan to visit and what they plan to do as lockdown eases across the Three Counties.

In our first of two features, we speak to local foodies Chris of @meat_with_beer, Rachel of @bucksfood and Nadia of @MyRudeFood.

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How has lockdown been for you?

Honestly I can’t complain. No one has had it easy, but I’ve got a job, I’ve not been furloughed, work’s been pretty busy, and family and friends are all safe and well.

Food and drink are social activities for me though and I love nothing more than going out with friends for drinks or to try somewhere new to eat. It’s my passion and before COVID it is what I would be doing most weekends. Obviously lockdown changed that, so instead I’ve cooked more, used some of the money saved by not commuting to upgrade my BBQ, and tried some of the great meal kits that are around now. Those really helped bring a flavour normality home.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s not the same but it can be fun. I’ve also tried to check out more local businesses, meaning I have come across some great places across Herts I didn’t know about before. That’s as well as supporting local places I love and want to still be there after lockdown. So generally I’ve tried to make the most of it.

Hertfordshire lockdown highlights for me have included: cheese from the Little Deli (Hitchin), beers from Beer Shop (Hitchin & St Albans), wine from Wee Vinoteca and Hedley Wright (both Hitchin), breakfast baps from The Bull (at Gosmore) and The Groundworks (Hitchin), meat from Chapman’s butchers (Baldock), plant based delights from Chia (Hitchin) and Vutie Beets (Letchworth) and desserts from Pudding Stop (St Albans) and Neighbourhood Bakes (Hitchin).

Hitchin has had some awesome hot food places open during lockdown too, like Cawsburger, Chicken George Jr and Major Crusts.

What is going to be the first drink you order at the bar?

First will be a draft beer at the Kite in April, but I’m also looking forward to sangrias at Los Reyes, wine flights at Wee Vinoteca and some IPAs at Beer Shop in May.

Where have you missed visiting the most during the lockdown?

Los Reyes and Beer Shop in Hitchin both get my top vote.

Where is the first place you plan to visit when the restrictions are lifted?

Not everywhere is opening in April, but if those that are I am looking forward to having a few beers and some food at the Kite at the Red Hart in Hitchin. I’ve got a table booked at Los Reyes in May too.


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How has lockdown been for you?

It’s a weird one for me, I have been living with chronic illness (Complex Regional Pain Syndrome & Adenomyosis) since 2001. Lessons of acceptance and gratitude that had already become part of my tool kit, have helped so much during lockdown. I have also improved my Skype skills, texted more and generally communicated more regularly with friends old and new.

I also attended a few distance learning courses & a couple of online seminars, which on all likely-hood I wouldn’t have done in ‘normal’ circumstances. Like many others home cooks I also grew and nurtured a “Mother” (sour dough starter) I lovingly called Birtha. Using Birtha I mastered sourdough bread making fairly successfully.

I made more banana bread and cookies than was strictly necessary. I don’t want to make light of the situation, but I am aware I was better prepared than a lot of people. The general sense of appreciating the little things, the joys that can be found in nature and music was already part of my general outlook.

Where have you missed visiting the most during the lockdown?

It’s been a mixed bag, obviously I have missed my loved ones enormously. I’ve missed going out to restaurants , pubs, shopping, just the feeling of freedom that we used to take for granted. But truly, I just feel incredibly lucky that I wasn’t directly impacted by Covid-19 and was merely inconvenienced by Lockdown.

Where is the first place you plan to visit when the restrictions are lifted?

Really looking forward to a meal at the Alford Arms in Frithsden and my sister has already got us a table booked at Prime in Chandlers Cross

What is going to be the first drink you order at the bar?

Hoping that I’ll have a fruity Pimms in a pub garden on a sunny spring afternoon.


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BucksFoodie : TrendLife talks with local Three Counties foodies about life after lockdown

How has lockdown been for you?

This latest lockdown has been hard, I think with the cold weather and the shorter days it’s been difficult for a lot of people.

I’ve been lucky that I’ve been able to work full-time ( & not just working from home) as it’s meant I’m out and about & can actually finance my #TakeawayTuesday that I started at the beginning of this year! I’ve tried to spend the money that I would’ve done at restaurants on food stalls & takeaways – supporting small, local businesses where I can.

I have enjoyed the odd day working from home – it’s meant I’ve had additional time to create content & experiment. I’ve LOVED the TikTok trends that have hit the foodie community. What better way to get people into cooking! I’ve definitely tried my hand at a few – the baked feta pasta is eaten at least twice a month in our house!

I think I’ve also found a lot more time to talk to fellow bloggers & businesses. I’ve made some truly wonderful friends like the lovely Fliss from @berkshirecollective_ but it’s all been virtual! I can’t wait to meet her & others in person! It’s a funny old thing Instagram, but I’m so grateful for the people it’s brought into my life & the relationships I’ve been able to establish with businesses, even if we’ve not seen each other face to face… yet! I won’t lie though – I’ll be glad to see the end of zoom!

What is going to be the first drink you order at the bar?

Well – definitely a STRONG cosmopolitan! I’ve missed cocktails, I just cannot seem to make good enough one’s at home. Or a G & T, hopefully with a local Gin, Bucks is bursting with amazing Gin distillers!

Where have you missed visiting the most during the lockdown?

I’ve definitely missed bars! Especially places like The Snug & Bar Botanic in High Wycombe. As well as some of my local coffee shops that haven’t been able to open at all for takeaways. That being said, I love a coffee shop in general and it’s been hard to get that ‘experience’ when you’re just picking up a takeaway coffee.

I kept my love for some restaurants alive by ordering takeaways from them – I loved the Lata Lata at Home takeaway, it was a delight to experience the brilliance of their food at home – but I’m very excited to get back to their gorgeous location. I can’t wait to sit in a restaurant, and get that buzz & excitement of reading a menu, placing your order and eagerly waiting for its arrival.

Where is the first place you plan to visit when the restrictions are lifted?

Probably my local pub – The George & Dragon in West Wycombe they’re a fantastic team and they deserve all the support possible. I’m also hoping to go to The Full Moon Pub in Little Kingshill, Lata Lata in High Wycombe and Pluma in Amersham. I’m going to stick to independents as much as I can. Besides actual venues I’d love to go to more food markets, and visit more food stalls.

Foodies For Thought : What are you doing when lockdown eases?

If you are a foodie from Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire or Hertfordshire, get in touch as we would like to hear from you. We will be working with eateries in the Three Counties this summer and have a number of opportunities for foodies and food bloggers.

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