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Our PR girl and avid solo traveller Cynthia has taken her voice onto the digital airwaves with a funky weekly conversational radio show concept #GistWithCynthia on digital radio station Urban Jazz Radio.


#GistWithCynthia is a fun conversational concept covering a variety of topics weekly on fashion, beauty, travel, business, money, relationships and a review of social media trending items topped with ofcourse a selection of music tracks from afrobeats to dancehall from Cynthia’s playlist. “The show is a place where myself, my guests and my audience can air our views and just gist on a variety of topics affecting our daily lives or our community in an informal and fun way.” states Cynthia.

The show which kicked off at the beginning of this year amidst positive feedback with special guests fashion blogger Hilda Ngelo, fashion brand manager and accountant Sonya Foretia and mind strategist Dee Burrowes is now well into its 12th episode this coming week. So far, Cynthia has received over 20 guests all from various backgrounds in music, PR, events, content creation, health, fashion, art & design, film production etc and is looking forward to speaking to many more.

The great thing about #GistWithCynthia is that anyone can be part of the show.” added Cynthia. Yes, YOU too can be part of the weekly gist sessions by either tuning in and listening online on link below and contributing your views by using the hashtag #GistWithCynthia or following Cynthia @brownschuga on Twitter. You can also call the studio on (0044) 0203 432 1333 and if you are in London, ofcourse you are welcome to join Cynthia at the studio in South East London!

Launching or launched a new business, new project, new initiative or have a client who fits the bill? Feel like guest presenting with Cynthia? No sweat, just drop us a message on the social media profiles listed or email address given.

Just be ready to join the conversation and gist! Tune in, Tuesdays 7.30pm-9pm.

Audios from past shows will soon be available to listen to online. Sincere thanks to all the guests and listeners/contributors so far! See you on Tuesdays…!


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VAULT magazine is a small, stylishly compact digital magazine for forward thinking millennials and Generation Xers.

With this our new issue, we’re unveiling a “Business Edit” filled with stories from different business backgrounds and perspectives to inspire all our readers.

To be opportuned to partner with renowned African tech, film entrepreneur and start up investor Jason Njoku as our cover boy was only apt “because for such a young man, his business journey is incredible and a huge inspiration for us all. His experience teaches us that no matter what, resolve never to give up, never to quit and to try try harder one more time” states Cynthia editor at Vault and PR girl at ModeMaison PR.

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With every story we share in our magazine, with every issue, we’re committed to inspire and to provide a place where our readers could escape and dream positively. May the stories in this edition inspire you, may the business tips help you flourish.” Cynthia also added.

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VAULT magazine is a quarterly bilingual fashion, beauty and lifestyle online magazine from a Cameroonian and an African perspective by Douala/London based creative PR consultancy ModeMaison PR.

For fun fashionable edutaining reads, VAULT is for you! Happy reading and do not forget to hashtag #IamVaulting on social media.

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Hello all, we have been a little bit MIA on the blog updates and we apologise for that. Here we are with a quick review to show you some of the things we have been up to during the time away and also to reveal some of our favourite hangouts around London. We will endeavour to keep up the reviews of places and products so you too can be in the know *wink*

Last weekend was a long one for many of us as we celebrated the death and rising of Jesus Christ on Easter time. The long weekend meant many had the opportunity to get away or just to relax and catch up with friends and family – we were no different!


Cynthia our head PR girl caught up with some friends for a late lunch date in North London in a new trendy and “in” venue on the high street in Wood Green. In case you are thinking Wood Green? Yes that’s right!

Tarshish is a new Turkish and Mediterranean grill restaurant that offers an unforgettable fine dining experience in a modern and chic surrounding. With a two-floor space, an elegant high end interior design, views across the area giving the impression of being on a rooftop and a fusion of both the Western and the Eastern cultures – Tarshish has become no doubt a place to be and to be seen. A sure hit especially during the summer months!

The menu is just as delightful; offering Turkish food as well as Western food. On our table, we went straight for the mains – two of us went for the mixed grill which came with a selection of lamb cubes, chicken and adana shish served with mac and cheese (rice is an alternative), garnished with tomato salad and red cabbage coleslaw. While the others went with lamb riblets which also came with tomato salad, mac and cheese and red cabbage coleslaw, and another opted for the halloumi starter and some mac and cheese for mains.

The food was delicious especially our mixed grill option. Even more delicious was the hot bread which was served on the tables with sauces that included peppers and garlic. It was so delicious, we ordered some more *laughs* For drinks, we ordered the pineapple and coconut juice option,  hot tea and a cocktail.

The overall service was great, the restaurant was not very full so the waiters were attentive and ready to help and clear up the tables. We had time to sit after our meal to chit chat until we were ready to leave which was a few hours later. Overall, it was an excellent relaxing time off and you too should visit and experience it!

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In recent times, the need for a Publicist or PR agent to drive the promotion of an entertainment or corporate brand has become more and more common. In Cameroon for example, a few music artists since the explosion of Stanley Enow on the international scene have come to realise the importance of having a Publicist or PR agent in their team. Nonetheless, professionals within this area who actually and naturally understand the nature and scope of their requirement are very few.

So what is a Publicist/PR agent? A Publicist  / PR agent is a person whose job it is to generate and the manage the publicity of a brand. They are the go between between a certain brand, the public and media outlets. They are responsible for a favourable coverage for a brand as well as be able to manage negative or bad press coverages.


So as usual, being as kind as we are 🙂 here we have our 3 key areas that your Publicist or PR agent should be focusing for you…

1) Promotion:

Your Publicist or PR agent is responsible for promoting your brand through managing the spread of information surrounding your brand. This is typically through writing press releases during launches, developing and managing campaign ideas with a target goal in mind as well as running your digital online presence. They serve as the bridge between your brand, the public and media outlets.

2) Pitching:

In view to get press coverages or stories written about a brand, the Publicist or PR agent is also required more often than not to pitch ideas convincing media outlets or media reps to do something with the ideas generated so as to get coverage. This is where a Publicist or PR agent’s press relationship comes into purpose.

3) Content Writing:

Some say content is Key, others say content is President over those who elect it but all said and done an effective content can be vital to the growth of a brand and engagement is Queen! This is more than just writing a press release content, an effective content should be precise, well curated to target the designated public and add value to their life, it should be able to attract, engage, inform and convert the receiver. If your Publicist or PR agent is unable to do so, they should enlist the services of a content creator.

What is your Publicist/PR agent doing for you?

If you would like to discuss a partnership with ModeMaison PR, do not hesitate to contact us.

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Travelling plus partying can be an expensive habit but there are ways of living it up in Paris or Barcelona for the weekend without emptying your wallet down the nearest drainpipe.

Whether it’s tango lessons by the Sienne or free jazz sessions in a baroque Catalan mansion, beer and burgers in a Berlin rockabilly bar or alternative rock in Rome’s hip San Lorenzo district, Europe is positively bubbling over with one-off experiences that won’t break the bank.

To help you along the way, we’ve pulled together the best nights out you can have for under £100 in four of Europe’s most dynamic urban hubs.

We’ve included cheap, chic places to sleep and a combination of cool bars, restaurants and nightspots in each place to see you through from dusk to dawn.

Plus, we’ve thrown in €20 spending money (for more drinks and extras such as taxis) and additional highlights in each city for further kicks during the evening and the morning after.

So go book that flight or Eurostar ticket, grab your £100 allowance and get set to party in budget-friendly style right across Europe:


Free tango lesson by the Sienne - the ultimate Romantic experience
Free tango lesson by the Sienne – the ultimate Romantic experience

Where to stay: Plug-Inn hostel in the centre of Montmatre has a boutique feel to it, with rave reviews and beds in a six-person room (including breakfast and wi-fi) from €30 per night.

Pre-dinner drinks: Make like the Parisians and grab a spot by the Sienne to watch the twilight set in at Pont Neuf over a good bottle of Rosé from one of the nearby shops on Île Saint-Louis. €6.

Where to eat: Drink wine out of baby bottles, write on the walls and line your stomach with oodles of gooey cheese and hunks of baguette at Le Refuges des Fondus, a bohemian, no-frills restaurant near to Abbesses metro. Fondue with antipasti from €21, wine bottles €4 each.

Where to party: Great jazz and medieval oddities are promised in Caveau des Oubliettes, a 12th-century prison and underground cellar in the city’s Latin Quarter. Beer from €12 with wine starting at €8.50 and cover charges some nights. Stays open to 4am.

A little extra: Every evening from May to September, the public gardens at Tino Rossi Quai Saint-Bernard magically transform into a dance hall under the stars with couples dancing tango into the wee hours of the morning. Turn up at 7pm for a free lesson (a hat is generally passed around for donations).

The morning after: The cool, bazaar-style Aux Comptoirs du Chineurs in the Marais is definitely worth a rummage around if retro/vintage-style clothing and designer bargains are your thing.

Total night out (including €20 for extras): €101.50 = £81


The wondrous Espai Barroc, where you can catch free jazz every Wednesday night
The wondrous Espai Barroc, where you can catch free jazz every Wednesday night

Where to stay: Guesthouse Barcelona Gotic is a beautiful building with traditional Catalan mosaics just moments from La Rambla in the heart of the city. Single rooms from €25 per night.

Pre-dinner drinks: Enjoy a wine for €2.50 and cocktails from €6 at the eclectic Ambar, a shabby chic watering hole in El Raval, one of Barcelona’s oldest districts.

Where to eat: Lata-berna on Torrent de les Flors does great, creative tapas such as smoked burrata cheese with rosemary and tomato at friendly prices. From €30 for a selection of filling tapas and drinks.

Where to party: You can’t do better than Mac Arena Mar Beach Club, a free entry Ibiza-esque hangout with DJs and live music acts throughout the summer. Drinks are fairly expensive but as it’s only loosely organised, you could always bring your own supplies.

A little extra: Catch some free jazz every Wednesday from 11pm at Palau Dalmases, a gorgeous Baroque courtyard that’s home to Espai Barroc, a 17th-century home filled with candelabras, stone busts and reproduction paintings. Opera and flamenco performances are also available. Wine or beer from €6.

The morning after: Peruse the surreal collection of wood, stone and painted sculptures at the little-known medieval palace, Museu Frederic Marès. Adult entry €4.20.

Total night out (including €20 for extras): €93.80 = £75.


Italian craft beer and chacuterie plates can be found at artsy bar NO.AU
Italian craft beer and chacuterie plates can be found at artsy bar NO.AU

Where to stay: The Beehive is a clean, eco-friendly hostel that’s centrally located but offers an oasis of calm amid Rome’s frenetic tourist crowds. With beds from €35 per night in an eight-person dorm.

Pre-dinner drinks: Tucked away in a hidden piazza you’ll find NO.AU, an artsy, laid-back bar with locally sourced wine, Italian craft beer and organic nibbles. Thick, homemade chips with a drink or two and a charcuterie or cheese plate will set you back around €15.

Where to eat: Locals and tourists alike flock to Antica Birreria Peroni, a Roman-style tavern near Piazza Venezia. Good, solid fare is the order of the day here, from daily pasta dishes to freshly baked pizzas, steaks and gelati. A full meal with half litre of white wine and dessert comes in at €35.

Where to party: With an alternative, underground music scene, Circolo degli Artisti can be found in Rome’s hip San Lorenzo district. There are two indoor dance floors set against ancient Roman walls, lush gardens, private gazebos and a swimming pool. Cover charge €6, with cocktails from €6 and shots for €3.

A little extra: A stroll around Villa Doria Pamphili, Rome’s largest landscaped park, is a must if you fancy some peace and quiet. Once a 17th Century estate belonging to the Pope’s nephew, it’s home to acres of serene manicured gardens, fountains and palm trees, a private chapel and a museum filled with family heirlooms including sculptures, paintings and vases. Entrance is free.

The morning after: Make a beeline to Campo de’ Fiori Flea Market (open Monday to Saturday from 7-1pm) in the centre of the old city to hunt down foodie treats in this idyllic piazza.

Total night out (including €20 for extras): €105 = £83


Berlin meets Brazil with live entertainment at Café Bombocado
Berlin meets Brazil with live entertainment at Café Bombocado

Where to stay: The Grand Hostel Berlin is a 19th Century building in the centre of the city, with spacious rooms, a generous breakfast buffet and apparently “the most beautiful hostel bar in Berlin”. Single rooms from €29 per night.

Pre-dinner drinks: It’s not a bad idea to start the night out at Die Weinerei, where punters get to rent a glass for €2 and drink as much wine as they like. There’s a whole range of dynamic, locally-sourced brands on offer and at the end of the visit, guests are invited to tip whatever they think the service has been worth, in a novel honours system.

Where to eat: White Trash on Schönhauser Alle is a kitsch all-in-one burger joint, live music venue, cinema and tattoo parlour . Think 50s rockabilly chic. €6 cover charge after 8pm, €9 for burgers and €3.50 for wine with salads and appetisers from €6. Book well in advance.

Where to party: Katerholzig is one of Berlin’s most famous hangouts, located in a huge abandoned soap factory. Best described as a giant entertainment park for adults, it comes with multiple dancefloors, amazing lighting, a large outdoors area and DJs playing music from the venue’s own record label Katermukke. Entrance up to €12, drinks from €6.

A little extra: Have yourself a strong coffee and a plate of Pao de Queijo (cheese balls) at Café Bombocado, a Brazil-meets-Berlin cafe with vintage living room-style furniture in the city’s buzzing Neukölln district. Latin theatre and concerts take place some evenings. Around €10 for coffee and cake.

The morning after: Make time to mooch around Prenzlberg (Kreuzberg, Friedrichshain and Prenzlauer Berg), a young, creative and alternative hub with some of the city’s best graffiti street art, cool brunch spots and live art installations.

Total night out (including €20 for extras): €101.50 =£80

So who is ready to hit that next city tour?! Goodluck and keep us informed should you take on these ideas!

Words: Anna Brech, Photos: Rex Features (

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