Monday, 9 December 2013

Alina Blinova celebrates her birthday with a Champagne reception & VIP screening of episode 8 of Meet the Russians

Alina Blinova in a Natalia Kaut creation 
 The party and screening were supported by A & P Wood (Rolls Royce dealership), Moussaieff Jewellers Ltd, Natalia Kaut (fashion designer), RuStyle Ltd, Laurenti Champagne and Make a Wish Foundation.

"Meet The Russians" ladies: Marinika Smirnova, Alina Blinova, Katya Elisarova
London - Alina Blinova, Russian London socialite and one of the characters featured in Fox TV's high-profile observational documentary show "Meet the Russians" recently celebrated her birthday at The Soho Hotel, London. Her VIP guests were treated to a champagne and canapé reception, followed by a screening of episode 8 of Meet the Russians - the episode that featured Alina.

Happy Birthday Alina!
"To see myself on the big screen was a proud moment for me and I wanted to share the experience with my closest friends and business associates," said Alina who runs RuStyle Ltd, a lifestyle company. Her appearance in the show marks the start of a new career for Alina in the public eye. She has many plans, and her new personal website will go live soon:

Alina's Birthday Cake
The event was supported by A & P Wood (Rolls Royce dealership), Moussaieff Jewellers Ltd, Natalia Kaut (fashion designer), RuStyle Ltd, Laurenti Champagne and Make a Wish Foundation.

The dress worn by Alina on the night was a Natalia Kaut creation.

Julia Glemeyda (a designer for TSAR), Alina Blinova, Natalia Kaut (dress designer)
After the screening, birthday cake was served and Alina made a heartfelt speech, thanking her friends for all the support they have given her throughout her life.

Colin Khan and Guillaume Maroleau of Wine Direction in partnership with Laurenti champagne
About RuStyle Ltd
RuStyle Ltd focuses on delivering first-class personalized PR, event management and luxury lifestyle services, helping to promote business, culture and art throughout any services they offer. RuStyle also cooperates with many government agencies, as well as large commercial and charitable organizations. RuStyle works to maximise the time clients have for the things that they enjoy the most, or that require their full attention. They fulfil their clients’ wants and needs at home, at work or abroad.

About Natalia Kaut
Natalia Kaut is an award winning London designer specializing in High-End / Haute Couture. Established in 2011 in London. Natalia started her career as a Creative Director. She has created bold collections, mixing structured silhouettes and 60's high waist designs with geometric graphic prints. Natalia embraces arabesque detailing and creates functional, wearable clothing.

About Make-A-Wish Foundation UK
Make-A-Wish Foundation® UK is a charity that grants magical wishes to children and young people aged 3-17 fighting life-threatening conditions. Make-A-Wish is Alina's chosen charity. 

About Moussaieff
Moussaieff, one of the most exclusive and discreet fine jewellers, has for many years been a closely guarded secret. Established in the mid-19th Century, their glamorous creations adorn a prestigious international clientele from royalty and celebrities, to collectors and connoisseurs. Uninhibited design coupled with exceptional craftsmanship from the Paris workshops, Moussaieff's handmade jewellery embodies individuality and style. 

About P & A Wood
P&A Wood is a fully authorised Rolls-Royce dealer and the only Rolls-Royce authorised accident repair agent for the UK. They are also Bentley Approved Service dealers and founder members of the Rolls-Royce and Bentley Specialists Association. They specialise in sales, service and spare parts for the entire range of Rolls-Royce and Bentley, from 1904 to the present day.

About Laurenti Champagne
Laurenti family domain, founded in 1923, is located in Les Riceys, a prestigious champagne village with indefinable charm and rich past.
Laurenti Champagne is noted for being low in sulphur and sugar, and very smooth. It is a grower champagne and the 90-year old French gem has recently been brought to the UK.!laurenti/c1gkl 

For more information, please contact:

John Wood
+44 (0)1342 323750
+44 (0)777 152 0001

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Alina Blinova Makes her UK TV Debut Tonight on Fox TV’s “Meet The Russians”

Alina Blinova
The latest reality TV show to hit our screens – Meet the Russians – lets us in on the London lifestyle of  Russian socialite Alina Blinova

London – 25th September 2013 - Russian socialite, Alina Blinova, makes her UK TV debut tonight on the new Fox TV show “Meet the Russians”.

Alina came to live in London seven years ago. She graduated from 2 universities at the same time: the Higher School of Economics in Moscow and the London School of Economics, and was then catapulted into the business world as an investment banker at Barclays Capital. According to her, she left banking as, it was not really her thing to sit in front of the computer screens in an office all day long.

She then set up her LifeStyle Management, PR and Event Management Company – RuStyle - in 2009 in London (along with sister Nadia Blinova). RuStyle caters to super wealthy individuals with a focus on delivering first-class personalized PR, Event Management and Luxury Lifestyle Services.

The first show in the series of Meet the Russians, featuring Alina, is broadcast tonight at 9pm on Fox TV (Sky channel 124).

Alina’s official website is

All media enquiries should be addressed to:

John Wood
017771 520001


Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Community Auto Market – the Easiest, Most Cost Effective and Safest Way to Buy and Sell Used Vehicles – to Launch in the UK

The UK used vehicle market is set to change forever from 14th April 2013, the launch date of Community Auto Market at Kempton Park Racecourse from 9.30am-4.30pm

London - Community Auto Market, the revolutionary way to buy and sell cars, vans and motorcycles, launches in the UK on Sunday 14th April 2013 at Kempton Park Racecourse, Middlesex from 9.30am-4.30pm.

The buying and selling system that Community Auto Market employs is well established in other countries where it has been successfully operating for the past 30 years. Community Auto Market is the first company to bring this highly efficient way to buy and sell vehicles to these shores.

On Sundays throughout the UK, mainly in large car parks of racecourses, Community Auto Market will allow sellers to display their vehicles for a one-off low-cost entrance fee. Buyers can then view these vehicles all day and make their purchase right then and there. There is no entrance fee for buyers.

The main reason for its success is its simplicity, doing away with middlemen such as dealers, classified ads and even second hand vehicle websites while, at the same time, providing a really easy way to buy or sell vehicles. 

Community Auto Market is revolutionary in its approach, primarily because it provides a safe public place where buyers and sellers can meet, as well as everything else needed to facilitate the sale.

For the buyer, each Community Auto Market event puts hundreds of privately owned vehicles on display which can be inspected and tested at leisure. All the essential paperwork can also be seen and buyers can talk, face to face, with sellers. A roving mechanic is also available to hire on site to check over vehicles as needed, and the AA or RAC will be there for instant membership sign up if required. Vehicle finance can be arranged through the Community Auto Market website with insurance links provided to secure policies by phone on Sundays. 

For the seller, Community Auto Market puts their vehicles in front of hundreds of potential buyers, all for the price of a £20 entrance fee. All they have to do is bring their vehicle’s paperwork with them, namely: Current HPI Check, V5C Document and Road Tax disc, Vehicle Insurance Document, Contact Details (utilities account) and receipts of maintenance / MOT work done.

“Not only will we put hundreds of buyers together with hundreds of sellers in a safe public place on Sundays all over the UK, but we will also provide what must be the easiest, most efficient and cost effective way to buy or sell a vehicle ever devised. No dealer fees, no photographs, no listings, no appointments and no rip-off scams. Just turn up… it’s as simple as that!” says Claire Lore, spokesperson for Community Auto Market.

Starting at Kempton Park Racecourse on 14th April, Community Auto Market will host events in many racecourse car parks on Sundays throughout the UK by the summer. The events taking place in April 2013 are:
New venues are opening up all the time and locations and dates are updated regularly at

About Community Auto Market

Community Auto Market brings buyers and sellers of privately owned cars, vans and motorcycles together on Sundays from spring to autumn at popular venue sites across the UK. Everyone knows we get the most for our money if we buy a vehicle from, or sell a vehicle to, a private individual like ourselves… and Community Auto Market efficiently facilitates this interaction.

For more information, please contact:

Claire Lore
Community Auto Market
Community Auto Display Ltd
Kemp House,
152 City Road,

Phone: 0845 689 0334

Sunday, 3 March 2013

Gold on Gold: Double Olympic Gold Medalist, Pete Reed MBE, visits Grays of Westminster

Olympic Gold Medalist Pete Reed MBE (right) in the second-hand department of Grays of Westminster with Gray Levett holding Pete's two gold medals.

The Olympic champion and dedicated Nikon user, Pete Reed, visits Grays of Westminster - something he has wanted to do for a long time.

London - Double Olympic Gold Medalist (in the Coxless Four - Rowing) from Beijing 2008 and London 2012 and keen Nikon user, Pete Reed, recently visited Grays of Westminster, the award-winning Nikon-only dealer in London.

Grays of Westminster founder, Gray Levett said, "We were very honoured to be able to welcome Pete Reed MBE to Grays of Westminster. He graciously showed all the staff his two gold medals and we told him what an absolute inspiration he was to us all. The triumph of the British athletes at the Olympic Games created a wonderful feeling of unity and pride within the British Isles; it is he and others like him that continue to encourage and inspire us at Grays of Westminster to push our standards of service and professionalism to ever greater heights."

Pete Reed spent nearly three hours in the shop and left laden down with a number of Nikon gold boxes. In a message to Gray Levett he said:

"You have a wonderful place and a cracking group of people around you and I pride myself on being a good judge of character.  It was an honour to have so much of your time and a personal tour all afternoon and it's great to know that I can come back anytime."

About Grays of Westminster

Grays of Westminster, the multi-award-winning Nikon-only shop, was founded over a quarter of a century ago by Gray Levett with the idea of creating a world-class camera store, offering a service that was second to none. It is superbly located in a quiet area of central London, a few minutes walk from Victoria Railway Station; the Houses of Parliament, Buckingham Palace, the Tate Britain, River Thames and Knightsbridge are all within easy reach. Grays of Westminster is not simply a famous Nikon camera shop; it is, to many photographers around the world, an institution. It can trace back its beginnings from a modest mail order company to its present, highly-respected position in the photographic industry.

For more information, please contact:

Gray Levett
Grays of Westminster
40 Churton Street

+44 (0)20 7828 4925

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Thursday, 28 February 2013

Super Rare 13mm Nikkor Lens Used to Shoot Olympic Champion Pete Reed

The extremely rare 13mm f/5.6 Nikkor lens

Commissioned by Nikon Owner magazine, portrait photographer and rising star, Felix Kunze, uses the extremely rare 13mm f/5.6 Nikkor lens fitted to a Nikon D800 on his shoot of double Olympic Gold Medalist, Pete Reed.

London - Nikon Owner magazine commissioned portrait photographer and rising star, Felix Kunze to shoot double Olympic Gold Medalist, Pete Reed at the prestigious Leander Club at Henley-on-Thames using the extremely rare 13mm f/5.6 Nikkor lens fitted to a Nikon D800.

The 13mm f/5.6 Nikkor ultra-wide-angle lens was introduced in March 1976 in a pre-AI type lens mount. This extraordinary lens was only ever available to special order. The 13mm f/5.6 covers an angle of 118º. It weighs in at 1200 grams and represents the widest rectilinear lens available for the 35mm format. It is 4 inches long (10.2cm), with an aperture range from f/5.6 to f/22.

It has 16 elements in 12 groups; the front element has a diameter of almost 11cm and is surrounded by a fixed 'petal' style lens hood. It has a floating rear element design, CRC close-range correction, a rectilinear element design for straight line rendition and can focus down to one foot. In 1977 the lens was updated to the AI standard, and in March 1982 the third version was introduced with the AIS type mount with four x 39mm (rear bayonet mount) filters: Skylight, Orange, Amber and Blue in a CL-14 case.
 It was designed by Mr. Ikuo Mori of the 1st Optical Section, Optical Designing Department at Nikon Optical Japan. Apparently only about 350 of these lenses were ever made.

The location for the shoot was the prestigious Leander Club at Henley-on-Thames. The Leander Club is one of the world's oldest rowing clubs, an institution in itself and a hugely influential piece of British, International and Olympic history. Nestled by the finish line of the Henley Royal Regatta, it also occupies a prime spot next to the only straight stretch of the Thames anywhere. The shoot took place at dawn on a cold November day in 2012.

As well as his illustrious career in the Royal Navy, Pete is a double Olympic Gold Medalist in the Coxless Four (Rowing) from Beijing 2008 and London 2012. He also has the world’s largest recorded lung capacity at 11.68 litres. 

"In order to capture the brilliance of this remarkable lens, one of the greatest Nikon has ever made, we needed a combination of a first class photographer like Felix Kunze, a remarkable sportsman like Pete Reed, a superb location like the Leander Club, and a gifted Director of Photography like Mark Gibson," said Gray Levett, Editor, Nikon Owner magazine.

The shoot is the cover story of Issue 41 of Nikon Owner magazine and a behind the scenes video of the shoot can be seen here:

 Issue 41 of Nikon Owner magazine

About Nikon Owner magazine

Nikon Owner is a worldwide publication with the purpose of uniting Nikon owners and bringing them unique offers that will increase their skill and interest in photography and Nikon equipment. Nikon Owner is dedicated to bringing the reader all the latest news and authoritative product reviews on Nikon equipment by renowned photographer and  best-selling author  Simon Stafford. Also featured are reader portfolios and inspirational pictures from the world’s leading Nikon professionals. It offers a unique perspective on the history, latest releases and events that shape the Nikon world. Then too, there are interviews with some of the greatest names in photography such asNational Geographic legend Jim Brandenburg and Richard Young, the single most sought-after celebrity photographer in the world, as well as the much loved actor and keen photographer David Suchet CBE, best known as Agatha Christie’s suave Belgian detective Hercule Poirot.

Nikon Owner is unmissable reading for anyone who takes an interest in Nikon camera equipment. Our special features are filled with unrivalled, compelling writing and superb photography.

For further information, please contact:

Gray Levett
Nikon Owner magazine
40 Churton Street,

+44 (0)20 7828 8971

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