How to Fail with Elizabeth Day | Women in Luxury Dinner 2019

Award-winning author and broadcaster Elizabeth Day was our guest at last night’s Women in Luxury dinner at Home House London, where she shared highlights from her brilliant new book ‘How to Fail’ with Walpole CEO Helen Brocklebank.

Amongst the inspirational insights was Elizabeth’s five principles of failure, which can be viewed in full on Walpole’s IGTV channel, below.

1. Failure ‘just is’
2. You exist separately from your thoughts
3. Failure can be data acquisition
4. Everyone feels they failed at their twenties
5. Paradoxically it’s when we’re willing to be at our most vulnerable


The evening also included a raffle in aid of the Miscarriage Association, with prizes very kindly gifted by Walpole members including Penhaligon’s, Four Seasons London at Ten Trinity Square, Ettinger, The Hari, JING Tea, Votary, DAKS, The Lakes Distillery, Stephen Einhorn, Lisa Redman, Desmond & Dempsey, Home House, Tiffany & Co., Fortnum & Mason, Signature Elite and Farrow & Ball.

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About the Miscarriage Association

The Miscarriage Association acknowledges the distress associated with pregnancy loss and strives to make a positive difference to those it affects. The Miscarriage Association was founded in 1982 by a group of people who had experienced miscarriage.  They felt strongly that someone needed to provide the support and information which they had found lacking in their medical care, and so they set up a new charity. More than thirty years later, the Miscarriage Association has grown and developed in many ways, but we still pursue those founding aims: 

1. Offering support and information to anyone affected by the loss of a baby in pregnancy

2. Raising awareness of miscarriage

3. Promoting good practice in medical care

Raffle prizes


Quercus Eau de Cologne. More restrained than a traditional cologne. But with just as much va-va-voom. Not as stiff as an evening shirt but as strong as a pre-dinner drink. Not as instantly recognisable as a citrus, but with just as much zest. Quercus Candle: Each of Penhaligon’s Classic Candles are packed with essential oils, hand-blended, and made with a naturally derived soy wax for a superior burn time. Named after the Latin for the British Oak, Quercus is a modern and invigorating citrus cologne.

Four Seasons London at Ten Trinity Square

Dr Burgener Body treatment – Royal Rose Nourishing Wrap 120 minutes. This anti-aging ritual uses beautiful Rose extract to re-hydrate and soothe the skin. Pink clay found within the mountains is applied to gently remove impurities. The combination of royal jelly, honey and the Dr Burgener Active Anti-Aging Concentrate essential oils, will pamper your skin. Treatment includes welcome foot ritual, honey delicate scrub, pink clay wrap, personalised relaxing massage and an awakening ritual.


Capra Large Zip-Around Purse in Chocolate. A stylish addition to your bag, fitting plenty of cards and cash within. The carefully embossed Ettinger logo in silver adds an extra touch of luxury and the inside of the purse will keep all your cards and cash organised and safe with the full zip closure. This versatile purse is also perfect as a travel wallet, fitting passport cases, tickets and slim phone, and even keys!

The Hari

A three course dinner at il Pampero for 2 people, with wine chosen by the in-house sommelier. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, experience exceptional Italian cuisine in a sophisticated setting, which embodies Italian chic and vintage glamour.


A complete tea ceremony for two. JING’s beautiful Two Cup Tea-iere set comes complete with a bamboo uplift tray and tea timer, five loose leaf teas that truly express the characteristics of their authentic origin and an exclusive JING Tea gift.


Votary Night Set. Rose Cleansing Oil, Intense Night Oil, Intense Eye Oil. Votary’s luxurious natural plant oils are blended with a unique oil-soluble form of Retinoid for powerful skin rejuvenation. A good night’s sleep is written all over your face. Votary’s Intense Eye Oil is a powerful blend of natural plant extracts and oils boosted by a gentle retinoid to smooth and hydrate and to improve the appearance of fine lines while you sleep.


DAKS classic House Check scarf. Established in 1894, DAKS produces luxury clothing and accessories for both men and women. DAKS is a holder of 3 Royal Warrants; representing their long standing relationship with the Royal Family and the outstanding quality of their products.

The Lakes Distillery

Gin set: Explorer Gin, The Lakes Gin, The Lakes Rhubarb & Rosehip Gin Liqueur. The Lakes Gin is the only gin with true Cumbrian provenance. A classic gin with nine carefully selected botanicals steeped in British wheat spirit and pure water from the Lake District National Park.

Stephen Einhorn

A pair of Vermeer Drop Clip Earrings Sterling Silver & Pear Shaped White Pearls. Beautiful freshwater Vermeer pearl drop clip earrings handmade with solid precious metal. These are so classic it’s outrageous. A fantastic gift for literally anyone at all. Available in a variety of pearl colour and metal options, simply use the drop down menus to make your selection. As these are natural, freshwater pearls, the colours and sizes may vary slightly.

Lisa Redman

A pair of beautiful Nappa leather hand embellished gloves by Lisa Redman. Visit Lisa’s beautiful atelier in West London to choose your style and colour. Lisa Redman offers a fully bespoke service using high end luxurious fabrics from opulent silks to the finest cashmere, which can be woven to any colour of your choice, making the piece completely unique and yours.  Creating everything in-house, Lisa is proud to work with English artisans, creating elegant, timeless pieces.

Desmond & Dempsey

£150 Voucher to spend at Walpole Brand of Tomorrow, Desmond & Dempsey. Desmond & Dempsey prints are exclusive, hand painted in London and inspired by the founders’ Sunday adventures. They only work with top quality cottons and their pyjamas are made to last.

Home House

Moet & Chandon Brut Imperial, Champagne, France. Home House represents a truly unique experience in the concept of private members clubs. All that you would expect in terms of luxury, service and privacy are the Club’s cherished hallmarks. Thank you to Home House for being such wonderful hosts of the Women in Luxury Dinner 2019.

Tiffany & Co.

Tiffany T Two single chain bracelet in 18k goldTimeless and transcendent, the bold architectural lines of the letter T evoke strength and resilience. Modern and dynamic, Tiffany T square rings, smile pendants, hoop earrings and bar necklaces are crafted in 18k gold, sterling silver and titanium with brilliant round diamonds.

Fortnum & Mason

The Piccadilly Hamper. As anyone who has ever received one will know, home is where the hamper is. And fittingly enough, the Fortnum & Mason Piccadilly Hamper is a little taste of their humble London lodgings – including their finest examples of breakfast teas, coffees, tipples, marmalades, preserves, condiments, biscuits and chocolates – all picked, packed and delivered for you.

Signature Elite

Signature Elite Class are delighted to offer the winner an Elite Class departure experience for two people from London Gatwick or London Luton. The prize will be valid for any departures with relevant airlines from their preferred airport within a 12-month period. For special occasions, long or short haul or every day travel, Signature Elite Class offers a luxurious experience with exclusive access to a VIP airport lounge within a private terminal. Offering calmness, privacy and discretion, the service includes transport to and from your VIP lounge a few minutes from the main terminal, exclusive to you and your accompanying passengers.

Farrow & Ball

Farrow & Ball have kindly donated 50L of any colour in an emulsion finish. Discover a curated palette of 132 colours, blended from rich pigments and an eco-friendly water base and create a home you love with their long-lasting colours and finishes. Farrow & Ball’s dedication to the environment informs everything they do, from sourcing raw materials to helping you recycle the leftovers from your projects. Their entire range is designed with this in mind, helping everyone to create more beautiful homes using less energy and fewer resources.