#InspireLSRelationships| Connecting The Dots: Are You Making The Right Connections?

Making the right connections with individuals is extremely vital in life, whether it is on a personal or professional front. Truth be told, we often foster the cliched notion of quantity over quality, which in turn sees us leaving our valued integrity at the front door and inviting relative beautiful strangers into our own lives. Popularity in itself has been preached as a mythical synonym for coolness, whilst we remotely undertake drastic measures to become more remotely accepted in our lives without the principles of our own happiness being touched upon.

The notion of happiness is a mere afterthought as we proceed to take the major plunge in interacting with relative strangers in society, accepting invitations from unknown individuals on Facebook, or engaging with a recommended friend of a friend on Instagram or Twitter. We so often believe that we are taking progressional steps forward, yet we often take steps back personally and seemingly wonder about the consequences and inevitable results thereafter once we have embarked upon this new relationship and/or friendship. We become attached to certain individuals for all of the wrong reasons: influence, money, popularity, connections, beauty, success, relationships and to make us feel better about ourselves. There are many logical reasons as to why we become drawn to individuals for all of the right reasons, too. A common ground has to be established.


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You see, the right connections will always come into our lives when we least expect them to opposed to utilizing brown nosery and behind-the-scenes politics. Politicians use their overall leverage and influence to get from one place to another, then wonder why they cannot advance even further in the end. The right connection who doesn’t play politics implements their actions into long term success and excellent consistency. In addition, the usage of using a third party by name association is immoral and does not serve merit to the individual. Magic cannot be forced whatsoever when relating to the right connections being in your life. Nobody should adopt a sycophantic nature to appeal to anybody as it leaves one feeling bruised and unworthy. We all experience individuals who are too good to be true or suck up to become favorable in some capacity. Relationships, business partnerships and friendships hold an innate natural chemistry and charm which is forged over a period of time. The wrong connections do not hold such facets in any way, shape or form. Taking chances can pay dividends when making new contacts and new connections, but it is a matter of evaluating their overall value before embracing that individual.

Conversely, the wrong connections are very short term and no not empower your life. In addition, the wrong connections approach you when they want numerous favors, sums of money, golden opportunities and personal satisfaction to benefit that of their own cause. A relationship, friendship or partnership is a two way street and is reciprocal.

The right connections will perennially communicate with you regardless of any scenario and will always expect less and give more. Divine intervention will ultimately bring all of the right connections into your life, whilst your once blinded vision and clouded judgment will be crystal clear.

In conclusion, the wrong connections love to see you do well, but hate it when you are doing better than them. The wrong connections value their intentions more than you,  whereas the right connections are transparent and consistent in character. Companies and individuals alike aim to connect with the right connections for the betterment of their prosperity. Values, integrity, ambition, passion and respect are key attributes when selecting the right personal or business connections.  The company you keep is the crowd you bring. If you are being fed garbage, that is exactly what one will become if the right connections are not selected. The game of life has many options and choices. The right connections await you when you least expect them to. Are you making the right connections?




W| By Dean Perretta                                             @DeanPerretta

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#FoodandDrink| A London Love Story this Valentine’s Day at Conrad London St. James

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with your loved one in the heart of romantic London at Conrad London St. James. Set the mood with a delicious London Love Story Afternoon Tea in the luxurious surrounds of Emmeline’s Lounge. For true indulgence be swept off your feet with the full London Love Story Valentine’s Package. Both available from the 12th-14th February 2016, these Valentine’s Day offerings are sure to set hearts ablaze.

London Love Story Afternoon Tea

Be spoiled with deliciously curated creations including white chocolate and champagne truffles, red berry shortcake and sensuous dark chocolate velvet cake. The rose macaroons add a delicate floral touch and the strawberry panna cotta with strawberry foam is a fruity twist on a classic favourite. Afternoon tea wouldn’t be complete without a fantastic selection of finger sandwiches and freshly baked plain and fruit scones (including vanilla, lemon and winter berry curd).

An exotic range of teas is available to complement the afternoon tea including traditional favourites to flowering teas. The rose tea offers a delicious and fragrant experience, featuring whole rose buds. With graceful notes of sweet edged rose this tea has a smooth calming taste with a light palate cleansing finish.

London Love Story Afternoon Tea at Conrad London St. James (www.conradhotels.com/london) is £55 per person including free flowing GH Mumm rosé Champagne, or £39 per person without Champagne.


London Love Story Package

Love is in the air at Conrad London St. James, so celebrate this romantic occasion with the London Love Story Package. Make this Valentine’s Day an adventure of the senses, before arrival guests can download the Conrad Concierge app allowing them to select their favourites from the pillow and bathroom collection before arrival. After checking-in couples can spend the afternoon strolling lakeside through St. James’s Park, shopping in nearby Knightsbridge or exploring Westminster Abbey.




This thoughtful Valentine’s package allows guests to enjoy the delicious London Love Story afternoon tea in stylish Emmeline’s Lounge, adding extra sweetness to the romantic escapade. After returning to the room, a bottle of Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut and rose petals are waiting to set the mood. The following morning guests can enjoy breakfast in the comfort and luxury of their room. No need to rush and check out in the morning, as guests have until 18:00 to stay inspired and take advantage of all that the London Love Story Package has to offer.


The London Love Story Package at Conrad London St. James is available from Thursday 12th to 14th February 2016 from £470 for two people, including Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut and rose petals, Afternoon Tea for two with free flowing GH Mumm rosé Champagne and B&B in a deluxe room.


For more information about London Love Story at Conrad London St. James or to make a reservation, please visit www.conradhotels.com/london or call 020 3301 8080.


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#InspireLSRelationships| The Social Circle: Is Less More?

Within society it is deemed advantageous and morally acceptable to have a significantly larger social circle, whether in actuality or via social media. We often sacrifice our own happiness, integrity and privacy in life to acquiesce in befriending yet another individual whom we place our invested trust in. Some individuals have deeper seated trust issues and acceptance tendancies than others given that is how human nature operates. “I’d rather be hated for who I am, than loved for who I am not” Kurt Cobain once stated. In essense, we often place our own happiness in others hands then invariably question our conscious as to why we are unhappy thereafter. Reading between the lines rather than judging that individuals purpose, intentions and values prior to letting them in your life is paramount.

In 2016, the revolving door in friendship and association has greater brevity than generations previously. There are friends which strictly need you based on necessity, advance and materialistic gain. These people are affectionately known universally as leeches. It makes such characters feel very good about themselves inside, rather than how great the bond is collectively. A true friend will not preserve themselves and their intentions. A true friend will not approach you when it suits their needs. A true friend will not expect nothing, but essentially give more. It is a two way street in relationships, friendships and business partnerships. How would you generally feel if a friend ate all of your food inside of your home, yet never reciprocated in returning the same deed when they invited you into their own abode?

If transparency in their role and intentions are made perfectly clear during the bond, then it should not come into question as to the echelon of our friendships and social circle. Their credibility and authenticity will not be remotely met with any wild caution. Undeniably, individuals need to feel empowered to stand up and look in the mirror and state “Enough is enough. It is time to draw the line” in relation to those which bring you personal unhappiness, negative thoughts and neglect. This is a form of the devil’s children doing work in disguise. There is no reason to hold onto nor salvage a feeling, individual or moment that has now outgrown your prosperity moving forward. People evolve before our very eyes, and so do their motives. Less is more in friendships as we invest in reliable quality over sheer quantity. The quantity which are in our lives are simply a statistic. You are more than just a statistic. You are in control. You have to stand up for what you believe in. You have to not be afraid of letting go.


Heavily invest in your current friendships and relationship, whilst questioning them on anything without being invasive or disrespectful. Your good friends will appreciate honest qualities which will create a bond that will erradicate the tendancies of walking on eggshells. Nobody likes a smarmy, one-dimensional, repetitive conversation. Always keep things fresh, fun and vibrant. They will respect you even more as a human being. Reclaim your inner self which disappeared long ago. Don’t feel any remorse in letting go of people in your life. Ask yourself another major question to yourself right now: “Would they run the additional mile for me as I have for them?“. The fruits of a friendship goes beyond personal favors, rather those which are based upon unity, unconditional love, mutual respect and respectfully regular communication. There is no resentment, envy or jealousy as they accept you for who and what you are at your very core. If a friend doesn’t answer your calls, texts or social media messages, this can often lead to miscommunication in that we are being ignored or unappreciated, which in turn leads to ego and/or entitlement taking over before our eyes. We believe they are being arrogant, not efficient or unresponsive. Remain patient and find a way to richly engage with them. There is nothing better than a face to face meeting or telephone conversation as social media cannot always be gaged correctly in regards to communication. If after numerous attempts there appears to be zero response, the chances are that individual may not be thinking about you as much as you think about them. Be bold. Be assertive. Be daring. Be yourself. Ask these individuals if everything is fine and then explain to them how you truly feel about your perceived once close bond now withering.

Moreover, less is indeed more in a social circle. There are those who like to see you do well, but hate it when you are doing better than them. Friends can turn against you in a heartbeat, and will make no apologies about it. Life is a journey, not a competition. It’s not a prize, rather a gift. Above all else, adjust your foggy vision and inform yourself that you will do so much better when the needy, insincere and unreliable people are gone forever in your life. You truly deserve so much better and you can find the strength within to do this today. Let it go and understand that less is indeed more.



W| By Dean Perretta                           @DeanPerretta                   #InspireLSRelationships

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