What a whirlwind 48 hours! Although Stella Live 2020 wasn't the event we had originally planned – in real life at London’s Saatchi Gallery, as it was in 2019 – the virtual incarnation turned out bigger and better than we could have hoped. This year, we went online, with two incredible days of inspiring talks, insider hair and beauty advice and plenty more.
We had everyone from beauty gurus Trinny Woodall and Ruby Hammer, to influencer-turned-actress Tanya Burr, along with The One Show presenter Alex Jones and Strictly superstar judge Shirley Ballas – all without you ever having to leave the comfort of the couch.
First up was Samantha Cameron, founder of clothing label Cefinn and former occupant of Downing Street. She chatted to Lisa Armstrong about the one thing that saved her and husband David from rowing, and revealed the surprising reason why it's been a struggle to make her fashion brand more British.
Alex Jones talked to Stella editor Caroline Barrett about her life in lockdown (“It’s tricky, impossible. Some days it’s a shambles”), while author and influencer Candice Brathwaite described how she and her husband have managed to strike an enviable balance at home.
Trinny Woodall, who also appeared at Stella Live 2019, helped five readers (and one reader's mum) with their beauty questions, and demoed her super-easy five-minute-to-Zoom-ready routine.
Ruby Hammer showed deputy editor Naomi Greenaway how to get your glow back after months indoors, and hairdresser to the stars George Northwood solved all our post-lockdown hair conundrums – as well as giving us the secret to his most famous client's most iconic look: Meghan Markle’s messy bun. (Hairspray and backcombing is key, we learned.)
Being kind to ourselves and creating a robust mental health survival toolkit was another mainstay of the day. Shirley Ballas, who lost her brother to suicide, opened up to Bryony Gordon, and offered her tips on staying sane in a mad world. How does she do it? “Taking some ‘me time’ – it can be 20 minutes – focussing on the glass half full,” and confiding in people you trust. And for her, that's her mum.
Want to watch for yourself? Then head to the Telegraph Live YouTube channel to view all the talks. And we’ll see you in 2021!