Category Archives: Pretty Up

Floating away at Thai Square Spa

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There is something so wonderful about waking up in the morning and knowing you are going to be spending it in a spa… but there is something even more special about knowing that the spa you are going to be disappearing into, is the magical Thai Square Spa in the heart of this busy, whizzy, spectacular city.

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Blooming Lovely

Floral Map by Larry Walshe

Fact of the day – more perfume is sold at Heathrow than any other location in the UK.

Isn’t that amazing? I had no idea – there are so many beauty halls and perfume stores around this fair land, it was such a surprise to learn that Heathrow was the ultimate scent destination… but, the more I think about it, the more it makes sense.

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Find your ‘Game Face’ with
The Business Makeup Artist

Natalie James Business Makeup Artist

I love makeup. I love the way it looks, I love the packaging, the colours, the smells and textures… and I love all the grand London beauty halls, packed with aspirational beauty brands whose shelves are filled with tiny containers of bright, pastel, shimmery and sparkly powders and creams…

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Welcoming in 2016 at Cowley Manor Spa

Cowley Manor Spa

Last year, LM, Betsy and I took ourselves off for a New Year break to Bath, where we stayed at the Queensbury Hotel and spent a day at the wonderful Thermae Bath Spa.

We headed there on New Year’s Day, when the rest of the world was still sleeping/recovering and had the most gorgeous, relaxing time. We had time to think, chat, ponder and wonder about the year ahead, while being wrapped in warm fluffy robes and reclining in a deliciously warm and comforting environment. It was heaven.

We decided then that this would be our New Year tradition and so this year, we followed suit and found ourselves somewhere equally extraordinary.

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Christmas Gift Guide 2015

CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE 2015

Hip pip hurrah! Here it is – my ULTIMATE Christmas gift guide.

As you all know, I’ve been stuck at home for a few weeks after my op, and it has been such a treat to window shop for you all,  for hours (and hours) finding the most gorgeous things!

I have categorised my gift guide mostly by personality, so I hope I’ve covered a few bases which ring true for you…

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Drama Parlour:
Bethnal Green’s coolest secret

Ever wondered where London’s designers, fashionistas, Dj’s, music producers and art scene get their haircut? Well, wonder no more.

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Squad Goals
with Birchbox & Skinnydip London

Birchbox Skinny Dip

I always wanted to be in a gang when I was little. Mostly because I’d get to sit in a treehouse, eat chocolate, solve mysteries and wear a badge.

It never quite happened like that, but when Birchbox told me recently that I (and you, if you’re a subscriber) was in their ‘squad’, I did a mini fist pump. On my own. To myself.

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Getting the snip at Hare & Bone

Hare & Bone Poppy Loves haircut

I love Fitzrovia. I love the back streets packed with history, the cafes, the restaurants and new shop fronts are popping up all the time… so I was very excited to be invited along to one of its more recent arrivals, HARE & BONE for a cut and dry…. oh, and a glass of pink champagne….

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Win My Nail Polish Collection

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If you are following me on Instagram, you’d have seen that last weekend I took over Accessorize’s account while I was at Wilderness Festival

One of the most popular pictures I posted is this one above of my collection of Accessorize nail polishes – everyone seemed to love all the colours and the whole delicious pick’n’mix vibe of having so many gorgeous nail polishes to play with!

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Paul & Joe go all Sangria for Summer

Paul & Joe Strawberry Kiwi Lipgloss - £15

Paul & Joe Strawberry Kiwi Lipgloss – £15

I recently was invited to a Paul & Joe beauty masterclass, led by the exceptionally enthusiastic Craig-Ryan French – a international makeup artist for Paul & Joe Beauté and special effects guru in the film and TV world…

The collection is vibrant, sparkling, tropical and super juicy – it all looked so delicious, like irresistible sweeties.

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Game On

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A few weeks ago I was feeling like I’d hit a bit of a rut with exercising. I’d had a couple of months of eating really badly – which happens to me whenever I stop being mindful – and I was feeling very blobby and heavy and bleurgh.

I am not a great self motivator when it comes to exercise. Work is a completely different thing – I am like the Tasmanian Devil when I get going with an idea or new project… but exercise is like a black hole in my brain.  A no go area. All I see is Monster Munch. And Crosstown Doughnuts.

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– ila Spa –
100% Natural, 100% Luxury

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The words ‘natural’ and ‘organic’ seem to get touted all over the place and one can never be sure exactly which bits of the product the label is referring to…

Rest assured that ila spa products are all made in the Cotswolds and are completely and utterly organic… In fact, they are ‘beyond organic’ as they believe in embracing the utmost ethical integrity. And what’s more, the products are super duper luxy too.

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Detoxing at The Lifehouse Spa
(and win a two night Juice Cleanse for 2!)

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I have such good intentions when it comes to eating well and treating my body kindly. I fully mean to not eat ice cream for breakfast and to go for lots of runs in the mornings… but it just doesn’t seem to pan out that way.

And it’s not that I can’t do it, or that I’m avoiding it – I just forget. I forget to exercise. I forget to eat healthily. And I forget to not eat ice cream for breakfast. So, when the Lifehouse Spa invited me to try out their detox wellness break, whereby I would have to stick to their schedule and menu… and not have the opportunity to eat ice cream for breakfast, I jumped at the chance.

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My amazing make up lesson
with Lina Cameron

Lina Cameron Make Up Artist

“As little girls, we know we are beautiful. We just feel it.
Mirrors are places where we smile and twirl and sparkle.

But somewhere along the way, that smile becomes a little frown and a critical eye.
We turn to make-up and we conceal, we mask, we distract. As if beauty is only an illusion. A bag of tricks. Something we conjure, not something we feel.

My name is Lina. I’m a makeup artist.
I see your beautiful self and I’ll show you make-up that simply reveals it.”

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Duck & Dry
Blow dry & Updo bar in Chelsea

Duck & Dry, Kings Road, Chelsea

Duck & Dry is the brain child of Yulia Rorstrom who, frustrated by the lack of accessible yet exciting everyday hair styling solutions in London, decided to go all out and create one herself.  Very sensible.

Duck & Dry is a blow dry bar with a difference.  Actually, with several differences. Prosecco, being one of them.

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