Archive for December, 2015

26 Dec 2015

Plump up your cheeks at Gazelli House

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If your face needs a good seeing to, head to Walton Street for the perfect pick me up

I managed to squeeze in a visit to my new favourite place, Gazelli House just in time for party season, and if I hadn’t scoffed so many chocs over the last two days, I’m sure my skin would still be glowing in gratitude.

I headed for a long overdue Prescriptive Facial, long overdue as I knew as my winter skin had become a bit ‘crunchy’ and definitely needed some TLC.

The great thing about Gazelli House is that you don’t feel like you’re at a typical spa; There are no candles, wind chimes or unauthentic waterfalls here! It’s more like popping over to a really good friend’s place, where the sophisticated and homely ambience set the scene for my treatment, and were the ideal antidote to my Scrooge mood!

With a Prescriptive Facial, it is necessary to have a thorough consultation with your therapist, so she can completely understand what you currently do, and would like to achieve from the session. Call it facial therapy if you like! I knew my skin needed extra attention in the winter to hydrate and revive, but I was also facing the dreaded laughter lines (aka wrinkles). I definitely wasn’t ready for anything that involved a needle. Scardey cat I might be, but I was happy to try other forms of rescue remedies first!

This resulted in a unique facial, tailored just for me. I couldn’t wait to get my tired, neglected skin back into tip top shape. Being perscribed the Oxygen Therapy to tackle my cells, I was recommended the renowned OXYJet- a non invasive pulse programme which pushes Gazelli’s special oils three times deeper into my skin, followed by an Eye Lift Mask complete with Black Tea to tackle my dark circles.

No facial is complete without a massage, and the lifting and lymphatic massage was the perfect finish to enhance my newly hydrated and plumped skin, and the white oil.. don’t get me started on the smell of that!

To be honest, I felt like I had had an Essex facelift, or just returned from a very relaxing and reinvigorating holiday at the very least. Not only did I look several years younger, my cheeks were cheekier, eyes more sparkly and I seemed to have gained a pre-Christmas, ‘nothing is going to phase me now’, glow!

Now if only Santa thought I had been a good girl, I might have got some vouchers for a suggested follow up treatment… alas I didn’t! But bugger Santa, I’ll be booking back for myself!

I’d highly recommend a visit for yourself- I might even see you in the lounge!

www.gazellihouse.com

Gazelli House | 174 Walton Street | London | SW3 2JL
to book please contact info@gazelli.co.uk

23 Dec 2015

Dreaming of bags? Try Dreams Code

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With China very much on the radar of the fashion scene for 2016, I am delighted to introduce a new  handbag talent, which is made with the softest calf leather and traditional embroidery.

Dream’s Code is a label founded by London College of Fashion graduate, Youmeng Liu. Growing up Southern China, she became fascinated with the local, traditional skill from a young age, and has taken on this practice in her designs.

Historically the craft dates back to the Tang Dynasty, as a was a way of showcasing the craft of needlework by mimicking the natural surroundings. Exaggerated and bold, the scenes of mythical animals, insects, fish, butterflies, birds and flowers, that for centuries, have been adopted by Youngmeng and brought slap bang to the modern day.

Fusing her own spiritual odes to her rich ancestory, she has transformed abstract designs, in to wearable art in the form of practical bags, complete in a range of styles made from top quality British and Italian leathers.

You can see more on her website, and even choose your own design. With everything from purses to clutches to backpacks, there is something authentic and original to tempt all!

http://www.dreamscode.co.uk

 

21 Dec 2015

I can smell the Christmas crackers in the air!

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Christmas is almost here and that means that I won’t be forced  to quoff champagne, scoff canapes and be plied with endless goodie bags for a whole week…Oh. Well I am going back to Wales to see the fam!

On my return, there will be a backlog of fashionable things I can share. Promise!

Have a good one. And if you can’t be good, be naughty, and get a credit card. Santa doesnt’ come to anyone over twenty anyways!!!!

07 Dec 2015

The cocktail hour is upon us with these dreamy dresses from Farfetch

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I love December and all it brings. Especially all the pretty  party frocks.

It’s not only time to buy pressies for others, but you really should treat yourself too!

That’s why I have fallen in love with the Champagne Hour editorial from fashionista’s favourite website Farfetch. With so many trends to look at for AW, the site is the perfect place for perusing. Stella McCartney, Lanvin, Moschino, McQueen and Saint Laurent. With a whimsical editorial shoot to inspire you, you might want them all. Let’s just hope you’ve been a good girl after all…

Lace, tulle and ruffles might sound a little frou frou, but added to some fierce heels, and spiky accessories, you are ready to take on the season and take no prisoners. Cocktails, champagne and the ambiguous magic slipper, we might make a Cinderella out of me yet!

Shop the collection here

 

 

06 Dec 2015

December Dining on The Thames

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December means treats, and this week has involved lots of treats!

It was a dark and wintry night, and when the rest of London was getting in to Christmas party season, I was still milking my birthday! The perks of being a Saggi means that there are no shortage of things to do at this time of year, and going for pre drinks at the Butler’s Wharf Chop House, and dinner at the Blueprint Cafe was a feast I had been looking forward to.

Perfectly situated just close enough to the City, but on the right side so not full of City boys, the Chop House is a very well disguised Conran gem; Large and atmospheric with a seperate bar area and restaurant, this is the best place I have been south side of the river for cocktails! Buzzy but not too busy, I would highly recommend this for a large group, although with my plus one, we got extra special attention and some great advice choosing from the vast cocktail list!

With much willpower, I stopped at two drinks, and sashayed two minutes furter east, to the restaurant du nuit. Nestled on the first floor of the Design Museum, the Blueprint Cafe, is not your typical cafe; Coffee and cake is well and truly left to the downstairs museum eatery, this is definitely for a more discerning palate!

Predictably you might expect it to be full of culture vultures, but on this crisp Tuesday evening, it was not overly full, and I claimed a window table with perfect views of Tower Brigde and Canary Wharf.

Airy, spacious and unpretentious and the menu pleasantly varied with a modern European slant. My impressed date was even more impressed when I told him we were amongst the first to sample the new Head Chef Owen Owen Kenworthy’s menu. Hailing from Brawn on Columbia Road, his reputation exceeded him, and the rib eye steak with smashed potato, and poached halibut with clams and saffron potato did not disappoint. The fresh flavours were complemented by the vast wine list, and our starters of delicious Dorset crab ravioli and Abruzzo bean soup, left us wondering how good our other choices would have been! Too much choice is not often something I struggle with on a menu, but here is was tough!  As it was (allegedly) still my birthday, I ‘made’ my date have the cheesecake for desert too..Just so I could try it!

Having spent a very self indulgent evening, people watching and wishing that house prices on the river were not quite so ludicrous, we eventually dragged ourselves away.

But with the bottomless brunch every Saturday (with prosecco), I think I made a date for that next week too!

http://www.blueprintcafe.co.uk

http://www.chophouse-restaurant.co.uk/