We’re reaching the end of January and whilst I had meant to write this post weeks ago, I’m also pondering on the idea that detox isn’t just for January.

But just to set the record straight, I haven’t spent this entire month teetotal, juicing or detoxing. The only teetotal January I remember having was when I was pregnant a few years ago. What I have been doing (and why I love January) is focusing on things I want to change or make better. I’m not calling them new year’s resolutions just to take the pressure off. Though I have been taking a leaf out of my mother’s book and starting the year as I mean to go on.

This means I have found a new way of getting to the gym regularly; I make time to read the books I buy; I’m also paying more attention to what I’m eating and I’m feeling so much better for it.

So when I was invited to Grace Belgravia to review their Sunday detox brunch I was very happy to accept.

Grace Belgravia is a women’s only health, wellbeing and medical club. I’ve visited a couple of times before and I’m in love with their interior.

There are fabulous areas to lounge around in and enjoy their fantastic juices …

And there are surprises at every corner. I love this space so much. It normally has beautiful art hanging on the walls. I had just missed the previous exhibition when I visited this time.

Grace Belgravia’s Sunday detox brunch is available to non-members, both men and women, and it runs from 11am until 3.30pm.

For £30, the detox menu starts with three shots: “tomato, red chili and lime, followed by calming lemon, ginger and turmeric, and finally cleansing green apple and spirulina.”

The menu also includes bottomless juices which are a great idea. Sarah chose the Strength & Glow with beetroot, pineapple, cucumber, turmeric and Kangen water while I enjoyed an alkaliser green juice. We both also tried the Golden Milk with turmeric, honey, black pepper, cinnamon and almond milk.

For starter, Sarah ordered the buckwheat, vegan protein powder, poppy and chia seed pancakes with grilled banana, coconut yoghurt, maple syrup and blueberries – which looked amazing. Admittedly I had slight food envy but not entirely because …

… I enjoyed my smashed avocado with feta and parsley, heritage tomatoes, mung beans, mixed seeds, served with a poached egg and homemade gluten-free bread.

And for main, Sarah had the red and white quinoa with goji berries, harissa squash, pecans, poppy seeds, parsley and mint while …

… I loved every bit of my roasted wild sea bass with sauté wild mushrooms, pumpkin purée, apricots and pumpkin seeds.

Grace Belgravia is somewhere I could very easily spend the entire day. It’s a beautiful and calming place to be. And luckily there’s also a chance for non-members to enjoy Grace Belgravia’s facial treatments with QMS Medicosmetics, a skincare brand I’ve been a fan of for years – as you might have picked up on from my past reviews.

Sarah and I were guests but honestly, if you’re looking for a healthy alternative to the bottomless brunch, especially after a big Saturday night out, Grace Belgravia is the best place to be.

Grace Belgravia, 11c West Halkin Street, Knightsbridge SW1X 8JL

When the first signs of A Wanted Man started to appear on the King’s Road I was intrigued. An espresso canteen was promising. After all, it’s not an easy task finding good coffee along King’s Road.

A Wanted Man, King's Road

So when I was invited in to try this relatively new establishment I leapt at the chance. And what I discovered inside impressed me very much.

A Wanted Man

Firstly, A Wanted Man is more than a coffee bar. It’s a place to go for a great all day breakfast or lunch menu. And they serve cold-pressed juices too. Their Green Velvet with pear, apple, spinach and kale was a real hit.

A Wanted Man, King's Road

I was really spoilt for choice when I was reading through their menu and after much consideration I chose the Annie Get Your Chickpea Aubergine Salad with yoghurt dressing and chunks of sourdough waffle.

This was absolutely delicious and also very satisfying. It’s exactly the type of food I love making at home but with the added twist of the cumin and fresh mint which I enjoyed along with the waffle.

And the rest of the menu is something I definitely want to explore more: A Fistful Of Oatmeal Pork Risotto and The Avocado With No Name are at the top of my savoury list whilst the Rich Man, Poor Man’s Pudding which is their take on the French-Canadian classic with maple syrup, toffee, almond and brown sugar served with an espresso shot is a very tempting indulgence.

A Wanted Man, King's Road

This time round however I chose this gluten-free and dairy free cookie which I savoured along with my …

A Wanted Man, King's Road

… soya flat white. What a delightful end to my lunch.

A Wanted Man, King's Road

Thing is, you’d think the experience would end here.

Maybe somewhere else but A Wanted Man also has a Browhaus brow bar and Ministry of Waxing salon upstairs.

A Wanted Man, King's Road

So after my gorgeous lunch, I headed upstairs to look around.

A Wanted Man, King's Road

This (below) is where the waxing takes place and Ministry of Waxing are pioneers in the practice of safe waxing, a message they’re keen to spread.

A Wanted Man, King's Road

And here (below) is where I had my eyebrows threaded and tinted. I really enjoyed the natural lighting and also the details that make you feel as if you’ve just stepped onto the set of a Western. This is a place where you can enjoy the surroundings whilst being pampered. I don’t think I have ever had such a relaxing threading experience as I’d had here – if threading and relaxing can be placed alongside each other.

A Wanted Man, King's Road

A Wanted Man is a breath of fresh air to the King’s Road. True, they serve great coffee, have a gorgeous menu and provide wonderful service with the brow bar. But its appeal is more than that, there’s a quirkiness that I love and it’s matched by the quality of what it offers.

A Wanted Man, 330 King’s Road, London SW3.

Chelsea Girl

It’s Blue Monday and it’s supposed to be the most depressing day of the year according to a British holiday company who did the calculations in 2005. And whilst the sums may tell us to be down I can’t help but think perhaps they got it wrong. After all, isn’t January supposed to be the month when we really focus on ourselves? New year resolutions, detoxing, the 30-Day Shred – you name it. There are so many reasons to be feeling better than you probably did during the hangover season of the Christmas party season.

For me, one of the reasons why I’m feeling good in my skin is my new found beauty routine which I’m determined to not let slip as the year progresses.

Before Christmas I was asked to review QMS Medicosmetics’ new Classic Collage Set …

QMS Medicsometics

I started 2016 hitting the ground running with work and my personal life, potty training being the next big thing to deal with in our household – when it hit me that my skincare beauty routine was pretty much ad hoc at best.

Seeing QMS Medicosmetics’ bottles in my office and remembering Dr. Schulte’s wise words that “from 30 years old onwards, it’s time to think about collagen which starts to decrease in quality and quantity because at this stage our skin starts losing the capability to retain moisture,” I knew I needed to get my act together.

There is plenty of science behind this pioneering collagens range but in essence this innovative line is designed to “deliver an even greater effectiveness in targeting premature skin aging, stimulating cell renewal and providing intense hydration across more layers of the skin.”

The collagen sets also include either an Exfoliant Fluid or a Debrassive Gel, which remind me of the fruit acid and enzyme exfoliation that always do wonders to my skin when I go for a facial at QMS Medicosmetics.

I had been planning to write this review in reference to giving my skin a January MOT but when I saw my skin in the mirror this morning – looking shiny and healthy despite the central heating being turned up at home and the cold winter weather outside – I felt I had already conquered Blue Monday and that I knew the secret to feeling good. It’s simple: look after your skin, look after yourself.

Chelsea Girl

It’s all in the detail any Virgo will tell you and today I decided to address this need for some colour in my day, especially after yesterday’s post.  So as I made my way along the King’s Road – having popped into Waterstone’s …

King's Road Waterstones

… to pick up Amelia Freer’s much anticipated cookbook – (I’ve pretty much bought most of the healthy cookbooks and apart from Honestly Healthy’s, Amelia Freer’s Eat. Nourish. Glow. has been the only book I’ve been really into. And until today I’ve been longing for a recipe bible to be published. It was only by chance I discovered Cook. Nourish. Glow. when I popped into Waterstone’s to have a browse. I’m so so excited to try out her recipes. 🙂 … ) ….

Amelia Freer Cook Nourish Glow

I digress.

And so after the serendipitous find, I headed to The Nail Boutique inside Chelsea Farmers Market to have my nails done.

The Nail Boutique

The sign of a good place are its regulars and The Nail Boutique has plenty, which is one of the reasons I like popping in here. The cash only payments have only caught me out once. And as well as good manicures that come with relaxing hand massages, the friendly staff too, it’s just another excuse to step into one of my favourite Chelsea nooks: Chelsea Farmers Market.

The Nail Boutique

After my nails were done and as I headed back to the office, my thoughts started to riff on how I spent the last hour: in order for me to feel good, I wanted to make sure my nails looked good. And in order to have the capacity to look good, I needed feel good in the first place.

That’s something I picked up from Amelia Freer’s last book in a roundabout way. Going for the quick fixes (in terms of coffee and sugar binges) when I’m in need of a quick energy boost really doesn’t work. Carefully choosing the right ingredients on the other hand does work. Otherwise it becomes a vicious cycle of highs and lows with little energy for not much else.

It’s only day two of not drinking coffee or grabbing a sugary snack but I’m already astounded at the amount of extra energy I seem to have. It now means I can keep on top of looking after myself because right now – just past 9.30pm and after a busy day at work and running around after Little Man – I still feel full of beans.

I can only hope it lasts.

Chelsea Girl

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