I don’t know how many times I’ve walked past Wax in the City on King’s Road. I’ve lost count. It’s somewhere I’ve been curious about for some time. But for one reason or another, I’ve never given myself time to pop in. Until recently …
… when I paid it a visit for a press/bloggers evening. The irony about this place is that for some time now I’ve been trying to figure out an alternative to threading. With time feeling so precious at the moment, the fortnightly need to visit a threading bar is something I’d rather not think about. And this is where Wax in the City comes in.
Image courtesy of M+M Management
Not only is waxing a monthly appointment but Wax in the City is actually a gorgeous place to visit. Both the upstairs and the surprisingly spacious downstairs with a dozen booths are stylish and great spaces to be in. There’s a sense of serenity that makes tidying up the eyebrows and other facial areas feel like quite a treat, as opposed to the very public experience of threading. It’s less painful too. A lot less.
All in all the great thing about the whole evening was that I went along thinking I was merely popping in for a look around. What I ended up discovering was a sanctuary that is going to make looking after myself a little bit easier.
Wax in the City, 370 King’s Rd, London SW3 5ET
I woke up this morning with a bounce in my hair and a spring in my step thanks to yesterday’s visit to Clo & Flo on Old Brompton Road. It was my first visit to this family run hair salon where two sisters called Chloe and Florence are starting a new chapter that continues on from their father’s work who had run the salon under the name of Belissima for years. And I absolutely loved meeting them and finding out more about their story.
I’m not sure if it’s because I’m now a mother or because I have friends who have taken over their family business. Or it could be because of the strong community feel around South Kensington and the different nooks in Chelsea but when I was speaking to Chloe and Florence I could see why they fit in so well into the area. They grew up round here, went to schools nearby for starters so the switch between speaking in french and english is seamless. Customers also walk in and are greeted on a first name basis. There’s a friendly atmosphere here that makes the salon a relaxing place to be. And as for my blow dry? I was very happy with the results that gave my hair a well needed lift. Looking at their website I also love that they do private parties and children’s parties: Blowdrys, updos, mini manicures and drinks to kick off the evening sounds great, especially when you have Boujis, Ramusake and Eclipse down the road.
Normally I get my hair cut a few doors down from me because I always tend to walk in last minute on a Sunday asking if they can squeeze me in. But I think I’m going to try to organise myself a bit more so I can take a walk down the road and try Clo & Flo for my next haircut because in a nutshell, I really like their vibe.
Clo & Flo, 55 Old Brompton Road, Kensington, London, SW7 3JS
Disclaimer: My blow dry was complimentary for the purpose of the review. But I will gladly return as a paying customer for another visit.
Last week I visited Harrods to meet Nurse Jamie, celebrity skin care expert whose clients include Sophie Dahl, Rita Ora and Kirsten Dunst to name a few.
The purpose of my visit was to try Nurse Jamie’s B12 Energy Shot which works as a “natural energy boost that supports your metabolism, mood, brain and memory function”. The thing is what I discovered at Harrods was even better than the Holy Grail of energy potions that most working mothers strive to discover I’m sure.
What I discovered has got me quite excited.
To start with, it’s a gadget. I love gadgets. I have plenty of them, more than I know what to do with. But this gadget feels more like a little miracle especially as it’s so easy to use.
I am talking about the ACELLerator ultra beauty device for face and body. I’m not sure how it works for the body but Nurse Jamie tried it on my face after applying some ultra conductive gel.
The way it operates is there is a 1MHz wave that works on the skin as the gadget is placed on targeted areas. And after several minutes on one side of my face, I could truly see a difference. I’m not kidding. One side of my face suddenly seemed plumped up and glowing. It was quite amazing. When I saw that Nurse Jamie was offering complimentary mini facelifts I didn’t expect this.
I’m thinking a set of ‘before’ and ‘after’ shots would be quite wise at this point, to illustrate the reason for my astonishment. Unfortunately, whilst my skin was looking impressive I could say less about my hair.
So, if you are in the vicinity of Harrods and if there is an opportunity to test the ACELLerator, I urge you to try it. I popped along to meet Nurse Jamie who was a real pleasure to talk to and now I am looking at this gadget on the Harrods website. I am very tempted to buy it or if I am asked what I’d like for my birthday, I think I know what to ask for. Or to put it another way, I am very impressed with this skincare gadget. It’s no wonder Sophie Dahl has beautiful skin with Nurse Jamie at the helm.
A few weeks ago I met Charlie McCorry and Claire Aggarwal who own a mobile beauty company called Perfect 10. We were at an event at Monica Vinader on Duke of York Square when they told me about their company, which left me very intrigued to find out more.
After all, being a hands-on mother of a toddler whilst running my own business and training for a relay-duathlon means my day is determined by priorities. And well, when it comes to finding the time to step into a nail bar, I usually call around to see who can fit me in when I think I have time between the office and picking up Little Man from the nursery, if I’m lucky.
So when I was invited to try Perfect 10’s services, I jumped at the chance. And whilst the sensible option was to enjoy a beauty treatment one evening in the comfort of my own home, I decided to do what most mothers apparently seem to be doing with Perfect 10 and to see if I could squeeze them into my day.
The beauty therapist (I feel bad that I’ve forgotten her name because she was so lovely. She was both friendly and very professional.) arrived on time, having parked somewhere close to my office. And when she arrived, we hit it off straight away. I was booked in for a manicure and some threading, all of which I was very happy with. The hand massage with the manicure was also a real treat, especially as I knew I wouldn’t be going anywhere for a while after it had finished.During my treatments I asked about the type of clients Perfect 10 seemed to come across and the variety is wide. From mothers squeezing in some pampering time whilst the baby is sleeping to other worker bees enjoying some time-out when in the office. You can also find Perfect 10 at hen parties, any parties, and even festivals. Their cross-section of clientele is impressive.
As for me, I’m really pleased to have finally discovered them. I think they’ll make my life a lot easier now because not only do they save on travelling time but they are also reliable and friendly. A 10/10 all round.
Recently I’d written about Duck & Dry when Barts cocktail bar had popped up there for Valentine’s Day. Genius, I thought. Cocktails and hairstyling are a match made in heaven.
Unable to drop by to review this delicious concept, I visited Duck & Dry the day after. I wanted to experience this place which I’d been curious about since it first opened on the King’s Road.
The interior is stylish …
And there’s even a bar. Looking at Duck & Dry’s website, I noticed that they even host parties which I love the sound of. It’s a great space.
Don’t you love these Kilner jars?
So what do Duck & Dry offer? Blow dry or updo styles as well as extensions and treatments. There are even little dos for under 12s.
And you can also sip a glass of prosecco or a cup of coffee or an orange juice whilst enjoying some nibbles.
Michael who looked after me was a really great guy to meet and I was very surprised that he managed to add waves into my thick straight hair which I loved.When I first arrived, it was pretty clear that the place had caught on. There were a few women having their hair done as somebody else waited.
And what I loved the most about Duck & Dry was how relaxed the whole place felt. It’s not intimidating at all. In fact, it fits into the area just nicely. It feels like it’s been around for years whilst at the same time it looks brand spanking new.
Duck & Dry is located towards the Beaufort Street end of the King’s Road.
My blow-dry and Prosecco/popcorn were complimentary for the purpose of the review. But once my hair starts to grow out, I’m definitely planning on going back; especially when I have a special event to go to.