18.04.2018- London Loves: Skinny Dip Nail Club, Covent Garden

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Of all of the little luxuries in life, there are few which, for me at least, feel like more of a treat than getting my nails done. I’m not the most proficient with paining them myself, and as someone who was truly terrible at art when I was at school, I’ve realised that no matter how hard I try, anything paint related and I are more or less destined not to get on! My lack of ambidexterity aside, having a professional manicure is a lovely way of treating myself, especially as it offers the opportunity to escape from the office too- two birds, one stone etc. Sadly, I recently discovered that my salon of choice (Cheeky in High Holborn) has closed down, so I’ve since kept a beady eye peeled for an alter native. Stepping into the breach, a destination which I visited for the first time last week- Skinny Dip London’s Nail Club:

With decor this on trend, it’s hard to see how you can go wrong, right? Amidst a cosy millennial pink salon which occupies the downstairs of the Skinny Dip store in Covent Garden, the Nail Club offers a plethora of treatments, as well as exclusive discount incentives for members. Settling for a simple file and polish, I was really impressed at how speedily the treatment progressed, as well as the bounty of colours on offer. Whilst the finished manicure might not have been as long lasting as some of those which I’ve had in the past, for ease and convenience this is definitely a great option, especially as it’s only a stone’s throw away from work. I’m sure I’ll be re-booking soon! 

Where are your go-to beauty destinations? 

(Image credit: Sarah Farrell, please do not reproduce without permission.)

16.04.2018- What I Wore Today #331

Monday, 16 April 2018

Whilst the weather is still fairly topsy turvy, it looks like this week we'll finally have a little bit of consistency with temperatures and prolonged spells of sunshine- and not before time! With the skies seeming gloomier than usual for this time of the year over recent weeks, I've been seeking out alternative sources of brightness- namely, from some colourful additions to my wardrobe. One of the most recent is a purchase which is an instant mood booster if ever there was one: 

Dress- Monki 
Bag- & Other Stories 
Shoes- Gap

Rest assured that I've not quite packed away my winter coat just yet, but this dress demands to be seen in all its colourful glory! I'm always so impressed by Monki whenever I peruse their online offering, and this printed frock was something which I picked up last month, in need of something which was easy to wear but which was still full of character. The style is a relaxed shirt dress which is perfect for everyday wear and wonderfully comfortable- so much so that I've picked up another print in the same shape! I love the vivid colours and the print is really fun too- a mish mash of lots of different animals and objects- the perfect thing to brighten up the day when skies are grey!

Have you treated yourself to any new style favourites recently?

(Image credit: Hannah Hobson, please do not reproduce without permission.)

11.04.2018- London Loves: A Spring Walk

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

As the seasons change, I always find one of the loveliest ways to appreciate the transition in the surroundings is to make time for a leisurely walk, wherever in the world you are. Now that the weather is warming up slightly and the evenings drawing out to grow longer and longer, I’m really looking forward to making the most of my local surroundings, as well as taking in some of London’s lovely vistas too. Over the weekend just gone, I was determined to see a little bit of spring in the Royal Parks, and indulged in a leisurely stroll from St. James’s Park to Hyde Park Corner:

Next to a segue along the South Bank, dandering through this part of town has got to be one of my favourite pursuits. It’s always lovely to escape the hubbub of the West End via St James’s Park, and their spring planting is a real mood booster. Alongside some very well acclimatised urban wildlife, I love taking the time to enjoy the peace and quiet with a walk around the lake, and although the skies were comparatively overcast at the weekend, there was plenty of brightness in supply thanks to the daffodils on display! There’s something really lovely about seeing everything coming back to life in such vivid colour, and rounding off this wander with a visit to the Bomber Command memorial afforded me a long overdue opportunity to see a part of town which I’d yet to visit. 

What are your favourite walks? 

(Image credit: Sarah Farrell, please do not reproduce without permission.)
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