If diamonds are girls best friend, then perfume is definitely the second best friend. You can never have too many and one can dress a perfume like an outfit – light and floral for the day and musky or woody for the evening. Or you can just wear the perfume inspired by a trench coat, depending on what the weather is like.
My Burberry is a perfume that’s supposed to create the scent of a London garden after rain. It must be a very floral garden, as ours doesn’t smell like this, however, the perfume definitely carries the freshness after rain. It’s not overly sweet, yet has a tiny hint of flower in it. I love the fact that one of the top notes is sweet pea! The perfume is long lasting, at least on me.
The design of the bottle carries the trench coat theme, with horn finished cap and hand-tied bow of gabardine, which is a fabric invented by Thomas Burberry over a 100 years ago.
Did I say that the faces for the perfume are Cara and Kate? Can it get more English than that.
An excellent last minute Christmas present for someone who loves London.
Something I’ve noticed is that every new mother has a hair cut either just before or after the arrival of their baby. It’s like the thing new mothers do. And fair enough as it’s a good way to keep up the self esteem and feeling like a normal person in the new world of sleep deprivation, breast feeding and changing nappies. What I didn’t know is that in Kensington, London there is a Spa only for babies that they can visit as early as 2 days old. Obviously, as being born and sipping on milk is pretty tiring in itself, so a Spa is absolutely appropriate.
As I have been planning to go to hairdressers for a very long time, I decided to combine the two in one day.
London Baby Spa is the first of that kind in the world. Tucked away in a quiet courtyard off Kensington Church Street, it has look and feel of a spa like any other. Except it’s not – when entered, there’s a sitting room for parents to nurse or just sit with their babies. Opposite there’s the spa area with specific sink like pools for babies up to 3 months and a bigger pool for older babies where they can swim with other babies. The mothers benefit from the relaxed atmosphere and camomile tea. It’s encouraged that the babies are well fed before their “treatment.” In fact I heard very loud “give me food” screams just before ours and can imagine it not being pleasant to either of the parties. The treatment session started with the baby being put into water with a large purple ring being placed around their neck. It looks a little uncomfortable to be honest, but the baby didn’t seem to mind, floating from one side of the sink to the other paddling her little feet eventually drifting off to sleep in the water. Apparently this exercise encourages them to breathe only through their nose and being quite intense for the baby, burns a lot of energy. Some say it also makes their babies sleep through the night, but I can say it did not happen in our case. After the little paddle, the baby had a snack to be sure that she’s throughly content and was then passed to Maria – Luisa for baby massage with grape seed oil specially imported from South Africa. She absolutely loved the massage and have to say it’s useful for the parents to see how massage is performed as well for some movements to use at home. The sessions at the spa cost £60 during the week and £65 during the weekend. I see it more as an occasional treat, but I can understand that for parents whose babies are extremely temperamental, bringing them there more often can be beneficial.
Spa done, it was time for the hair.
Taylor Taylor on Portobello road captured my attention some time ago when I discovered that there’s a hairdressers with a cocktail menu and a bar. In addition to that it has the most gorgeous painting of a peacock at the hairwash area. During the 3.5 hours I spent there, I only saw highly satisfied clients depart through the door.
December is their busiest time, so I didn’t get the same level of attention as I did last times around, which was a little bit disappointing, I was however supplied with magazines and cocktails and the hair turned out great in the end, so I could exit by joining the parade of happy customers as well.
Since I’ve lived in London, I’ve found walking around to be the best way to explore the city. I started with an A-Z in my hand, which quickly evolved into Google Maps to guide me through the city. I’ve always tried to take a slightly different route to wherever I’d be going and as a result discovered quite a bit.
Walking around the city during Christmas time is particularly pleasant as there are plenty of Christmas decorations and lights to take in. Hence here are some of my favourite streets of London.
Great Titchfield Street runs parallel to Great Portland Street and in general is a lot more quiet to walk on. I discovered that it’s conveniently filled with loads of design shops and clothing stores, which have some pretty good deals on. There is also a Scandinavian shop/cafe for those who are into Scandi food, or Finnish chocolates in fact.
Mount Street is probably my most favourite street of all. Gorgeous Christmas lights decorating the street, with steam coming out of the infinity fountain in front of the Connaught Hotel, when you’re on your way to get some high end stationery from Mount Street Printers and afterwards have a stiff drink at Connaught Hotel bar. Simply a magical street.
Westbourne Grove – the more quiet neighbour of Portobello road. I’d say that’s the street where the locals prefer to hang out. Trendy cafes are swamped with trendy crowd over the weekends, main one being Granger and Co. There’s also a fabulous organic food shop Daylesford for getting a treat for dinner.
Marylebone High Street – it’s a great street to walk on after being stuck on Oxford Street. Looks magical during the evenings and has a wide variety of shops and cafes, from Kusmi tea shop to Daunt Books, it’s all there to have you lost for hours.
Kensington Church Street doesn’t offer as much entertainment, but is great to explore if you like antiques as there’s plenty do antique shops there. The street also hosts one of the best pubs in London,Churchill Arms, where one can get super tasty yet reasonably priced Thai food. Another spot worthy a visit is the Chegworth Farm Shop that sells most delicious banana, apple and pear cakes.
Where else would you add to the list?