All posts filed under: Health & Beauty

A Moment of Panic and a new PB

Everything is starting to fall into place in relation to one special date in my calendar this year. The trouble is, I had a realisation today that cast itself over my head like a horrible gray rainy mist that wouldn’t clear. Ok, so maybe I’m over exaggerating a little, but when I started wondering what I would be working towards after 23rd April and what my life will look like post London Marathon, six months after I started a ‘loose but dedicated’ training regime, I panicked slightly. What did I do? I took to Whatsapp to message my friend Pippa, who ran the London Marathon in her early 20s. She said something that I hadn’t even suspected, but rings so true. “It’s like getting married – all of your effort is put into that one day… and then it’s all over so quickly.” Ok, so I wouldn’t know if it was like getting married or not, but I can empathise with that feeling. I really shouldn’t be thinking about that just yet – I still …

Rose Oil Massage AT HOME with Spa by Car

I didn’t think last weekend would pan out as it did. I had the best I have had in ages, mostly because I saw lots of friends and drank lots of delicious booze. I was also treated to one of the best, albeit most painful, massages I have ever had. In the comfort of my own bedroom! Claire-Marie from Spa by Car rocked up to my flat in perfect time on Sunday. I had made sure to sleep off my hangover as much as I could before welcoming her into my home, armed with all the equipment she needed to work her magic on my tired and stressed body. I gave her a few minutes in my room to set up her workstation and when I walked in, my room sounded, looked and smelled like a spa. It was magical! I had opted for the rose oil body massage, which I was expecting to be so relaxing that I would maybe fall asleep during the treatment, but as Claire-Marie made her way down my body, by …

Bottomless Brunch at Good Ship Benefit, R.S Hispaniola

What Bottomless brunch and brow wax at Good Ship Benefit Where R.S Hispaniola, Embankment The experience “Quack, quack, quack”, my little webbed footed friend shouted to me as it crossed my path. Delirious, I turned over in bed and went back to snooze town. It wasn’t until I woke up 30 minutes later, croakily asking my boyfriend the time that I realised I needed to hurry. “9.30”, he replied. Shit, I thought. The quacking hadn’t been in my dream at all, it was my new silly alarm attempting to wake me up. I was going to be late to meet my friend Lucy and even worse late for our bottomless brunch and brow wax appointment at Good Ship Benefit, a three storey floating girlie heaven at the R.S Hispaniola, Embankment. I was hungover. I was in the midst of a boozy week with a distinct lack of sleep and hazily attempting to make my way to Embankment from Bethnal Green on a Sunday morning. It wasn’t easy. After a failed central line trip, which saw me alighting …

Drink Your Way to a Facelift With You BeauTEA

A sucker for skin products and a hot cup of tea, it’s no surprise that when I heard about a ‘beauty potion’ in the form of a berry infused tea that promises to generate active collagen properties and promote healthier hair, skin and nails, I couldn’t resist. The creation of You BeauTEA came from a passion not dissimilar to mine – the love of a daily ritual, a hot cup of tea coupled with the desire to find a natural product and of course improve ones aesthetic. After hearing that You BeauTEA’s natural ingredients were sourced from ethically sound suppliers in Japan, included regenerative, cleansing and hydrating properties that would help the body’s natural collagen levels, I didn’t care what it tasted like, I needed to get my hands on it, and quickly. Much to my disregard, it tasted great and I couldn’t help but feel my skin was tightening and radiating with the very first sip I took. While the added bonuses of You BeauTEA include a mixture of it being preservative and caffeine-free …

A Song and Dance at the Microsoft Apartment

Last week I attended a very exciting event at the Microsoft Apartment in Victoria – a panel discussion with music leaders from Deezer, the Music Managers’ Forum (MMF) and the Featured Artists’ Coalition (FAC), as well as Dave Rowntree from Blur and Nate James, who talked about how technology has changed the way he makes music before singing us a couple of songs to close the event. I seemed to be one of the only people in the room who didn’t work in the music industry, but that doesn’t mean I don’t have an interest in it. Believe it or not I moved to London 9 years ago with the intention of becoming a music journalist when I finished university. But life’s rich tapestry wove a different path for me and I never ended up fulfilling that dream. Fast forward years and I’m quite happy with being a consumer of music, rather than working in the industry. It is still incredibly important to me and the event really got me thinking about how much the …

Review: Windows Phone – Nokia 1020 #MSLoop

A couple of weeks ago a friend was over at my house. I received an email and was swiftly notified by not one, not two, but five devices. All around us, the room was either buzzing or singing notification tunes. She wondered why on earth I had so many gadgets and I told her it was because I love them. I could happily fill my room with 100 different gadgets and find a use for every single one of them. My nickname at school wasn’t gadget for nothing! As part of the Microsoft Loop programme, which I was invited to join at the tail end of 2013, I received a bright yellow Nokia 1020, which I have been using as my primary device ever since. I was also given a Nokia 920 last summer (read the review here), but this post is to explore the 1020, which has been affectionately named ‘Big Yellow’. As an advocate of Samsung devices, switching to the Windows phone was a big deal for me. The reason I didn’t stick …

Review: Microsoft Surface 2

I was about to embark on a trip to Melbourne when I got the memo that I was invited to join the Microsoft Loop membership program. As a bit of a tech lover (and, let’s face it, geek), I couldn’t take my mind off it all holiday. When I got to Melbourne, I saw my brother had the Surface 1 and asked him how he was getting on with it. He said he hated it. Not a good start. I had a little play and I couldn’t really see why. My brother (no offense, Matty boy) isn’t really the most tech savvy human being, though. He was, and still is, more into cars than the latest gadget. I, however, was in awe of technology from a young age. I blame my dad and his exciting stories. I’ll never forget being on a family holiday as a child and my dad predicting that one day I would be able to have a video call with my best friend. I was fascinated. Fast forward a good few …