How To: Spend a Morning in Chelsea
It seems like most London Ladies are always on the run and busily rushing from one appointment to the other. I don’t even want to go into the symptoms stress can cause and the effect it has on our bodies and minds. We’ve all been there, it’s hard to avoid, I know.
I have been literally jogging from one appointment to the next for weeks, trying to squeeze in coffee with a girlfriend and seeing it as a duty rather than a pleasure! Not to mention personal troubles and heart-ache…It’s hard enough to stay positive and feel balanced and good, it’s even harder to LOOK your best every day and every where you go. I feel like a volume-less hair day or blotchy skin, swollen-eyed day will automatically turn, what could have been a perfectly fine day, into a nightmare of moody, irrational stress.
Why not treat yourself to a much needed relaxing morning in Chelsea this week?
While biking up Fulham Road on the weekend, I was so into the newest Gaga song I was belting out while biking, I forgot to turn left towards South Ken, and I couldn’t help but stop at a spa that I have never noticed before!
It was so worth it! The Hand and Foot Spa on Fulham Road opened just a couple weeks ago, and luckily they were free for a spontaneous walk-in appointment! (Although they did mention that booking is always the better and safer option!)
Cool, minimal and modern, the Spa is located in the basement area. Thanks to the cafe bar, I was sitting on a comfortable sofa flipping through this months Vogue and sipping a cappuccino and a glass of still, ice cold water five minutes later.
The Spa uses Essie and OPI nail colors, and the manicure was one of the best I have ever had. Relaxing and fun but very professional and comfortable! Sanae, my nail technician was an absolute dream!
Being used to manis and pedis on every street corner in NYC, I have missed having perfectly polished and shaped nails and being pampered like the girl I am ever so often!
Unlike most joints in the States though, The Hand and Food Spa care about hygiene just as much as the end result. They follow strict standards of hygiene, all of their equipment is either single-use disposable or sterilized and sealed in medical-grade bags, that are opened seconds before use. (Thank gosh, cause I’ve been freaking out a little about getting a pedi ever since Kate Moss caught that gross foot fungus at a spa in NY)
The spa menu is never ending, and beside offering numerous treatments for mani and pedis, there is a foot specialist, and a men-only area! (It’s cute, they even get their own personal entrance, so contact with women will never occur! ) For some extra treatments, you can get your eye brows and lashes tinted, all while nibbling at some snacks from the bar!
To go with my french manicured fingernails topped with a light, delicate coat of sliver glitter (yes, I went for glitter), I got myself a ThisWorks foot cream that apparently Madonna uses and swears by! How divine!
Once pampered and dolled up, it is time to hit the shops! Fifi Wilson, just minutes walk away in Chelsea Green, will offer you the perfect outfit to go with your new nail color! Feel fresh and daring and spoil yourself rotten from top to bottom, enjoy defining and redefining your own personal style!
How about a spa manicure and pedicure this month that will make a donation to fight breast cancer? Choose from a variety of pink polishes (all of which are gorgeous!) and 5% of your treatment will be donated to charity!
Then find the perfect pink Milly dress, Vivetta leopard collared or white bow dress or choose the most amazing Vivetta pink with leopard print collar and buttons coat that will boost your ego and go with your pink nail shade! Feel and look gorgeous!
Go for a timeless midnight Milly dress (my personal favorite) or a black casual knit for a more understated look! So good that pink goes with everything, right?
What ever you decided to do, don’t rush it, relax and enjoy shopping and spa-ing! Give yourself a time-out and forget all of your troubles and worries for just a moment. It will work wonders! For me it most certainly did!
Sometimes we forget that what we girls need, is some girl time.