29 August 2013

The Ultimate Pedicure at Cowshed Spa

After working flat-out last week & over the whole bank holiday weekend I thought I'd treat myself to a mini spa day. I'd heard great things about the Cowshed treatments at Babington House in Somerset, so yesterday in search of an urban retreat I headed off to the Cowshed spa at Clarendon Cross (nestled in the leafy area of Holland Park) to give my toes some love & care.

I went for the Ultimate Cowshed Pedicure. Which sounded like an amazing 75 minutes of pure relaxation & indulgence.

Beginning the treatment was akin to being cocooned in a cosy white fluffy towel. You are sat in the biggest squishiest armchair you can imagine with a huge v-shaped cushion settled around your lap. There really is no need to move from your soft towelling cloud & you immediately become glad that you need do no such thing for the next 75 minutes. The cushion is a great idea as it makes it so easy for you to read a magazine or book whilst lying back having your feet preened & prepped. 

I opted for the bright selection of polishes & was in Essie heaven when presented with the basket of gleaming bottles to choose from.

As if this scenario couldn't get better the little farmhouse cafe in the corner of the salon rustled me up a perfect cappuccino. My edit of polishes were all shades of orange/organey-red, suitable for the last pedi of summer.

Whilst the the treatment began to send me into a state of deep relaxation I sipped my coffee & watched old episodes of Friends on the little vintage TV set that Cowshed have positioned in front of each chair.

Pretty much my idea of heaven.

My final colour selection was "Meet me at Sunset". I'll never get tired of cute nail polish names! The treatment itself was fantastic, all the usual bits you expect from a pedicure but with an amazing leg & foot massage with hydrating mask (where your feet are covered in Cowshed's luxury products & wrapped up in hot flannels & yet more fluffy towels to allow the mask to really get to work) completed with a head & shoulder massage using lavender essential oil that very nearly sent me to sleep. When it was finished I felt completely unwound, pampered & already planning my next treatment.

I loved how there was absolutely no rush to move on when the treatment was over. I was given the option of continuing to relax in the treatment area (as there wasn't a client booked in straight after me), or sitting down at the lovely rustic cafe a few paces away whilst my nails dried. 

Cowshed really have nailed the art of relaxation I can't recommend visiting them enough! They have a few spa's & shops dotted about London (& a few other places in the UK), find them here.

*Sidenote* In keeping with the relaxing retreat-like atmosphere you're not supposed to use phones in Cowshed spas. I hope they will forgive me for taking a few subtle snaps in the name of sharing the experience with you all!

What is your favourite spa treat in London?

Harriet x

21 August 2013

V Festival

We spent last weekend partying away in a field in Essex (sometimes in the rain) to Beyonce, Rudimental, Emeli Sande, Ellie Goulding, Tom Odell & Kings of Leon.

We had a fantastic time, drank too much Pimms, did lots of people watching from giant hammocks & heard some great music. This is our little visual diary of our V festival experience.

Mojitos in the Taxi to Chelmsford. The festival Tea Ladies. 
Oxygen Lounge. Festival stacking rings. 
Cooling off with some ice cold beer in the VIP lounge.

Chorizo & halloumi rolls & lounging in hammocks. 
We took a whirl on the sky ride. At which point the sun disappeared & the temperature plummeted. So much so Izzy's lips turned blue.

We headed off to the Hummingbird Bakery van to warm up with hot chocolates.
Restored (& able to feel our toes) we went off to meet all the lovely people at the Very tent & got some amazing festival face paint. 
Festival OOTDs.
As the night settled we cosied up in the hammocks before Beyonce.

The next morning we were so happy to wake up to sunshine & no more rain!
We kicked off the day with a couple of cappuccinos in the sun, sitting in candy striped deck chairs, listening to The Saturdays in the distance (pretty good start to a Sunday!).

Sunday morning was so relaxing, after breakfast we sat on top of the hill in front of the 4Music stage listening to Tom Odell's soulful music.
Suddenly starving we joined to queue at Jamie's Fabulous Feasts & picked up a couple of delicious cheese burgers that we demolished sitting cross-legged on the grass.

More OOTDs by the Very Tent.

Finally after an afternoon full of music, cocktails & Pimms we packed up our tent & headed back to London with the most gorgeous sunset lighting the sky up above us.

If you have blogged about any festivals this summer please leave the links below we'd love to see your festival experience!

A big thank you to Very who gave us the tickets & made this weekend possible.

Harriet & Isobel x

17 August 2013

Fashion Haul & Packing for V Festival

A bit of a last minute post as we head off to V Festival today! We are very lucky to have been gifted a pair of VIP tickets from Very. Of course I couldn't help picking up a few pieces of festival appropriate fashion & thought I'd show you what I got as well as the other bits I'm taking with me.

Printed Tees, left- Primark, right- River Island

Pink off shoulder Dress- Cheap Monday

Wellies- Asos 
These wellies are made by Hunter but at a fraction of the price (and also much lighter- Hunters are really heavy!)! I couldn't bring myself to fork out for Hunters seeing as I have my sights set on this beautiful Mulberry pair, which are more City appropriate for stomping about in snow, slush & rain this winter.

Cardis, left- Primark, right- JZD

Floral bandeau playsuit (Zara- old, similar here)

Tan ankle boots, navy floral shorts, extra belt, jewellery, scarf, lots of socks, floral headband.

Pink crystal (Topshop- old), turquoise peace sign- Primark, pink stone- Primark, fine gold every size rings- Asos

Big waterproof black duffel bag to throw everything in (fits all my clothes, toiletries & a sleeping bag)- American Apparel

Given the weather forecast I'm also taking this spotty waterproof coat (Primark- Old).

If you are have any festivals coming up check out the blogpost we did on festival style inspiration here.

Follow us on Instagram & Twitter to keep updated so our V festival adventures! 

Harriet x