Me me me!

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Today, it’s all about ME.

When was the last time you had a day dedicated to pampering just you and your body? If the answer is ‘yesterday! And the weekend before, and the one before that…’ then darn, you have a good life.

For the other half, it’s probably pretty rare that we’ll ever go and splash out on a nice massage or book ourselves in for blow dry unless we have to scrub up for that wedding. Last weekend I decided that a bit of me time was well overdue and trotted off to the King’s Road in Chelsea to unwind. Here’s what I got up to:

 

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Lush Spa (themed massages) – 123 Kings Road. Treatments from £40

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Massage:

I admit, I only knew that colourful high street legends Lush had a spa a few months ago. Where have I been for the last 15 years? This is exciting because you know that what you’re about to experience won’t be an ordinary oil and towel job, this is Lush after all. Each massage treatment is themed with a specially curated soundtrack that you can buy afterwards. You get to choose which products you’d like to be used and post massage, you get to end on a high with a complimenting cup of tea and snack that is tailored to your experience.

I chose The Good Hour – a bloody great hour long massage with a sailor twist. A ‘Big Blue’ bath bomb gets plunged into water under your bed and mist pours over the floor. IT’S AMAZING. You then hop onto your raft and drift away to the sounds of pirates. Magical! Take a look at the massage menu with treatments ranging from £40 for targeted pain relief to the incredible multi-sensual synaesthesia experience for £125.

Blow Dry:

Now, I’m pretty lazy when it comes to my hair which is why when anyone plays with it, I feel pretty chic. Just a 10 minute walk down from Lush lies the relatively new Duck & Dry salon where you will feel very chic indeed. Despite the sudden pop-up of blow dry bars around London, I haven’t found one that feels quite ‘me.’ Just a quick browse of Duck & Dry’s beautiful website and I knew this would zoom straight up the list.

There’s plans for expansion around London so this may have to become my regular hangout. Talking of hanging out, that’s the best bit about this up do/blow dry salon. You can really chill out; order cocktails, coffee and chill with a snack, gossip there with your friends, hold an event, it’s quite the place to be. Whilst my hair didn’t come out looking like the beach waves I ordered, it still looked lovely and off I swooshed back down King’s Road feeling free and fabulous!

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blow dry

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 Duck & Dry (Boutique updo and blow dry bar) – 355-357 King’s Road. Styles from £28. Book or walk in.

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It certainly helped that it was a beautiful day, but there’s no doubt that I had a spring in my step as I walked back down the beautiful side streets to the tube. The best thing about the whole day as I strolled up and down the Kings Road is that I had but my own company, and for once, it was really rather nice. Go treat yourself more. Take that Sunday off and give yourself some ‘Me’ time! Thank you Lush and Duck & Dry for the wonderful day.

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We Are Hairy People

Oh yes we are. And we can be so even more now that the ASOS Marketplace mavericks have taken a big jump over into big Daddy ASOS to showcase their ASOS x We Are Hairy People capsule collection. It’s been heartwarming for me, working at ASOS Marketplace, to see the indie brand produce cuter and more lust-worthy collections season by season and then to see them graduate on to the main site.

It just shows how well the boutique-nurturing hub helps young fashion start-ups, providing the lucky and hard working with a foot-up the ladder. Plus, if the collection wasn’t add-to-basket worthy enough, I must say that the peeps at WAHP are absolutely lovely too. They hand paint their own collection by hand and get involved in charitable awareness projects whenever they can. So be a hero, go grab yourself a sweat!

I wore this piece from the collection on my recent trip to Paris (as did my friend Kit, twinsies!) where I got to indulge in some pretty sweet hotel balcony action outside the Gare du Nord station. I even caught sunset glimpses of the Sacre Coeur! Matched with my trusty Nikes and a colour-pop coat, it served me well for a day of travelling and wandering around Paris.

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What I Wore:

Sweatshirt – ASOS X WeAreHairyPeople / Skirt – Zara (similar here) / Trainers – Nike / Coat – Topshop

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Dressing Colourfully: Embrace the Brights!

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Dressing colourfully for work

Hey I’m Lucy and I love colour. Particularly when it’s bright and in the form of nice clothing. Any of you who’ve read ShinyThoughts for a while will already know that I’m pretty partial to a bit colour clash (or full on jousting match) when it comes to clothing. Afterall, there’s nothing better to perk you up when the sky is grey than a dash of dye.

That’s why the folks at Boden ‘challenged’ me (I mean, it’s hardly hard now) to come up with three looks for the Spring incorporating colour. My natural reaction was ‘ALL THE COLOUR! ORDER THE RAINBOW!’ Luckily, I did manage to calm down a little and curate three different bright-embracing looks for work, a wedding and to chill out in at the weekend that you can try too. There’s no excuse to mooch about in monochrome with my little tips, so pop over and celebrate Spring arriving at last!

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Take your Mum to… Belgium!

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Mothers Day Trip

Eep! Anyone else not notice that Mothers Day is this Sunday? (Note to self: get that card written on my lunch break tomorrow.) Just me then. For those of you far too organised for your own good, you’ve got the trip booked, tickets tucked in the diary and flowers ordered. If you’re like me then you’ll need to come up with a good idea quick!

Last year I treated my Mum to what sounds like an extravagant trip to Belgium (don’t worry, it was a Birthday present too!) after a tip off from an in-the-know-about-that-eurostar-deal colleague. We stayed in a hotel in Brussels and took day trips to Bruges, Ghent and of course the centre of the capital. I’m absolutely cursing myself for loosing shots from Bruges, one of the most gorgeous and unique cities I’ve visited but am suppressing the thought by looking at these snaps from Ghent.

Visit Ghent

If you’re thinking of visiting, you can get there by train from Brussels Zuid but don’t do what we did and go to Genk, which is in fact located in the opposite direction. I know, this trip comes with it’s curses apparently. Be sure to take one of popular boat tours around the canals for a new perspective on the city.

Next, watch an impromptu musical dance performance under the architecturally impressive Market Hall which mirrors the neighbouring belfry, church and cathedral. We didn’t get time, but if we did, we would have climbed the bell tower and looked over the city. We made up for it though by returning to Brussels, hiring bikes and climbing up to the top of a car park to marvel over the rooftops instead. Mum loved it, so did I. Now, how to beat that this year…?!

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Blue and Orange

When my housemate squeaked upon spying a pair of MiH jeans with 90% off in our size, I rushed over and pressed the ‘Buy Now’ button for her. Not only were the ‘Breathless’ rather breathlessly priced at £21 but they looked pretty rad with their two-tone paneling and they fit in 100% with next season’s big ‘clean denim’ come-back. Whilst they may technically belong to her (she did type in the PayPal password after all) I think they work just as well in my wardrobe and seeing as she nabs my flares whenever she wants, it’s only fair that I get to have a play with them, right?!

Worn with a workwear friendly colour-pop top and matching heels, you could easily pull them on for a jaunt around the water cooler just as much as a jolly around your local brick walls, as I did last weekend. Now if I could just borrow that orange car too then I’d be sorted!

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What I Wore

Top – Louche at Joy / Jeans – MiH / Heels – ASOS (similar) / Scarf – ASOS / Sleeveless trench – (similar) / Necklace – Boden / Bag – ASOS

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