Eyelashes Chelsea Day Spa
It is always fantastic to have a spa within ‘healthy walk’ distance from you. Especially one with the design and service reminiscent of a boutique hotel. While The Chelsea Day Spa officially opened in May 2009, founder Faye Fasan makes it feel like they’ve been doing in for years. Tucked quietly off of Kings Road, there is no hustle and bustle to aggravate you – just indulgence.

They have a little bit of everything on offer; I partook in an eyelash treatment with Helen which was professional, intricate and relaxing as a facial (I am the spa type to just enjoy someone playing with my face as long as I can lay down.) As far as recommendations go, I would definitely recommend their Vita Liberata self tan treatment. Michelle Rodriguez – aka Miss Perfect Skin – is a fan of the the ‘A list’ sunless self tanning company because it is odourless, organic and paraben free. No streaks. No orange. While I prefer to stay in my natural shade of cream, the Tangoed Ladies of London should listen up – this is the self tan you need!

Want to getting a little R&R where “Sex and the City” meets “Brideshead Revisited“? Check out myhotel Chelsea.

Less than a thirty-second walk off of Fulham Road‘s eastern end you will find a pastel-lit hotel that almost disappears into it’s surroundings. With a platform-soled step into the lobby, I was set up for one of the most relaxing visits imaginable. The entire design of the hotel is very fresh, with the idea of being a “comfortable bohemia“.

It is an informal enclave with only 45 rooms, each as glamorous as the last. I must mention that the upgrade to a suite is completely worth it. My Queen Suite was a just-pink-enough, eclectic setting that I just didn’t want to leave. As well as all the standard amenities, the hotel has teamed up with the BeeKind Collection for their toiletries (which, let’s be honest, we all obsess over) which were luxurious, skin-friendly formulations in environmentally kind packaging.

I spent the afternoon writing up a storm thanks to their instant wireless setup – after picking out an in-house film in the guest-only library for my background music -, had a champagne cocktail or two at mybar (I highly recommend Honey Bunny and Disco Fizz!), and then went fifteen minutes down the road to the fantastic Sophie’s Steakhouse for dinner. When you stay at myhotel Chelsea, you have to visit Sophie’s. Their Chateaubriand is – with no endorsement – the best steak in London. Follow it up with a raspberry and white chocolate creme brulee with one of their enormous spicy cocktails and you may just need a taxi back.

I must admit, I was preaching the gospel of their 24-hour room service as soon as I got back. When a fashionista has consumed about seventy-billion flavours in a few hours, losing her toothbrush is an endemic crisis. Thankfully, after a quick call to reception, a lovely man essentially teleported to my room, Gilchrist & Soames in hand. The staff as a whole were fantastic, all decked out in uniforms designed by Nicholas Oakwell, with mix and match Pringle separates and perma-smiles on their faces.

One great quirk the hotel offers is “mypreferences” – a form that is issued during the time of reservation which lets you pick specific choices; from the type of pillow you would like to the kind of music that should greet you when you arrive in your room. No muzak here.

Though I didn’t get to try them out, two great places for your hotel well-being are their “Energy Zone” (a fully stocked fitness suite) and “Jinga” (the treatment haven that combines Eastern healing and Western products). La Vie Boheme.

Westfield Shopping Car Boot Fashion Top
Speaking of things I love, let me interrupt your browsing for a moment to tell you about Westfield London. On the most basic level, it is a mall. In actuality, it is a building that took thirteen million man hours to build, a building that has ninety-six escalators, and over 265 shopping destinations. The concierge team alone has seventy members. It is the Ultimate Mall.

Today kicked off Westfield’s Car Boot Sale to celebrate London Fashion Week and the launch of A/W 2010. Lily Allen kicked off proceedings ensconced in cream fur and Chanel pumps, while Mary Portas hosted her own Living and Giving car (her stock is INCREDIBLE). Running until the 26th, over 20 Hyundai i20 cars have been hijacked by London’s most sought after brands with something different on offer every day from giveaways to exclusives to styling advice.
Westfield Shopping Car Boot Fashion
Let’s take a look, shall we? View Post

Heathrow Escalator

Come fly with me, let’s fly, let’s fly away.

Whether you’re an Editor on your way to Milan Fashion Week or a lucky transatlantic fashionista with an ‘in’, the end of London Fashion Week means that Heathrow will be packed with some very well dressed men and women tomorrow.

Now – as a flying junkie – I have to give props to Heathrow Airport. They literally cater to my every need, and more specifically every fashion need. Across the 671,000 square feet of retail space there are over 400 outlets. FOUR. HUNDRED. View Post

Earth Awards Lela London and Jamie Lim

With Jamie Lim

Last Thursday evening, I stilettoed my way to Marlborough House for The Earth Awards. For those who are in the grey, The Earth Awards is an ‘aspirational platform for consumer-driven ideas that challenge designers and innovators to build a new economy’. It is the only truly global awards dedicated to identifying viable designs which have the potential to improve our quality of life and build a new economy.

Earth Awards Lisa King Jayson Mansaray and Charli Beale

Designer Lisa King, Presenter Jayson Mansaray and PR Queen Charli Beale

The selection committee in itself is made up of world-leading entrepreneurs, designers and thinkers, including Paola Antonelli (MoMA), Sir Richard Branson, Graydon Carter (Vanity Fair), Tony Chambers (Wallpaper*), Julie Gilhart (Barneys), Diane von Furstenberg and Dilys Williams (Center for Sustainable Fashion).

Earth Awards Lela London and Marie Guerlain

With Marie Guerlain

David de Rothschild hosted the gorgeous affair after very recently returning from his epic trip on the Plastiki (Google it). My chilly London fingers were crossed for Texan-born Jamie Lim to receive the overall award as her bamboo “Kayu” eyewear had been selected from over 500 entries to be shortlisted as one of six finalists, obviously in the Fashion category. Kayu was designed as an ethical fashion statement. In addition,¬†proceeds from her line of bamboo sunglasses fund sight-restoring surgeries in India on a one-for-one basis. The beautiful and gracious Lim founded Kayu in 2007 with a vision of moving fashion beyond aesthetics. This year she premiered handbags (seen below) that will follow in her eyeglasses footsteps, as sales are being used to purchase school supplies for Cambodian children.

Earth Awards Jamie Lim Bag

Kayu handbag worn by Jamie Lim

“The key is that each bag funds one backpack, each sunglass funds one eye surgery. The concept of one-for-one appeals to consumers more than, say, 20% of profits being earmarked for charity projects”, said Lim. While Jamie didn’t win overall, all six of the recipients would have deserved it so I wish a huge congratulations to them all. It was an incredible evening and it is beyond exciting that the idea of ‘sustainable fashion‘ is gaining currency; hooray!