Monday, 18 April 2016

An evening of pampering with Treatwell at RMUK in Leeds

Have you thought about the fact that we nowadays book or buy most things online? But when it comes to hair and beauty treatments we tend to do it the old fashioned way - either by a visit or over the phone. This is where Treatwell comes in! As the largest hair and beauty booking website in Europe, they're on a mission to inspire people to express their beauty in every way. The website is perfect to use if you're a bit spontaneous with your beauty bookings, or if you're after a great last minute deal. It's also ideal for discovering new salons or spas you've never heard of before.

A few weeks ago, Treatwell visited RMUK hair salon in Leeds to talk about their super convenient service, and to let us trial some taster treatments in the form of hair styling, manicure, and mini massages. I was one of the first to arrive and got first dibs on a treatment of my choice, and I opted for something I've never tried before; bamboo massage. It was basically a normal aroma therapy back massage with essential oils, but rather than using her hands, the masseuse used hot bamboo sticks. The sticks are of various sizes to reach muscles in different areas, and they're cylinder shaped with rounded edges. 

After my massage we had a thorough browse around the very impressive RMUK salon. I had never been in this salon before and I was amazed by the layout and the stunning interior.

But then it was time to gather for some bubbly and the official welcome speech by the Treatwell founders.
I absolutely love the concept of booking your hair and beauty appointments online on one massive hub where you can see all your local companies. Why has no one thought of that before?! Treatwell has been around for years, but due to their expansion to the rest of Europe they've recently rebranded the company - they used to be called Wahanda.

There was even a celebrity appearance at the Treatwell event! A few actors from the Emmerdale cast were amongst the VIP guests that had been invited for this evening of pampering.

A couple of manicurists were working on getting everyone's nails all shiny and sparkly.

My plus one guest for the night, Laura from Top Style Advice, opted for metallic nails of a cool purple hue.

It was such a fab event by Treatwell, and I managed to squeeze in three mini treatments; bamboo massage, head and shoulder massage, and a manicure. I had the limpest hair on the day, full of dry shampoo, so I didn't fancy any of the stylists trying to do anything with it. I would have felt sorry for them!

I absolutely adore the dusky teal nail polish I ended up choosing from the impressive nail bar. That's one to go on the shopping list!

Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Scandi style with a hint of pastel

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I felt so typically Scandinavian in this outfit that I wore for a day out last weekend.
But what do I mean by that?
If you look at Scandinavian fashion in general it all tends to be very minimalistic (in the sense of colour and details - not the lack of fabric!) and classic - very white and grey.
The same goes for interior design. I don't want to say plain, but Scandinavian designers all agree that less is more, and that a basic colour palette can be spiced up into anything depending on your accessories.

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I actually bought this grey turtle neck bodycon dress during my last visit in Sweden, at fashion giant Gina Tricot. You may not have heard about this chain yet, but believe me... you will do eventually! I'm pretty sure they'll take over the world sooner or later, just like their fellow Swedish fashion house H&M.

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I wanted to pair the dress with a blazer but without it looking too formal and office-like, so I opted for a white one. A black one would have looked too serious, but this white blazer from Wallis is perfect for Spring.

scandinavian outfit
But dressing all in a black/grey/white is not in my nature... I like colours too much!
And the best colours to opt for now that spring has arrived are dusky pastel colours.

lilac messenger bag
I found this dusky lilac/pink messenger bag at a bargain price in the sale at Deichmann.
I absolutely love the colour, but also the structure.
It may look small, but I could fit a lot more stuff than I thought I would in it (like my big SLR camera I used to take these photos with).

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The bag blends in well with the grey, but it's still a little pop of colour, which makes the outfit so much more interesting. 

lilac pendant
As for accessories, I've gone for less is more like the true Swede that I am, and I' wearing this lovely lilac stone pendant on a thin silver chain. 
It goes perfecty with the Scandi style outfit and the dusky lilac handbag.

dusky turquoise nails
No outfit is complete without nail polish!
Don't agree?
Then try wearing that bright pink nail polish you had on all of last week with something red or orange... it doesn't go, does it. It clashes quite horribly actually.
As you know, I'm all for my nail polish, and even though you can't cater for every outfit when panting this week's nails, you can at least try to stick to certain coloured clothes for those specific days.

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And that is it, folks; My white and grey Scandi style with a hint of pastel - in this case dusky lilac and turquoise.
What are your go-to colours for Spring?

white blazer