‘GET THE GLOW GLYCOLIC PEEL’

Hey you, what a lovely surprise to see you back at the Lovelace diary again!

A few of you have commented on my Instagram about my skin being pretty glowy recently so I thought I would share with you one of my little secrets as to how I keep my skin appearing so fresh in all this groggy London air.

It’s only recently that I found out about this sensational skin peel that my skin feels as if it has a new shed of life (pardon the pun). Dr Krystyna is to thank for this.

Cosmetic Dentist & Facial Aesthetician.

What is a Glycolic skin peel?

Now this is no facial, don’t get me wrong, when I lay down on the treatment bed I initially thought it would be your typical bog standard face massage, room scents and facial oils, so I was in for a treat when I found out what was really install.

The peel works by gradually peeling old/dead skin cells away from the top layer of your skin. All those commuting days you spend on the tube and in Londons polluted streets you can kiss goodbye. Gradually, you feel the Glycolic peel working it’s magic as it tingles your skin and fizzes away all the bad skin cells and in return helps stimulate the growth of new skin cells. But don’t worry! The tingling on your face is skin friendly. I have super sensitive skin so naturally I was a little nervous to try the peel but it has worked wonders.

But what’s the point of this peel you ask?Well In glad you have because I did to and I was so shocked at how much healthier my skin felt afterwards. The peel gently exfoliates a thin layer of your skin off which, as mentioned above, stimulates the growth of new skin cells and prevents sun damage and aging… Yes please I’ll take that! Even if your skin is spot and blemish prone this peel can work away the dirt and leave your skin and you feeling fresh as a daisy.

Dr Krystyna is based in Blush + Blow Fulham. Booking is super easy and I promise you’ll feel refreshed after a visit with her expertise. By clicking here you can book an appointment.

“Treatments take place at Blush and Blow – Fulham’s newest blow dry and beauty bar, located in Parsons Green. It’s a relaxed, luxurious and fun environment where you’ll be looked after you from the moment you walk in. Plus, if you’re a busy mum, there’s a safe, fun and friendly place for your children to play, free of charge, while you’re being treated.”

Daniel Galvin – London’s go-to hairstylist sensation

December the 6th marked a life changing event for my hair to say the least. As a VIP international ambassador for Luxuria Lifestyle I attended London’s top hair salon in Mayfair for a cut, colour and blow dry. I entered the salon feeling a little embarrassed about the abysmal situation that was hiding under my hat…

To show how truly amazing the team behind the salon really is. And to give you an idea on how ghastly my Barnet was… Here it is:

The team welcomed me in, took my coat and hat (reluctantly I removed my hat from my frizzy hair/ dull looking hair) and sat myself down in front of a very shiny mirror.

I was lucky enough to have the fabulous Ellie who has been styling and colouring hair for 10 years, so it was safe to say, that I was in good hands. She talked me through my colour consultation and got me excited for my new hairdo.

The whole process was very relaxing; the staff were exceptionally organised. In total, my hair was done and I was looking glamorous in the space of three hours, which flew by thanks for the all hands on deck team.

Ellie and I opted for my hair back to blonde which I was super excited about. She used a technique called ‘brick work’ which meant the colour was naturally blended into my usual hair colour.

A toner was then used to calm the brightness down, along with a gloss, to shine my once gloomy hair. Washed, massaged and treated by the lovely Callum I was finally ready for the last chapter. Stephanie chopped and styled my hair back to a healthy length after 3 months split ends and disastrous roots the girls saved me.

I have never walked into a salon and felt so welcomed and I have never walked out of a salon feeling so confident and knowledgeable about my hair.

Facts that you should know about your shampoo by Daniel himself:

Most products will have three nasty ingredients most of us wash our hair with on a daily basis. I was shocked to hear that these three horrible chemicals are in most everyday hair “care” brands.

SLS – Commonly found in oven cleaner.

Propylene Glycol – Commonly found in antifreeze

Parabens – Preservatives known to be carcinogenic

No thank you!

The good news is Daniel has eliminated these chemicals from his new Highlighted hair range.

“Highlighted hair needs customised products that nourish the more absorbent highlights. I have formulated my products to be kind to hair; we use the mildest ingredients possible to achieve the simplest effect for your ultimate beaut asset.”

It was an absolute pleasure to finish my evening by meeting the man himself. He is a true inspiration to his team, all trained through his own personalised academy. It was lovely to see every one of his team so passionate about their job at the salon and every client that strolled passed me had smiles beaming across their faces.

And that was that! You can book an appointment via the contact details below… My hair is finally friends with me again.

Click here to book into the salon for the perfect pampering session

If you have enjoyed reading this review, head over to https://www.luxurialifestyle.co.uk for more luxury reads on Beauty, Food, Travel and a chance to enter into some exclusive giveaways.

Thank you again to everyone at the salon who was brave enough to tackle my hair!

The Methuen Arms an award winning Great British inn where hospitality meets fabulous food and drink

What did Lauren do next?

Being part of the Luxuria Lifestyle VIP ambassadors team has given me many amazing privileges including our stay in the charming village of Corsham this weekend at The Methuen Arms. And what a treat it was.

The Methuen Arms first opened as a public house in 1608 ( initially known as the Red Lion Inn) and is set in an idyllic chocolate box town just eight miles from the postcode picture worthy city of Bath.

The grounds are somewhat historical and, with a famous past, is well-known for it previous owners. The Methuen Arms finally got its name in 1799 after the Methuen family took it over. The full history of the building can be found online when booking. Home to beautifully designed Georgian architecture, cobbled streets and parkland. The hotel is just one of Corsham’s hidden gems.

With it being my first weekend in Corsham, ever, the Methuen Arms staff and hospitality made us feel right at home.

The Georgian style conversion has a mature garden surrounding its beautiful architecture. Lit with fairy lights at nighttime, it’s cobbled pathway leads you to a very welcoming entrance where you are greeted by staff and handed your individual room key and given a mini tour of the grounds.

The room it’s self was so quaint. Farrow and Ball paint complimented original and exposed wooden beams on the walls. Softly lit, the room had a wholly calm and relaxing atmosphere. The room is equipped with a King Sized bed, comfy arm-chair, a retro Roberts DAB radio, flat screen television, mini fridge and a selection of tea, coffee and scrumptious ginger biscuits if you got a bit peckish. Have I even mentioned the en-suit yet? That was best part! His and hers wash basins, a waterfall shower and a stunning roll top bath centred the room as the main masterpiece. And yes I did opt for both a bath then followed by a shower straight afterwards.

Once exploring the grounds was ticked off our list, we made our way to our dinner reservation. It was an extremely delightful experience. The Methuen Arms’s head Chef, Leigh Evans, is an award-winning cook formerly known from Coombe Grove Manor, The Chequers and The Royal Crescent Hotel in Bath. Knowledge is that he built a team of dedicated individuals. I found the food unique, British but with a personalised twist as each dish catered for all. Whether you fancied pub grub or something more formal it’s all there to choose from. It was superb to have local food prepared and cooked with such care. The staff tastefully picked both of my starter and main course. To start: Seared Scallops – Crispy ham hock, black treacle, lime, cauliflower, granny smith, curry powder (gfo) For my main: Venison Haunch – Smoked garlic dauphinoise, red cabbage, blackberry, onion ash (gf) I must say both dishes were driven with sublime taste and both were presented with such detail.

The ethos of the room was relaxed, modern art and music juxtaposed old tapestries and original features which filled the room with the right ambiance. A very enjoyable mood floated over the guests keeping it civilised throughout the night.

Night time. We slept like babies. 100% Egyptian cotton linen between our toes, deluxe blankets and luxurious feather pillows to rest your head after a long week of work meant I dreamt all through the night. 100 Acre Bath products, and fluffy towels made the morning all the more easier to bath and shower and get ready for breakfast.

Breakfast included the option for a full English, and a selection of homemade granola, cereal, fruits & pastries, juices, jams, yoghurts… and much more.

What could have topped off our stay more than what we had received already? Yep you guessed it! A visit to the Bath Christmas Market. Half an hour out of Corsham is the enchanting City of Bath. The beautiful limestone architecture is topped off with its German style Christmas markets. Churros covered in melted chocolate, hot dogs, pulled pork buns and freshly made waffles filled the air with original Christmas aromas. Mini boutique stalls perfect for Christmas shopping, Carol singers and fake snow only make it more idilic for a pre -Christmas getaway.

If you would like more hotel reviews or have any more questions about The Methuen Arms please leave a comment below or contact The Methuen Arms directly from their site. You can find more reviews on travel, food, fashion and beauty on Luxuria Lifestyles website. Link below.

http://themethuenarms.com

https://www.luxurialifestyle.co.uk

And one last thing… I can’t believe it’s almost Christmas! Trying to cram in all my winter antics now as in 17 days time I’ll be going somewhere hot! Any guesses where?

Thank you so much for taking your time out to have a quick read. Now off you pop and enjoy the rest of your day, wherever you may be!

P. S. Here’s a photo of me trying to tackle some Churros at the Christmas market… Photo captured right before chocolate sauce dropped all down my face… I’m a child at heart🤫😜💫

Remember remember the 5th November @ YoSushi 🍣🍱

YO peeps! Its it’s been a little while since something food orientated has made its way onto my blog, so I thought it was probably about time that I tell you about one of my all time favourite food places, and what’s more is I got to venture here with one of my closest friends!

Today we rolled down to Yo Sushi on the Tottenham Court Road for a bit of Sunday Funday therapy, courtesy of Luxuria Lifestyle as one of their brand ambassadors.

October 2017 has marked the 20th anniversary of Yo Sushi. With over 66.7 million customers over the last 20 years enjoying over 533.6 million pieces of sushi, and we were lucky enough to be invited to the Tottenham Court Road restaurant.

Being a bit of a foodie myself, Sushi and Japanese street food has always been my go-to dish. From the age of 8 I would walk up to the end of my street and order 20 prawn nigeris from the local Japanese store. My mother then thought it be best to introduce me to my first sushi restaurant. YO Sushi! So it was so fantastic to be a part of celebrating its 20th birthday.

YO Sushi offers food for a range of occasions; a quick pit stop after a day of shopping, a lunch option at work, taking the children out for something different, or even if you fancy something a bit more sophisticated, YOsushi can cater for all.

Each dish is freshly made and carefully handcrafted. It was great getting to chat with the chef to find out what training goes into working at YOSushi. He’d told us he’d been taking classes for 6 years! I’m thinking of enrolling myself on to a class and giving it a go!

The actual restaurant was spacious both indoor and alfresco. It was a bit chalky today so we opted for the indoor seating!

What brought back memories was the iconic ‘kaiten’ conveyor belt which floated round fresh hand made dishes. These ranged from mini sashimi, sushi rolls, the most gloriously tasty seaweed covered in soya sauce and sesame seeds, Nigeri and other Japanese delicacies.

After finishing our starters we moved our eyes onto the hot food section on the menu. Our waitress Emily recommended some of the street food including the hoisin duck Bao, NEW furikake fries (which by the way I TOTALLY recommend) and lastly the chicken katsu curry.

  • NEW Ferikake fries: Japanese style fries coated in sriracha mayo and sprinkled with yuzu furikake, sesame, aonori and smoky bonito akes. 523 kcal
  • Hoisin duck Bao: Hoisin duck with house pickled cucumber

in a u y bun.

226 kcal

  • Chicken Katsu: Juicy chicken thigh in Japanese panko, drizzled with fruity tonkatsu sauce. 164 kcal

Robin Rowland, CEO of YO sushi said: “20 years after we opened our first location we are thrilled to open our latest restaurant in the heart of central London. Situated on Tottenham Court Road we are bringing something new and fresh to the area, giving nearby businesses and city shoppers a more exciting way to enjoy their meal.”

If you fancy a visit here are the opening times:

YO! Tottenham Court Road serves food from 11:30am – 10pm Monday – Saturday and 11:30am – 9:30pm every Sunday.

You can also click here to view their new scrumptious menu!

For more exclusive reviews and a chance to enter into some amazing competitions head to Luxuria Lifestyles website. I promise you it’s worth it.

Also, if you have time check out https://lovelacediary.com for more of Lauren’s lifestyle!

Crazy Bear Hotel

So where did Lauren go next?

 

Oh my goodness this place is truly remarkable. From the moment you walk in until the second you leave every part is a beautiful experience. Picture a Moroccan dinner crossed with a party scene out of The Great Gatsby. It’s a definite yes when it comes to a couple’s getaway. Had a row? Valentines? Or even just a pleasant weekend away. This place is worth a booking.

We checked in around 3:30pm on Friday, greeted by two glasses of bubbles and in cute crystal flutes. Our bags were taken directly to our room prior to a mini tour of each restaurant and the pool side for some more alcoholic beverages. Cocktails anyone?

The room:

Well where do I begin? Covered floor to ceiling in cushioned velvet, soft and dim lighting, royal red curtain drapes and a four poster bed complemented by a goose feather down duvet (King-size). My partner and I’s facial expression must have been shockingly diverting for the porter and I can imagine we may have looked a little embarrassed by the leather stairs which lead up into the ceiling. What were they for? The porter presented us our room he then advanced to pull back the thick curtain of which behind was the most spectacular waterfall shower. Golden bathroom fittings with black and gold marble across the wall, floor and ceiling. Wow. It was a little Christian Grey. I loved it.

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We popped open the bottle of champagne, which was very kindly left in our room, filing two champagne flutes with well-deserved bubbles. When I say well deserved we were stuck in traffic up the M25 for about an hour. Shock. So yes well deserved. We promenaded down the stairs to be seated by the bar, pool side, before getting ready for our 7:30pm sitting at The Crazy Bears own Thai restaurant.

Getting ready in the room was extraordinary. Waterfall shower, champagne, music, funky spot lights; obviously I had to get a photo of myself in the moment or did it really happen? Just look at that room!

Here comes my forever favourite writing topic…

The food:

I was very content at this point. The boyfriend did good. A hotel on my wish list ticked off joined by one of my favourite meals. Thai. So we both settled for something different. Seeing as he doesn’t eat fish, he went for a chicken satay starter. I opted for tempura prawns with a sweet ‘n’ sticky sauce. Mouth wateringly yummy. The mains were just as good. Green Thai curry, steak and pad Thai on attractive plates covered our table and finally complimented by a bottle of French White wine.

Now, I have to tell you an amusing story. I hope this sounds as funny as when it actually happened. Colin and Julie sat to the table on our left and introduced themselves. We started engaging in conversation and discussions of travels, food and other classical couple talk materialised throughout our meal.

My boyfriend (Harry) and Colin, for some outstanding reason, thought each other were named… Gary. Gary? Surely I couldn’t let this go on all night. They spoke in confidence to one and other replying to each other as Gary. The other couple to our right clearly clocked the mistake at the beginning along with myself. I proceeded to send Harry a text under the table to make him aware of his slipup.

Harry:“Is your name Gary?”

Colin: “No? It’s Colin!”

Harry:“I am so sorry I thought your name was Gary! I’m so embarrassed”

Colin:“I thought your name was Gary!”

It was quite clear after this that we spent the whole night laughing away and exchanging stories.

The next morning, we awoke in a pitch black room, the soft lighting naturally woke us up. We did have to rush down to breakfast as it finished at 11am. It was 10:30am! Whoops.

Breakfast was wonderfully pleasant. Very simple. Continental. Which I hadn’t had in yonks so it was lovely to just have the basics; Cereal, eggs, ham, cheese, fruit and fresh filter coffee, all of which set us up for our journey home.

Home time…I want to go back so much! Writing this a week later really makes me blue. We have both agreed we are going to go again next summer and I’m so excited! I 1 million percent recommend The Crazy Bear. I cannot fault it. The service standards are impeccable, the room cleanliness is immaculate, the food is scrumptious and the atmosphere is dazzling.

You can purchase a deal at the moment on Groupon. You can find this deal by clicking here where you can pick your room and price plan.

I hope you enjoyed this read as much as I enjoyed writing it! I certainly enjoyed visiting The Crazy Bear. A huge thank you to the bf for spoiling me rotten on my Birthday. He ceases to surprise me everyday.

Lots of love Sheps x

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DRUNCH

Now if I can recommend any restaurant it would be DRUNCH. Five star service and impeccable hospitality, I’m going to say now, I spent 5 hours at this place. Each course lured me into staying for the next. First came the cocktails, then the mains and then out came that heavenly cheesecake.

I didn’t even know I liked cheesecake until I devoured the whole thing in one. Well… with a little help from my friend who sat enduringly hungover in the corner next to me.

So let me set the scene for you. Soft jazz music, velvet buttoned sofas and on tables perched crystal glasses. It felt like Gatsby took a step into the millennium. I positioned myself in the far corner. This way I could observe my surroundings. Art hung on the wall and outside fellow Londoners were enjoying shish which filled the air with fruity aromas. A very idyllic Instagram setting.

Okay. Hope fully I’ve grabbed your attention. Listen to this whilst you finish reading to immerse yourself a little more: 🎵 Iris Mohammed Loren’s dance.Listening? Great I have your attention.

The food you ask? Oh well be patient! Let’s talk cocktails first. Now if you enjoy your picturesque photos and need a good Instagram snap, DRUNCH has it sorted for you. Take a look below:

I mean who doesn’t want a lil painting of Mona Lisa floating in a pretty pink drink. Cute right? And yes, that is Candy floss with a tiny origami swan on the next! I think that bartender deserves a round of applause for his skills in mixology.>

Wearing a little PLT number: Skirt and dress knitted Co-ord- Darling. £25<<<<<<<<<

DRUNCH: Please can we just appreciate the name of this restaurant for a second. Us millenniums are super lazy but this abbreviation has us covered. DRUNCH– Drinks/ Lunch/ brunch Lets have it altogether.

Phenomenal eggs royal. Perfectly cooked and exquisitely scrumptious.

There’s first for everyone, I tried an Acai bowl for the first time. Delightfully light and full of flavour. 10/10 for both dishes. I’m easily pleased but it’s certainly a restaurant I’d feel comfortable bringing my mother too. She’s a woman of fine taste.

Ideal of Sweden phone cases making a little appearance 🇸🇪

Don’t go yet! You’ll miss the best part! Did someone say Cheese cake earlier???

So I will admit. The only cheesecake I’ve EVER liked has been my dad homemade blueberry cheesecake. It wasn’t until today I found my new love. Salted Caramel Popcorn Cheesecake. Oh my… I mean. Sorry to sound clique but this cheesecake was a match made in heaven. I highly recommend this as a desert when you finally decide that DRUNCH is also your new favourite lunch spot.

“Isn’t he gorgeous ?”

Well, if I haven’t made you want to visit DRUNCH after showing you how mouth-watering celestial their food is then give me your address because I’m taking you there now.

Book now to reserve: http://www.drunch.co.uk

DRUNCH is the new way to Brunch x