17th January 2018 by - No comments

There are a few designers of fashion who touch you deep within. You see their clothes on the pages of a fashion magazine worn by celebrities, or in advertisements, and you just stop and think, how beautiful.

Balenciaga has always made me feel this way. The dresses, skirts, bags by the iconic brand have always made me stop and take a closer look at the cut, the shape and the style.

So when I found out the Victoria & Albert was holding a Balenciaga exhibition I had to find out more.

The man behind the brand –

Cristóbal Balenciaga opened his first boutique in San Sebastian Spain, in 1919, which expanded to include branches in Madrid and Barcelona. The Spanish royal family and the aristocracy wore his designs, but when the Spanish Civil War forced him to close his stores, Balenciaga moved to Paris.

Balenciaga opened his Paris couture house on Avenue George V in August 1937, and his first fashion show featured designs heavily influenced by the Spanish Renaissance.

Balenciaga’s success in Paris was nearly immediate. In the period of two years, the French press lauded him as a revolutionary, and his designs were highly sought-after.

Customers risked their safety to travel to Europe during World War 2 to see Balenciaga’s clothing. During this period, he was noted for his “square coat,” with sleeves cut in a single piece with the yoke, and for his designs with black (or black and brown) lace over bright pink.

However, it was not until the post-war years that the full scale of the inventiveness of this highly original designer became evident. His lines became more linear and sleek, diverging from the hourglass shape popularized by Christian Dior.

Christian Dior once said,

Haute couture is like an orchestra, for which only Balenciaga is the conductor. The rest of us are just musicians, following the directions he gives us.

The Exhibition –

It was wonderful to see the designs up close. To wonder at how a person could fold and drape fabrics so intricately and almost magically.

The exhibition is perfect in that it gives you a wonderful glimpse intonthe world of this very talented man, and shows us how ahead of his time he was, and how mostly all the pieces on display could still be worn today.

The exhibition is still on at the Victoria & Albert Museum until February 18th, you must book tickets in advance.

https://www.vam.ac.uk/exhibitions/balenciaga-shaping-fashion

13th December 2017 by - 2 Comments

This year one of my biggest resolutions was to take better care of my teeth. And I am very proud to say I have. I have been to the dentist for my routine check ups, and have been to the hygienist several times already. I feel so much better for it.

Of course its not the most enjoyable thing in the world, but Ive learnt that if you overcome the initial fear of going to the dentist, the longterm rewards are just amazing. You feel so much fresher and I can now say my tooth sensitivity has completely disappeared.

So now I have healthier teeth and gums I am now looking to improve my teeth hygiene even more with things that are available on the market.

I would love to have brighter, whiter teeth and you may have heard ‘charcoal’ is the latest way to achieve this.

The Product –

Swiftwhite Activated Charcoal Teeth Whitening Powder. Premium Activated Charcoal Teeth Whitening Powder to help whiten and brighten smile.

Achieve teeth whitening results and remove years of tobacco, wine, tea and coffee stains using Swiftwhite Activated Charcoal Teeth Whitening Powder.

  • AVG. 6 SHADES WHITER IN 7 DAYS
  • VEGAN, CRUELTY & GLUTEN FREE
  • COCONUT CHARCOAL, NOT HARDWOOD
  • Get the Perfect Bright Smile: No matter how well you take care of your teeth, some discolouration is bound to happen. Well, not anymore: this amazing natural activated charcoal teeth whitening powder will help your smile get white, bright and charming – just how it’s supposed to be!
  • 100% Natural, Pure & Safe for Your Teeth & Gums: If you’re concerned about how this great teeth whitening product affects your dental health, don’t be: this natural activated charcoal powder is perfectly safe and healthy for your teeth, gum, and enamel.
  • No More Coffee, Wine & Cigarette Stains: Chronic habits like smoking and drinking coffee, tea, or wine can have a significant, aesthetically unpleasant effect on your teeth colour. The teeth whitening powder is here to take care of that too, helping your teeth to gradually revert to their natural colour.
  • Premium Quality Activated Charcoal: When it comes to our premium teeth whitening powder, we make a point of using nothing but premium quality natural and non-toxic activated charcoal powder, as well as state-of-the-art production processes and strict quality control.

Directions –

Dip wet toothpaste into powder, brush for 1-2 minutes then rinse thoroughly. Use twice daily for best results.

Ingredients – 100% Natural Coconut Shell Activated Charcoal

Verdict –

First of all let me tell you that yes the powder is jet black, it is pure powdered charcoal. But thankfully it doesn’t taste of anything, even though I wouldn’t really know what charcoal would taste like, it is good to find out that this powder has no bad taste. In fact it is tasteless.

I have been using the powder for 5 days now. Every morning and evening after flossing and brushing, I dip my toothbrush into the powder, then brush for a minute or two. Then rinse.

It is very weird having black teeth whilst brushing, but the results are totally and utterly worth it!

The biggest problem with my teeth, as my dental hygienist tells me, are the stains caused by coffee, tea and red wine. This powder is the perfect natural solution.

After five days of use, my teeth look and feel so much cleaner, as if they have been polished at the hygienist.

This powder is so much better than teeth whitening strips as it is 100% natural, suitable for vegans and just so easy to use!

Available on Amazon Uk now!

15th November 2017 by - No comments

As we grow older why is it that our hopes and desires change?

I guess its all part of the cycle called life and  we just have to embrace it.

Lets take our skin for example, who else feels that after the age of forty we need to pay extra special care when cleansing, toning & moisturising? I definately do. Im lucky to be blessed with good skin genes from my darling mother, but even so the fine lines have become more visible.

So I have decided to take more care, not just cleanse, tone & moisture, but go for regular facial treatments with the professionals.

Japanese Face Massage @ Skin Aspirations in Draycott Avenue, London


Japanese Face Massage aims to rejuvenate the face, preventing and reducing the impact of the ageing process. It visibly improves the appearance of the skin, provides brightness and a more uniform tone, reduces eye bags, prevents and reduces wrinkles. Japanese Face Massage is also known as the “facelift without surgery.”

The combination of energising, delicate and sensitive techniques, applied in a subtle, quick and rhythmic way, induces deep relaxation effect. After a Japanese Face Massage session, you will feel rested, relaxed, with a clear mind, just as after a restful sleep. Therefore this massage is considered a very effective technique to reduce stress.

Both men and women of all ages can benefit from Japanese Face Massage.

Verdict –

If anyone is wanting to give me a gift that will guarentee happiness inside & out, this is it!

I cannot begin to describe the utter state of nirvana I was in during and after my treatment.

Based in a beautiful part of central London, between South Kensington & Kings Road, Skin Aspirations is based in a top floor room of a typical London town house. As soon as you arrive you feel relaxed, Simona is the owner and therapist, and all I can say is that she has an extremely calming presence and she has magical hands!


The treatment lasted 1 hour, starting with a foot & leg rub, Simona slowly worked her magic into my tired skin. The Japanese facial aims to work your skin with small massage movements to ensure the skin cells are awoken and brought to life.


Simona used a gel based massage cream as oils are too slippery and do not allow the hands to work properly.


What I loved most about this facial is that you get the therapist’s 100% attention throughout the whole treatment. It is not like other facials where a cleansing treatment is applied, then a mask put on, then the therapist leaves you for 15mins. Simona’s magical hands massaged all parts of my face and neck for a full 1hour.

I must admit I fell into a deep sleep at one point through my treatment, a much needed winters rest. But at the end of my massage my skin felt fresh, taut amd rejuvenated. Something no cream alone can do. Now I fully understand why Japanese ladies have such great skin! Its all in the massage technique, how you put on the cream.

So all I can say is if you want to treat the lady, or gentleman, in your life to something extra special this Christmas get her a Japanese Facial with Simona @ Skin Aspirations! Believe me you will make them very, very happy indeed!

Simona is kindly offering my readers a special discount to her wonderful treatment.

Simply quote “Japan” & you will get 25% off the Japanese face massage if you book a treatment before 25 Dec 2017. 

Find out more on the Skin Aspirations website below, to make a booking call or email Simona on –

Phone: 07473242110

E-mail: hello@skinaspirations.co.uk

https://www.skinaspirations.co.uk/treatments?tab=tab-Japanese-Facial-Massage