Monday, 30 March 2015

Words and Colours: Lush Spa Synaesthesia Review


Tucked away in the basement of Lush Edinburgh is a boutique spa with the feeling of a country kitchen (modelled after the owners own kitchen at home.)  It feels like you've stepped in to some kind of old forgotten fairytale, or at the very least, a house near the sea. The walls are filled with brightly coloured apothecary bottles, plush seats and large bowls of fruit, a super-sized family kitchen table and of course, on the walls in high chalk a list of positive phrases to help you select your treatment. The trick is not to choose the treatment consciously but look for the word that stands out to you. Tricky for someone who's mind frequently runs at a million miles an hour. Explains why I ended up going for some much needed "Peace." 

As the signature Lush Spa treatment I wasn't sure what to expect with Synaesthesia, other than the promised "Peace" the mood board had recommended for me. I select a little orange bottle of laughter to compliment my Peace before being invited into a blue lit room with bowls of coloured smoke pouring on to the floor. Ladies and gentlemen, this is not your run of the mill spa experience.

Promising to take me from a sunny afternoon to Scarborough Fayre, I wasn't quite sure what to expect other than to lie back and think of Scotland and let the synesthesia roll over me. I was feeling horrible and puffy and swollen and initially my experience was anything but peaceful. Not bad but I felt very aware of everything. The hot stones that I was treated with on my chakras were lovely though and exactly what my sore tummy needed. Anything to do with third eyes though has me wanting to roll my eyes and trying very very hard not to lose the balance of  the hot stone on my forehead. Sensation wise, great but I was started to worry I wasn't a very peaceful or laughter filled person.

Moving on to my front for her to work on my back though was a different story. They say the experience is about taking you on a  journey and with the mixture of scents, light and music I definitely went on that.  My mind finally managed to drift off of its own accord while the Peace massage bar was worked into my back. From what I gather it was a mix of lavender and white chocolate (most likely cocoa butter) which made for the perfect sweet and bitter mix. Before I knew it the music had finished, the coloured smoke was once more pouring on to the floor as I found myself drifting back to reality.

I usually like my massages to be a little rougher (a good crack of the shoulder or two) and hear that The Good Hour would be the perfect match if I'm looking to loose some serious knots. If you are, however, are looking for a complete escapists dream-like spa experience there are few things I can recommend more than Synaesthesia. Taking you through the 5 key senses, the entire experience from beginning to end is completely enveloping and tailored completely to you.  With that in mind, I have my very own slice of peace to recreate the experience at home. Now where did I leave my candles at? 




Sunday, 29 March 2015

LFW Day 5 OOTD Fishnets and High Plaits

How do you bring LFW to a close? Rocking some Orla Kiley inspired hair and hanging around the Apartment obviously.  Also by this point I had trained myself to be heel ready (helps when they turn out to to be the comfiest t-bars known to man) and fighting February with layers and layers of wool.

Jacket - Beyond Retro
Roll neck - Topshop
Dress - Cos
Fishnet socks - Primark
Shoes - Boden
Bag - Radley

As a general rule I dress for comfort and ease so my final outfit was a mix of bulk, warmth and something that would be easy to travel in. With a 10 hour bus journey ahead of me the plan was to make slipping on the old jim jams at the end of the day as simple as possible. Also any excuse to wear fishnet socks which should be a budget staple in anyone's S/S wardrobe. That and a varsity jacket. 

The one saving grace this season was a pretty kick ass hotel in the city centre. We're not talking all the bells and whistles of some too cool for school boutique number out in the sticks. The lady and I were right next to Kings Cross Station in Travelodge. This meant we were a max half hour walk from Somerset House, never had to leave Zone 1 for the entire week (for many some kind of magical fever dream) and got to sleep in a gorgeous Victorian building with comfy beds, tons of space and some decent coffee. I'm not sure Betty and I would have survived if it hadn't been for multiple danishes and of course, not having to relive the horror of our 2 hours away from everything hotel booking last season. I'm still trying to block that one out. I can't think of anywhere I'd rather stay next time I'm in London town.

For now though I'm neck deep in wedding planning, aspiring to buying myself some ridiculously overpriced shoes and *gasp* flirting with the idea of the property ladder. Not quite sure how it's going to pan out but certainly a reality crash from fashion week. Totally worth it though. Every time.


Thursday, 12 March 2015

LFW Fyodor Golan Rainbow Wheel

Sequinned sportswear and ponies vomiting rainbows might not seem like the most obvious choice for an AW15 sjpw, but Fyodor Golan embraced it in full force with Rainbow Wheel. Showcasing a collaboration with My Little Pony that is about as subtle as a brick to the small of your back makes for a powerful, fun and completely psychedelic collection.


For the most part, we're talking sports silhouettes adapted and modernised for a modern and girly presentation.  Boxy shapes and wide cut sleeves paired with sky-high neon green platform boots and latex thigh high makes sure Rainbow Wheel hits all those nostalgia keynotes with a grown up twist. Pink and red together are always going to rank highly for me and Rainbow Wheel is pure, unadulterated eye candy.  Sequin pink gowns finished with a jersey detail and baseball jumpers with quilted arms and cartoon faces makes for a collection that plays at either end of the spectrum from tomboy to  super uber femme at the drop of a hat.  The neon rainbow palette was delightfully garish and worked wonderfully, especially with the embroidered and crystal detailing throughout.  It's a divisive show, but fashion should make you feel something and Rainbow Wheel is high-octane sugar high delight.
And let's face it, My Little Pony: so hot right now.

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

LFW Day 4 OOTD Varsity Blues

Fashion week runs at 100 miles an hour. The night before I'd been at Pringle before heading back to Browns to drink fancy wine in a bath. Today. Today was for Burberry (which is insane, ask Betty about the time she almost tripped up a certain magazine editor on the way in) and the Mulberry showroom (which was of course all about THAT bag.)


Glasses - Tom Ford
Varsity Jacket - Beyond Retro
Polo - Topshop
Tartan trousers - DCD
Shoes - Faith at Debenhams
Bag - Luna on the Moon

Perhaps our biggest day at LFW this season yet turned out my highlight wasn't the Burberry buzz or the amazing pink shearling bag at Mulberry but a bit of impromptu thrift shopping.  Diane Von Furstenberg black wrap dress in near mint condition? Get in my shopping bag, we're going to Glasgow. I may have also haggled in some snuggling ceramic cats for reasons that will become clear over the next few months. I can't help it, I'm a total bargain hunter and I love picking up treats when I'm down. I'm pretty sure at this point this varsity jacket is never going to be off my back (weedling it down to just the one was the problem.)  Already planning my next trip, and this time not just the shows!

Thursday, 5 March 2015

LFW Day 3 OOTD Opera Gloves and Body Harnesses

It took me precisely 3 days to adapt and acclimatise to LFW weather. My natural habitat is for the most part either in a bath robe or next to a heater. This doesn't lend itself to be outside for long periods of time without wearing approximately 6 dozen scarves (is this even possible?)  and made for a tetchy Bee. Considering the long day we had ahead (including the Pringle!!!! exhibition and show) I wanted to armor up, which we should all know by now means lots of layering and leather.  A regular Renaissance woman me.

Long top - Topshop
Short sleeved Polo - ASOS white
Gloves - borrowed from Betty
Waistcoat - Zara
Trousers - Obscure Couture
Harness - Pretty Vexed
Shoes - Topshop
Bag - Radley
Coat - Aquascutum

While wide legged super long trousers may not have been the best choice for the wettest day of LFW in hindsight they a) were warm b) were made of this lovely scuba material that I enjoy so much and c) looked damn good. Also the day I had the most layers happened to be when I decided to go shopping in Beyond Retro. Again....hindsight. It's a bit of a dick. That said, since then I've been wanting to incorporate harnesses and opera gloves in to every god damn look. A night out doesn't come around often enough, I want to wear them when I go grocery shopping. I got so many compliments on the Pretty Vexed harness - mostly in the vein of where could they get one (another asking if it with Fleet Ilya)  - good thing too because it's god damn beautiful. An alumni of Dundee's Vanilla Ink, Pretty Vexed harnesses were a total fave from Betty and I's looks at LFW (Betty even ended up in the NYTimes! How brilliant is that???)

I had finally mastered the art of LFW dressing without freezing to death, all it took was wearing all my clothes at once. Practical. Efficient. Most of all cosy. Comfort is king at LFW and long may it reign.

Saturday, 28 February 2015

LFW Day 2 OOTD Black and Blue

Best part of fashion week? Somerset House. Shows are great for seeing how clothes move but they really are a blink and you miss it kind of affair. Meeting the designers, getting to see the collection up close and feel them, well that's a whole different ball park.  Millinery is always a highlight. Seeing the Fyodor Golan collection up close and discovering new favorites in the form of Phiney Pet and catching up with the latest from Cat Brothers was unbeatable.

Head piece - Rene Walrus
Bra - Agent Provoceteur
Top - Topshop
Jacket - H&M
Skirt - Obscure Couture
Shoes - Faith at Debenhams
Bag - Radley

Gonzo, My Little Pony and biker girl gangs - fashion week this season was heavy on a nostalgia kick, and while the streets were paying lip service to the 70s, the collections that really got under my skin were playful and fun. It's the best kind. It doesn't take itself too seriously, is divisive and is all the better for it. Muppet turbans and vampire cat leather jackets may not be for everyone but it's collections like those that keep me inspired and coming back for more.

Friday, 27 February 2015

Bora Asku AW 15

Love is in the air folks. Or so Bora Asku will have you think. The first show of LFW for me and what a way to kick it off. High romance, just a hint of gothic drama and lots of texture was on the cards with Bora Asku's AW15 collection. Inspired by Oscar Wilde's The Nightingale and The Rose, Bora Asku's fairytale collection features all of his best hallmarks in a series of gorgeous statement pieces that move seamlessly from thee floaty and girly to dark and seductive.


 From soft feminine lilacs to the deepest black. Bora Asku is working within my colour palette. Blues, purples, blacks and golds make a magnificent bruise collection which is high on detail and with  just enough fantasy while remaining wearable. Roused flowers, lace griding and sheer layering allowed for a shamelessly girly collection with just enough bite to get beneath the skin. If this is what to look forward to next Winter, sign me up.