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Beauty School: Spa & Relaxation

Lush Leeds Spa, Spa Treatment, Gift, Relaxation

I cannot stress enough how important relaxation is for beauty, skin and health care. I find relaxing one of the most difficult states to achieve… my shoulders are always tense, no matter what. Whether I’m at work, having a fun day out or sitting home having some me-time I am always tense.

I’ve tried spas before to help me, but I have never felt so tense in a situation where my main goal was relaxation. Clinical, white rooms, undressing in such an awkward hurry my heart races, being essentially told off for the state of my skin and feeling like a disobedient child for how I take care of it, like I was being judged… these are not my ideas of a good time.

However in my experience it’s amazing what stresses are obvious to people through your skin. My spa therapist knew I was stressed and having too many late nights, just by taking off my make up. Has anyone ever told you, “You look tired?” Your tense body is telling tales on you!

Lush Leeds Spa, Spa Treatment, Gift, Relaxation

When Lush Leeds Spa invited me to try out a mini spa treatment (c/o Lush) to celebrate their 4th birthday I was (understandably!) apprehensive. I went along, though, as part of my ‘exercise in confidence’ personal goals (where I am trying to say yes more).

I was lead down to the Spa that sits in the basement of Lush Leeds where I was greeted by an enthusiastic lady who asked about my day and invited me to sit with her at the kitchen table. I was poured a glass of freshly infused water as I looked around the dimly lit farmhouse style kitchen I was sitting in. We chatted about how our days had gone and she talked me through the products she’d be using for the mini treatment and I even got to smell and experience them beforehand so I wouldn’t be surprised and could focus on relaxing. By the time I went through to the treatment room it was like we were great friends.

The Synaesthesia Treatment
The Synaesthesia Treatment

The treatment was a facial massage with Full of Grace massage bar, Whoosh temple balm and hot and cold stones. Despite feeling awkward getting under the blanket and on the bed, I felt myself relax more and more as I was lulled by the sea shanty music and the beautiful concoction of smells. The cold stones felt amazingly unusual against my skin and the contrast of the then hot stones was soothing and comforting. I was then given a little fine tuning from the Sound Bath where gentle, calming notes are laid against your ears and chest with the aid of a tuning fork.

When the lady kneeled beside me and whispered she was done, I felt like I was woken up despite not have fallen asleep and been fully aware the whole time. She told me to take as long as I liked to relax and she’d meet me back in the kitchen.

Lush Leeds Spa, Spa Treatment, Gift, Relaxation

Greeting me back at the kitchen table was a chocolate & biscuit cake, rose water – complete with a beautiful cocktail glass with some fun looking white fluff inside – and an adorable looking glass vial containing a roll of paper. The rose water was poured into my glass making a delightful fizz as it mixed with the fluff. I was then left to enjoy my goodies and I must say, I felt like bloody royalty! I had so much fun reading the beautiful note on the scroll and picking at my cake. I lifted the delicate glass and took a sip and good Lord what a unexpected joy was in that glass! It was like drinking a beautifully flowering rose, oozing a delicious nectar.

After I had a poke through the beautiful messages in the guestbook and wandered around the homely kitchen I was led back upstairs. I felt woozy and giddy and like I was floating on air. On the street it had been pouring with rain and I felt like I’d been in my own little bubble away from the drab afternoon outside.

Lush Leeds Spa, Spa Treatment, Gift, RelaxationThe Spell Treatment

I was introduced to the other treatments by beautiful displays (and staff members!) on the shop floor. One in particular that stood out to me was The Spell. Not your average foot treatment, this works on your worries and anxieties to make them literally disappear in a puff of smoke – sounds too good to be true, eh? I was also intrigued by the Synaesthesia where you receive a specially brewed cup of tea to match your chosen treatment. How adorable? All the treatments sound so fun and each have their own special details and delights. Something that I keep coming back to time and time again with Lush is that they think of everything; Nothing is mundane and they transform even the simple things into a beautiful experience all round.

Lush Leeds Spa, Spa Treatment, Gift, Relaxation

Before I was invited to spend Lush Leeds’ 4th spa birthday with them I was pretty meh about the whole idea of them having a spa, but they have completely turned me around on spas; teaching me that they don’t have to be cold and clinical and it’s actually incredible what wonders lay in the basement of that little retail shop on a busy street in Leeds City Centre.

Loves x xx

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Outfit Post: Dotty For Polka Dots

Polka Dot, Summer, Red, Black, White

This time last year I wrote this post welcoming in August and getting excited for all my Summery plans! I’m a big fan of those “what will I be doing this time next year” ponderings, so exactly a year on this is how my August is looking.

In a couple of weeks my best girly friends and I are going on a road trip from London to Edinburgh to see this fella on tour! We’ve done this a number of times now and it’s always ridiculously fun. We get kind of a cabin fever that makes us totally insane and of course we’re hyped up on lots of sugar and wine and giggles ;) This time I’m hoping to put some plans in place that will make it easy for me to blog from the road; Four or five blog posts in a row (one from each day) which is a little daunting for me, but will be an excellent reminder of the tour if I can pull it off.

Polka Dot, Summer, Red, Black, White Polka Dot, Summer, Red, Black, White

Aside from that I want to take it easy this August. Last year was so much fun and I have some excellent memories and a fondness for August 2012, but sadly I’m not in the best state of health this year so I want to concentrate on getting fit, eating well and being in the best possible state to rid the evil illnesses from my body! I’m even cutting out caffeine, which is a terrible thought for me!! ;)
Hopefully though, it should give me lots of time to reflect on my wee business plan and decide which roads to take before the crazy Christmas shopping period hits. I want to be in a much better place come the new year, so I’ve lots of hard work to go.

Polka Dot, Summer, Red, Black, White

These photos were taken on a little romantic walk boyfriend and I took near my house. It was so much fun discovering a new nook just by taking a road I’d never been down before. This bridge and underpass are so kooky and hidden that I hope to eventually get the courage to take my own outfit shots here, alone. Eep! It’s a beautiful space for spending some time clearing your mind, too. Have you discovered any secret hiding places that you can go and have some me-time? Head out in your neighbourhood and see what you can find!

Polka Dot, Summer, Red, Black, White

Longline Vest Dress | old season Topshop (similar)  //  Polka Dot Blouse | c/o Oasap  //
Heart Print Satchel | Zatchels  // Fat Kitty Tote Bag | The Nosuch Disco  //
Apple Necklace | Phoenix Glass (+DIY)

 Loves x xx

 

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