14 Nov 2010

This weeks Best Dressed

Emma Watson

Wow, how Emma Watson aka Hermione Granger of Harry Potter has grown up! She stunned on lookers at the Deathly Hallows World Premiere this week.

Looking flawless in the freezing London weather, Emma wore a Rafael Lopez black lace and feather dress. To complete her look, she accessorised with Charlotte Olympia pumps, Solange Azagury Partridge gems and a bejewelled Remembrance Day poppy.

Dazzling the red carpet with her short pixie crop that has been a rising trend for young celebrities this autumn, her new crop has received both negative press and praise I think it looks fabulous; work it girl!


9 Nov 2010

Hopi Ear Candle Treatment

A little known fact about me is that I am obsessed by clean ears! I do not help myself either by continuously cleaning them, everyday they get prodded with a cotton bud, which is actually the worst thing you should do. So when I was told about Hopi Ear Candle treatments I made a booking straight away.

Thermal Auricular Therapy (also known as Hopi Ear Candles) is promoted as a pleasant and non-invasive treatment of the ears. Practitioners say that it helps with excessive or compacted wax in the ears, eases sinuses, stimulates local and reflex energy flow and has an over all relaxing and calming effect which is great stress buster.

How it works

I thought the lady was going to produce a large wax candle and then plonk it in my ear; how very wrong I was, they are more like thin canvas like tapers.

The candles work by vaporising their ingredients once lit, (I chose Bergamot and Petunia) bringing air flow towards the first chamber of the ear. The candle creates a mild suction which lets the vapours gently massage the eardrum and auditory canal. Once the candle is placed in the ear it forms a seal which enables wax and other impurities to be drawn out of the ear.

The candle was placed into my ear, only so resting inside the canal, lit and steadied by the practitioner, then left to burn gently for about 7 minutes, then repeated on the other ear.

Once this was complete, I had a relaxing face massage to increase blood flow and decongest my sinus.

As I am foul, I was most looking forward to opening up the filer in the candles too see what it had drawn out. There were some small clumps of wax drawn up from the ear drum but not a great deal.

 I think this would be a great treatment if you are suffering from a cold or have problematic ears.


1 Nov 2010

Downton Abbey

Sunday evenings excite me as it means the next instalment of Downton Abbey
The ITV1 drama is set in 1912, in a stately home named Downton Abbey, during the reign of King George V. It follows the lives of the aristocratic Crawley family and the servants who work for them
Set in a time of opulence and elegance for the Upper Classes and a life of uniform and formality for those who live to serve them.

I dream of owning or getting the opportunity ever to wear such a corseted luxurious outfit. My heart has and always will belong to vintage clothing and this programme just further ignites those passions.

I adore the shape of garments in this era and how society dictated what was ‘proper’ for a lady to wear. This is a far cry for our disposable trends of the 21 century.

I find the ladies fondness for hats at this time most alluring, as a hat lover myself I marvel at the creations and beautiful millenary. Most ladies, even the working class would own a formal hat, with the upper classes having several hats or head pieces for all occasions. In this period it was as good etiquette, deemed polite and formal for a woman to wear a hat to such outings as church, a social visit to friends or society gathering.

Looking to the high street, with so many vintage inspired ranges in autumn/winter collections you can easily find some of Lady Mary Crawley key items such as A line skirts and silk blouses that will add a lady-like, grown up feel to any girls wardrobe.