Posted on Monday, October 20th, 2014

DIAMOND-DUST MASSAGE? YES PLEASE!

 

DIAMOND-DUST MASSAGE? YES PLEASE!

Grand but manageable: The Grove

Grand but manageable: The Grove

To THE GROVE, the super-smart hotel just off the M25 near Watford, ostensibly to review the revamped Sequoia spa and its new Natura Bisse treatments, but also to check the whole place out.


I’d only been to the Grove once before, shortly after it opened as a hotel ten years ago. That was a lightning-quick winter visit and this time, a late-summer weekend, was a better time to see it looking glorious. The house belonged for generations to the Earls of Clarendon, so it’s on the grand side — the drive that winds up through beautiful rolling parkland — 300 acres of it —  doesn’t let you see


Posted on Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

DAROKO – THE POWER STYLER

THE POWER STYLER, FROM DAROKO

 

Small but mighty powerful: the Daroko Power Styler

Small but mighty powerful: the Daroko Power Styler

Let me introduce you to a little game-changer: the Daroko Power Styler, which fastens on to any hair dryer and lets you straighten your hair while you blow-dry it — such a small product and such a big claim that it took me weeks to get round to trying it. It wasn’t so much that I didn’t believe that it would work, as that I didn’t think I’d be able to make it work (I may have written thousands of words on how to get the perfect blow-dry, or curl, or smooth-and-shiny hair, but it doesn’t mean I can work hair like a top stylist).


Posted on Wednesday, October 1st, 2014


Posted on Friday, August 29th, 2014

Coming out of the Meditation Closet

 

Meditation: out in the open

Meditation: out in the open

COMING OUT OF THE MEDITATION CLOSET

I recently heard Arianna Huffington (who I feel needs no introduction) and Etienne Stott (the brilliant GB slalom canoeist who won gold at the 2012 Olympics) speaking, movingly,  about their own journeys with mindfulness and meditation. They also made the point that, as a practice, meditation isn’t entirely out of the closet, and said that speaking out about the benefits of just sitting down and being quiet with your own thoughts every day was the best way to spread the word.

 


Posted on Thursday, August 21st, 2014

Why I’m mostly having Botox…. in my armpits

When people ask me if I ever have Botox and I say, ‘ Yes, but mostly in my armpits,’ they look understandably confused. There aren’t many wrinkles in the armpits, after all — but these days Botox is about more than relaxing wrinkles.

Injections of the toxin around the hairline can prevent migraines; in the jaw, they can reduce tooth-grinding and in the armpits, Botox is used to prevent sweating. It’s an FDA-approved procedure for treating a condition called hyperhidrosis  — aka excessive sweating — and it is also a tactic deployed by celebs who don’t want to ruin their borrowed ballgowns by sweating into them at awards ceremonies. Doctors have been treating armpits with Botox for years but recently it has become better known and talked about – the August edition of (UK) Tatler even has a whole feature on treatments that prevent sweating, so now it’s fashionable, too.