Review: Thai Square Spa

I had all but given up on blogging recently with time being a complete squeeze, but then one email reminded me that I was a good writer and even more than that, I really loved it too.

Not only was I going to a spa (which was well needed) but I would have an excuse to discipline myself to sit down and write and really remind myself what it is I loved about this in the first place. I love writing, but not finding the time to do it is certainly easier than finding it, but perhaps I just needed a little reset and zen time to remember this!

So off I went to Thai Square Spa in Northumberland Avenue for an afternoon in the Sen Space and for a Himalayan Salt Massage!

It was one of the hottest days of the year, the tube was uncomfortable and I was feeling like I’d rather sunbathe in Hyde Park all afternoon, but I went along hopeful (although slightly grumpy!) but luckily the team immediately had me at ease. Speaking in soothing tones, dressed chicly in black and with sparkly marble everywhere, I felt like I was exactly where I should have been (even if my smudged makeup, rushed up do and slovenly attire made me feel just a tad uncomfortable).

I was taken into the changing rooms, provided with my robe, slippers and a locker and then took some time to look around. The changing rooms were so clean, the lockers were big (and free!) and everywhere you looked was a lovely combination of sparkly red and black – it felt so decadent and even better that the slippers actually fit and the robes were soft unlike other spas I have been to.

Then I was taken into the dark and quiet downstairs, quite a difference to upstairs, which was decorated in stone, white and black with tiny Buddha’s holding tea lights everywhere you looked which gave the most amazing finish. An array of curved beds were situated in several areas, with enough room for your own space without being too far from friends and family. In the corner of one of the most relaxing places I have ever been was the Sen Space. Filled with a Jacuzzi, Sauna, Steam Room and an amazing ice funnel/dispenser thing, I was spoilt for choice! The Sen Space is unisex which I was warned about up front. I was sharing the Sen Space with a group of guys which although slightly intimidating at first as I was on my own, was easy to work around. After 30-40 minutes in the Sauna and Jacuzzi (which was amazing by the way!) I made my way to the beds to cool down ready for my massage.

I wasn’t really sure what to expect as I’ve only ever had a pretty standard half body massage before, but when a lovely softly spoken girl came to meet me I was very intrigued! The spa had such a calming yet mysterious feel! She took me into a treatment room and provided me with a speciality Thai tea which I should have taken the name of as it was beautiful, all whilst receiving a foot soak/massage pedicure treatment. After this it was massage time! Sometimes massages can be uncomfortable, as you can hear the therapist clattering around, making idle chit chat and being naked doesn’t help either, but this wasn’t the case at all here! The therapist (whose name I cannot remember sadly) was so quiet, kept making sure I was comfortable but was still very thorough.

The treatment started off with a hot flannel treatment, before a massage on my feet and legs, then arms and lastly back and shoulders. I carry a lot of tension in my feet and shoulders due to sports injuries and she made sure that every last knot was removed, which although painful, was also hugely relaxing. I wish I could remember more of it to describe in more detail but I had to fight the urge to fall asleep for the full hour as I was just so relaxed. After some lovely smelling oils and lotions I was then rolled onto my back to continue the massage on arms and legs before finishing with a very relaxing face and head massage.

I left the treatment in a lovely little bubble of relaxation which even on a hot tube home stayed with me for days.

I would seriously recommend for anyone to go and I’m already looking to go back for more treatments as the standard of the one I had was so high. It isn’t the cheapest of spas to attend, but I would say that it is so worth the money as it is by far the best experience I have ever had. (I have to point I didn’t have to pay for this treatment in return for a review, however if I hadn’t have enjoyed the experience I definitely would be truthful in my review. Luckily for you all it really was incredible though!)

 

London Fashion Week Gifting Lounge Round Up

Hey everyone,

Wow, it’s been such a busy few weeks! With work, gymnastics and general socialising, finding time even to sleep has been tricky but of course I am still trying to find the time to post!

Last week I was lucky enough to be invited to the Bloggers Hub Gossip Girl themes gifting lounge at London Fashion Week. It was my very first time at an event like this and I was both very excited and super nervous!

Luckily my good friend Katie agreed to come with me which made the whole thing even more fun! We spent all afternoon getting ready and enjoying ourselves before jumping on the train to London and hoping we could successfully negotiate ourselves around the seemingly endless maze of the London train lines.

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Somehow we managed to get there safe and were even early enough for an impromptu photo shoot on the streets of Hoxton, before entering the very trendy art gallery which was housing the event. The gifting lounge itself was Gossip Girl themed so I took my outift inspiration from Jenny Humphrey and Katie took inspiration from both Blair and Selena, but both still put our individual flairs on our looks. My outift consisted of a t-shirt dress from Primark, a check shirt from H&M and boots from eBay whilst Katie’s look featured a skater skirt from H&M and boots from Primark, so all very budget friendly!

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On Twitter following this event loads of people were slating it which I feel is a bit unfair as all in all it was a good night! Getting there early meant I had loads of time to speak to all the brands before it was too busy and even had the chance to get a mani from CitySwish (which was lush) as well as meeting loads of interesting new bloggers. Some of my favourite brands that I met were SniffyWiffy, IKRUSH and Madame La La which I’ll be doing individual posts on soon, but there were loads of brands there including AKA, Collagen Gold, Luxsit, Louise Mcleod, Souksy, Ruver and more!

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I was really worried I would feel like a bit of a fraud seen as I’ve only been blogging for a few months and still forget people actually read what I write, but actually my role at work really gave me an edge as it taught me to get the most out of networking opportunities like this whilst still having a really good time so it certainly gave me a new found confidence in my abilities. A massive thanks to everyone who I spoke to at the event as well who complimented Katie and I on our outfits and make up as we were really flattered 🙂

I can understand why some people were unhappy, it sounded like Bloggers Hub had some problems with their caterers which couldn’t be avoided and it turned out the venue was quite small for all the bloggers in attendance, but all things considered I had a great time (which you’ll probably be able to see more when I upload my vlog from the day) and I can’t wait for the next event I get to be a part of 🙂

I hope you enjoyed this post and are able to see how excited I am to get to share my experiences with you all!

Lots of love, Leanne xx