Tuesday, 30 August 2016

A pedicure at the Chelsea Day Spa, King’s Road, Chelsea

After climbing up a couple of flights of stairs, I reached the Chelsea Day Spa. Small and intimate, it spans two floors of a town house that is slightly tucked away off the King’s Road.

Chelsea Day Spa

This may not be one of the most luxurious spas that I have visited but the team is friendly and the receptionist warm and welcoming. It is certainly more relaxing than going into a nail bar. I was here for the Chelsea Pedicure (£40). They also offer a wide range of treatments ranging from blow-dries to massages.

I am cagey about trying new places to have my feet done as I worry about the standard of hygiene. But all the instruments she used were thoroughly cleansed. 

My therapist Cristina did a good job of filing my nails and removing any hard skin that I had. After giving my feet a through scrub, she gave me a great foot massage. Afterwards she painted my nails with a pretty nude Jessica nail polish. She took her time and I was pleased with the result.

By Daralyn Danns

For more information visit thechelseadayspa.co.uk

Friday, 26 August 2016

The world of grower champagnes

While many believe that the Englishman Christopher Merret registered a recipe for a sparkling wine in 1662, some 20 years before the French Benedictine monk, Dom Pierre PĂ©rignon is said to have made his discovery, it is the French that turned the concept into the wine that we all associate with special occasions, champagne.  When it comes to sparklers, the elixir from France is hard to beat. 

You may have your own favourite Maison de Champagne but ask a French person what theirs is and frequently they will tell you that it is a small individual grower.

The advantages of champagne de vigneron are that you know where the wine has come from. It is made by the people who own the vineyards. It expresses a particular village or vineyard which can make it rather more interesting than being a blend that is representative of a house style that is made from grapes that come from a variety of vineyards and vintages. 

As the growers do not usually spend money on marketing, they can present better value for the consumer. The flavour of a grower wine can vary from year to year because of the way it is made. 

Wine aficionados love grower champagnes. Since I first wrote about this subject a few years ago, I have noticed this trend getting bigger and bigger.

Here are three that I have liked.

Champagne Guy Larmandier, Cramant, Blanc de Blancs, Brut, Grand Cru, £34.95, Berry Bros. & Rudd (bbr.com)
A classy number, created from the chardonnay grape that is fresh yet creamy and soft on the palate. Think peaches and pear with a smattering of lime and a hint of honey. Easy to drink, this is excellent.

Champagne Larmandier-Bernier “Latitude” Extra Brut 1er Cru, £32.95, Lea & Sandeman (leaandsandeman.co.uk)
Made from 100 per cent chardonnay, this extra-brut champagne, from this small grower estate exudes elegance. Drenched with fresh apple flavours laced with citrus enriched with toasty tangs. Outstanding.

Herbert Beaufort Grand Cru Champagne, £33, Marks & Spencer (marksandspencer.com)
Predominantly pinot noir, this fine-bubbled gold coloured champagne is a cracker. Bursting with character this rich and powerful oozes class. Will satisfy even the most discerning palates.

By Daralyn Danns

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

MAC and Star Trek’s make-up collaboration

While make-up should enhance what you have naturally, it should also be about fun. And that is exactly what you get with MAC’s latest collaboration with Star Trek.

Most have enjoyed watching a film so it is lovely to see this range of what MAC calls cosmically charged hues

Ranging from eye shadows to gorgeous nail colours, there is something that should suit almost everybody. The names are enough to want to make you buy something.

Here are some of my favourites.

MAC StarTrek Face Powder in Highly Illogical, £26.50
A lovely sheer wash of golden plum laced with pearl.  

MAC StarTrek Lipstick Where No Man Has Gone Before lipstick, £17
Pretty pink lipstick with gold pearl.

MAC StarTrek Pigment Eye Shadow, The Naked Time, £17.50
A sparkly taupe pearl.

MAC StarTrek StudioNail Lacquer, Enterprise, £11
Frosted silver chrome.

By Daralyn Danns