A Medi-Pedi at Margaret Dabbs

Sunday is the new Saturday.

There’s something about waking up on a Sunday morning that I’ve grown to love over the past few years – the smell of brunch and a fresh cup of coffee with a cookery show on the telly, and usually a day of adventure ahead.

A few Sundays ago, I found myself in a slightly different routine to usual…

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One Vintage Christmas with Molton Brown

Christmas, you heard me say? I can’t quite believe there is only a few weeks left until the big day and festivities are already starting to come alive. I’m usually most excited about the festive coffee cups and the Christmas Movie 24 channel (don’t get me started, I’m obsessed), but this year I have something else that is holding my attention.

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Blossom Dandy by Essie


‘Blossom Dandy’ is one of the beautiful shades from Essie’s 2015 Flowerista collection and is perfect for summertime. A gorgeous bright duck egg shade, it has a hint of mint without taking anything away from the blue tones.

I’m obsessed.

I have been searching for a shade like this for a few weeks but all the polishes I have seen seem to be too blue or too green – I wanted that famous Tiffany’s colour.



Using the Essie base coat and two coats of colour, the drying time was great and I didn’t have to endure any smudging (I’m a fidget which always proves problematic painting nails!)

 I can’t comment on the staying power as it’s only been on my nails for a couple of hours but Essie polish usually lasts a good 5 days before chipping. During the hotter months (or week, in the UK) I change up the nail colour quite a bit so longevity isn’t too much of an issue for me, but I have a feeling I’m going to be opting for this shade quite a bit…



You can find more details on the Essie Flowerista collection here.

What do you think of this colour? Have you bought any shades from this range?


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Celebrating with Tonic Beauty


Last week I was kindly invited along to Tonic’s 1st Birthday bash in Cheltenham.

It’s funny how you can live in a fairly small town and work around the corner from somewhere for a year but never know a place exists – until now. Tonic is an elegant and cosy Beauty Salon in the Suffolks, offering a variety of treatments that include manicures and pedicures, waxing, makeup and spa treatments. Stepping inside my friend and I were greeted with smiles from it’s founder and Beauty Therapist Kerry, along with an intimate gathering of locals who joined to celebrate.




Prosecco flowing and delicious canapes provided by their neighbour Bhoomi, a South Indian restaurantthe room was full of chatter and excitement. It was great to speak to entrepreneur Kerry and find out more about the range of treatments and brands they use – their ethos is to ‘provide exceptional treatments in a calm and welcoming environment’ which I could pick up on during a sample treatment in one of the adjoining rooms.




The first salon in Cheltenham to offer the elite Parisian skincare brand Yon-Ka (this stuff smells incredible!), they use exclusive salon brands and a premium waxing treatment by Lycon UK. Visiting salons can be a daunting experience for some, including me, but from first impressions the staff at Tonic make you feel really welcome and comfortable during your visit. I’m excited to book my first treatment with them next month before I head off on my holiday!

Canapes devoured and goody bags in hand, we said our goodbyes to the lovely Kerry and headed off out into the rain.

Happy Birthday, Tonic!




You can find out all of their information here and you can even book your beauty treatments online!


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