For multitude of reasons, January is by far the most miserable month so it’s important to take some time out for you and find as many things as you can that can brighten up the blue month. For me, it’s usually ‘Dry January’ so there’s no Prosecco to take the edge of things(!), plus, with the post-Christmas slump, lack of vitamin D and new year stresses, my skin always feels super miserable and fatigued around this time of year, which gets me down.
When you think of Regent Street, you don’t naturally think of relaxation and wellness, but I spent last Saturday, the drizzliest, greyest Saturday imaginable, having a full morning of pampering and me-time which really proved otherwise… It's home to a plethora of stores that offer luxurious in-store experiences and calming wellbeing treatments that totally neutralise the effects of a usual day's shopping! I jumpstarted the day with a sweat and a spin class, kicked back with my book and a smoothie, then hopped from store to store, lapping up in-store facials, skin consultations, hand massages and more, before afternoon coffee and macarons. Ed was working and then out in the evening, so I had the full day to myself and spent a very rare evening embracing being a potato on the sofa watching the Kardashians. It’s only looking back, with glower skin (and good advice on how to care for it) and a brighter, fresher outlook, that I realise how much you need those ‘off-duty’ days sometimes… With my reset button pressed, February, I’m ready for you!
spin at Psycle
Confession. I’ve NEVER done spin before. I know, I know, that probably makes me an imposter fitness blogger, but honestly, as I cycle most places in the city, I’ve always overlooked spin classes. So a Saturday morning visit to Psycle was my first ever, and once I’d got my seat adjusted, found the beat, and got used to the slightly claustrophobic feeling of my feet being trapped in the pedals, I really loved the class. The disco-dark atmosphere, the killer tunes, and that thigh and gluten burn…ouch! Buns of steel incoming… I’ve since heard a lot of people say Psycle is their favourite spin studio in London, so I definitely recommend trying a class if you’re intrigued or a newbie like me…
dedicated off-line time
Once I’d showered off the oodles of sweat (it does feel so good to start the weekend getting it all out), I parked myself at Joe & the Juice with the most drinkable ‘Ve-Gain’ smoothie and my book for an hour’s dedicated offline time. This is something I’m really trying to do more of, just taking myself off somewhere to put my phone on airplane mode and read a few chapters of a book…
skin consultation at Kiehl’s
A skin consultation at Kiehl’s is completely free and so insightful, like a science lesson, I really would recommend it to you all. A clever little tool and some receptor pads analyse the oil and hydration levels of your skin, and from there, you’re guided through which products are best for you and your regime. I have hormonal skin that changes through the month and flares up when I’m stressed too, but I’m also super low maintenance and not a big one for multi-step skincare routines. My recommended hero products I came away with were the Recovery Cleansing Oil, the Midnight Oil, and the Skin Rescuer, all of which I’m really enjoying using. I’m going to do as skincare update post with these soon too, so stay tuned, I’ll keep you posted.
hand massage at Jo Malone
Is there anything more luxurious than being pampered in Jo Malone? A store of monochromatic dreams that smells so delicious and makes me feel 1000 times more chic by just stepping inside. Somehow I resisted the complimentary Nytimber but was treated to a heavenly hand massage and a fragrance combining session, appreciating the different components of my favourite Jo Malone scent, Basil & Neroli, and learning how to layer the signature fragrances to create your own unique scent — I added Orange Blossom for some sweeter floral notes, in optimism of spring...
vegetarian lunch at tibits
Lunch time! There’s a myriad of places to eat on Regent Street so you aren’t going to go hungry. I went for tibits, a veggie spot where you just fill up your plate and weigh it to pay. Not gonna lie, I went in! In my world, there’s no such thing as too much seaweed salad…
facial at L’Occitane
Last stop of the day (before hitting the & Other Stories sale…) the new L’Occitane Regent Street flagship was quite the finale. Two floors big, complete a personalisation and etching station, spa treatments, a gift wrap corner, and a cafe with Pierre Hermé macarons, it’s one hell of a store where you could easily while away an hour or two. I had a bottle of Neroli perfume etched with my name, followed the most luxurious facial, so relaxing I most definitely dosed off, before a pick-me-up coffee and a couple of sweet and light Pierre Hermé macarons — pistachio is always my favourite.