Five Things of the Week | Spas, Stationery and Sleep

Cheeky Salon, Bumpkin BettyWoweee! This week has been craaaazzzzyyyy! As is stands I’m due home from work at 6pm this evening and have to pack a case for travelling to Scotland for the next week, but I still haven’t gotten around to unpacking from Paris last weekend so have a feeling I could be in a state of panic in a few hours when I realise none of the clothes I want to take are clean or crease free.

Since getting back from Paris on Sunday evening, it’s been a total whirlwind. Having had quite a bit of time off work last week, I had to throw myself back into things with gusto first thing on Monday, which quite frankly was hellish. I’ve had various deadlines for the blog that I’ve felt panicked about making, clients which needed projects finalised and results which had to be achieved, and long shifts at my editorial jobs. Add to that the task of putting together 100 wedding invites (they arrived back from the printers on Monday and we are determined to get them out before the end of the month – our three month deadline), making 100 envelope liners and trying my very best to address 100 envelopes in my best calligraphy and getting annoyed when tiredness caused them all to be less than perfect after the months of practicing I’ve been doing.

As well as that we’ve been trying to organise our Scotland trip at the last minute and make sure we pack as many wedding tasks as we can in – supplier visits, registrar meet ups, florist run throughs – as it’s the last time we’ll be up before the wedding week. It all feels very haphazard right now, I’m sure we’re forgetting something, the flat looks like a bomb has hit it and we’re currently planning to stuff envelopes, write our entire ceremony and schedule a week’s worth of blog posts (me) on the four hour train journey. But considering we’ve been up until 2am every night this week I fear all we’re really going to do is sleep.

As I said it’s been a crazy week. And even though I’m sure it will also be a crazy visit, I’m looking forward to going home and spending some time away from the madness next week to take stock and get through things without so much general life admin and work tasks getting in the way.

Anyway we’re long overdue for a little catch up, so here’s what’s been happening over the last little while…

1. Pre- Paris prep

Before heading to Paris I indulged in a little hen do beauty prep and kind of saw it as a dry run for the wedding. First stop was a mani/pedi date at Cheeky Parlour in Shoreditch which is one of my favourite salons, especially for nails. They do a really good job and the varnish always lasts for a really long time. I got the obligatory bright red for Paris although I was eyeing up colours that might suit my Winter wedding too. It was a lovely relaxing couple of hours having my hands and feet simultaneously massaged and prepped, not to mention the fact that this place has seriously cute decor. Loving those cushions.

Lash extensions London, BumpkinBetty
2. Lash Perfect

Another of my ‘dry run’s’ for the wedding was to try lash extensions. A few of my friends got them done ahead of their weddings and had raved about the results but I felt a trial was needed in case I hated the results before my wedding day. Getting them done before Paris seemed like the best option and so I headed along to see Asma at Boudoir Lashes for a bespoke consultation and hour long lash session. Asma had been recommended to me by Annabel at Love my Dress and I’ll be writing a full review on my thoughts of the process but overall I was really impressed with the results. It definitely was a strange sensation having them done and that first night sleeping was a little odd as when I woke up all I wanted to do was rub my eyes. But once I got used to having them there, I loved them and didn’t want them to go. Waking up and feeling ready to go without having to put any eye make up on was great!

Franze and Evans, Bumpkin Betty
3. Franze and Evans

I stumbled across a new cute London cafe last week in Franze and Evans on Redchurch Street, just off Brick Lane. I popped in for a quick afternoon pick me up but definitely decided I need to go back for lunch when I saw all the delicious homemade salads. They also did gluten free cakes and a great selection of herbal teas so it was all a winner for me!

Quill London stationary, Bumpkin Betty
4. Personalised Stationery

With my Post Paris blues hitting pretty hard on Monday, I received this lovely gift from the folks at Quill London (you may remember me reviewing their calligraphy classes a few weeks back?) at just the right time to perk me up. They kindly sent me this beautiful personalised notebook from their new range of stationery which can be personalised with your initials. I love nothing more than stationery, and I love anything personalised so this was the perfect present. The notebook is incredibly sophisticated and looks all kinds of grown up with the gold edges, cut angles and embossed initials. So pretty in fact, I don’t want to write in it!

Marriott County Hall Spa, Bumpkin Betty
5. Spa Days

Amongst all the craziness of this week I did manage to have one morning of relaxation when I headed to the Marriott Hotel on The Southbank to review their spa services along with my blog partner in crime Danielle. Despite waking up frazzled from another late night, the rain thrashing down on us on route until we were soaked to the skin, and me yawning my way through the first few hours of the day, it was a lovely time spent catching up with Danielle on all of our recent news and a good back massage was exactly what I needed to release some of that tension. Even if I did pile it all back on the day after.

And so it’s another early morning start tomorrow to catch our train and a packed few days in Glasgow before I head home for a hug from my parents and to unload some wedding stresses on them.

How has your week been? Have you had a busy time of it lately too?