Spain has to be my go-to location for a quick summer break; flights are affordable and short- plus the sun is almost shining- what’s not to like?!

So when Jess (from Cocoa Chelsea) and I decided we needed a little bit of sunshine, that’s exactly where we headed!

We stayed at the Kempinski Bahia Hotel in Estepona, Malaga, a beautiful 5-star hotel right on the southern coast of Spain. Our room was perfect; terrace, living room, huge wardrobe area, bath tub, shower and most importantly, a beautiful view over the sea. It did have a glass bathroom door, meaning one of us had to sit in the living room the whole time as the other one showered but, we worked around it and it’d be okay if you were going with your partner.

We were only there four days but it would be a great room to spend 10 days in, it was so homely but yet a large room and the hotel is the perfect place to relax. It’s also pretty well priced for a 5-star hotel with prices starting at £178 a night. Although, I would recommend asking for a more modern room if you like the look of my photos as some are more traditionally European.

All rooms come with breakfast which Jess and I had everyday. There’s a good variety of hot and cold food, as well as an omelette station and a children’s breakfast area with the cutest cakes. I went for eggs everyday as I do back home but the juices were great and I did have a cheeky cake or two as I simply couldn’t resist!

The hotel has a great gym and spa, although I didn’t quite make it to the gym (but did take a yoga class!). I definitely made it to the spa. They have some great treatments but nothing will ever beat a full body massage for me! I also had the Bastien Gonzalez Pedicure which was a great intensive pedi (but no polish).The reason I was there was basically to top up my tan so naturally the pool area was very important to me. It was super quiet, clean and didn’t feel even a little crowded which is great if you just want to relax! However, if you want to glam up your day there is also a Moet & Chandon Pool (Pool by Moet) at the hotel, where you can sip champagne whilst relaxing on a sun bed.
Since I don’t like to stay in a hotel for too long we did check out the Puro Beach club, Malaga, which is a short walk along the beach and I’d highly recommend doing so. We spent a lovely day there, it wasn’t too party-ish on the day we went and there was a really great vibe. It isn’t too expensive for a beach club and far less intimidating and more chilled than most beach clubs. We also booked another full body massage (massively spoilt!), drank cocktails and had the most amazing sushi for lunch! I actually think this was my favourite day, the pool is beautiful as it everything else.

The beach club is in Laguna Village which is also a great place for lunch/dinner if you don’t want to eat at the hotel but also just want a short walk.




Most of the nights, Jess and I had dinner at the restaurants and the food is great, there isn’t a huge selection but we tried two of the restaurants. We had an amazing steak and beautiful wine at Alminar Wine & Steak House but my favourite was probably La Cabana Del Mar, we got to eat by the sea and the food was amazing! We really wanted to explore the town of Estepona so headed in at dusk for a little walk and some paella for dinner. We did walk but it’s a long walk. I’d recommend opting for a cab which is what we done on the way home as it’s under 10 Euros and a really short drive. It’s a really traditionally Spanish town, with friendly locals, adorable roads and delicious food. We had dinner there in a local restaurant and the paella was exactly what I wanted!
Overall, it was the perfect mini break and I’d highly recommend it if you don’t want to go too far and just want to relax in a beautiful hotel.

A huge thanks to Kempinski Bahia for having us and for spoiling us over the four days!

Check out the Kempinski Bahia website here and the Puro Beach Club here it’s the perfect getaway if you still don’t have summer plans.

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So I thought today I’d tell you about two treatments I had done recently.

The first I’ve had done before but Toni & Guy done such a good job that I thought we’d talk about it a little. I wanted something a little different for winter but went in without much of a plan. I went in to see An who is a colourist and stylist at Toni & Guy North Audley Street. We decided to go a little darker but keep a hint of the balayage towards the tips and just tidy the shape up a little. I wasn’t too happy with my previous cut and colour (which I had done elsewhere) but I love the current colour and shape. An also applied Olaplex, which if you haven’t tried, I honestly think it’s amazing and a must for coloured hair!

It’s also worth noting that they have a Fashion Fix Menu in-salon which is perfect for all your festive hair needs. You can choose from 24 key Blow Dry styles to statement up-do’s, all done within 30minutes.

Onto Nouveau Lashes LVL treatment…

I’ve had Nouveau Lash Extensions before and I liked them but felt that they were a little too much work for me but LVL, that I can get behind! It’s a semi-permanent treatment which straightens your natural lashes at the root (lifting them up, similar to curling your lashes with a lash curler), making them look longer and thicker. They also tint the lashes which creates a mascara-style look.

I went in for my treatment on Harley Street and was made to feel super comfortable. The beautician and I spoke through the treatment and decided to start with the medium size curl as some of my lashes are quite straight and they’re quite long so could end up printing onto my brow bone. It’s ever so slightly uncomfortable but pain-free and only took 45minutes which is much quicker than lash extensions.

The reason why I prefer it to lash extensions is because it requires less maintenance and only needs to be topped up every six or so weeks, the treatment is shorter and you’re free to use whatever products you want on your lashes after. Plus, I like that no one can say they’re fake as they’re completely real just enhanced. If you want the super thick effect lash extensions give you then these aren’t for you but if you want enhanced lashes that don’t require too much work I can’t recommend LVL enough! I’ll write a bit of an update after I’ve tried it a few more times to share my thoughts about how it wears and the effect on my lashes.

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I have been getting a few questions about my current hair colour as a lot of you noticed on Instagram that it’s quite a lot blonder. Plus, I’ve been dying to tell you all about Olaplex which is basically my favourite hair secret!

Once upon a time I thought I would never lighten my hair and instead would darken it as I thought it suited me more. Since Ombre and Balayage has been very popular recently I have been giving it a go myself and I really love it. I probably would never dye my entire hair blonde, as I find that the darker bits still really suit my colouring but I really do think blondes have more fun and would recommend giving balayage a go if you have been thinking about it.

The question I have been getting the most is if it has damaged my hair. I really don’t think lightening and bleaching your hair is the best thing you can do for your hair but I have recently discovered Olaplex and it has completely changed my hair, I can’t recommend it enough!

Olaplex is an in-salon treatment which helps to rebuild damaged hair bonds which have broken through chemical processes such as colouring, perming or even through the use of hair tools. Since starting to use Olaplex I find my hair doesn’t look as dry or damaged as it previously did and really help the hairs all over appearance. If you lighten your hair then I really think it’s a must and I can’t wait to have it done again as it does have to be topped up to maintain the same look as your hair is exposed to heated tools. Even whilst on holiday where I put my hair through a lot I think my colour stayed looking good without getting too dry or changing shade.

Back to the colour, I had my hair done at Blue Tit in Dalston, if you’re London based there is a sprinkling of Blue Tit Salons around and I had a great experience there. I’ve always wanted to be this colour but found hair stylist were always a little nervous to go this light but Kamila was amazing and got me to the exact colour I wanted. The technique she used was actually Flamboyage and I am in love with the all over effect!

I’ve never been happier with my hair colour so a huge thanks to Olaplex and Blue Tit!

To find you local salon which offers Olaplex click here and to find your local Blue Tit Salon click here.

I’ve been trying to get away for a relaxing weekend since the end of August but life keeps getting in the way and I haven’t really been able to squeeze in a long drive or train journey so when The Marriott Bexleyheath asked if I wanted to come down for a bit of pampering and an evening away I of course said yes.

I really know nothing about the area but that really not why I chose to stay there, I chose to stay there because it’s a reasonable drive away and because I knew that I would spend the time relaxing instead of exploring the area which is what I usually do when I go away.

It was easy to get there and when I did, I changed into my robe and I made full use of their great spa! Most excitingly I had an incredible back, neck and shoulder massage as well as a fab Decleor Express Facial! The spa has a steam room, pool, gym and sauna as well as some treatment rooms offering the usual you would expect from a spa. It was all really relaxing, the massage was one of the best I’ve had in a while and my skin looked really healthy and glowing after the facial too!

It was great to then be able to pop into my room and spend the rest of the evening eating, watching TV and relaxing. I even had a long soak with my Neals Yard Bath Oil which I’d packed and which left me even more incredibly chilled.

I need to make some more time for relaxing and this is such a great way to go about it although you can book to use the spa without staying in the hotel if you’re just looking for some pampering without staying away from home.

Before coming away on holiday I decided to book in for a few pre-holiday treatments, some essentials and some were just little treats.

My first one was at the Clarins counter in John Lewis on Oxford Street, they have a great little section off the shop floor where you can choose from facials and massages, they are each 30 minutes and cost only £25 which I think is excellent value for money and great for anyone that doesn’t have much time. I went for the Get Glowing Facial which was excellent but I am very tempted to go back for a massage once I am back in the UK.

A holiday essential is waxing, I went to Wax in the City which is a walk in salon offering only waxing and based on the Kings Road. I would say it was the least painful Brazilian wax I have ever had and I’m a real baby when it comes to waxing. It’s a great place to go if like me you always forget to book before hand but I also find they’re real experts in waxing and it far less painful.

For my mani/pedi I turned to PRIV an app which allows you to book treatments and beauticians to come straight to your house/office. I’m still not 100% sure if I would want a massage in my own house as I think it may almost take the luxurious and spa like feeling out of it but it’s perfect for a manicure/pedicure, especially in the winter when you want to get your toes painted as you won’t need to put your shoes on to get home after. My mani/pedi was by Anna and she done a really great job, have it at home meant I didn’t have to spend time travelling to and from the salon which was great as I hadn’t finished all my packing. I got shellac on my finger nails and normal polish on my toes, as they are mobile they’re colour selection isn’t enormous but it was enough and I love the colour I chose.

At Heathrow Terminal Two I also made the most of World Duty Free’s free mini treatments which are available to everyone. I had a neck and hand massage from Elizabeth Arden, a skin consultation from Khiels and had my makeup done at Nars, they’re all really great if you have some extra time to kill before your flight and are looking to try some of their brands. I also picked up a few items in World Duty Free but I have a haul coming soon.

Back in the UK tomorrow so hopefully normal blogging will return shortly, sorry about the lack of posts but theres just not good enough internet in the middle of nowhere in Portugal.