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Ladies only Spa in London?!

The Beauty Lodge

The Beauty Lodge. Image taken from their website

Tucked away in the quiet neighbourhood of Glendale Avenue in North London is The Beauty Lodge. They call themselves a “hidden gem” of North London and I cannot agree more!

The Beauty Lodge is a ladies only luxury spa – “run for women by women”. As a Muslim woman, this was an icing on a cake WITH a cherry on top of course! I have always longed to go to a spa to wind down and “let myself go”, especially to get away from the hectic life of London. In a desperate attempt to find a suitable place I Googled “women’s only spa” and the Beauty Lodge was first on the list. Before anything else, I was ecstatic that this spa was located at a convenient location and more so dumbfounded that I have not discovered it earlier!

I decided to bring a friend along to the spa and enjoy the “spa party package” which includes one hour use of the spa along with a number of treatments from which you can choose from – we decided to go for the express facial. This totalled to £40 for both of us – not bad!

Finding the spa would have been a bit difficult if I did not use my navigator (citymapper app is a lifesaver!). I have to admit, I was very confused when I entered Glendale Avenue as it was a residential area of houses. When I found the entrance to the spa, I was slightly worried thinking the spa was in someone’s house! However, little did I or my friend know of what was waiting for us behind the seemingly plain entrance of the Beauty Lodge.

As I opened the door, the first thing I heard was the gentle sound of running water. We followed the neatly laid red carpet in front of us which led to the source of the sound. Here, I discovered the cosy lodge-style seating area surrounding a cute pond which I felt so tempted to sit by and just fall asleep to the sound of the water!

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As we checked in for our appointment we were greeted by the owner of the spa and the friendly staff who offered us refreshments. Upon entering the spa area, my friend and I were really impressed with what stood before us. In a beautifully decorated room, filled with exotic ornaments and candles was a hot tub, an infra-red sauna and two treatment couches where we would be getting our express facial. An hour in the hot tub flew by very quickly! Next time I will probably have to pay a bit extra for a two hour use! The facial afterwards was sooo relaxing and my skin felt rejuvenated!

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The verdict: I will be definitely returning to the Beauty Lodge but this time with more friends as the hot tub can facilitate up to 8 people! It will be a fun place to unwind with your girlfriends as extra upgrades can get you and your friends to enjoy a chocolate fountain with fresh fruits or even an afternoon tea! The private setting of the spa area was indeed the main Brownie point for me as it made it that ‘extra’ bit comfortable. Not forgetting the friendly staff who always made sure to check up on us. So, would I recommend the Beauty Lodge? The answer is, yes!

With Love,

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Modest by Haute Arabia 2015

We have attended the most awaited event of this year – Haute Arabia Modest Fashion Awards 2015 held at The Shard; The Shangri-La hotel. This is their third year running of this event.

Belle Amour at The Shard

We were the Haute Arabia (HA) competition winners of 2015 and were very ecstatic to be a part of this year’s show.

Haute Arabia is an online fashion advertising consultancy, or an ‘incubator’ for established and new businesses. They ‘cherry pick’ products globally and across different brands to bring Arabian inspired fashion to their audiences. Do give their website a look as their merchandise ranges from home-wear, clothing to beauty.

My sister and I have been following Haute Arabia since their launch on Social Media. As we both adore Arabian modest fashion, HA host many inspirational modest fashion ideas for the wardrobe. We love the fact that HA brings the community of talented Artists/designers all onto one platform!

Each year, the designers come together to showcase their talents on the catwalk to fashion enthusiasts, prominent bloggers, fashion journalists, stylists and many more!

What I wore:

Choosing a dress for this years HA event was a challenge. However, with the help of bloggers and guests who have attended previous events was very helpful. I wanted an outfit which would compliment the theme of this event (Modesty & Modest Fashion) and secondly the location of course!

So, I present to you *drum rolls please* this custom-made dress I have designed 😀

Sir Nearly Headless Nick! XD

This was a very comfortable yet effortlessly chic dress which complimented the elegance of the event. Initially, I was having second thoughts as I felt I would be too over-dressed for the event and did not want to look like a fool *blushes*.

The weather that day was beautiful but temperatures started to drop later on in the evening. Luckily, my dress kept me warm as the material was thick!

I paired the dress with a medium sized off-cream clutch from Miss Selfridge and kept jewels to the bare minimum with a hand candy from Monsoon Accessorize.

I could have opted for a different colored Hijaab, however was running out of time and played it safe with my favourite black Hijaab from Qatar (gifted).

Beautiful jeweled hand candy ❤ By Monsoon Accessorize

Familiar Faces:

You may recognise Habiba Da Silva (Life Long Percussion) from Instagram and Youtube. It was lovely to meet you Habiba 🙂

lifelongpercussion AkA Habiba Da Silva

These two made the event a comfortable and an enjoyable experience. Sheuly (Editor, bottom left) from Your Personal Bridal Dreams (YPBD) online magazine and Rumena Make-up Artist of YPBD and Youtuber (bottom right), were also at the show. We enjoyed meeting you both and for the after-party too 😉

Far Left: Sheuly, ME, Far Right: Rumena

Bina from Aura Collections – it was lovely to meet you – finally! Bina has an online collection of beautiful kaftans; they are stunning! Do have a look! 🙂

Bina from Aura Collections

The two beautiful ladies from Rosasha (Creative Director, Right and Managing Director, Left).

The Rosasha Girls ❤

Rosasha retails Pashmina scarves from Turkey and of very fine quality too. Both ladies looking elegant in their scarves and were a pleasure to network with. Do check their Facebook and Instagram out!

In a deep conversation with the Rosasha girls as they show interest in my dress 😀

The Catwalk:

We attended the second catwalk show @ 4:30pm held in one of the boardrooms turned into a make-shift catwalk. The stage was set in front of the angled glass panes of The Shard, mirroring the clouds and beauty of London.

The designers who were showcasing at this time were:

Nisaa had an elegant catwalk of contemporary modest dresses for the modern Muslimah. If you look online here, you will notice that they are evening/semi-formal/party dresses. Brides will also look stunning in these outfit as shown below.

Clothing by: Nisaa

Clothing by: Nisaa

By Soufyan – Ahh yes! Loved the catwalk with his urban trendy jumpers and Tees which send out a loving political message for different causes like Gaza, Syria and Falestine! We LOVE Palestine – Viva la Palestina #PeaceOut

We LOVE the Tees and jumpers By Soufyan

Mizaan & Noor Saab – Just wow! Noor Saab being very formal (that is formal in a stylish way) chic and classy. Mizaan taking the catwalk with their pooffy dresses, glitz and glam for all occasions.

(Far right and left) Mizaan and (Middle) Noor Saab

Whilst sipping a glass of juice and enjoying lobster canapés with a forefront view of London, we were networking with like-minded people in the industry, who like us, were interested in creativity, modest fashion and enterprise.

It was interesting to learn about the perception of ‘modest’ fashion and designer’s interpretations of this through the clothing lines as show-cased on the catwalk.

These gorgeous treats were too cute to eat!

The verdict:

It was a pleasure to win (VIP) tickets to a prestigious event – Thank you Haute Arabia! Our VIP tickets also contained a gift bag perk which unfortunately was not received. A few other paying visitors were also at a similar position. However, Haute Arabia reacted to this situation very well and maintained professionalism. I personally love businesses who deal with issues small/big in a professional customer-centric way.

Could not stop staring at the view of London. Trying to see my Borough from up here XD

Nonetheless, it was a prime location which offsets the experience; that is the purpose of this event- elegance of modest fashion and great guest appearances.

Looking forward to (hopefully) attending the Modest Fashion Awards this year (In shaa Allah – if God wills).

With Love,

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