Gloss & Go Blow Dry | DryBy Salon

Beauty Lunch Breaks

Best for hair blow dry 

Having a good blow-dry can transform your entire look and for this reason, blow-dry bars are heaven sent – speedy, functional and expertly executed.

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What I love about DryBy, they offer a speedy makeover with a capsule collection of five blow-dry styles that will take you across the globe – from a classic London look, to beach-ready Rio waves and back to the sleek and chic Upper East Side.  I chose the ROME. 

DryBy Before

Channeling my inner Sophia Loren and my passion for big hair and volume.   I thought it was best suited for a Monday – setting a strong tone for the week ahead right?

The gloss-and-go transformation at DryBy make lacklustre hair look fresh again due to the products used Original & Mineral ( O &M ),  an indie Australian botanical brand I am now crazy about.  The O&M products to “maintain your mane” made easy in even the most hottest summer months of the year while living in a city like London where humidity runs quite high.   Oils of Evening Primrose and Macadamia seed combine in a mild moisturizing everyday formula that cleanses the hair and scalp. Antioxidants and amino acids in Banksia Flower protect, helping freshly washed hair stay healthy.

Hair Back DryBy

O&M hair productsThe result? Hair immediately looks refreshed, healthy and shiny.  Plus, it’s located on Mortimer Street right next to spin studio mid day hair emergencies.

DryBy After

The 35-minute blow-dry is accompanied by a coffee or sparkling wine so you can disconnect while gloss-and-go transformation make lacklustre hair look fresh out the door quickly.

DryBy Blow-dry, £35,


Scarf  | The Furla Savana scarf (Furla)

Shirt | Italian cashmere short-sleeve T-shirt (J Crew)

Sunglasses | Miu Miu

15-minute LED treatment | The Light Salon

Beauty Lunch Breaks

Best for facial lift and glow on the go


While on a business trip to London this week I visited The Light Salon located at Harvey Nichols Beauty Room. It was in the neighbourhood where I was scheduled for my meeting pitching my marketing presentation (that I was already excited and anxious about) and thought I needed an extra “glowing confidence” from Knightsbridge’s best kept secret – skin rejuvenation bar.  And so, I ventured out before my marketing meeting at noon.

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My session was a quiet moment of bliss – calm, relaxing and reinvigorating. Sitting comfortably in the white designer lounge chair, the Express LED Rejuvenation (Yellow light) begins. While closing my eyes (protective eye mask applied), I couldn’t help but start to enjoy my lunch break.

I was instantly able to disconnect, while soothingly warm near-infra-red light (the opposite of damaging UV) was silently working away to boost, hydrate, brighten, plump and glow while stimulating collagen and accelerating healing.  The results?  With just one treatment were impressive: my skin immediately looked decidedly more even and radiant.

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Temperature-wise, I never felt too hot while the light was being applied—the brightness is far more noticeable than any heat. In terms of immediate results, co-workers who didn’t know I’d had a facial said my skin looked “fresh” when I returned to work (always a good sign).

After The Light Salon

With no downtime and immediate results, light therapy is fast becoming a popular alternative to traditional facials.  The Light Salon delivers supercharged ExpressLED facials that give you naturally radiant skin, it’s the non-invasive route to a younger looking skin giving you an instant glow that will last for two to three day.

Co-Founder, Laura Ferguson, “As somebody who’s suffered from problem skin in the past, I know how it can feel – like there’s no end in sight. So, when I discovered LED treatments in my thirties, it was like the curtain had been lifted, and my skin showed dramatic improvements. For me, it’s so important that we make this technology accessible to everyone, because everybody deserves to be their best self.”

The menu also includes add-ons such as Microdermabrasion Buffs, smooths, decongests (15mins) or the Express LED Acne Treatment (Blue light) anti-bacterial, deep cleansing, corrective (25mins).  It’s the ultimate boost to your skin’s natural radiance, and just the thing for targeting problem areas that naturally boosts the skin’s collagen production, correcting and healing.

Due to popular demand, The Light Salon treatments are now also available at Cowshed Selfridges, either while having a manicure and pedicure or simply on their own.

The Light Salon at Harvey Nichols and Cowshed Selfridges, from £35 a treatment.



Earrings | Pinko

Dress | Pinko

Nail Colour | Crush On You (The Ned, Cheeky Nail Bar)


Inside The House Of Elemis Penthouse & BIOTEC ANTI-PIGMENT BRIGHTENER treatment

Beauty Lunch Breaks

Elemis’ flagship spa re-opens with a whole new feeling.

With a slick, modern townhouse feeling (gone are the dark wood floors, buddhas and velvet-swathed sofas of the old spa), the new space feels lighter, brighter and much larger than it seems (there are only 7 treatment rooms, but the space feels much bigger than that).

With only 90 minutes, I was invited to the top floor, the Elemis Penthouse featuring ceramic flower wall sculptures by talented artist Valeria Nascimento and an incredible amber quartz bed, which envelops and supports your body with thousands of warm, tiny crystal beads – all meant to energise and invigorate your cells (see below).

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A targeted skin-brightening treatment that reduces pigmentation and dullness for refined and translucent skin combine the latest technology with time-tested massage techniques for brilliant results.

‘People in town are busy. It’s not about the sleepy, indulgent rituals anymore – you can check into a hotel spa in the countryside for that. This is about results. It’s about having a great treatment that helps you manage your lifestyle and stress levels. You want to walk away with really healthy looking skin and perhaps a bit more information about how to look after yourself your wellbeing,’ says Elemis co-founder Noella Gabriel, who went to town on the treatment menu, stripping it right back and creating entirely new facials and massages to help put back what city life takes out.

I sit in front of a machine that, after only two minutes, “scanned” my entire face; as a result, Holly, the beautician that assisted me, showed me how my skin was dehydrated and with plenty enlarged pores.

Elemis also has a day-spa in Miami, United States, on 330 San Lorenzo Avenue.