|Training for the Prosecco themed yoga run on Friday evening|
Our Lunch ended up running a little late (I blame the Prosecco) so we phoned the nail salon where we'd booked a manicure appointment (MW Nails) to inform them.They were very accommodating and pushed our appointment back accordingly. We'd found the place on Time Out's best nail bars - London and we'd gone for it as the concept is a little different. Basically the salon is decorated in the style of an American Airlines Boeing 747. You sit in comfortable plane seats which are nice for the tush, the beauticians' are dressed similar to an air hostess and the nail polishes are displayed in airplane window cubicles. There was a huge choice of polish, we um'd and ah'd for a while and primarily went for our usual colours. Then we decided to switch it up. So Essie's Lady Godiva and Angora Cardi it was then for us.
We had the Perfect Panama manicure at 29 GBP...
The staff were friendly. Flora and I were chatting away nine to the dozen so they didn't try to start a conversation with us but I noticed a few lone customers who were happily conversing with their nail technician. The salon was clean, and I would say it was a very non-fussy approach without being robotic. Professional with a human touch. Something fun to do every once in a while with friends. There we go.
Here we are, clearly pleased as punch with our new pretty nails! And i'm happy to say that the nail varnish is still firmly in place. I've had a few polish jobs/manicures where shampooing my hair can lead to chipped varnish!
After our manicure, it was time for Flora and I to say "au revoir". I have to say, it's really nice to have reached out and found a new friend from the blogging world. Flora is brilliant company, has a great sense of humour, she loves reading and is just an all round intelligent lady with a vast connaissance of London. It has been such a positive experience and given me the confidence to consider contacting other bloggers, and to interact with more people in the blogging community. Thanks Flora : ) You can find Flora on Twitter and Instagram as well as her blog site which you will see is in my "Reading" section.
From new friends to old friends...I trundled off to St. Christopher's Place to meet up with some school pals! We all met each other at boarding school when we were 16 and despite being close at school, we mostly ended up in different places for university. It has been so nice to reconnect after all this time. Moggs is married and expecting her second child! Suling has just secured a job at the University of Edinburgh and last but not least, Christina has carved such a nice for herself in the realm of 21st century solo piano works. She was recently rubbing shoulders with Elton John and playing on the most exquisite piano for an auction sale in Harrods! I really enjoyed catching up with these ladies, I headed home absolutely exhausted but very happy. There was time for a mini photo session with Tina and Snowy the dog.
My sister and I had a much needed lie-in on Sunday and started the chill out day with brunch at Kipferl, another favourite place of mine located in Camden Passage.
|This is Flora's photo: turns out we both went to Kipferl, separately, for brunch on Sunday!|
You must try the cakes if you're there. We tried an almond tart, an espresso cake and the apple strudel. Us Binns sisters do not mess around when it comes to cake!
My sister had got me some raw chocolate to sample by a company called Lovechock. It's very dark and therefore very bitter but the goji berries and orange gave it some natural sweetness and a bit of a zing. The packaging is very pretty and if you don't know already I am an absolute sucker for nice packaging. Plus there's a positive message inside if you need uplifting/to be reminded of all that is going well in your life.
Sadly the time came where I had to head to St. Pancras and back to Paris, although I wasn't complaining too much as JB was waiting in our fab apartment for me with hugs ready to go.
Thank you to everyone who made the time to hang out with me. I had a brilliant weekend in London. Here's to the next time! (Apologies once again readers for the mammoth post)