MATERNALLY BEACH AT PARESA RESORT, PHUKET, THAILAND – DAY 2 – THE ULTIMATE MASSAGE EXPERIENCE

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When envisaging the ultimate massage experience, I had in mind an ocean-view location, the perfect complete body treatment with just the right pressure to relax me, but also to ease the knots that have set firmly in place due to lifting and carrying a healthy 5-month-old throughout the day. I wanted to know upon leaving that this could very likely have been the best massage I would ever have and this is exactly the massage that I experienced at the Paresa resort in Phuket.

 

With all rooms, including the spa and gym, facing the ocean, Paresa is everything you could hope for when needing to relax following the first months of new motherhood…

 

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TOP AND SKIRT – ANTONIO BERARDI RESORT 2013

 

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MATERNALLY BEACH AT PARESA RESORT, PHUKET, THAILAND – DAY 1

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There is working hard and then there is having a new baby; nothing could have prepared me for the exhaustion that was to ensue following the arrival of my son and so when deciding it was time to escape the big freeze in London, I was taking no chances with wherever I was to spend my first holiday in almost a year.

Recommendations from friends and industry contacts filled my inbox with endless images of beaches and spas – Paresa resort in Thailand made the cut, flights were booked and with Talitha Getty in mind, resort collections from Missoni, Berardi and Gucci were packed.

Met by Paresa ‘angels’ (you are assigned an angel on arrival and that they certainly are, nothing is too great an ask) and taken through the striking entrance to an awaiting car that winds its way down the paths to your private pool villa overlooking the ocean; the smooth journey from airport to suite was nothing short of perfect.

I noted the Stephane Pompougnac tracks (he of Hotel Costes fame) playing in both reception and our suite and knew I would feel quite at home here – yes, it’s great to discover new culture and music, but along with the knowing staff and luxurious surroundings, I could also indulge in both my favoured European and Thai influences when it suited.

We stayed in an Aqua Suite, which excelled in interior design and breathtaking views (all accommodation is ocean-facing), but apparently this was nothing compared to their Cielo Residence or Grand Villa; if this was mid-level luxury, then I would have had to be forcibly removed from anything grander.

With a deep bath overlooking our private infinity pool and the swiftest room service I had ever experienced, there was no real reason to leave the spacious suite, but with such a relaxed feel to the resort, it was a mellow transition from suite to infinity pool (with Veuve Cliquot bar and in-pool raised bed areas) to the restaurant, which served the most incredible authentic Thai or Italian offerings from the clever New Zealand chef brought on board by the NZ husband and wife team that run Paresa.

This trip was, after all, designed for pure relaxation and if lounge jazz, exquisite food, faultless spa treatments (coming from a pampered Londoner, this speaks volumes!) and striking views are on the agenda, then this ‘Millionaire’s Mile’ location in Phuket checks every box.

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AMOUAGE

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I have a fragrance that has long been my signature, but when invited to discover the world of Amouage, I was not going to turn down an opportunity to immerse myself in this most luxurious of experiences.

 

Taken through the elegant store in Knightsbridge by the company’s exuberant and charming PR Levi, I had what can only be described as a ‘fragrance coming of age’ moment. You cannot help but to feel very grown up when presented with fragrances that have obviously been created for those who care for only the finer things in life and which are encased in exquisitely designed bottles.

 

Having had the pleasure of experiencing each scent – Honour was a very firm favourite – and given an insight into the world of Amouage’s creative director (and classically trained opera singer) Christopher Chong, I can gladly say that with this new year comes a new signature scent.



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STELLA MCCARTNEY – VALENTINO – NICHOLAS KIRKWOOD

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With a week of events ahead and – thankfully – warmer weather, the lighter options in my wardrobe can once more be pulled to the front and the opaque tights pushed out of sight for at least a little while longer.

 

I have yet to wear this post-baby flattering style from Stella McCartney (who knows a thing or two about post-baby dressing following her 4 gorgeous children), so with just a kilo or two to lose until I reach my pre-baby weight, this dress can still hide my not-quite-as-flat-as-it-once-was tummy.

 

STELLA MCCARTNEY DRESS

 

VALENTINO BAG

 

NICHOLAS KIRKWOOD SHOES

 

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ZERONA LASER TREATMENT TO AID FAT LOSS

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In previous years, December has always been the time for me detox, reach my ultimate weight and feel great through the endless rounds of parties and events, but with the final baby kilos still to shift following the birth 5 months ago of my first child, January has been my month to work harder than I ever have to lose the unwanted inches.

Wrongly assuming my body would follow the lead of supermodel mother Giselle and the fat would just miraculously fall away (alas, this has not been the case), I have had to take steps to aid the loss of said fat and Zerona has played a part in this.

When told of a laser that pierces the fat cells, thus allowing fat to leave the body at a greater pace, I was skeptical, but two weeks on and it is not my imagination that I have seen visible changes in my body shape.

6-12 treatments are recommended depending on age, lifestyle and weight loss goal, with the laser working one key area throughout the course; needless to say, mine was the post-baby stomach area!

I had six treatments, but certainly could have seen even greater results had I followed the recommended aftercare; minimal carbs, limited sugar and coffee, moderate exercise and compression tights to be worn at all times. I am someone who needs a generous amount of caffeine before uttering my first words of the day and with the compression tights, well, I simply forgot and somehow only managed to wear them for a total of 45 minutes over the 10 days.

Even with my skepticism and less than perfect undertaking of the aftercare, there is no denying that Zerona truly works to rid the chosen area of the unwanted fat, and therefore inches, with this pain-free laser treatment.

ZERONA IS AVAILABLE AT MEDIPSPA AT URBAN RETREAT, HARRODS +44 (0)207 893 8333

 

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MAMA MIO – BOOTCAMP FOR TUMMIES, BOOBS, ARMS AND BUTT

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Following research for genuine, proven products that can get the body some way towards your desired size (in my case, my pre-pregnancy size 10), the ‘Bootcamp’ packages from Mama Mio are the very answer.

 

The Bootcamp packages include several products and a guide to simple exercises that take just a few minutes each day. In the case of the Bootcamp For Tummies, the set is comprised of skincare products that promise to tighten, firm and tone, three words that mean more to me now than they ever have!

 

Visible improvements in the appearance of your tummy will appear within 30 days if you stick to both the product and fitness regime. If, like me, you suffered from extreme morning sickness through pregnancy and ate more in 9 months than you had in the previous three years combined, it may also be advisable to invest in the Bootcamp for Arms, Butt and Boobs!

 

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BALENCIAGA – YSL – NICHOLAS KIRKWOOD

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An evening fashion event approaches and with opaques ruining this look, I shall brave the cold and go barelegged; a driver to escort me directly to the door is an absolute necessity when sacrificing warmth in the name of fashion and thankfully the thoughtful organisers have arranged a car (finding a black cab in this weather is no mean feat!)

 

Two days and I shall find myself on a beach in 30oC temps…the countdown has begun!

 

BALENCIAGA LEATHER AT HARRODS

 

YSL DRESS AT HARRODS

 

NICHOLAS KIRKWOOD SHOES AT HARRODS

 

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AROMATHERAPY ASSOCIATES – THE ULTIMATE AROMATHERAPY EXPERIENCE

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Aromatherapy Associates is not a state-of-the-art dynamic spa in a location that screams exclusive. And this is a very good thing. Tucked away in a pretty side street in Knightsbridge, the spa has a friendly, local feel, although the products and services are clearly exceptionally advanced.

 

Along with being an ardent fan of their enormously popular Final Finish Body Serum, a collaboration with Roland Mouret no less, my treatment of choice when visiting the spa has always been the Ultimate Aromatherapy Experience; I find it truly allows me to forget everything in the outside world for 90 minutes, something we all need once in a while.

 

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BONPOINT & AURELIE BIDERMANN COLLABORATE

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My love for Bonpoint is well documented on MaternallyChic, but although my unquestionable love for the jewellery designs of Aurelie Bidermann have not been so vocal, this collaboration could not be a more exciting announcement for me – I shall be heading to Thailand with Astor for his first holiday later this month and was looking for the perfect little accessories for his beach chic look!

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With delicate necklaces, coloured threads for the bracelets and perfectly placed shells, the pieces are obviously thoughtfully designed, but will not, as some jewellery tends to, look out of place on children of any age.

 

The beautiful AURELIE BIDERMANN FOR BONPOINT collection will be available in stores from 21st January 2013.

 

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