This month, as the end of summer is in sight, healing and self care takes priority as everyone prepares themselves for returning to school and work in the fall. Fashion rental, energy healing, pigmentation-free skin are amongst the hottest topics this month — read further to see what else is trending in London in August.
Sustainable fashion is still at the centre of discussion this month, with sharing and circular economy in the industry becoming more accepted than ever. HIRESTREET, the eco-conscious platform revolutionizing the way we shop, is the go-to for the biggest selection of high street and niche label items. Committed to making chic rental pieces available to all, HIRESTREET stocks the best styles from Insta-favorite cult brands, including Bec + Bridge, Rat & Boa, Winona and Rixo. With no membership fees, and dresses to hire from as little as £6, HIRESTREET are committed to making rental an easy, purse-friendly and low-touch approach for everyone. Personal favorites include Rat & Boa Petite Perla Polka Dot Mini Dress (from £35), Bec + Bridge Blue Racquel Cut Out Midi Dress (from £50), and Talulah Dream Tropical Midi Dress (from £41).
CBD products have been popular in the US for sometime now, but TRIP is the CBD brand disrupting the UK and Europe’s marketplace, with a mission to insight a sense of calm in the modern life that can often be chaotic and stressful. Co-founder Olivia Ferdi, an ex-lawyer working in-house at FarFetch, developed a passion for CBD and decided to found TRIP after witnessing first hand the powerful benefits it had on her husband’s post-op recovery. Today, just 2 years after its launch, TRIP has become the UK and Europe’s leading premium CBD brand (also available across North America), known as the “Queen’s CBD” after receiving the royal seal of approval when the range of products sold out at the Queen’s Windsor shop. TRIP is also the exclusive CBD brand partner of Soho House, available at its restaurant, hotel and spa locations worldwide.
This August, enjoy TRIP’s trending lightly sparkling CBD drinks that are available in refreshing Elderflower Mint, Peach Ginger and Lemon Basil flavors (each containing 15mg CBD).
After a summer of beachside fun, it’s now time to tackle sun damages and pigmentation. Lumenis Ltd., the world’s largest energy-based medical device company for aesthetic, surgical and ophthalmic applications, has announced a new partnership with the prestigious Harrods Wellness Clinic in London and that the new, powerful Stellar M22™ multi-application modular platform that combines IPL and lasers technologies will first be installed in the consulting room of renowned Dr Marwa Ali. Patients can expect moderate to drastic lightening and reduction of pigmentations as well as softening and brightening of the skin following the full course of three treatments.
Dr Ali, whose book of clients include the hottest TV personalities and royalty, says: “We’re very proud to offer one of the newest and most innovative treatments available on the market and are therefore thrilled to be adding the Lumenis’ Stellar M22™ to our menu. I’m very excited by the capabilities of this system as some of the conditions it combats have previously been deemed untreatable. I can’t wait to introduce my clients to the Stellar M22™ and to use it to its full potential.”
Visit Dr Marwa Ali at Harrods Wellness Clinic, Fourth Floor, Harrods, 87-135 Brompton Road, Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7XL.
If there’s one thing that the pandemic has brought back to everyone, it’s the quality family time spent in the old-fashioned way — simply being together.
Founded by child pioneer Maggie Bolger, b_together is the ultimate space for modern families located in the heart of London’s St John’s Wood neighborhood. Setting a new benchmark for child-friendly environments, b_together includes an on-site nursery, eco-led retail area, meeting spaces, designated members club floor, bookable workspace (including Zoom booths for busy parents), studios for workshops and classes, children’s soft play zones, a designated members’ space and an apartment for short stays, all situated across four floors featuring clean, stylish and sustainable designs. The club also includes the sustainable AT Feast brasserie, a new culinary hub for the whole family, with a locally sourced, “zero waste” concept.
b_together is located at 47-49 St John’s Wood High Street, London, NW8 7NJ.
One of London’s most renowned cosmetic surgery practices specializing in both surgical and non-surgical aesthetic procedures, 111 Harley St. was founded in 2001 by Dr Yannis Alexandrides, an American and British board certified plastic surgeon with expertise in facial reconstructive and rejuvenation surgery. A pioneer in innovative cosmetic treatments, Dr Alexandrides was among the first in his field to advocate non-surgical procedures to his clients with his ethos being that surgery is always the last resort. Lip Flip is the newest trend everyone is talking about in London, but despite its recent popularity gained almost overnight, practitioners at 111 Harley St. have been adopting the same technique during treatment for as long as they can remember. The treatment involves injecting small amount of Botox around the outer border of the upper lip in specific places, causing muscles in the area to relax and in turn achieve the “flipped” appearance. The treatment is originally aimed at correcting gummy smile or inwardly turnt upper lip. In addition to Lip Flip procedures, 111 Harley Street offers a range of surgical and non-surgical treatments for patients with various needs.
Dr Alexandrides also developed and launched 111SKIN, the high-end skincare brand known for its advanced anti-aging product range featuring a key proprietary formula NAC Y². Most recently, Dr Alexandrides has launched 111SPA/CLINIC by 111SKIN — a revolutionary spa concept offering the latest aesthetic performance face and body treatments for the first time in a multi-sensory spa environment. Inspired by his surgical expertise, powered by clinically-engineered, aesthetician-grade skincare and utilizing in-clinic technology, 111SPA/CLINIC by 111SKIN is a true fusion of proven clinical results within a luxurious, sensual experience. A personal favorite? The Celestial Black Diamond Non-Surgical Face Lift (90 mins, £240).
111 Harley St. is located at 111 Harley Street, London, W1G 6AW, and 111SPA/CLINIC by 111SKIN is located at 1 Devonshire Pl, London W1G 6HH.
With the demand for bushy and al-natural brows on the rise, Brow Bar London has fast become the ultimate destination for all things lash and brow, trailblazing in their approach to beauty. With a book full of celebrity clients, Brow Bar London is rapidly earning a name for itself as the go-to bar for brow laminations, threading and eyelash lifts with a team of highly-skilled, leading beauty technicians and stylists.
Brow Bar London’s most sought after brow lamination treatment will transform brows into natural, full and feathered shapes that are super on-trend at the moment, and will simultaneously work to lift and sculpt the eye and brow area — cat eye effect without the needle and pain! With the immense popularity of the lamination treatment as well as the beauticians’ unique take on techniques adopted, the brand is becoming the hottest beauty spot in London. The team behind Brow Bar London is also planning to branch into lash and brow products. Stayed tuned.
Brow Bar London is located at 20-21 Eccleston Yards, Belgravia, London SW1W 9NF.
In a fast paced world like you and I are in today, it’s hard to find a safe sanctuary where one can truly tune out, unwind and focus on total relaxation and healing. Tucked in behind the bushy greeneries and set in the heart of London’s charming and buzzing Notting Hill neighborhood, Michelle Roques-O’Neil’s energy healing studio Folly Mews Sanctuary is warmly inviting and unpretentious despite having treated many well-known clients.
Not only a trained aromatherapist but also a Reiki Master, a trained reflexologist, a sound and cranio-sacral therapist who has studied Native American rituals, numerology, shamanism, Taoist Qi Gong, SRT and the alchemy of essences, Roques-O’Neil offers one of the most spiritually profound and life-changing healing experiences currently available, globally, full stop. It’s no wonder her clients would describe a treatment with her as ‘like going on a retreat’. Pioneering ahead of her time, Roques-O’Neil has been promoting spiritual wellbeing with her bespoke treatments for over 40 years and has merged spirituality with beauty in her custom range, Therapie, which integrates reiki, vibrational numerology, and high-grade aromatherapy for instant mood-altering effects. The latest aromatherapeutic blend (Energy Drops) by Therapie is an energizing elixir which promises to invigorate every cell in the body via its complex and uplifting combination of essential oils. This essential oil blend also has the property of reducing inflammation and adrenal fatigue, and Damiana and Ylang Ylang both boost libido and liberate sensuality.
Michelle Roques-O’Neil’s Folly Mews Sanctuary studio is located at 223a Portobello Road, London W11 1LU and you can now book an energy healing treatment with Roques-O’Neil at www.roquesoneil.com.
Located in the heart of Chelsea, KX London is a members club established over 20 years ago focusing on fitness and wellness. The sleek club features a spacious main gym space and a number of fitness studios equipped for a variety of classes including reformer pilates and boxing. Staffed by the industry’s most advanced practitioners and benefiting from the latest cutting edge technology, the club also boasts a spa (open to non-members) with bespoke treatments including Hydrafacial and colonic.
This August, combine fitness and wellness with KX20 (from £3,340), a 28 day body transformation program that applies the most effective forms of exercise and nutrition to promote fat loss and create lean muscle tissue, in the shortest time frame possible, safely and effectively. The package includes wellness assessment, personal training sessions, nutritional manual and food delivery, as well as access to KX Spa, members-only restaurant and clubroom.
KX London is located at 151 Draycott Ave, London SW3 3AL.
Founded in London and specializing in premium, ready-to-drink rum punch cocktails, Kuda Cocktails is a female-run, mother-and-daughter brand launched in May 2021 that sprouted from a delicious age-old family recipe. With an ambition to bring the bold taste of Trinidad to your very home, Kuda effortlessly merges expertly crafted mixes with thoughtful packaging to create a cocktail to be enjoyed all year round.
Its hand-painted label and sustainable packaging stirs up memories of salty seas, sandy beaches, and shady palm trees, providing a slice of Trinidadian heaven.
Open for Vintage, the London based platform for designer vintage finds, are progressing on their mission to accelerate the move towards a sustainable fashion future by expanding into the restoration sector. Launched in partnership with Handbag Clinic, customers will be able to use the online portal to register for their chosen services, with the options of Repair and Restore, Cleaning and Stain Removal and Color Change and Customize.
Combining the finest craftsmanship, technology and innovative techniques, the Repair & Restore services will allow the OFV community to enjoy their handbags for longer. Now you can simply provide detail of the service required as well as images of your product, and Handbag Clinic will respond with a bespoke quote. Cleaning and stain removal will be available from £45, whilst repair services, encompassing everything from scratches to replacing broken zips and improving shape or color loss, will be available from £135 to restore visitor’s vintage treasures to their former glory. For those looking to add their personal touch to their vintage item, a ‘customize’ option will also be available to color change, update detailing or add new straps or chains, providing customers with a wardrobe update that is both guilt-free and kind to the planet.
WONDERSKIN is all about beauty innovation and invention — the brand scour the globe for first-of-a-kind, breakthrough technology, and collaborate with top female beauty experts — doctors, makeup artists, skincare professionals, editors — to funnel its exclusive technology into easy-to-use products that fit the average consumer’s lifestyle and work fast to deliver groundbreaking results.
WONDERSKIN’s best selling WONDER BLADING Peel & Reveal Lip Color Kit (£30) is loved for its ability to not budge, fade or feather into lines. The kit is the no.1 best seller on Amazon in the US and now finally arriving in the UK this August. Combining the maximum color payoff of a lipstick, with the staying power of a stain, the patent-pending Liquid Blading technology infuses colorants and pigments into the top layer of lips, then seals them in so they don’t fade or budge for hours.