Paris

If you ever had a reason to visit Paris then it would be to soak up the atmosphere at Paris Fashion Week. Even if you can’t get a ticket to a luxury fashion show, you can get into some of the after parties and shop like an A-lister down Rue Cambon. This was my first visit to Paris and it blew me away. Paris truly is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, the food the parties and of course the shopping. If you’re planning a weekend getaway then Paris is the perfect choice as it’s only an hour and 20 minutes flight from Manchester airport.

 

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 Top three things you need to know when visiting Paris:

Where to eat

Where to shop

Where to party

 

 

EATING

Weekends away should always involve brunch and the best brunch in town is served at Derrière. The vibe is relaxed, the interior is a mish mash of vintage and the food is delightful. If you can get a table that is attached to a double bed then you’re on to a winner. If you like your restaurants cosy and cute then Chez Julien will be ‘the one’. The food is incredible and the atmosphere is romantic, perfect if you’re going with a date. If you’re with the girls and fancy flossing it up then head to Kong, it appeared in a Sex & The City episode when Carrie met Aleksandr Petrovsky’s ex-wife. It has an amazing view of Pont Neuf and the Louis Vutton offices, the food was good but the prices weren’t.

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CHEZ JULIEN

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You should visit Le Titty Twister just for it’s name. On arrival you’re greeted by a fabulous and flamboyant doorman @iliesse_west who really sets the scene before you’ve even walked through the doors. It’s a bar/club open until 6am playing everything from R&B to House music and it’s one of the places ‘to be seen’ so I’ve heard. If you’re after somewhere a bit more upmarket then head to Les Bains, I was lucky enough to get invited to a fashion after-party there. The drinks were pricey but the music was insane and the clientele was fruity, everything you would expect at Paris fashion week. If you’re still feeling fruity after Les Bains then head to the greatest cabaret show on the planet, Le Crazy Horse. If you’re not familiar with it then remember Dita Von Tease? Well she did some shows there that got her quite a bit of press. Expect the hottest women on the planet, performing sexy dance routines pretty much naked. Celebrities that have been spotted there include Rihanna, Jean Paul Gaultier, Lana Del Ray and Scarlett Johansson.

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LE TITTY TWISTER

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SHOPPING

As we all know Paris is renowned for it’s shopping. It’s the home of the original Chanel and Hermes store and cult store Colette. Admittedly I didn’t do much shopping as I’d enjoyed myself a little too much in Les Baines and Titty Twister. The shops I did get to see were Hermes, Colette and of course the original Chanel store at 31 Rue Cambon. The main streets to find fabulous stores are Rue Saint Honore (Colette, Jimmy Choo & Burberry), Rue Cambon (Chanel) and Avenue George (Hermes). There are definitely more streets and stores to mention….but like I said…..the hangover got in the way!

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Autumn Beauty

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Goodbye summer glow hello pasty Autumn skin! It might feel a bit depressing when the nights get darker, so to make you feel better i’ve got some Autumn beauty trends which will help you look and feel fabulous.

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When Autumn kicks in it means corned beef legs and pasty looking skin. We’ve said goodbye to our so not glorious summer and there’s more chance of marrying Tom Hardy then getting a tan. The only thing we can rely on is fake tan, so it’s got to be a good one. I’ve been using fake tan since the age of 16, starting with the classic Dove gradual tan. Yeah we all remember that one don’t we?! We loved smelling of biscuits at the 6 form parties and getting it all over our boyfriends bed sheets. The tricky thing about gradual tan is the patchy bits inbetween your fingers and around the ankles. When I got my student loan at 18 I stepped it up a gear and invested in St Moriz instant self tanning lotion. This is not for the fainthearted as I went green the first time I used it! After that disaster I moved onto St Tropez which in my opinion the best brand of fake tan on the market.

For years I’ve been using the St Tropez bronzing lotion, the end result is fabulous but the journey getting there is pretty time consuming and smelly. Recently St Tropez has released a shower fake tan which means exactly what it says on the tin. It says to wash and exfoliate the body and then cover yourself in the St Tropez tanning lotion and wait for 3 minutes until it settles into the skin. Once the 3 minutes has passed you wash it off, dry down and you’re brown! They claim it doesn’t have an after smell, but I have to admit it does. It’s not quiet the Dove potent biscuit smell, but it’s still there lurking in the background. I would definity recommend to keep it on for around 5 minutes, I think they say 3 minutes just so you use more and then of course you buy more. The best thing about this fake tan is, if you fancy a few cocktails on a Friday but forgot to tan the night before and can’t face instant tan (Geordie Shore style) then you can jump in the shower and come out brown within 5 minutes. It’s cheaper than most tanning lotions on the high street and best of all it doesn’t turn your bed sheets brown!

 

 

 

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Autumn means darker nights and comfort food, so the last thing you want to do is go to the gym. If you’ve tried and failed to get rid of your love handles and cellulite then this treatment might work for you. It’s Kate Moss’s favourite beauty treatment, so if it’s good enough for Kate, it’s good enough for us. What is cryotherapy? Before you ask, it doesn’t involve crying or some shrink and a chaise longue. It’s a non-invasive treatment that helps inch loss, skin rejuvination, removes cellulite and relieves pain by using freezing air on the skin to breakdown fat cells and repair muscles. It’s popular with athletes like Mo Farah and celebrities like Jessica Alba.

So how does it work? Freezing air is blown onto the skin, the targeted area goes into fight or flight mode, the body instantly wants to heat back up as the air is cooling it down. This encourages the blood to flow around that area helping your circulation, which then helps to budge the fat and dreaded cellulite. Like most girls i have a few areas on my body that i’m not exactly in love with, so i thought i would try this treatment on my problems areas. I’ve always suffered from blemishes so i opted for a facelift for my first treatment. The word ‘facelift’ sounds intense, but this treatment was really relaxing to the point where i nearly fell asleep. Altogether it took 12 minutes and involved cleansing the face then the therapist used the cryotherapy machine to blow freezing air all over my face. It’s done in sections and the therapist uses her hand to warm the skin back up. It’s not painful and after the 12 minutes my skin looked noticebly plumper and tighter. My second treatment focused on the back of my legs, concentrating on the tops of my thighs for 30 minutes. The therapist took me through the same process as before and again this was very relaxing and not painful. Before the treatment the therapist measured the width of my thighs and to my surprise after a 30 minute treatment i lost 6 1/2 inches off my thighs! No treadmill can do that in 30 minutes.

After the treatment the results can last as long as you want them to, so if you exercise and eat healthy the weight should stay off. This treatment is relaxing, non-invasive and you can see the results instantly. My skin felt plump and tighter exactly what you need if the Autumn weather is getting to you and your body.

If you would like anymore information on cryotherapy head to www.cryotherapyuk.com

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