I thought it was time to care about my body and soul after abusing it with stress and too many rich food treats, bread, pastry and pasta – all bad for my diabetes.
I decided to book myself into a wellness clinic to take care of it and chose world-renowned SHA, a beautiful, familyrun place in Spain totally committed to healthy food and wellness of the mind.
The place is like a five-star hotel overlooking the ocean; I had a beautiful room with sea views, and the service was out of this world.
It was the perfect choice, but I nearly walked out on the first lunch – I live to eat, I don’t eat to live! But, after a couple of days, my mind was accustomed to the new, healthy regime, and I was so hungry I was eating everything they gave me!
Luckily, it was still gourmet food, and delicious.
My stay was a balm for the body and soul, and I came away five kilos lighter. I am sticking to my healthy way of eating, and my new diet is filled with fresh vegetables and seafood instead of my beloved croissants!
Back at home, refreshed and rejuvenated, I am filled with a new vigour and am loving the busy vibe in the salon as we get ready for Christmas.
We have a fabulous new stylist – the super creative Inna from Ukraine. She is a very talented hairdresser who also creates wonderful turbans, which you can buy at the salon.
Inna makes them to order with your choice of fabric and colour and they add real flair to any hairstyle and outfit.
We have also been busy for the last few months raising money for the Hares for Hampshire art trail, a project run by my friend Sarah Parish in support of the Murray Parish Trust, which was founded by Sarah and her husband, Jim Murray, to improve the nedical care of children in the south.
During the ten weeks of the trail, we donated £1 from every client visiting the salon, and asked for donations.
I was delighted to be able to present Sarah with a cheque for £3,500 at a drinks party in the salon courtyard – and then raised another £500 on the evening itself!
Our £4,000 was added to the amazing £180,000 raised by auctioning the 31 colourful hare sculptures after the trail, and it is estimated that once all the fundraising has been added up, the campaign will have raised more than £300,000.
Outside of the salon, I had the pleasure of styling the bridal party’s hair at a beautiful wedding at the Chewton Glen, one of my favourite venues. I went there with Thomas from the salon – it’s always lovely to do weddings, and we look forward to more in the run up to Christmas.