Gentleman’s luxury style & social event guide
- Luxury bedroom design
- £60,000 diamond pen
- British Polo Day
- Garsington Opera
- Grooming Adamina Spa 276-280 Kensington High Street, London W8 6ND – 0207 7511 611 – www.adaminaspa.com
If you are heading out to shop for interiors, south west and west London would be a likely destination. I suggest unwinding to start with that way you are relaxed, look good and feel focused for your outing. Sometimes in life we are reassuringly pleased. Visiting Adamina was one of those occasions. Situated close to the Commonwealth Institute Adamina is housed in an old bank, don’t worry no quips about money and happiness !!
Beautifully decorated they mix perfectly being a Spa and a friendly home, for this is how I felt. Positioned on 2 floors the changing rooms have a mild bohemian feel, which always pleases me.
Walking along the floor lit corridor to a sumptuous waiting room I waited for my first treatment, a Total Body Performance Massage. This uses Aromasoul Massage Oil (Jojba and Mineral oil) which leaves the skin smooth and compact and Essences (essential oils of basil, lemon, anise, cypress, lavender, mandarin and vitamin E for their draining and relaxing effect). I was made me feel totally at home. Being looked after is exactly what a spa should be.
One of the central/core remits of Spa’s are to be nurturing. In the same way hairdressers particularly for women need to have a caring aspect, due to the fact clients can feel vulnerable, Spa’s need to do the same. You do not want to visit a Spa and be thinking about your shopping, bills, cooking, work, you want to zone out as the Americans would say but to be able to do this your surroundings need to be conducive and your therapist needs to be caring so you then feel you can unwind, open up and be receptive to the heeling aspects of a Spa. This is exactly what Apple my masseuse achieved, some smiles, jokes and a true professionalism combined with a clean, calming room and sheets which I think are much better let me unwind.
They recommend for Home Care: Aromasoul Mediterranean Shower Gel and Body Cream
After this to a new room for an Anti-age performance facial with Sophie. This treatment uses the Chrono-Reverser range (active ingredients: alpha-hydroxy acids – AHA – to smooth the appearance of wrinkles and rough skin, Arginine to rebalance the Ph and hydrate the skin) and Age Performer Age Recover Serum to protect the skin from external environmental aggressions, responsible for premature skin ageing.
Recommended home care: Shave Performer and Age Performer.
And then to the nail room which I adored with a little escapism and a big smile, beautifully decorated, magazines a tv with DVD’s. Polio my nail technician put on Sex in the City which put a smile on my face just because here I was being pampered whilst watching a series about ladies constantly talking about male relationships. A little research always helps. I have had manicures across the world but this certainly fits into my top 3. She was friendly and welcoming not in a distant but in an inclusive way, made me my tea, checked I was conformable, asked how I liked my nails, then produced the goods, she was superb, and I was feeling a little wild that day so had a nail polish on as well (a mix of very pale pink and white) creates a nail which looks healthy and very smart. It may not be everyone’s choice but she made no presumptions and agreed after it looked very good. In addition she mentioned I had very soft cuticles so to be careful in the future.
Man Manicure Treatment and recommended home care: Lushly Hand Balm (active ingredients: Tiare extract and karite butter)
Bedroom 2. Bedding – Want to know more about Bedding
www.foufurnishings.com +44 (0)141 644 5211
Stephanie McIntosh runs an online luxury organic bedding retailer and wholesaler, which offers award winning organic cotton luxury bed linens for homes and hotels, certified by the UK Soil Association according to the Global Organic Textile standard (GOTS). She writes on topics related to organic textiles, including organic bed linen, organic baby bedding, kid’s organic bedding and hotel bedding.
There is a time honoured tradition of Egyptian cotton luxury Italian bed linens such as Frette gracing the world’s elite hotels to provide a luxurious and distinctive experience for guests. What made and still makes this bedding so special today starts with the best cotton fibre, through Italian craftsmanship in weaving and finishing. The end result is fine bed linen which is not only luxurious and silky soft against your skin to give you the feeling of sleeping in one of the world’s elite hotels but also exceptional quality which lasts and lasts through laundering. The quality and comfort of Egyptian cotton bedding is now available in organic cotton with Italian finesse.
Egyptian cotton fibre is longer than other cotton fibres so permits the spinning of extremely fine yarns, needed to weave high thread count bed linens. This long and also thin fibre allows strong, smooth continuous lengths which do not break like shorter staple, inferior cotton fibres and results in fine bed linens which are very soft and supple as well as durable.
How many consumers or hotel guests have slept in organic Egyptian cotton bed sheets? The advantages of organic cotton from a planet friendly point of view are obvious, but organic cotton fibres are really softer and longer as they are grown without harsh chemicals to break the fibre and there are wider benefits too. Organic Egyptian cotton bedding is even stronger and durable because it is made from long staple fibres, so will last and last. Organic bedding is made from organic natural fibres and is completely toxin free, so it is great for sensitive or allergy prone skin. As well as wrapping yourself with softness and comfort for a wonderful night’s sleep – organic fabrics are traceable, protect the environment, reduce chemical sprays and toxins for farmers and ensure fair trade.
Due to the long, continuous fibres, the cotton does not pill and the softness of the bedding improves with washing which means that organic Egyptian cotton beddingretains its soft and silky feeling of comfort. Even better, it doesn’t wrinkle too badly. Egyptian cotton is high on the moisture absorption and breathability scale which is important for a comfortable sleep. In addition to these qualities, its smooth surface feels cool in the summer.
Even sleep with just a sheet and an organic cotton bedspread on top, perfect for hot, summer nights. Bedding, luxury in the time honoured tradition of quality, to treasure and pass on as was the custom with linens in times gone by. This is bed linen you can pass on to your children. So if you are looking to update your bedroom and want to enjoy the comfort of the world’s finest hotels, try the luxury of 100% organic Egyptian cotton bedding. Buying a set of bedding in Egyptian cotton costs a bit more at the start but will outlast inferior quality bed linens and just get better with age. So, the investment in bed linen saves in the long run as it will not have to be replaced as frequently. Going organic in your Egyptian cotton bedding does not add a great deal to the cost but does add wider benefits and leaves out the chemicals. So if you choose to buy organic Egyptian cotton bedding, rest very well assured that you are buying the best for you and the planet, even when you are asleep.
Bathroom 3. Tissue box
Simon Orrell Designs www.simonorrelldesigns.com
Simon Orrell adds Penshell to the opulent luxury materials used on his gift and home accessory collection. This tissue box is just one of many handsome designs Reminiscent of tortoiseshell and yet completely eco-friendly, Penshell echoes the opulence of exquisite veneers of a bygone era. In Simon Orrell’s new range of Penshell accessories you can choose from this tissue box, a drinks tray, a wastepaper bin and a jewellery case, all contrasted with a striking bone inlay.
4. Luxury organic soap Heyland & Whittle – Hope & Glory – Boxed Organic soap
Aromatic, crisp Lemongrass with peppery, green Olive create this clean, invigorating fragrance all wrapped in a union jack box. These individually boxed soaps are triple milled and made with certified organic palm, coconut and olive oils. The addition of glycerin, a natural humectant, ensures that these soaps are super moisturising. Each bar is pressed with the Heyland & Whittle logo.
This product is a gem, fantastic scent especially for men, beautiful feel and just makes you feel good.
Sitting room 5. Candle Heyland & Whittle – Hope & Glory – The Hope and Glory candle
Aromatic, crisp Lemongrass with peppery, green Olive creates this clean, invigorating fragrance. It is natural soy so it burns evenly with a clean wick. 130g, a luxurious blend of olive and lemongrass with a fresh citrus zing
Study 6. Faber-Castell “Pen of the Year 2012 Diamond Edition Fountain pen – £60, 000
Normally we do not mention the price but on this occasion we made an exception.
A world premiere for a high carat diamond fountain pen, the first of a strictly limited edition of 10 pens sells for £60,000 at Harrods, the exclusive London department store to celebrate the ten year anniversary of the “Pen of the Year” from the exclusive Graf von Faber-Castell Collection, the company is unveiling ten limited edition diamond encrusted fountain pens. The “Pen of the Year 2012 Diamond Edition” is a hand-crafted jewelled masterpiece. The barrel has been cast in solid gold, reflecting the fine structure of ancient wetland oak. Two Brazilian Madeira citrines with their unusual “sunburst cut” shine at the cap and the end of the barrel, crowned by highest quality hand-set diamonds. The pen is encrusted with a total of 60 gems – 58 of which are diamonds – with a total weight of 4.6 carats. With the individual structure engrained in the solid 18 carat gold barrel, each of the 10 strictly limited edition pens is unique. The pen cap and end cap and all other metal parts are 24 carat gold plated, while the 18 carat bi-colour gold nib has been run in by hand to ensure smooth and even ink flow. The jewelled fountain pen is presented in a deep black, high gloss lacquered box made of beech wood and includes a certificate on the weight, carat and numbering signed by Count Anton-Wolfgang von Faber-Castell. The master-crafted jewelled pen retails at £60,000. The first of these will be sold at celebrated London department store, Harrods, to mark the Queen’s diamond jubilee in June 2012. The exclusive pen will be delivered to London by special guarded transport, and exhibited in a special display case in the world’s most famous department store. However, this jewel in the crown will not be available at other retail outlets worldwide until 1st September 2012.
Events 7. British Polo Day – June 23
8. Opera: Garsington Opera –
www.garsingtonopera.org – Telephone 01865 361636
The Old Garage, The Green, Great Milton, Oxford OX44 7NP
Mozart’s Don Giovanni from 2 June to 3 July 2012
The stunning new Opera Pavilion complements and gives spectacular views out into the outstandingly beautiful surrounding landscape, offers superb acoustics and is an idyllic setting in which to experience opera performances of the highest quality. The Wormsley estate is an English country estate on the grand scale, complete with lake and deer.
It is given a magical sense of seclusion by the thickly wooded slopes that surround it. Performances start in the early evening and during the long dinner interval patrons may choose to enjoy dinner in the restaurant with catering provided by Jamie Oliver’s Fabulous Feasts, settle with picnics enjoying views across the deer park or over the famous cricket pitch or stroll towards the lake and beyond. Those arriving early will be able to take afternoon tea, enjoy a glass of champagne, and visit the historic walled garden which is a short drive from the opera site.