Friday, 25 September 2015

The Nail Social

The Nail Social, a total beauty treasure on the delightful Haji Lane in Singapore, has got pampering down to a tee.

As a 'socially conscious salon', The Nail Social is very popular among those who want to relax in the knowledge that their treatment spend is having a positive impact beyond their fingers and toes!

In their own words, this fantastic social enterprise was "established with the aim of training and employing local underprivileged women with a higher barrier to employment, so as to help them progress from a position of vulnerability to security and self-sufficiency."

In addition, most products they use, serve or sell in the salon are non-toxic, eco-friendly, fair-trade and/or cruelty-free.

I was lucky to get a same-day appointment one Saturday morning before a social event and immediately realised that this place offers a luxurious experience far superior to regular nail salons.

Seated in a light and airy atelier, I was made to feel right at home with comfy cushions, blankets and a full menu of delicious drinks and eats available.

However, one of the most impressive things was the iPad and headphones on an adjustable stand attached to my seat, which offered hundreds of movies and TV shows to watch mid-mani-pedi.

I chose Antarctica: A Year on Ice, which is an amazing documentary about climate scientists and others going about their general work whilst facing extreme weather conditions and 24 hours of darkness in winter time; so pretty much the opposite of my situation.

And so, whilst watching penguins and polar bears watch the northern lights, in plush surroundings and with an accomplished manicurist, I indulged in a common pastime for Singaporeans and expats alike, and with wonderful results. I also had a browse of some of their fair-trade jewellery for sale on my way out.

You're not the only one who will love this place so if you are looking to escape to a sustainable sanctuary for an hour or so, I highly recommend booking an appointment in advance. I will certainly be returning with a few friends!

Thursday, 10 September 2015

Autumnal evening light

Coming home to South Devon in the evening autumn light cannot be justifiably captured in words nor pictures. 

Thrown straight into the action of taking a wild cat to the animal sanctuary. 

Seeing that the nearby sea is a little choppy; perhaps there was a storm last night. But now the sky is clear, blue and the air is crisp and fresh. 

Hot tea and hot stew cooking on the Aga. 

I can see that blackberry picking will require a small stool to reach the ripe ones on the hedges tomorrow, ready for the apple and blackberry pie. 

The fields have just been topped ready for the horses and MINIATURE PONIES and all is well with the world. 

Things happen here and there are things to be done, but they are done happily, excitedly and are not stressful, but are done together and are beautiful, enabling us to be part of the cycle of nature, just as we should be.