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Harington's Hotel

Fashionista goes to…Harington’s Hotel in Bath

10th February 2016

Looking for a unique place to stay in the centre of beautiful Bath? This quirky little treasure is a must-see.

Photo: Harington's Hotel

Photo: Harington’s Hotel

Situated just away from the main shopping thoroughfare on the historic cobbled George Street, Harington’s Hotel is an ideal bolthole if you’re looking for a city-centre stay with a difference. Owners Peter and Melissa have lovingly restored this gorgeous old building, taking care to preserve original features while lending it an ultra-modern feel thanks to some colourful soft furnishings and wallpaper.

Harington's Hotel

Harington’s comprises the main hotel, with 11 well-appointed rooms, plus three nearby apartments for those who prefer a more intimate setting. Both the hotel and the apartments have personality in spades – each space has a unique feel to it, so you’ll never have the same stay twice!

Harington's Hotel

Harington's Hotel

The fact that it’s privately owned gives it a distinctive personality – Melissa’s personal touch can be felt in all the colourful and girly décor, so it feels more like staying in a cosy family home than in a hotel.

Harington's Hotel

Harington's Apartments

The apartments were especially spacious – my favourite featured an open-plan living room with exposed beams, which would be ideal for a hen party or girly holiday.

Harington's Hotel afternoon tea

If, like me, you have relatives who visit you from abroad, Harington’s is the ideal place to take them for a quintessentially ‘English’ experience, in a modern setting. Their afternoon tea spread was divine, with top quality locally sourced coffee and cream tea to die for! If you’re a local and don’t necessarily want to stay the night, you can book in just for afternoon tea, which I might consider doing for Mother’s Day with my ma.

Harington's Hotel hot tub

Another thing this place has going for it is a lovely bubbly hot tub, just outside in a secluded courtyard garden. You can hire the hot tub for 60 minutes for just £7.50 per person, including a fluffy robe and slippers. It was slightly too cold when we visited for me to consider stripping off and jumping in but, as you can see, some of the other bloggettes didn’t mind!

Lush Valentines cosmetics

On the day of our visit, the lovely team from Lush in Bath popped by to treat us to a sample of their latest Valentine’s Day collection and some complimentary hand massages, which were absolutely delightful.

Lush hand massages

In future, I’d love to see them perhaps add more spa facilities to this little gem of a hotel because I think it would really finish off the experience for guests. A little indoor Jacuzzi and massage room, or perhaps a menu of in-room Mani Pedi services would be a super special addition – although finding space for such an offering might be tricky.

Having said that, they do have an incredible a spa break offer where you can get two nights’ stay for two people, breakfast, half a bottle of Champagne and two 2-hour vouchers for nearby Thermae Bath Spa for just £269, which is a real bargain.

Harington's Hotel

After my first Harington’s experience, I can’t believe I hadn’t discovered this gorgeous little place before, especially since it’s right on my doorstep! I have a feeling this won’t be the last time I visit.

Find out more at haringtonshotel.co.uk

Disclosure: Harington’s Hotel treated us to a lovely afternoon tea experience and a tour of the hotel. I was not paid for this post and all views are my own.

 

The Perfume Society Discovery Box

Scents of occasion: A day with The Perfume Society

8th February 2016

Love perfumes? I’ve been invited to join a “secret” society and now I’m sharing their secret with you. Ssssh….

The Scented Letter Perfume Society

I received a most fragrant invitation this week to meet the experts behind The Perfume Society, a new online club that allows members to test the latest fragrances and learn more about their sense of smell. The event, held at The Porter in Bath, promised to unravel the secrets of our olfactory preferences and make us more discerning in our appreciation of fragrances.

Perfume Society workshop

Hosted by fragrance expert and journalist Jo Fairley, the workshop brought together perfume aficionados for an afternoon of scent appreciation. We began by discussing why people prefer certain types of fragrances to others, for example, did you know that your physical appearance can impact the kinds of scents that work best on you? As a general rule of thumb:

  • Blondes with fair skin are happiest with richer florals, because their skin has a tendency to be dry and subtle fragrances dissolve faster.
  • Brunettes with medium/dark skin tend to have more oil in their skin, meaning that spicier, oriental fragrances work best on them.

This, and many other olfactory facts brought us closer to becoming experts in the art of perfume appreciation. We were also asked to bring along our favourite scent for discussion. I had hoped that Jo might tell us a little something about ourselves based on what we’d brought, or perhaps a little bit about which family our scents come from – I hope they can add this into future workshops as I’d love to learn more about why we choose the perfumes that we do.

The Perfume Society Discovery Box

Another great tip I picked up at the workshop was a fail-safe method for finding a new fragrance, or choosing a gift for someone else. When in doubt, you just ask FR.eD! This online fragrance editor helps you pick a scent you’re likely to love, based on the ones you already adore. I think it’s a brilliant idea, as fragrances are so personal and easy to get wrong when you’re buying for someone else, so I thought this was absolutely ingenious!

The Perfume Society Discovery Box

As well as the workshop, I’ve also signed up to receive The Perfume Society’s subscription box, which includes a monthly Discovery Box of samples, accompanied by ‘smelling notes’ designed to introduce you to key fragrance families. It also entitles you to discounts with some top fragrance retailers, plus invites to some exclusive events with key figures from the perfume world and eight copies a year of their exclusive digital magazine, The Scented Letter. Subscriptions cost £25 per year and can be purchased online here.

The Perfume Society Discovery Box

Before attending the workshop, I hadn’t realised quite how much goes into selecting the perfect fragrance. I’ll certainly give it a lot more thought in future and I’m looking forward to sampling the delights of the Discovery Box.

The Perfume Society Discovery Box

Disclosure: I was offered a complimentary subscription to The Perfume Society and ticket for the workshop but all views are my own.

Spring/Summer style with Jaeger

22nd March 2015

The weather is warming up (not a moment too soon) so it was a perfect day to check out the new collections at Jaeger in Bath today with a few of my favourite bloggettes.

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Left to right: Karen from Mission Style, Nina from Le Shop, Fritha from Tigerlilly Quinn, Lori from Wild & Grizzly, Josephine from Style by Josephine and Gaby from Voila Styling.

Jolly’s is a bit of Bath institution – it’s got to be one of the oldest department stores in the country, having opened in 1823 and, although it’s now part of House of Fraser, it retains that luxury tradition and Great British style that it’s always been known for. It came as no surprise to me then, when I heard that Jaeger – another paragon of classic Brit fashion – has a concession inside this very store.

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This spring, their womenswear collection draws inspiration from renowned artists Barbara Hepworth and Paul Klee, with sculptural tailoring and striking prints taking centre stage.

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One crucial trend for this season will be military/utility styling, and Jaeger is doing this functional tailoring incredibly well, with structured safari style dresses and skirts, like the one I’m wearing above. I plan to take this skirt up a few inches, since I am a shorty, but I think on someone tall it would work very well!

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If you like your pastels, you’ll also find something to love here, since their collection contains a lot of pink and peach tones right now, as well as baby blue.

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One thing that really stands out about Jaeger is the quality of the garments. The price point may be slightly higher than many high street stores, but the craftsmanship that goes into them is worth the extra spend. Skirts and jackets are beautifully lined and there’s not an errant stitch in sight. You really do get what you pay for.

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As well as a fabulous shopping spree, we were also treated to an exclusive blow dry bar at No. 3 Hairdressing on Saville Row. I was delighted to discover that our stylist, Stefano, is a natural curly head like me, so he knew exactly what to do with my unruly barnet! For many of us visiting the salon, it was our first time and we were all surprised how big it was – it looks small from the outside, but they have a whole floor upstairs devoted to making people beautiful! Karen from Mission Style (pictured below) is a regular, so she and Stefano had a lot to catch up on!

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On top top of this, Lancôme were generous enough to gift us all with some treats from their latest beauty collection which, as you can tell from the smiles on the girls’ faces, went down very well indeed…

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I’m looking forward to trying the Génifique serum. As someone who is usually quite stingy with my skincare (Nivea and Olay is about as far as I’d stretch) I’m really keen to see if a bigger budget means better results. I’ll fill you in when I’ve tried it!

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All in all, we had a fabulous day and it was full of surprises. I have to admit that before today I was convinced that Jaeger was perhaps somewhere my mum or my aunt might shop, rather than me, but actually their cuts and colours are extremely contemporary and seeing the new collection made me completely rethink my opinion.

As I’ve reached my thirties, I’ve decided to live by the mantra of ‘buy less, wear more’, so I’ll certainly look to invest in a few quality pieces like these in the near future.

Disclosure: I was contracted by Jaeger to help put together this blogger day and was given my outfit. The views given here are genuine though, so trust me on them! 🙂

Bath in Fashion video

14th March 2011

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock for the past few days, you can’t have failed to notice that Bath in Fashion is about to start. This five day event (running from 23 – 27 March) will celebrate all things stylish in our sister city. To kick of the proceedings, our pals at Bath in Fashion have shared a video of the street stylistas in their city explaining what makes the city so special. Controversially, one bloke in the clip claims it’s more trendy than Bristol. On yer bike, Bath!

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Bath in Fashion

7th March 2011

London, New York, Paris, Milan…….Bath?

With its grand Georgian architecture and stunning surroundings, it’s easy for us to view Bath as a sophisticated place to be. But, did you also know that in Jane Austen times, Bath was seen as THE place to be for fashion and style?

Austen used Bath as the setting for both Persuasion and Northanger Abbey, both of which depict Bath as the most socially important place to see and be seen. One couldn’t possibly leave the house without looking one’s best – which is a great historical testament to the evolution of street style!

Fast forward two hundred years to 2011 and Bath is seeking to reclaim that fashion crown.

Now in its second year running, Bath in Fashion will be a five-day event spectacular to celebrate Bath Fashion Week (23-27th March).  Highlights include a chance to see modern 21st Century fashion paraded on historical pavements at the headline fashion show at the Roman Baths on 24th March. Spring and summer collections by many of Bath’s favourite high street names will take the floor in the Octagon at Milsom Place on 23rd March and for the more urban fashionistas, we recommend you head to SouthGate on 25th March where models will strut their stuff to music provided by Moles.

For the up and coming designers-to-be, Professor Julian Roberts will be holding a Subtraction Cutting Master Class on 26th March.

On the 24th March, super-stylist Rebekah Roy will be joining forces with London Fashion Week producer John Walford  to discuss the ins-and-outs of working behind the scenes of top international fashion shows.

We’ll be covering a number of the events, as well hitting the streets for a Glam Spy sesh. So stay tuned for the latest news and gossip surrounding the event and visit www.bathinfashion.co.uk for further details of events plus tickets, times and locations.