belles on style

Welcome to Belles On Style, a fashion and beauty blog written by sisters Amy and Sarah. Living in London & Glasgow.

Sunday, 31 July 2011

Garra Rufa fish pedicure at Ardencote Manor Spa

Last weekend I was treated to a spa break in the gorgeous Warwick countryside. The hotel was beautiful complete with a heated outdoor pool and numerous Jacuzzis.

 A Garra Rufa fish pedicure was listed as one of the treatments I would receive during my stay. My initial impressions of a fish pedicure is that it is little more than a gimmick. I have watched as tourists line up in the middle of Oxford Street Selfridges, with their jeans rolled up to their knees, on a manic Saturday afternoon, to stick their feet in the fish bath for five minutes. They laugh, take some photos, dry their feet and then move on. This doesn't strike me as the most luxurious or beneficial beauty experience. When I told a friend that one of my spa treatments would be a fish pedicure she exclaimed that "fungal diseases are common as the water is not cleaned properly". Great, thanks for that.

Luckily, my experience did not match any of the negative preconceptions.

Upon arrival at the spa I was handed a fluffy white robe instantly setting a luxurious and relaxed tone. I completed a form giving a breakdown of my foot health history, detailing the last time I had fake tanned my feet as tanning agents are harmful to the Garra Rufa fish. My feet were soaked and cleaned by the therapist before I was allowed to gently lower them into the bath of expectant fishes. I imagined the fish would tickle my toes but instead it felt like lots of tiny needles frantically probing away. After five minutes I started to relax and really found the needle-like-nibbles strangely satisfying.

Fifteen minutes later my experience was over. The beauty therapist dried and moisturised my feet and I examined the results - they felt much smoother and were noticeably less dry. One week on and I am definitely fungal free and very much craving another fish pedicure after a sunny weekend hiking for miles around London. Perhaps I should brave the crowds and join the queue in Selfridges...!

Friday, 15 July 2011


So ... Lucky me came across this Beauty, in an antique shop. It is an Aquascutum jacket custom made for the Great Britain Olympics team, Atlanta, 1996. Unfortunately I don't know which athlete it originally belonged to. It was bought, along with a lot of other signed football/rugby shirts, racecar driver suits etc, by a man who considered this to be worth £40 (fool). Before it hung in my wardrobe, it hung on the walls on Glasgow Sports Cafe (a place a coincidently used to work, best job ever). A truly rare find!

Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Tigi Catwalk Session Series Salt Spray creates the ultimate beach head

It is rare when I come across a hair product that I fall a little bit in love with almost instantly but Tigi Catwalk Session Series Salt Spray has captured my beauty loving heart. The long black bottle promises beachy texturised waves, disheveled layers and bohemian braids and I would say that I definitely get something very close to the claims within a few minutes of spraying onto my hair. The main ingredients are water and salt and the smell is absolutely delicious - fruity, citrus-y and a little bit woody - and has a real salon-finish feel to it.

I have found that to get best results for my fine, naturally curly hair I blow dry the top layers to give volume then take the Salt Spray and spritz spray onto the damp longer sections, finally I leave to dry naturally. The spray makes my curls defined and disheveled rather than frizzy; it gives my hair a shiny, conditioned appearance. I have been so excited to discover this product that I have been spraying it enthusiastically onto my friends hair and they have same feedback - its amazing and really does create a just-spent-two-weeks-in-Ibiza head.

Tigi Catwalk Session Series Salt Spray is sold in salons prices starting at £9.99, it is also sold on