Got a love for fashion? What about interiors? Health and beauty?

What if I were to tell you all of these topics and more will be covered at this year’s Life & Style event? Add some cocktails to the mix and I think that ticks all of the majors on my ‘favourite ways to spend a weekend’ list.

Here are some of the star attractions coming up at Life & Style 2018…

 

LIFESTYLE STAGE

This event is all about celebrating the luxurious things in life. So naturally, that covers hair, skin, make-up, fashion – to name but a few.

Award-winning celebrity hairdresser Jason Collier, whose scissors have graced the barnets of icons like Victoria Beckham, Eva Longoria, Laura Whitmore (a personal fave) and Sienna Miller will be taking to the stage to share his expert hair advice.

Joining him will be facialist Charlotte Connoley, whose client list boasts babes such as Meghan Markle, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Cheryl (Cole? Tweedy? Anyway you know the one) with skincare tips to help us rival our celeb counterparts.

Also appearing will be fashion director and designer Wendy Rigg, Scottish make-up artist Sara Hill aaaaaand the ever talented blogger and author Vicky Psarias (aka Honest Mum) and lifestyle blogger and STV queen Susie Bruce.

 

WORKSHOPS + POP UPS

Great as these guys are, it ain’t all about them, huns. Life & Style 2018 is also giving guests the chance to attend one of many themed workshops and expert talks – including floristry with Snapdragon, calligraphy with Laila Lettering, tea tastings with The East India Company, and lots more.

Plus, there’ll be cocktail classes from Badger & Co and Element, to help guests learn to serve the perfect tipple. Hurrahhhh.

Pop-ups from everyone’s fave Instagrammble brands such as Oliver Bonas, John Lewis, Jenners, Anthropologie and more will also be appearing throughout the weekend. Get ready to lust.

TICKET HOLDER PERKS

Included in each ticket is access to the much-loved fashion show and trend talk, which returns this year and will be hosted by Scottish fashion designer and author Lynne McCrossan.

You’ll also receive an express beauty treatment in the pop-up beauty hall, including a choice of mini makeovers, manicures or massages, along with an Edinburgh Gin cocktail on arrival, an exclusive offers booklet and goody bag.

…WHAT NOT TO LOVE??

MORE DEETS

Choose from either a Saturday or Sunday full-day ticket, priced at £10 – exclusively available from www.edinlifestyle.co.uk.  (FYI – the first 500 customers receive an exclusive goody bag so get yer skates on.)

After buying your ticket, you can select your preferred time slot for a seat at one of (many!) fashion shows, and book yourself into a workshop and Lifestyle Stage talk. These will be available on a strictly first-come-first-served basis – so keep afore-mentioned skates on.

Edinburgh Life & Style will be from 10am-6pm on Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 May 2018, with doors opening from 9.30am.

 

♥ SEE YOU THERE! ♥

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Sideways rain, a slight hangover and Mothers Day weekend. The stars were aligned. It was the perfect Saturday to check in for a facial at the Edinburgh Sheraton’s NOW by One Spa.

My ma and I arrived and were shown to the spa’s beauty room, which offers treatments ranging from luxurious pedicures to head massages, HD brows, eyelash extensions, tanning, waxing and much, much more. Check out the full range for yourself here.

Since I’d never actually been for a facial, I chose an express facial with Clarisonic Brush cleanse. I have to say – the experience has quite genuinely given me a whole new appreciation for them. My lovely facialist Holly asked me what kind of skin I have and matched the products she used to give the best results.

25 minutes of bliss later, it’s been a long time since I looked and felt so relaxed. My skin that was quite literally glowing and I just felt so, so pampered. I wondered if it was a sort of temporary illusion since I was covered in all sorts of luxurious creams etc, but a few days later my skin still felt really soft and looked nice and bright (which was pretty impressive for someone who had just emerged from forced beast of the east house arrest).

My mum went for the (deep breath) CACI crystal free microdermabrasion/booster facial – a process that combines crystal free microdermabrasion with LED light therapy, designed to rehydrate skin and target lines and wrinkles. I always think my mum looks fantastic for her age anyway but she came out from her treatment 40 minutes later looking pretty dang ace by anyone’s standards.

Getting a treatment at NOW by One Spa was such an enjoyable way to spend a day off, and I’d definitely go again. It also has a nice little cafe you can relax in after, before facing the real world again. Or, if you’re more me and my maw inclined, the spa is located just around the corner from loads of nice West End lunch spots, where we prolonged the luxury with a big glass each of Pinot. Hurrah!

 

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