On Thursday, the lovely folks at from Dove invited me to a wonderful night of pampering in Fitzroy Square, where a gorgeous townhouse had been transformed for the evening into the House of Dove.
I've mentioned this before, but whenever I'm invited to events like this, I always worry that it's some kind of clerical error, and that when I turn up, very glamourous and frosty ladies will exclaim "YOU! Who are you? We did not intend to invite you, get out this second!" However, after a fortifying cup of tea, and a mildly histrionic phone call to a gal-pal, who assured me that my fears were quite unlikely, I pulled myself together, popped out the door, and took a shameless selfie for prosperity's sake*.
Upon arrival at Fitzroy Square, my destination became apparent pretty immediately. A very welcoming looking door bearing the iconic Dove logo was prettily lit up. I love the architecture in Fitzroy Square, and Number Six is a Grade I listed building, so it was a wonderful opportunity to get to have a look around!
All of my "I'm not supposed to be in here" fears were immediately dispelled as soon as I walked into the house. The organisers were amazingly friendly and welcoming, and the event was very cool, with tiny doorways I struggled to totter through in my killer heels (note to self: learn to walk in heels), mini drinks and nibbles, and an enormous chair which made me feel like I was ruling over the evening. All in all, very fun and Alice in Wonderland-sy!
|Drink me? Well, if you insist...|
We were served bite-sized portions of fish and chips, canapes, soups, and amazing white chocolate cake-pops with popping candy. There were bubbles aplenty, and adorable little bottles of smoothie,sand iced tea. I felt extremely spoiled.
Happily, I managed to snatch a couple of minutes to catch up with Elle from A Bird in the Hand, one of my favourite London bloggers and a really lovely girl. Pop over to her blog if you fancy a fresh dose of wanderlust and travel envy!
After being talked through the new Dove products for 2013 (reviews to follow!) I had my hair tested a Dove R & D guru, which meant that they could tailor me my own hair care regime. My barnet was feeling a little lacklustre - I suppose sometimes towel-drying and then throwing on a silk headscarf just doesn't cut the mustard - but luckily uber-stylist Christian Wood was there to give me a fancy new 'do in just 60 seconds (really, they timed him).
I've never had my hair 'done' before, but I was amazed by how transformed I felt with a messy bun... I'll definitely be trying this at home.
Christian was an absolute sweetheart, and we had a natter about haircare, and his upcoming trips to Paris and Marrakech (jealous? Moi?).
|The results of my sixty second makeover.|
As the organisers seemed determined to spoil us even more, we were also treated to back and hand massages. Needless to say, by the time I left, giggly from champagne, and loaded down with goodies, I felt amazingly spoiled, with my knot-free hair and my knot-free back.
Vintage headscarf, earrings and rings
Handbag from Chanel
Watch from Michael Kors
Shoes from Aldo
The rest of the evening was spent with friends, wine, pizza, and karaoke at the Queen's Head. Even my male pals commented (all positive!) on my hair which must indicate that Christian Wood is a bit of a superstar. They were somewhat less complimentary about my karaoke, but I suppose you can't win 'em all.
All in all, I had a wonderful night. Thank you very much to Dove for inviting me!
*I.E. Because my Mum wanted to know what I was wearing