Shop and Chop

Two weeks to go until we jet to America for our nuptials, and another weekend closer to ticking all the boxes of our pre-wedding checklist.

This weekend it was gift shopping and my pre-wedding hair cut!

There was really only one place that would do for all the gifts to our wedding attendants – a place very dear to me, which has a very special story – The Victoria & Albert Museum.

V&A front

V&A road

When Queen Victoria got married in February 1840, she wrote in her journal: “I felt so happy when the ring was put on, and by my precious Albert.”

She went on to recount it as the happiest day of her life.

“He clasped me in his arms, and we kissed each other again and again! His beauty, his sweetness and gentleness – really how can I ever be thankful enough to have such a Husband!”

Victoriaandalbertwedding photo

I think her notes about her special day are quite romantic considering the English monarchy are usually known for their restraint and “stiff upper lip” – and this was during austere Victorian times!

Victoria and Albert’s marriage was the beginning of an enduring love story.

Likewise, the museum dedicated to the couple has also endured a lot. The building still bears visible scars from the Blitz of World War II.


The pockmarked damage on the walls caused by shrapnel from the bombs was left as a memorial to the enduring values of the museum.


According to the V&A’s mission statement, it aims to be the world’s leading museum of art and design.

And therefore, a totally appropriate place to pop in and shop for my wedding!

V&A telephone booth

V&A stairs bag

The V&A Shop is amazing for finding unique gifts to suit all ages and pockets – and I easily came away with a couple of hefty bags filled with booty.

V&A bag

After the buzz of a successful shop, it was time to hit the salon and relax.

I’m flat out obsessed with Paul Edmonds salon at the moment. Just steps away from the V&A on Old Brompton Road, it couldn’t have been more convenient. I wasn’t going to get a haircut before the wedding, but everyone kept telling me I had to. So I caved in and booked a trim and a blowout with Emma. So glad I did, because she was a doll.. who did a total makeover on my hair.

Here’s the before (wince):

Paul Edmonds Har before

First, Emma hooked me up with a freshly-pressed veggie detox juice from the menu.

Paul Edmonds menu

Paul Edmonds green juice

Then the wash, after which Emma applied a Kérastase hair mask. Can I just say, I’ve never had a more relaxing head massage? Maybe it’s my stressful life as a bride-to-be, but I swear reclining in that shampoo chair was the first time my mind’s felt clear all week!

Back in the styling chair, after a few snips and quick dry, wonders had been worked on my hair. And I somehow ended up walking out like this:

Paul Edmonds Hair after

Paul Edmonds after

Knightsbridge Egerton crescent

And so I had a bounce in my curls, as well as my step, as I made my way through Knightsbridge that afternoon.

Hair outdoors Knightsbridge

Knightsbridge Hair

Knightsbridge hair back

Getting more and more wedding-ready by the day!

Post on my fitness regimen next! xx




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