P to P approved – The Magnolia Room


Finding a good beautician is something of a black art and if you’ve recently relocated, like me, one of those tasks that can just take forever. One place you won’t click with the technicians, the next will have those horribly rickety treatment tables and finally there’s the dreaded didn’t listen to how natural you like to keep your eyebrows and now you’re left with a pencil thin line. Although in the age of Cara Delevingne the latter is proving less of a problem.

Well if you want to hit lucky with a friendly, plushly decorated and reasonably priced salon and you happen to like me live in South West London I can wholeheartedly recommend ‘The Magnolia Room’ on the Lower Richmond road.

I went in last Friday to sort out my eyebrows, as they’d started to show a more united front than the Labour party.

I was initially impressed by how easy it was to book. Simple go on to their online system and select the treatment you want, who you want to see and then select from the list of times shown. You do have to pay a booking fee of 60p but is taken off your final treatment bill. No awkward phone calls, no ducking out of the office to book during opening hours, you get to book at home while enjoying a glass of wine.

Next is the Salon it’s self, they say a picture says a thousand words so judge for yourself.

DSC_08261For me, it was lovely a large treatment room with a proper sturdy treatment bed that could be lowered to account for the fact that I wasn’t blessed with the legs of a supermodel. The atmosphere was calm and relaxing and Julie, who did a lovely job on my eyebrows, was chatty without being overbearing.

I will defiantly be back and think you should give it a go too. 

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Beauty and the book birthday


Have you ever been to a book birthday? No, well me neither. That was until last Thursday I attended the ‘Book Launch’ or, as Karen Davies (Haper Design) rightly points out, the ‘Book Birthday’ for “The Beauty and the Beast”, after all it is a 277 year old text.

Your probably wondering why we were celebrating now, 277 does seem a rather arbitrary year to mark. Well you wouldn’t be wrong in guessing that it was in part, if more by happy coincidence than design, to the release of the new live action version “Beauty and the Beast”.  This book is no movie tie in, it is the original story which is, like they so often are, markedly different to its big screen counterpart.

This book is the third reimaging or re-illustrating, I can’t quite decide which it falls under, of a classic tale by House of Minalima, the creative geniuses behind the props and graphics on the “Harry Potter” and “Fantastic Beasts” films. Miraphora and Eduardo have created a beautifully rich and immersive piece of work with interactive elements that remind me of the books that I adored as a child with doors to open, wheels to turn and tabs to pull. This is less like owning a book and more like owning a piece of art. I’ve actively chosen not to show any internal images of the book as I really feel that this would ruin the surprise of reading it for yourself but trust me when I say after the cover it only gets better.

My highlights were;

  • Learning that the Minalima design process starts with research, sounds like my kind of job so guys if you reading this and need an extra pair of hands I’m free on weekends.
  • Meeting Miraphora and Eduardo
  • And learning that we really do judge books by their covers which is why there are design awards dedicated to them and that a new books cover could be decided up to 12 months before it’s published.

To find out more about ‘The Beauty and the Beast’ and Minalima’s other 2 titles “Peter Pan” and “The Jungle book” at