With Valentines Day fast approaching and the shops being filled with cards, gifts and whatnot, some of us forget the true meaning behind this day. Don’t you think?
In a relationship or not, this day is a day for love (as is every other) but feels that bit more ‘special’ because we’re made to feel we should feel more ‘in love’ or ‘special’ on that particular day of the year. I use the inverted commas because I know how touchy this subject can be. But I for one always embrace this day, not because I feel I have to but it’s nice to have an occasion you stop for a minute and feel the love you have for yourself.
I have to admit, I use any excuse I can to have a pamper. Feel tired? Face mask and a warm bath. Feel sad? Paint my nails, make my hair pretty and consume all the dark choc. Feel worried? Tune out with music, bubbles and a trusty G&T. You name the emotion, I have a pamper session for it.
When it comes to Valentines Day, I feel there is even more of a reason to give yourself a little pamper and I’m for the excuse. That’s where a spa day comes in with a full itinerary of a feel good fitness session, good food and of course, a treatment. As much as I’d love to, I can’t treat myself to these kind of days as and when I want to, so its nice to have a time of year you can put aside to do these kind of self-indulgent things, right?
The Radisson Blu Edwardian New Providence Wharf in Canary Wharf saw myself and 6 other bloggers for a full day of fun, food and relaxation. It was like fate as this is the exact pamper session I had in mind, little did I know it was going to come true. Spa Seekers kindly hosted this event to share the love, celebrate female empowerment and help us indulge in a little self-loving, which I was truly feeling that day being surrounded some amazing and very like-minded girls.
This 4-star hotel is located just across the water with beautiful views of the O2, which was actually our view for our morning yoga session and afternoon tea. It’s one not to miss I tell you.
Our morning begun with a 60-minute yoga session with yoga teacher and Colorado born entrepreneur, Alec Vishal Rouben. After being taught many poses, how to hold them and how to practice, I feel like a true little yogi. I take yoga classes regularly and this has got me thinking deeper about the practice. Alec shared with us his knowledge of the practice and coming from a teacher who has travelled all over the world to share the love and aura of yoga, it was quite an experience. To learn more about yoga, its benefits and Alec’s journey, you can find his Yoga Revealed podcast here.
Once we changed out of our fitness wear, it was time for afternoon tea, which I can tell you us girls were very excited for. The tea was set in the same room as the yoga with the stunning view of the Thames and the O2. But less of the view and more of the food, yeah? I know that’s exactly what you’re thinking about, so let me give you the good stuff.
There were about 5-6 cake stands brought out in all, with a couple of them for different dietary requirements, which I think the hotel coped with very well. There were allergies, intolerances and all sorts and we all left very full and satisfied. My stand was gluten and lactose free so instead of cakes I was served a gorgeous fruit platter, I had cookies and sorbet as scones substitutes and gluten free sandwiches. Call me a loser but I actually think this is me in an afternoon tea stand. I saw fruit, cookies and sorbet come out and my little eyes lit up. It was so yummy and so well presented. So, if you’re ever on the hunt for an afternoon tea and are concerned because of dietary requirements, the Radisson Blu can definitely cater for you.
Afternoon Tea was a very good shout as us girls got proper time to know each other, chat and enjoy the food. Its not often you get to relax this much at events I must say.
Shortly after the yummy food we were taken to change into our spa attire, robes, flip flops and all. Each of us had our own treatment, I went with the back, neck and shoulder massage. The Radisson Blu spa uses Espa products and for the treatment the masseuse used a gorgeous Espa Spa Oil that I really wish I knew the name of. It would be amazing for a bath I reckon.
30-minutes or so later and I had melted into the bed and didn’t want to move. It was heavenly and just the pamper I needed.
There is no harm indulging in a little self-love on Valentines Day and also for the rest of the year (might I add). This event was the perfect excuse to lose myself in the moment, feel relaxed and take some proper self-care time, which once I left realised I blimmin well needed. The #LoveYourself has made me realise I should take more time to look after my body, practice more self-love, take time out to treat myself and love myself that little bit more.
Thank you so much to Spa Seekers and Radisson Blu for having me and hosting an amazingly mindful and relaxing day. I am truly recovered and feeling so ready for Valentines Day. You can catch up on more pictures and information about the campaign here.
What do you do to #LoveYourself that little bit more?
* This post contains a gifted spa day from Spa Seekers, and all opinions are my own *