You may mock but going back through history, shopping and the art of the aesthetic has played a key part in female identity from the conception of a Consumer Revolution when women first started putting their unique visual stamp on their homes to post-war 20th Century make-up, mini-skirts, wigs and everything in between that meant you could be whoever you wanted to be – a sex icon one minute, and a power dresser the next.
A couple of glossy magazines and celebrity endorsements later, and image is now a modern day preoccupation and while aspects incorporate the good, the bad and the ugly extremes, taking pride in your appearance is one of the great pleasures in life and can have a big impact on your state of mind as well. There is an inextricable link between looking good and feeling great – they work in tandem with one another, making it utterly unreasonable for an interest in your external appearance to be dismissed as superficial … and anyway above anything else, it’s fun!
This month you are no doubt amongst the cavalcade of people signing up to the gym, turning your fridge into a vegetable patch and frog-marching yourself into a smaller pair of jeans, which will mean it is also about now that either your determination is waning and you could do with a boost, or that you have done so well that it is time for a rather expensive, but imperative shopping trip to make your wardrobe match your brand spanking new body – for which reason we implore you to take a look at our January competition.
In a prize worth £2000 every person who books a spa break in January is being given an opportunity to wina complete hair, make-up and wardrobe makeover starting at Neville salon; followed by a consultation with a stylist whose star clients include Charlotte Church, Sophie Ellis Bextor, and the cacophony of X-Factor idols; and topped off by four sessions with celebrity personal trainer Cengiz Dervis or one of his team at TÉ London’s Fulham studio to ensure all your good work continues into February. As it wouldn’t be therapy without some retail, the final flourish is £500 to spend on a new wardrobe – if nothing else, you have to concede the world is a much nicer place with pretty things in it, and happily you appear to be one of them!
For more details about the competition visit Spabreaks.com
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