Tuesday, 2 December 2008

Shopping: Butterflies party wear


SHOPPING

BUTTERFLIES PARTY WEAR

Happy holidays for frock sake!


WORD HAS IT THAT AS THE HOLIDAYS APPROACH, SO DO THE PARTY INVITES. WARDROBES AND PURSES ARE EMPTIED IN SEARCH FOR THE PERFECT FROCK. WE ALWAYS NEED AN EXCUSE BUT REALLY, WHEN IS IT NOT TIME TO GET DOLLED UP? IF THIS YEAR IS ANY PROOF AT ALL, US GIRLS WILL FIND A NEW PAIR OF HEELS, A SKIRT TO MATCH IT AND A PLACE TO ROCK IT. ONE WALK THROUGH BUTTERFLIES ON THE GRASSMARKET AND YOU WILL FIND A FAB EXCUSE OF A PARTY TO GO WITH YOUR NEW DRESS IN SECONDS FLAT.


What started out as a bridal shop 16 years ago has expanded to servicing ladies of all sorts: engaged or single, aged 15 or 30, size six or 32. Owner Fiona Brown opened this particular location next to the Butterflies bridal shop, just around the corner from Godiva, in January of this year in order to offer women something different. She wants you to feel so unique, in fact, that she keeps track of what is purchased for area functions and sees to it that no one shows up wearing the same vision.


Some of the pieces are actually one-offs, so not to worry about a woman's biggest fear - encountering your twin on a big night out!Inside the newest edition of Butterflies are three floors of very vibrant excuses for having a ball, from the obligatory Little Black Dress to floor-length gowns to skin-flaunting show-stoppers -- the sassiest ways to raise the game, and the hemline. Downstairs are the fairy tale gowns that beckon a prince and up the staircase are the Diva corsets and old Hollywood-style numbers meant to grace the hips of sirens.



Bite Life's faves include a satin and striped corset-style top with its skirt short flirtaciously ballooning out. Another one by Unique Boutique is irredescent silver with crafty corsages all over and streams of holiday red-coloured chiffon spilling out at the seams. Or go for that LBD , circa 1940-something, that needs only a pair of really red lips to acccompany.Some of the funnest stuff may remind you of Cyndi Lauper, Cinderella, Dita Von Teese or Carrie Bradshaw, but will doubtlessly remind you that all-the-time is a great time to find a party, throw a party or BE the party! Happy holiday party-hoppin'!


Butterflies Party Wear17-19 West PortGrassmarketEdinburgh EH1 2JA0131 228 4401


Also in Nov/Dec issue of Bite Life Magazine

Treatment Review: Dance Base massage


DANCE
TREATMENT REVIEW
Dance Base

HAVE YOU EVER COME TO THE REALISATION THAT YOU NEED A HOLIDAY AFTER YOUR HOLIDAY? SURE IT'S RELAXING BUT THE HEAVY BAGS LOADED AND UNLOADED FROM CARS, BUSES, TRAINS, AND FLIGHTS, THE LACK OF SLEEP ON SAID MODES OF TRANSPORT, THE OH-SO LABOURIOUS NIGHTS SPENT DANCING OBLIVIOUS TO THE DAMAGE IN PROGRESS WILL ALL LEAVE YOUR BODY BEGGING FOR ANOTHER BREAK. AFTER A RECENT LONG-HAUL RETURN, I DECIDED TO PUT THE CHERRY ON TOP OF THE ICING ON TOP OF THE CAKE THAT WAS MY HOLIDAY - I GOT A MASSAGE.

A few days after my return, I was back in the swing of things quite literally. A fan of fitness, the gym and all of the fun classes beckoned me back but my body just didn't feel the same. I knew it was time to pay a visit to the always tempting rooms of massage at Dance Base. Valeska Andrews, onsite therapeutic / accupressure massage extraordinaire, met me in the lobby and led me to through the energetic halls of this house of dance in the heart of the Grassmarket.

A simple and unassuming space, it's not your usual den of frangrant candles with background music of 'Zen'. It's just a place to get your dancin' and stressin' muscles sorted, buffered by the sounds of the building's liveliness. A flamenco class playfully stomped through from above (or beside, it was hard to discern) as I relaxed in a place that proudly boasts all it has to offer, all at the same time.

Valeska forcefully but politely worked through all of the battles plaguing my body, from my toes to my temples. I was definitely at ease and revelling in every demon she could possibly exorcise. She explained to me how applying pressure to some points of the body relieves an entirely different part, just as being brutal to one bit may do far more damage to another bit. She also knew that I had been carrying a heavy bag (my laptop) across one shoulder and made sure that this shoulder knew no trace of such a burden by the time I left.

Valeska is as much of a professional as she is just a sweetheart. I can see why she loves the spirit of Dance Base, and vice versa.

Dance Base is located at 4-16 in the Grassmarket. Download a brochure on www.dancebase.co.uk or get more information on 1031 225 5525.
Also in Nov/Dec Bite Life Magazine

Treatment Review: Hot stone massage


TREATMENT REVIEW

NEVO

Unwinding with hot stone therapy


On the day of my massage, the president-elect of the US had just been determined and although staying up pretty darn late to hear such admirable and exciting results should be a relieving experience, my body felt differently. Maybe it was the nerves clinching and twisting my muscles into an insane knot before the landslide rolled in, and maybe it was time for change indeed, at least for my body. Nevo certainly came to the rescue.
The hot stone thermotherapy is a treatment dating back thousands of years and although many people prefer the holistic version, Nevo's Billy does the more authentic method of using the stones to actually massage your body into oblivion. Instead of gliding the stones across different parts of the body, they are used as tools to liberate any ravaged tissues and muscles from what ails them.
Several different sizes and weights of incredibly smooth basalt volcanic stones are used to massage minerals like iron and magnesium into the body, making for an experience that is far richer than a normal massage. The heat of the stones, which is should be 54-63 degrees Celsius, allows for the benefits of the massage to reach deeper below the skin and enhances the experience altogether. One stroke of a stone is said to be more beneficial than ten strokes by hand.
Nevo's treatment space is serene, the obligatory candles alight and soothing sounds coming from a pair of speakers. Tucked underneath a blissfully warm towel, I am almost asleep before the massage even begins. The next hour proves as remarkable as I had hoped while the comfortably hot stones and extremely skilled hands geniusly work away the stress and pains that had run rampant in my body moments before.
I'm a complete convert to the stones as something that only enhances the pressure applied without it ever being remotely painful. The heat alone that emanates from the stones enhances the relaxation ten fold. If only everyone knew the pleasure of having their calves rubbed with a satisfyingly hot stone, surely the world would be a far less stressful kinda place!One hour is £45.
Word of advice: Drink plenty of water afterwards, and don't plan on being very useful for the remainder of the day!
Nevo
91 Montgomery StreetEdinburghEH7 5HZ0131 556 0432www.renroc.co.uk Opening hoursOpen late Mon-Fri Sat 10am-5pm
Also in Nov/Dec issue of Bite Life Magazine

Shopping: Coburg House Studios


SHOPPING

COBURG HOUSE STUDIOS

CHRISTMAS EVENT

Local artist lowdown


DON'T YOU LOVE IT WHEN YOU DISCOVER SOMETHING COOL, SO COOL THAT YOU DON'T WANT TO TELL ANYONE ELSE FOR FEAR THAT IF THE WORD GOT OUT, YOU'D HAVE TO SHARE? THAT'S HOW I FELT ABOUT THE 'HUB OF CREATIVITY' THAT IS THE COBURG HOUSE STUDIOS. I HAVE STALKED THE WEBSITE AND PLANNED MY VISIT TO THEIR DECEMBER OPENING, ALL WHILE IMAGINING THE ORIGINAL GIFTS I COULD AWE MY FRIENDS AND FAMILY WITH AT CHRISTMAS. BUT HEY, I CAN'T BE GREEDY WITH STUFF THIS GOOD. I DON'T CARE IF IT MAKES ME A SELL-OUT, THE WORD MUST GET OUT.
To be the best Santa your loved ones have ever known, get yourself to Leith the first weekend in December to load up on some outstanding local art. The renowned designers and artists that make up this collection of studios only host open house events a few times a year, so this is a unique chance to get a sneak peak into their creative environment whilst also filling up a stocking or two and supporting some deserving independent talent.
The kind of stuff to be exhibited and sold includes painting, jewellery, sculpture, textiles, silversmithing, printmaking, ceramics, mixed media and sign writing. The collection's creators include Hannah Louise Lamb, Kaz Robertson, Lorna Hewitt, Catherine Aitken, Grace Girvan and over 20 more, most of which will be there so I encourage everyone to show up and shake their hand, they know what they're doing!


Where and when: Coburgh House Studios 15 Coburg Street, Leith, Edinburgh, EH6 6ET, 0131 554 6888Friday 5th – Sunday 7th December11am-5pm


Also in Nov/Dec 2008 issue of Bite Life Magazine