• eliabethharwood

Nostalgic November

Updated: Dec 22, 2021

Sentiments of the past, contained in the present... Rediscovered, renewed, rewritten…

A nostalgic November, for your eyes only



Vaishaly London

An elite facialist in London, Vaisaly is so renowned that she is known on a first name basis. And I can see why!

After a rushed and pressured shopping experience, I fell, or collapsed, into Vaishalys clinic in need of restoration. A swift skin diagnosis, she remarks “Your blood is boiling” - and she was correct. Anger is an emotion which I have only recently discovered, and after some personal shifts, call it Saturn return, call it a transitional time or perhaps the therapy is finally working and I'm discovering my true essence… whatever it is, it has come with some major discomfort. Which meant my 8 weeks of unplanned sobriety, mostly eating at home, caring for my body, ended up in the worst break out I have ever experienced. Spots between my eyebrows (in TCM this corresponds to the liver, and the emotion of anger), and on my forehead (in TCM this represents the small intestine- or agitation and vulnerability). Naturally, the breakout, I plunged into even greater depths of misery, viewing my skin as yet another thing to be angry about…

Now to the facial, what drew me to Vaishaly was her less is more approach (along with multiple recommendations). During the treatment she uses a combination of extraction, microdermabrasion, cleansing and craniosacral massage… for those who (like me) were oblivious to what craniosacral is; then Wikipedia describe it as a “pseudoscience” and “quackery” however, I am a firm believer of making your own decision... and I thought it was bloody amazing!

We must remember that any healing modality, must be tailored and personalised for the individual. For me, touch enables me to get back into my body, to reinhabit it, to ground down, to maintain presence, which is why I find all touch- whether that be self massage, a hug, reflexology, or a facial, incredibly healing and restorative.I am a firm believer that any form of somatic or therapeutic healing supports your body's innate ability to balance, restore and heal itself, along with aiding a reduction of stress and any malignant, toxic energy. My skin cleared up, I felt well rested, renewed and restored. And grateful for having the privilege to be able to book treatments like this.

You must note that facials (and facialists) are not created equal, and Vaishaly is a testament to that. I can see why she is known on a first name basis...


Gails Porridge

A section I never struggle to fill, however this month my mind was initially blank. Considering all of the yummy things I have eaten- at restaurants (Zuma, Holborn Dining Rooms, Shoreditch House, Grind etc), coffee shops (almond croix of course) and at home. This section is one I typically never struggle to whittle down.

There were rediscoveries of almond pain au chocolates, almond croissants, langoustines, sashimi, tataki, sticky toffee pudding- but if I really do think about what stood out… then it would have to say that the first spot is allocated to Gail’s very humble, bowl of porridge.

As the story goes, in Goldilocks and the Tree Bears, it took three attempts to make it just right. And that’s the thing, porridge may seem basic, simple and some may even find it bland. However to make it the perfect consistency, with chunky oats, not too hot and not too cold, is quite an art. A bowl of porridge is warm, nourishing, comforting and as the weather drastically turned, finding somewhere to warm up, relax, and that I can take my dog after a morning play (Victoria park have a heated, covered terrace) has been game changing to my morning routine. I love their range of toppings, the consistently friendly and helpful staff - along with Gail’s bowl full of joy. Yummy!


Curzon Cinemas

The combination of small, independent cinemas, along with a whole host of brand new movies adorning our screens this past month, has meant I have dusted off my favourite seat (centre back) along with cracking open a bottle or two, for a spontaneously naughty little Friday night adventure.

Dune, James Bond, House of Gucci, all films which I would watch repeatedly. I am hopelessly longing for the sequel to Dune, but in the meantime, here is my favourite quote from it… as I do love a bit of verbage...

"I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain."


Sacred Elephant- Frankie

Sacred Elephant insense has been mentioned before yet their new range is so wonderful that I couldn’t help myself in mentioning them again.

Especially as they have recently launched new fragrances, my current favourite being Frankie. ​​A frankincense blend with “elicate citric headnotes blend into deep, silken coniferous base notes”, as the stick burns it instantly lifts the room- embellishing it with sunshine in fragrance form.

I will forever adore Prema, Rose and Saytali Jasmine however this immediate mood booster means that Frankie holds a new space in my heart.


Adele- My Little Love

The real question is, who hasn't been listening to Adele!!? Whoever it is, needs to get a copy of her album ASAP.

Unsurprisingly she's smashed it out the park YET AGAIN, my favourite song being “My little love”.

The song is a soulful memoir, candidly exposing her vulnerability surrounding her divorce, and how this major life transition emotionally impacts on herself, her young son, and in my opinion, aspects of her own inner child which have resurfaced. In this song she poetically and powerfully encapsulates the raw and painful emotions, which go hand in hand with navigating times of change.

The use of her own voice, along with her sons, marked an incredibly vulnerable shift in her music, where I personally felt closer to her on a human level. As a society, we put celebrities on pedestals, waiting for the mighty fall, yet we forget to remember that they too are living and breathing humans just as we are- they experience grief, heartache, loneliness. It might not be the same, their stories may not be the same however there is something special about having the courage to open your heart and say, it's been hard, I've struggled, I feel so very much. As it opens the doors for others to do so too…


“Time present and time past Are both perhaps present in time future, And time future contained in time past.” -T.S. Elliot, Four Quartets

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