Author / Helene




I was kindly invited by Dorothy Majcher, whom I had spoken with by email, to visit her salon in Holland Park called Scissor’s Palace. This salon was unique because not only could you get your hair cut there, you could get your whole beauty routine done. All of that in just an hour. The perfect concept for a big city like London where everyone is busy. You can basically walk in at your lunch time and walk out looking like new. Not only do they have a beautiful hair saloon, they have a whole area upstairs for all the other beauty treatments. Nails, massage, facials, waxing, you name it! You will have several people working on you at the same time which cuts the time in half.

In addition, I really liked that they have private rooms that are complimentary which you can request to get your treatments done. I do find that sometimes, especially at peak times, a hair salon is not very relaxing and I think a private calm area in those kind of moments is very much appreciated.


When I walked in I was greeted by the lovely Dorothy and Lau, the hairstylist that was going to cut my hair. Lau brought to the room at the back where you get your hair washed and explained to me the haircare line called Joico that she was going to use on me. It is a hair system that will reconstruct and strengthen your hair. The products smelled great and my hair felt so healthy afterwards. Lau was really gentle while washing my hair and gave me amazing hair massages, which is always a plus. Adds to the whole relaxing experience. Then we headed upstairs, where she could cut and dry my hair while I started getting my nails done.


The lovely Anju was the one who did my nails. She was very nice and talented. Never seen someone apply nail polish so perfectly! She gave me a manicure and pedicure and made my nails look all shiny. During that Lau, cut my hair just the way I wanted and respected the length we had agreed on, which I find very rare with hairdresser, and she then gave me a beautiful blowdry.

Once my hair was done, Anju brought me to the beauty treatment rooms were I would get my facial. My facial was very nice and relaxing. She did a series of cleansers and face masks. Again she also was great at giving a head and shoulder massage. My skin felt hydrated and plumped immediately after the treatment.

I want to thank Dorothy for having me in hair salon and the very nice staff for taking such good care of me. It was a very pleasant experience that I would recommend to anyone who’s looking for a nice and professional salon. The scissor’s palace really stands out because it is a place where you can get all your treatments done in one place. It really is a hassle to make an appointment here for nails, then her for facial, over there for hair…also very time consuming. I love the idea that I can just go to one place and get everything done.

Please find below Scissor’s Palace informations:

Scissor’s Palace

122 Holland Park Ave, London W11 4UA

020 7221 4004

Fashion Travel


I stayed in Paris for three weeks so I got to experience how it would feel to live there. Not only that but I had the opportunity to do an internship in a firm so I discovered a new work environment. It was a great learning experience, here are my discoveries:

1. Uber drivers are not friendly

I’m usually very lucky with uber drivers and often meet very interesting people, except for in Paris… Don’t get me wrong they are not rude and get the job done, but I felt like I was annoying them.

2. You realize who’s really here for you

It’s true for everytime you travel and get out of your comfort zone. You want to feel like you have support from the people you care about. It’s often in those times, where you either need advice, help or just to talk about your adventure, that you realize who’s really here or who’s quick to forget.

3. Less is more for fashion

Parisians definitely have a simplistic chic style. I didn’t see any eccentric outfits, which I’m not sure I like.

4. Parisian don’t speak English

This is more so a French thing. Out of all the countries, I’ve noticed that the  French are the worst at speaking English. Not everyone speaks it and if they do, you have a lot of chances that they have a very strong accent.

5. Give people time

This is related to work environments. When you first start of, you may find yourself out of place or not very welcomed. This is where you have to give people and yourself some time. They are all part of a little family and you this stranger suddenly comes in? It’s normal for people to be cold at first. What made me realise was that on my last day, this woman who I had found particularly cold, greeted me by saying “good morning Helen” and just by the fact that she had said my name, I knew she had accepted me.

6. There is a lot of homeless people

There is a big problem with homeless people. They are everywhere: on the tube, in the street, in shops. I saw some homeless people in shocking conditions, which broke my heart. It’s a real shame.

7. Parisian guys are very polite

One of my London friends kindly came to visit me one weekend and she was actually the one who made me notice. Parisian guys are very polite when they are trying to flirt with you. They are not pushy or arrogant like a lot of guys in London, truly makes a difference when you go clubbing, they actually care to have a conversation with you!

8. Finding a routine is key

When you discover a new place, you might feel like too much of a stranger at first. As soon as you establish a routine, going to work, going to this shop etc… you get used to it.

9. Find things that make you feel at home

Bring things or do things that make you feel at home. I love buying myself the food I usually buy at home and I also like to keep the same routine at night or in the morning for example. You can also unpack your stuff and organize them like you would normally.

10. Get out of your comfort zone

You’re in a new place, you’re alone, you’re already out of your comfort zone so why not push yourself even more. If you want to really experience the city, you need to explore, talk to people, get lost, find your way, ask for advices etc…

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