Amazing Healthy Happenings in Marbella.

2018-04BettinaAprilAt first, I thought this magical place was just a rumour, a place that ticked all my boxes. A biodynamic health retreat set in the Ronda mountains, where everything is home-grown and every single detail is impeccably managed

La Donaira is an organic farm, equestrian centre and discreetly luxurious eco-retreat set high in the Serranía de Ronda, Andalucía. It offers accommodation in just nine individually-designed rooms, friendly, professional service, state-of-the-art installations including a spa and an infinite list of tailored activities from riding and arts to farming in the modern age and their role in the natural world.

I had the pleasure of saying there for two nights and we were taken on an amazing food journey, paired with natural wines that are supposedly be easier on your head the next day. The property includes one of the most intact medicinal herbal gardens I have had the pleasure of visiting. Seeing how chia is grown and many other medicinal plants that have been brought in from around the world was fascinating.

La Donaira is holding a Gourmet Detox Weekend April 19-22. It's a first for them but, given the fresh air and peaceful setting, plus their love of home-grown healthy food, it’s a natural step. I can’t recommend these guys enough and it will be a dream to go back one day.


April 19-22, 2018, La Donaira, Andalucia, Spain

Possibly one of the most deliciously indulgent Detox Weekends in the world.
After snow, slush and sleet comes spring, so take time out to revitalise and rejuvenate mind, body and soul.

Not just a detox diet, but a gourmet detox diet based on organic field-to-fork produce, paired with tailored sessions of yoga, meditation and massage, spa treatments, invigorating walks and revitalising sleep. Our small group will have the exclusive use of a 1,700-acre organic farm and luxurious mountain retreat La Donaira.
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Marbella Happenings

As many of you know, I have been running retreats for the past seven years. Someone who was instrumental in the beginning of my freelance career was Mark Bajerski (Healer of Hearts) He will be running a free Healing Weekend in at the Gran Hotel Benahavis from the 14th to the 15th of April. Energy healers from around the world will fly in and the event will be completely free. There will be readings, healings, mediations, uplifting talks and much more. I look forward to seeing you all there.

Things are shifting in the South of Spain and I am glad to see that so many events are coming forward in the name of health and healing.

Contact for a free sign up and tickets to this event.

A Pert New Bottom for TOWIE’s Chloe Sims at Cirumed Clinic Marbella

2018-03CirumedA Pert New Bottom for TOWIE’s Chloe Sims at Cirumed Clinic Marbella

Anyone familiar with the cast of The Only Way is Essex will remember Chloe Sims who is one of its major stars. Recently, she opted to have a buttock augmentation procedure and after much careful research, chose Cirumed Clinic in Marbella for the procedure, because she felt confident that the team here would not only do an excellent job, they would also look after her well during her stay.

Clearly, Chloe could have chosen any one of numerous clinics for this surgery, but thanks to fantastic reviews of the work at Cirumed and of Dr Aslani, she plumped for Marbella, a favourite destination with the TOWIE cast. She said: I knew I would feel comfortable in the clinic, as I did a lot of research before committing.” It is also true that Dr. Aslani is well known in the UK for body contouring and bikini makeovers, which helped Chloe to make up her mind.

Dr Aslani has been carrying out Brazilian butt lifts and ‘bikini package’ surgery (which involves body sculpting, a breast augmentation and a butt lift) for almost a decade. He started when few clinics offered the procedure, and this has undoubtedly helped him become a leader in buttock augmentation. He performs about three or four of these operations daily, indicating not just their popularity, but also the power of Dr Aslani’s reputation in this field. He regularly shares his expertise at international conferences and also hosts an international surgery course at Cirumed once a year, which is attended by surgeons from around the globe.

On arrival at Cirumed, Chloe Sims was shown the clinic’s high tech standards and its new 1,300m2 building that is annexed to its original premises. The new clinic has two operating theatres, five patient suites, two recovery suites and the

Cirumed Lounge, where families of patients can chill out at the espresso bar or enjoy a mani/pedi while their loved one is in recovery.

The new unit possesses top-of-the-range equipment, including the prestigious Laminar Flow System – a contamination control system that allows air to move at the same speed and in the same direction, with no or minimal crossover of airstreams. It also has special tables which enable the surgeon to ‘flip’ the patient into several positions during surgery – a crucial feature, considering the fact that Dr. Aslani often works on various areas simultaneously, including the breasts, abdomen, hips, buttocks, etc.

Chloe commented on the ease and speed with which Cirumed made the arrangements for her stay: “Through Cirumed’s UK partner, cosmetic firm, Serene Cosmetic, everything was arranged for me – my flight, accommodation, food, transport and aftercare. They even arranged for me to have my hair and nails done in the Serene villa. In the UK, we are well aware of Cirumed’s reputation. I was impressed to learn that on a yearly basis, the Clinic treats over 600 patients who are attracted by Cirumed’s reputation for specialty in Brazilian butt lifts and bikini makeovers.”

Cirumed recognised that the television celebrity is always on a tight schedule and put every effort to ensure that the surgical procedure was done quickly and any potential complications were avoided. The team is rightly proud that they managed to make Chloe feel comfortable and confident during her stay at Cirumed. She remarked: “would recommend anyone who is thinking about surgery,

to take their time to do their research. I took my time and chose a clinic that provided a great service, and made me feel comfortable during my stay. Make sure you look into the clinic as well as the surgeon, because the aftercare is so important.”

Cirumed Clinic

Edif. Panorama, Planta baja, Local 2. CN340, km 184, Marbella. Tel: 952 775 346.

It's Chistmasssssss!

2017-12ReflectionsThis month Jonathan shares his love of the festive season, the scent of Christmas and Gerry!

Enough to send me crackers

Call me Scrooge, but truthfully Christmas isn’t my favourite time of year. I like the elves, I like Santa and the idea of him coming down the chimney and, of course, the peace on earth, and goodwill to men idea but, to be honest, I feel it’s like communism. In other words, a great idea in theory but, as proven by the rather large land mass to the east of us, it doesn't work in practice. If that fellow in North Korea asks, it was Gerry who said that and not me.

Speaking of Gerry, he is the total opposite and looks forward to this time of year with glee. From about October he won’t talk about anything else. Why? The Christmas work party of course. Every year Gerry plies me with alcohol (AKA truth serum), gets me pissed and I tell him secrets. I supply him with a smattering of gossip which normally keeps him going to September the following year. I’m waiting for the day he turns up with some kind of recording device.

Keeping up with tradition

Those of you who know me well will know that I am rather partial to tradition, one of those being Christmas cards. I have recently been sent the minutes from a couple of British card manufacturers’ AGMs and, apparently, without me they would be recording massive losses. I was rather touched I have to say. I also think I am going to the Royal Mail’s Xmas do this year. I swear that the women at the Correos in El Corte Inglés starts salivating when she sees me in the queue because you could purchase a small island in the Caribbean for what I spend on postage.

The thought of disappearing into my storage area to extract my tree and all its décor leaves me cold. On the 1st of December, I will take a deep breath and set to work. Mind you I have saved myself some hardship this year by leaving my lights up all year round - I just couldn’t be arsed to take them down. I DID take a few down halfway through the year though, as I had been informed you could see my house from Mars.

I am also rather a fan of Yankee Candles. Last December my apartment smelt like a church, and I don’t mean dry rot, more along the lines of frankincense and myrrh. I am still not entirely sure why the three wise men took those to Mary; maybe they knew she would be having guests and wanted the stable to smell nice? I mean, I totally understand the gift of gold, because Christmas is an expensive time of year.

Keep calm and carry on

I keep looking at the salon appointment book and breaking out in a cold sweat. You don’t need a calculator to work out that too many clients and not enough hours isn’t going to work. But I will survive, as I have done the last 29 Christmases as a hairdresser. You get less for murder!

If anyone wants to get me something for Xmas I would like a life, please. I hear they are very popular. I see other people having them and I think I would quite like one. I am definitely feeling more and more like Cinderella, in certain lights I could pass for Buttons but don’t even get me started on the Ugly Sisters!

I am blessed to have many extremely generous clients who give me the most amazing gifts over the holidays. Some people say I could open a bar for New Year - I think not because that lot is what gets me through the holiday period! I have also received some rather unusual gifts over the years. I was once given a signed football; do any of you see what I have in common with a football? Another client gave me a framed photograph of her dog. I will never be sure if it was meant for me and you can’t ask, can you?

Now if any of my clients really know how to pull strings, a meeting with Mr. Trump is on my Christmas wish list -  in the interests of world peace, of course. I just want to see his hair in person, so I can see exactly how that work of art is put together, because whoever is looking after his hair would be better off using their talents on basket weaving.

Help is at hand

As you know my dear friend Kara is once again running the Costa Christmas Collections. She collects newly wrapped presents for children in orphanages all over Málaga and Alhaurín and children affected by domestic violence. It gives me great pride that Reflections is one of her designated drop off points.

New in

We are now stocking the Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Wild Ginger range. It smells bloody gorgeous and the tangy, invigorating scent lingers throughout the day. I am loving the gentle sulphate-free shampoo, which performs especially well on weak and coloured hair—it helps prevent fading and keeps even chemically treated strands looking shiny and healthy.


Redken High Rise Volume Duo Volumiser - a unique gel-cream volumising treatment styler for fine/flat hair combining the power of two styling. It works on every hair strand to create a visually fuller effect.

Taking it back in time

2018-04ReflectionsAprilJeremy Scott made sure that his Moschino models truly received the Jackie O works for his A/W 18 show, which resulted in a heavily '60s-inspired offering, with pillbox hats, Mary Janes, wrist-length gloves and hair inspired by the First Lady's iconic voluminous bouffant. This was my favourite fashion week look by far. I would recommend that only the under 30s try this look at home, as it can very easily take on an air-hostess vibe. The hair would have been set in rollers and then carefully brushed out, sculpting it into a curvy, sky-high bouffant and then finished with copious amounts of hair spray. My only question to Mr Scott was why send some of the models down in matching body paint; it made them look like Teletubbies.

Get ready to bring out your inner 1980s power boss persona, because that is exactly what Alexander Wang delivered for his show. Now, let’s talk about those banana clips. Has Wang make them cool again? I say “Yes!” Metallic, embossed, silver banana clips held up the models’ hair in a modern take on the chignon. To get the look spray Redken Forceful 23 hairspray all over your crown for a strong hold and begin pulling pieces back into a ponytail. Next, secure with an elastic and twist the ponytail into a low chignon. Add a banana clip over the chignon. Apply a second layer of hairspray to seal the style.

At Marc Jacobs, colourist Josh Wood created a multitude of jewel tone hair colours on the models. Among the looks there was a bowl cut with a reverse ombré of ultraviolet to black, a shocking pink-dyed undercut, a mod bob with a stripe of deep blue and a pixie cut with lime green and teal bangs. The hues were meant to look as if they were lit in a nightclub. This inspiration behind the colour palette was described as a little nightclub and vaguely ’80s and ’90s, I am so seeing New Romantic and Human League here. To go with the colour, Guido Palau cut rounded ’60s mod or bowl haircuts on the girls, The cuts are based on '60s classic Sassoon cuts and he used Redken’s Satinwear to smooth it out.

Going for gold

At this year's Oscars one major trend seemed to show up over and over again: waves.  From retro to voluminous and romantic to borderline disco, there didn't seem to be one decade missing

The Get Out star, Allison Williams styled her brunette lob with Old Hollywood waves, this was the winning look of the night. With her hair in sleek '40s waves with a deep side parting and her make-up kept fresh and minimal she was a perfect example of the golden age of Hollywood re-imagined for 2018.

Meanwhile, Jenny Cho manipulated Jennifer Lawrence's hair into voluminous S-waves - a style that was inspired by a throwback image of Kim Basinger. I would have preferred a side parting for this look as it would have been softer, For the colour Jennifer went for a cool blonde balayage on the mid lengths and ends.

Lupita’s look was inspired by images of Amasunzu hairstyles, which are traditional to Rwandan culture. The hair was clean and sculpted to accent her dress and show off the neckline. She actually looked like an Oscars award at the 90th Academy Awards. I mean that gold Versace dress is seriously EVERYTHING.


 I just wasn’t feeling Katie Holmes’s finger-wave pixie 'do’ at the Grammys. Not only does her hair look solid, it actually ages her. It also looks like she has forgotten to put her bun on or that the hairstylist bought her a hairpiece and left it in the cab. Shame, Katie - you were so close with this look.

Salma Hayek topped the list of worst-dressed stars at the Oscars but it was her hair which offended me more. It was vile and robbed every bit of colour from her face. I don’t care what anyone says, I hate grey hair on women, especially when their hair is dark. It just looked like she had given up.


I am not sure if anyone out there knows this, but the lovely Lottie has been on a six-month sabbatical. During this time, she went on a quest to find herself and has reached the natural conclusion, that the grass isn’t always greener and home is where the heart is - or rather it’s where Tina and I are.

Obviously, she has been missed terribly and, in the words of Diana Ross and The Supremes, my world is empty without you. We ARE hoping that during her epiphany she decided to get treatment for her mobile phone addiction and I have a surgeon on standby, who is willing to surgically remove her phone from her hand if need be.

I welcome my Lottie back with open arms but, hear me girl. if you do that again I will knock your head off.

Shelby Chic


Since Peaky Blinders first hit our screens in 2013, the Shelby boys have been captivating the British public – and how we love them. Cillian Murphy's portrayal of a slickly-dressed gang lord continues to influence both the high street and designer fashion and of course the ‘Peaky Blinders effect’ can be seen in male grooming. This month Jonathan takes a look at why everyone is asking for a Peaky at the hair salon.

Feeling a little peaky?

Every single period in history has been fabulous in its own right. Glamour has always been there, it’s just more obvious at certain times than others. Part of being human is wanting to look the best we can, given the tools at our disposal. Whether it’s during a war, whether you’re working class or a gangster, trends will always be made and style will always be found.
Peaky Blinders takes us from the end of the First World War, elegantly swerving past the influenza pandemic which killed more people than the war did. The show captures the dawn of a new age and among the fist-fighting, crime-committing, and general outrageous laddish behaviour, one thing's for certain - the Shelby boys sure know how to get suited and booted.
One of the most distinctive looks of Peaky Blinders is the hair. It’s being worn by hipsters and celebrities alike - and on both boys and girls. Hair stylists around the world have given the Peaky do a contemporary twist, making it one of the most popular hairstyles to hit our streets in years.

Making history

Based on First World War haircuts, which had very shaved sides and backs since the hair covered by the helmet didn’t matter. It was an extreme look and was largely associated with working-class men. This style was ideal for men who couldn't afford a barber skilled enough to blend their haircuts skilfully.
During the early 19th century there wasn’t the vast array of products which we have access to nowadays, so to get the slick look, a product called Brilliantine was used. It was oil based, giving off a slimy residue to anything it touched. The men who were really short of a bob or two would use cheaper petroleum jelly instead of the luxurious brilliantine. It did the job, although it was a mess to clean up.

During this period women would knit lace doilies to cover the backs of high backed chairs and couches and protect the furniture from men’s greasy heads. I remember my Nan used to crochet her antimacassars to protect her precious three-piece suite from the Co-Op.

Pulling off a Tommy

If you are going to attempt to pull off one of the Shelby dos please bear in mind that, if not styled properly, you are going to look like you are two paces away from a workhouse or auditioning for a part in Fagin’s gang. Let’s just say this look isn’t going to work with a tracky and Rebook classics.

Thomas Shelby - The texturised crop

The texturised crop is short on the back and sides of the head with a slightly longer length on top. Obviously, we aren’t all born with Tommy’s cheekbones, but to carry off this style a defined face is needed - or even an oval face will do at a pinch.

Styling: start with your hair washed and free from product, pump around five to six times using a Redken Fashion Waves sea salt spray into your hair, then start to dry your hair using your fingers in random circular motions to help create that messy look. Once the hair is dry, give it a once over with the cold setting on your hairdryer. Dust some Redken Powder Grip into the roots of your hair. Have a play around with your hair until you’re happy, then spray Redken Triple Take 32 hairspray in to create that final texture.

Suited ‘n’ booted

From tweed baker boy caps, tailored three-piece suits and smart buttoned-up shirts everyone from David Beckham to Idris Elba seems to be dipping into the Shelby style.
One of my long-standing friends recognised the influence that Peaky was going to have after watching the first series and began to stock up on these key items.

H&L Fashions is an independent fashion shop in Haworth, West Yorkshire in the UK. Selling a wide range of men’s tweed suits and ladies’ fashions they have seen the influence that Peaky Blinders has had on fashion first hand. The shop has been selling tweed style suits for several years, its Bronte Country location lending itself ideally to this look. But Peaky Blinders has meant a real uptake of interest in men’s suits and overcoats, from providing suits for PB themed weddings to supplying bar staff uniforms with the full Peaky look, the girls at H&L have seen it all. It seems that at last men's fashion has a definite look that is proving universal and not age specific! Customers are coming in thinking of a simple jacket/waistcoat combination and ending up wanting the full look, complete with accessories, so H&L Fashions now offers a Peaky Package - suit, hat, tie/dickie bow, braces, armbands and pocket watch.

By order of the Peaky Blinders!

10th Anniversary Celebrations for Cirumed Clinic

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Champagne corks were popping recently at Cirumed Clinic’s 10th anniversary celebrations. Dr. Alexander Aslani and his wife Jeannine nostalgically recalled how their team, now 26-strong, originally comprised just four members. The Clinic has gone from success to success, ensured in part by the division of specialisations between Dr. Aslani (also of the Department of Plastic, Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery of the Quirónsalud Málaga and Marbella Hospitals) and Jeannine (a surgical nurse and wound specialist).

A Brand New Operating Unit for Cirumed

The Clinic recently opened a new operating unit, measuring 1,300m2 and boasting two operating theatres, five suites, and the very latest equipment, including two Laminar Flow Systems – a vital concept in contamination control which ensures air moves in one direction and at the same speed, to avoid the crossover of airstreams. The Unit additionally boasts cutting edge tables (which allow Dr. Aslani to rotate patients into the precise position he needs) and two jet towers for water jet liposuction. Patients can relax at the spacious recovery suites, while their loved ones enjoy a cup of Nespresso at the bar, or have a manicure and pedicure.

Building a Reputation for Specialist Surgery

Dr. Aslani has built a reputation for being the ‘Butt King’: the man those in the know approach for the highly coveted Brazilian Butt Lift (which lifts and adds curve to this area). A second procedure he is famed for is the Bikini Package; in just one operation, patients have a liposuction, Brazilian Butt lift, and breast augmentation.

Liposuction is carried out using water jets, which is less invasive than conventional methods and which allows Dr. Aslani to work quicker and more efficiently. Fat obtained from other areas of the body (e.g. the abdomen), can be used to ‘fill in’ spaces in the breast area, complementing implants and creating a more natural look. Fat can also be infiltrated into the buttocks and hip area, once again to lend the area greater harmony and proportion.

Dr. Aslani acknowledges that it seems futuristic to think that a patient can enter the operating theatre and come out with entirely new proportions. “When I first told colleagues I was performing the Bikini Package, they couldn’t believe it. Today, many are doing the same, yet our advantage comes from having performed up to four of these operations every day, for years.”

Of course, Cirumed is a leading Clinic in many other types of surgery; Dr. Aslani is backed by renowned surgeons specialising in three areas: Body, Breast, and Facial Surgery.

Jeannine Aslani and CoolSculpting

Jeannine Aslani has made a big effort to establish Cirumed as the leading CoolSculpting centre in the south of Spain. This treatment relies on FDA-approved Zeltiq machines to target stubborn area of fat. There are only six Zeltiq machines in Spain; two of these can be found at Cirumed.

In case you aren’t familiar with CoolSculpting yet, it is essentially a non-surgical version of liposuction; a lunchtime treatment that lasts about an hour yet results in a loss of volume similar to that obtained through surgery. CoolSculpting can reduce fat in areas such as the hips, tummy and back, though it can target everything from chubby knees to double chins. “Patients usually just play on their mobiles or chat on Facebook while having the treatment… afterwards, many return to work,” says Jeannine, highlighting the non-invasive nature of this effective treatment.

It’s All in the Face: Anti-Ageing Laser Treatments and More

Whether pigmentation, wrinkles, flaccidity or dullness is your problem, Cirumed has the technology and know-how to deal with it. Some of the most popular anti-ageing/rejuvenation treatments include Fraxel and Fractora Laser, which target everything from dark spots to scarring. Wrinkles and sunken areas, meanwhile, are filled in with Botox, platelet rich plasma gel therapy, specific fillers, and more.

The Finishing Touches that Make All the Difference

“Patients can come in for everything from a relaxing facial, right through to a sugar waxing,” smiles Jeannine with characteristic warmth. One beauty treatment that is all the rage is semi-permanent makeup for the eyes, lips and eyebrows, as well as for hiding scars or even creating a look of greater hair density on the scalp. If you ever thought that the celebrity eyebrows you always longed for (the ones with the perfect arch and lovely volume) were out of your reach, visit Cirumed and find a long-lasting solution that will frame your face in the perfect way.

The Cirumed team is proud of their achievements over this past decade, and look to the future with the same enthusiasm they had since the day the Clinic first opened. They are driven by the same passion they always had: that of enabling to patients to look into the mirror and find the very best version of themselves.

The Cirumed Team would like to wish their clients and friends a Merry Christmas and a Fantastic 2018!

Edif. Panorama, Planta baja, Local 2. CN340, km 184, Marbella. Tel: 952 775 346.

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