Hampshire is one of the prettiest and most desirable places to live in the UK. Understandably, one of the reasons it’s popular is that the county boasts a social calendar packed full of exciting events. There are plenty of places where you can dress to impress throughout the year in Hampshire. From a day at the races, to dinning in Michelin starred restaurants. Ensuring you are noticed for all the right reasons takes preparation, and this guide will show you how to groom to perfection.
Prep your face and body
Attending a special occasion is the perfect opportunity to spend time pampering yourself. Why not do that with the latest face and body treatments that will to leave you feeling preened to perfection. At health + aesthetics we offer a range of treatments for the face and body administered by experts at our doctor-led clinic in Farnham, Surrey.
Minimise wrinkles and fine lines
Botox and dermal fillers help to reduce the effect of wrinkles and fine lines across the face. Smile, frown and laugh lines can give away your age. It can make you look more tired and older than you actually are. By smoothing these wrinkles with Botox and dermal fillers you can experience a more youthful look and feel confident.
Botox and dermal fillers work slightly differently to each other:
- Botox relaxes the muscles associated with facial movements. These are frowning, by blocking the signals sent by nerve cells to areas of the face, for example at the forehead and around the eyes. By relaxing these muscles, fine lines and wrinkles appear smoother, and the results can last for months after the treatment. Dr Rekha Tailor and the team take a meticulous approach to Botox, which means that clients experience the very natural results Botox can offer.
- Dr Tailor injects dermal fillers into the face, neck and décolletage to restore volume that has been lost in these areas due to the aging process. The fillers used at health + aesthetics (including Juvederm Vycross and Radiesse) give excellent results. They are also FDA approved which means they are safe and effective.
Remove unwanted hair
Unwanted hair can ruin a flawless look, as can the rashes, redness and bumps associated with shaving and waxing. Although shaving and waxing are quick fixes, the ultra-smooth, long-term solution of laser hair removal using the Soprano ICE system is the best option for many people. The procedure significantly reduces hair growth and can be used on any area of the body. At last, here is a treatment that can treat facial hair, without causing any pain.
Tighten and tone your face
Ultherapy is known as the non-surgical facelift and health + aesthetics is the only place in the Surrey and Hampshire area to offer the treatment. Our experts provide an FDA approved procedure, meaning the Ultherapy equipment we use at health + aesthetics has been reviewed, approved and is regulated by the FDA governing body, making the procedure extremely safe and effective.
Ultherapy works by using ultrasound energy to lift and tighten the face, neck and décolletage leaving the area rejuvenated. This non-surgical facelift will create the perfect foundation for your new look
A quick cheat for making teeth look whiter without a trip to the dentist is by wearing lipstick with a blue tone to it. Such as Giorgio Armani’s Rouge d-armani lipstick or NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Dragon Girl, both of which will draw attention to your smile for the right reasons.
Another option is to use Colgate’s Max White range which includes a toothbrush with a built-in whitening pen designed to make teeth up to three shades whiter. This range is a great way to give your smile a brighter look in as little as three weeks.
For a more permanent solution for brighter, straighter teeth, you could consider porcelain veneers. There are many cosmetic dentists in the Hampshire area that who will perform this procedure, including South Lane Dental Practice in Clanfield which offer a smile makeover service.
What to wear
Dress trends to get attention
If you’re heading to the hottest locations in Hampshire then donning the coolest dresses will ensure all eyes are on you.
- Ruffles are romantic and dramatic – they are surprisingly versatile too. You can choose anything from oversized cascading ruffles to something a little subtler for day wear, such as this beautiful one shoulder dress from Oasis.
- Bold stripes were seen on the catwalks of Stella McCartney and Ralph Lauren recently and the trend has been brought to the high street by designers such as Karen Millen and Ben de Lisi at Principles.
- Alternatively, pleats add a delicate and pretty look to dresses. Micro pleats have been a popular design on the catwalks this season. Adrianna Papell and Elise Ryan both do beautiful pleated dresses that are ideal for special occasions.
Image courtesy of House of Fraser
If dresses aren’t your thing then jumpsuits are a trendy way to forego the dress. Luckily, jumpsuits as well come in a wide variety of style. A statement belt can break up a floral jumpsuits to help define your figure. Block colour jumpsuits are a great way to stand out from the crowd, and you can accessories with extras in similar colours to complete the look. Lately, British designers HotSquash do a fantastic range of jump suits including this block purple jumpsuit in a classic shape.Image courtesy of House of Fraser
Go high with your heels
High heels are always sexy and enhance the shape of the calves whilst giving you enviable height. If you prefer something more stable than a thin heel opt for a wedge or a chunky heel. Tatler Magazine recommends the thicker heel of Emporio Armarni’s nude and black leather heels and Charlotte Olympia shoes in silver raffia available from Net-a-Porta. Alternatively, wedges are the best choice for any event involving walking on grass or uneven paths. Also, the Kabby Wedge Sandal by Carvela Kurt Geiger has a sturdy heel for safety and a metallic finish that adds instant glamour to any outfit.
If you’re not a fan of buying online, then try before you buy at Anya, the designer boutique in Romsey, Hampshire, which stocks a range of beautiful shoes from luxury designers.
Choose tactical jewellery
Choose a statement piece of jewellery to take the lead in your look. As a rule, if you go for a necklace, team this up with just a ring. And if you choose to wear earrings match these up with a bracelet and forego the necklace. As with makeup, less is more with jewellery. Especially if your outfit has a lot going on in terms of colour, print and fabric. For a classic look, which is making a comeback, an over-sized broach is a stylish way to add sparkle and individuality to an outfit.
Hampshire and Surrey are home to many independent jewellery designers where you can find something unique to complement your outfit. Firstly, Tracy Hills, a jewellery designer based in Farnham, Surrey. She specialises in creating distinctive pieces that will give any outfit a dramatic edge. Secondly, the Ramalina Collection features striking cuff bangles that will add an eye-catching look to your outfit.
Over the border in Hampshire, Patra Jewellery in Basingstoke sells a range of beautiful pieces ideal for teaming up with any outfit. This includes the Kit Health Collection, which features pendants and earrings in classic designs with a modern, elegant twist.
Now you know what to wear, here are the 5 hottest places to pay a visit in Hampshire
A day at the races is the perfect opportunity to dress up. Newbury Racecourse is no exception. The Racecourse is over 100 years old and hosts prestigious events throughout the year. Including live performances and the annual Ladies Day. The Racecourse is also home to three restaurants. For fine dining book your table at The Hennessy, an award-winning restaurant with panoramic views of the finish line.
2.Lainston House Hotel
Lainston House Hotel is a social hub in the Hampshire countryside boasting a packed diary of events. These include ladies lunches (with speakers from Rosemary Conley to Lady Churchill’s Private Secretary Heather White-Smith), coffee mornings and gin dinners. The grand surroundings of this historic hotel demand the finest dress. Even if you’re popping in for afternoon tea or enjoying a formal dining experience in the award-winning The Avenue restaurant.
Enjoy the food on offer at the number-one rated restaurant in Wickham at Offbeet. A vegan and gluten-free restaurant at the unique Chesapeake Mill. Browse the collection of furniture, jewellery, ceramics and glass on offer at the renowned antique stalls. Take in the historical surroundings of this beautiful riverside venue.
4.The Black Rat
This Michelin starred restaurant became really popular in Winchester since receiving its star. The Black Rat is an 18th century former pub features charming nooks and crannies and low beamed ceilings for truly atmospheric dining. The seasonal menu includes fresh ingredients from local suppliers, plus food foraged locally and grown in the restaurant’s own allotment.
Rick Stein’s famous seafood menu is now available in Hampshire after the famed chef opened his restaurant in Winchester. The smart beach-inspired interior of this restaurant matches the simple elegance of Rick Stein’s seafood dishes. It is the perfect location for sampling the best of the sea, inland.
If you’re ready to transform your look and enjoy stylish days out in the best venues in Hampshire then call health + aesthetics today to book your consultation at this award-winning, doctor-led clinic.