Surrey celebs' fashion and beauty tips: our little black book
PUBLISHED: 17:44 17 April 2012 | UPDATED: 22:01 21 May 2014
Here in Surrey, we are spoilt with a whole array of fantastic boutiques, innovative beauty salons and award-winning hairdressers, and everyone has their own particular favourites. We asked a few well-known Surrey ladies to reveal their own top local style secrets (just don't tell anyone else!)
Originally published in Surrey Life magazine March 2011
Interviews by Caroline Harrap
One of the country’s best-selling novelists, Adele Parks lives in Guildford and likes nothing more than enjoying a bit of pampering in our county town, especially when it comes to unwinding the knots left behind by hours at her computer…
‘I moved to Guildford five-and-a-half years ago, and ever since, I’ve been visiting Galina at Aveda on the High Street. Galina cuts, colours and styles my hair for all my events, and I always leave feeling glamorous! I also indulge in a monthly facial and massage at the award-winning Esterel Spa in Quarry Street. It’s a genuine sanctuary to the hurly-burly of our increasingly busy lives. I spend many hours at my desk and always have some huge knots of tension that need working out!’
- Adele Parks’ latest book, Men I’ve Loved Before, published by Headline Review, is out now. See www.adeleparks.com
As the main anchor on the popular daytime TV show Loose Women, Ashtead resident Andrea McLean has to look her best for the cameras. But rather than head to the famous London salons, she prefers to make the most of the great local beauty places right on her doorstep...
‘I use local places in Ashtead for all my beauty needs! I go to Ward and Cross Hairdressers on Rectory Lane to get my hair cut and coloured. I usually see Natasha, but everyone is good there, so if she’s not available, I go to whoever is free. I also go to Polished on The Street to get my nails done, and I have facials at Ashtead Health and Beauty, also on The Street. The reason I use these places is that they are great at what they do, and are friendly and helpful, and are all as good as London salons in terms of the service they give. They might not be as flash, but being talented and friendly is more important to me.’
- Andrea McLean and her husband Steve have set up a new planning, building and interior design service in Surrey called 3-synergy. For more details, visit their website: www.3-synergy.com
A former winner of Strictly Come Dancing, TV presenter and actress Camilla Sacre-Dallerup is another Surrey lady who has to take care of her looks. Here, the Walton-on-Thames resident reveals where you’re likely to find her when she gets a rare bit of time to herself...
‘My favourite day of pampering locally is to have my nails done at the Nail Garden in the High Street of Walton-on-Thames. I have been going there for quite a few years and they have made my nails look stunning for every TV show and photoshoot I have done! They are not only professional and brilliant but they are lovely, too. My next favourite treat is a blissful rose petal facial at In Harmony in Hampton Court. The only way to describe this place and their facials is absolute bliss and escapism. When you enter the front door of the shop, you immediately leave any stress behind and are transported to an exotic, calm and peaceful place. To finish my day of pampering, I go for the most delicious Sushi at Maru in Esher. The sushi there is better and fresher then most top places in London and the head chef knows his craft. I was so excited finding all these gems so close to my home! That’s what is so wonderful about Surrey; we have everything we need right on our doorstep.’
- Camilla Sacre-Dallerup and her husband Kevin are both on tour in the UK this summer in Calendar Girls. For more information about all her latest projects, see www.camilladallerup.com
As a beauty expert herself, who not only has her own make-up company in Cranleigh but also runs her own beauty school in London, Jemma Kidd knows a thing or two about looking good. But what about when it comes to treating herself to a new dress?
‘When I want to update my wardrobe or treat myself to something special, one of my favourite places to shop is Courtyard in Guildford. The boutique offers great designer fashion and the season’s must-haves, without all the chaos of shopping in London. Also, Le Petit Atelier, a boutique-style interiors shop in Wonersh, is a real find, too. I always have a look in there if I need new accessories for my home or if I’m searching for the perfect gift or gorgeous fresh cut flowers.’
- For more information about the Jemma Kidd line of make-up and her beauty school, see their website at www.jemmakidd.com
The founder of international wildlife charity Born Free, we think Dorking resident Virginia McKenna always looks fantastic – though she would beg to differ. She does admit, though, to having found a great hairdresser...
‘I think this is a ‘first’ for me! Not being a follower of fashion, and my interest in clothes being somewhat erratic, I don’t believe I have ever been asked before about my clothes and where I buy them! In fact, I pick up an odd top here and there (it could be East, M&S, Gudrun Sjödén or India and Africa on my travels), and really I just wear clothes that feel ‘right’. No synthetics and, of course, no fur. I have a lovely hairdresser called Lisa to whom I go for a haircut and for special occasions. She works in a small, friendly salon in Ewhurst called Eden Hair Spa. She looks after several members of my family, including the grandchildren, and we all love her.’
- The Life in My Years by Virginia McKenna, published by Oberon Books, is out now (hardback £28 / paperback £14.99 including UK P&P). To order a copy of the book, or for more information about the Born Free Foundation, visit their website at www.bornfree.org.uk