Introducing Bay Hair And Beauty

Bay Hair And Beauty salon may be the best kept beauty secret in Staffordshire. A one stop destination for all things hair, body, nails and pampering treats, Bay held its first open evening last Wednesday and I was invited to pop along and find out all about what Bay has to offer. I have to say I was seriously impressed.

Bay is a seriously beautiful salon, airy and spacious, with glamorous touches like the crystal chandelier thats hangs resplendent in the centre of the room. There are separate treatment rooms where BOTOX, Derma planning, facials and waxing take place. There are a range of express treatments available for those days when you need pampering but are short on time, but also longer sessions that ate perfect if you are getting married, going away on holiday or just need a body pick me up.

The lady behind the salon, Kim Dorman, has assembled a group of talented stylists, technicians and beauticians in order to create Bay, a place where all your beauty needs are addressed under one roof. Hair styling that ranges from cut and blowdry to bleaching and LA Weave and Angel Remy hair extensions are the domain of Sarah Noad and Louisa Mason Cooper, two seriously talented stylists who were giving demonstrations of their range during the open evening.

I love the personal touches that take Bay away from other salons, the beautiful setting, the friendly service, the extensive range of products available for sale, even the complimentary umbrellas available to protect your lovely new hairstyle if the day just happens to be wet.

Wednesday night was a lovely chance to see Bay Hair And Beauty in action, and with Christmas almost upon us, it is definitely a good time to get those treatments and styling booked.

Bay Hair And Beauty

160 Bay Tree House

Broad Lane

Bloxwich

WS3 2TQ

01922407713    07450988136

Know Your Luggage – Save Time At The Airport

For many of us, holiday season is coming to an end. We have enjoyed our long summer breaks and are now looking forward to all the things that Autumn brings. But whilst our actual Summer holidays are becoming distant memories, Autumn is still a time for travel, with mini breaks, festivals like Oktoberfest and then the joy of Christmas breaks ranging from the Northern Lights, to those fabulous festive markets, and mini breaks to Disneyland Paris and Lapland.

What all these breaks have in common is that for the majority of us, these are the hand luggage only breaks. With charges for carrying baggage in the hold, we are now traveling lighter than ever (with the possible exception of Beyonce and the Beckham’s) and aim to have carry on luggage that is not only free to take on board, but also avoids the waiting at the carousel allowing our holiday to truly start the minute we land.

Know the dimensions of your case

If you have never traveled hand luggage only, there are a few things you need to be aware of. that may help you travel easier. The most important is to know what size bag or case you are allowed to take onboard, particularly if you are traveling with a notorious budget airline like Ryanair and Easyjet. Currently you are allowed a bag/case of around 55 x 40 x 20 cm. This is an average and you really should check with your operator. You can purchase cases that are clearly labeled as cabin luggage and are able to fit into the average overhead locker, but again, check those dimensions so you don’t fave unnecessary problems at the airport.

Left Luggage

If you are traveling from country to country and maybe accumulating more ‘stuff’. then it may be worth looking into a left luggage facility where you can safely store belongings until you return. These are often able to ship your goods separately, allowing you to enjoy shopping, but also being able to travel light.

Pack Carefully

Packing lightly means just that, look carefully at the items you pack and try to pick things that are multifunctional and cover all bases. Don’t overpack your case, cabin luggage will still have a weight allowance – usually under 10 kilos, and needs to be able to fasten without bulging at the edges, which could mean your case no longer fits into the overhead locker. In additon, make sure the bag is secure, you really don’t want your smalls falling out at 40,000 feet do you.

Excess Baggage Company are currently compiling their own hints and tips for traveling hand baggage only. You can add your own and follow the trend by looking out for the hashtag #KnowYourLuggage on social media.

Awful Auntie Is Awfully Good

Awful Auntie Is, without doubt, the darkest of all of the David Walliams books. A tale of murder and intrigue, of dastardly relatives, giant owls and poor mistreated orphans, it is a fabulous story for both adults and kids alike. The theatrical version is currently playing at the Wolverhampton Grand and is both horrifying and delighting its audience. It is devilishly good.

Lady Stella Saxby emerges from months in a coma to find her parents dead and herself in the care of her strange Aunt Alberta and her giant owl Wagner. Alberta claims to be caring for her niece in an act of familial devotion, but actually seems more concerned with finding the deeds to Saxby Hall. When Stella tries to escape the Hall she finds herself thrust into the coal cellar, but there meets a friendly ghost called Soot, who died in the Hall in mysterious circumstances many years previously. With Soot, Stella plans her escape, but Aunt Alberta has tricks up her sleeve that may mean the end of the little girl and the friendly ghost.

The beauty of Awful Auntie Is in the casting. Richard James was an awfully good aunt Alberta, evil yes, but also wickedly funny too, particular in the bedroom scene. Georgina Leonidas is a spirited Stella, simply perfect in the role and matched wonderfully by Ashley Cousins as the loveable yet tragic chimney sweep Soot. Harry Sutherland is a hilarious and eccentric Gibbon, and Wagner is a gorgeous scene stealer as operated by Roberta Bellekom.

The clever set really creates an atmospheric Saxby Hall and helps the action to move along at a spritely pace, keeping the interest of the younger members of the audience.

All in all, a lovely adaptation of a great children’s story.

Awful Auntie

Wolverhampton Grand Theatre

Until Sunday 30th September

Click here for ticket information