Last week was very busy for someone who is attached to her desk a lot – various trips and events, experiencing new things, all and more of which is what I wanted to achieve by moving so remind me of that when I start moping about an 11pm bedtime instead of 10pm (although I am excited for that early 5am/6am sunrise so I can be productive again – I know, madness).

Two things I’ve done over the last week is indulge in some of my favourite things – photography and relaxing, both arranged through lovely events from Jessops and SpaSeekers which you can also experience yourselves (fabulous, just don’t try to photograph anything in a steam room, moisture and all).

Firstly the Jessops Masterclass; since the 2008, Jessops has grown not only in products and know-how but also the courses and training provided to aspiring photographers. There is honestly everything on offer you could imagine – fashion photography, wildlife, macro, even a safari to Africa to shoot on location the big cats and elephants – and they provide all of these and more within several locations across the UK. Just not the Safari though, that’s in Africa.

We were taught a mix of Level 1 and 2 techniques, starting from mastering the basics including understanding ISO, aperture and shutter speed, to more creative and aesthetic qualities such as rule of thirds and use of direction. Later we got to put all of this into practise with a little walk-about challenge in Chinatown, and also got a taste for one of their Fashion Photography courses by taking to the streets for a closer look at location and lighting – let me tell you, there is several hundreds of pounds worth of equipment I now want because the shots were beautiful!

The workshops are a fantastic way to build skills in a variety of areas from DSLR Videography to Studio Lighting, so make sure you check out what’s going on in your local store and get yourself trained up in a day’s work!

A photo posted by ♡ L A U R E N ♡ (@laurenbrittonloves) on

To finish off a day of learning and running around a cold London, myself and Zoe hotfooted it over to Battersea Crowne Plaza Hotel’s Spa Verta to experience the Dusk To Dawn Spa Package (which you can read about here); a much needed scalp massage for me and back/shoulder treatment for Zoe, we were treated to a wonderfully relaxing environment the moment we left the lift.

Stocking Neom, Leighton Denny, Anne Semonin and Comfort Zone, the spa was the perfect hub of relaxation just on the outskirts of Central. I loved seeing infused detoxifying water dotted around the spa and treatment rooms, which brought back memories of Laguna Beach, and the hospitality of all the staff was amazing – we were shown each area in full, provided with unlimited towels and some super soft robes to relax in between treatments.

As mentioned, we were treated to a luxury Scalp and Back/Shoulder massage which even in a few minutes worked wonders, and after we (okay, I) devoured several houmous pitta breads, Zoe and I slowly dragged ourselves to the Hydrotherapy rooms which had the most incredible sauna, steam room and pool for relaxing in – also, a Tropical shower, which always adds a bit of fun. We dipped in-between the rooms, letting the sauna detox our bodies whilst we chatted about life, clarified our skin in the steam room and let our bones warm up on the heated loungers – truly heaven, I need one in my house.

It goes to show that even an hour or so of relaxation, with a little head-rub or steam to encourage a deep cleanse can work wonders on your mind and body, and we both definitely left a lot more relaxed than our arrival. SpaSeekers aims to find the best spa days and treatments at the best price, and I could definitely recommend Spa Verta for a little bit of quiet outside of the city, so make sure you scour the site for a deal or for a local spa to you – go on, you deserve to relax!

You can see what happened at both events in more detail above, as I vlogged everything from the last week including LFW and future events that will be covered soon – let me warn you, the amount of carbs coming your way is on another level…

What has life been like for you lately? Would you take a photography workshop? Will you be having a spa day soon?

Lots of Love,
Lauren x

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