Amelia’s Magazine | Ena Salon Review: a new haircut thanks to Mothers Meeting

Ena Salon Mothers Meeting Review
I’ve never really been one to pamper myself (I didn’t cut my hair AT ALL for at least five years, and styling products stay woefully untouched on the bathroom shelf) but when you’re a full time mum and trying hard to work at the same time it’s nice to have a little bit of TLC at the hairdresser. So I jumped at the chance to have a new haircut courtesy of the nice people at Ena Salon (and organised by Jenny Scott of Mothers Meeting for a host of frazzled mummies).

Ena Salon Mothers Meeting Review
Ena Salon Mothers Meeting Review
Ena Salon Mothers Meeting Review
Ena Salon is based in the heart of Holborn, in a beautiful townhouse that has been restored to fine form by the salon owners: think dashing wood panelling and original cast iron fireplaces. The downstairs salon is entirely moveable and the owners lend out the space for artist friends to put on shows: what a delightful idea.

Ena Salon Mothers Meeting Review
Ena Salon Mothers Meeting Review
Our guided tour of the premises came from Jonathan Corby, a long time employee who talked with relish about the various enterprises of the Greek owners, including an academy on the top floor. After a group hair wash (where Snarfle practiced guerrilla breastfeeding at a reclining angle) I was lucky enough to get a haircut from the main man himself…

Ena Salon Mothers Meeting Review
Photo courtesy of Jenny Scott.

This is the first time I’ve been to the hairdressers with Snarfle and so I was a little nervous about how it might work: in fact it was fine. He didn’t go down for the anticipated nap but sat happily in his buggy for the majority of the show, before once more demonstrating that, even though mildly distracted, he will breastfeed pretty much anywhere. I can report that it’s a little awkward when your hair stylist is trying to even up the ends, but it’s possible.

Ena Salon Mothers Meeting Review
Ena Salon prides itself on an independent streak, working with other small scale businesses such as Italian haircare brand Davines: both have impressive eco credentials. It makes the grooming experience personal, specialising in haircuts which are manageable in the real world – where there is limited access to the time or experience required to recreate a great salon ‘do’.

But what of my new hair? Well, I had about 5 inches lopped off which was more than I had planned, but it was crispy as hell so that was probably a good thing, even though that evening my boyfriend said somewhat desolately ‘I like you with long hair‘ (as in VERY long hair, it’s hardly short now). And I left the salon with bouncy waves, Jonathan having made the most of my ‘natural curl’… though I think the damp day we visited might just have helped that out too.

Ena Salon Mothers Meeting Review
Ena Salon Mothers Meeting Review
Ena Salon offers 20% off to all first time customers, why not check it out? See more photos from the day on the Mothers Meeting website here.

If you own a beauty salon and would like me to sample your wares in exchange for a review, do get in touch! I’m always up for being pampered these days…

Categories ,20% discount, ,art gallery, ,Beauty, ,Breastfeeding, ,Davines, ,eco, ,Ena Salon, ,Greek, ,Grooming, ,Hair Cut, ,Haircare, ,Haircut, ,Health, ,Holborn, ,Italian, ,Jenny Scott, ,Jonathan, ,Jonathan Corby, ,Mothers Meeting, ,Pamper, ,Pampering, ,review, ,Salon, ,Snarfle, ,Townhouse

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Amelia’s Magazine | Middlesex University: Ba Hons Jewellery and Accessories Design Graduate Show 2011 Review

Middlesex University Jewellery graduate show 2011-Louise McKay photo by Amelia Gregory
Ceramic pendant by Louise McKay. All photography by Amelia Gregory.

The Middlesex Ba Hons Jewellery and Accessories display at Free Range Art and Design Show was by far the most impressive part of the exhibition held on the weekend of the 4-5th June at the Truman Brewery. It’s no wonder that this is one of the most respected jewellery degrees in the country, order with an extremely high quality of work on display throughout. Only a few weeks back I met Myia Bonner, a recent Middlesex graduate who is already producing some brilliant work with the Metric Collective just one year out of college. Here are some of my favourite finds:

Middlesex University Jewellery graduate show 2011-Joys Cheung photo by Amelia Gregory
Joys Cheung had produced some clever acrylic bangles – I particularly liked their use as plastic bag holders, the bright colours of the disposable bags becoming something beautiful in themselves, and ever ready to be used down the shops.

Middlesex University Jewellery graduate show 2011-Samira Mazloom photo by Amelia Gregory
Samira Mazloom had some lovely chunky shell shaped rings with gems in the spikes. How I would love one of those on my hands.

Middlesex University Jewellery graduate show 2011-Jenny Konnaris photo by Amelia Gregory
Jenny Konnaris used metallic leather to create flat laser cut neck accessories. During 2010 Jenny worked alongside Hussein Chalayan to produce jewellery and eyewear for his Mirage A/W 2010 collection which might explain why she has a website showcasing her work. Her final degree collection was inspired by Narcissus, questioning the idea of perfection through conscious asymmetry.

Middlesex University Jewellery graduate show 2011-Kirstie Maclaren photo by Amelia GregoryMiddlesex University Jewellery graduate show 2011-Kirstie Maclaren photo by Amelia Gregory
Middlesex University Jewellery graduate show 2011-Kirstie Maclaren photo by Amelia Gregory
The stunning work of Kirstie Maclaren crossed the boundaries of jewellery and fashion, with origami influenced cascading folded garments that move position to change shape. Simply gorgeous. The images of a model were taken from Kirstie Maclaren’s blogspot. Keep an eye on this one!

Middlesex University Jewellery graduate show 2011-Rebecca Ng photo by Amelia GregoryMiddlesex University Jewellery graduate show 2011-Rebecca Ng photo by Amelia Gregory
Rounded button hats in softly tactile stingray leathers and felt were rendered in berry colours from Rebecca Ng. Yummy indeed.

Middlesex University Jewellery graduate show 2011-Louise McKay photo by Amelia Gregory
Huge metallic ceramic glazed balls hung on an oversized chain from Louise McKay. Wonderful.

Middlesex University Jewellery graduate show 2011-Dino Wear By Kali Clever photo by Amelia Gregory
Middlesex University Jewellery graduate show 2011-Dino Wear By Kali Clever photo by Amelia Gregory
Dino Wear By Kali Clever was a range of interlocking jigsaw necklaces that can be remade in different shapes, created by Kali Ratcliffe. She has a wonderful website which plays on her name – multiple hands show the way to some even more avante garde Dino inspired designs (see above). Go check it out.

Middlesex University Jewellery graduate show 2011-Esme Newdick photo by Amelia Gregory
Latex collars were etched with dark circles by Esme Newdick, then decorated with brass and zinc.

Middlesex University Jewellery graduate show 2011-Kerry Howley photo by Amelia Gregory
Winner of MoDA’s Arthur Silver Award prize, Kerry Howley had created bizarre necklaces out of human hair – they drew a gasp of disgust from the person next to me but were certainly very clever and innovative. She is inspired by emotional responses from the wearing of jewellery and frequently uses biotic materials in her jewellery such as bone, teeth and hair. Hair is already familiar in jewellery but is more usually found in lockets, rather than in intricate patterns inspired by wallpaper designs.

Middlesex University Jewellery graduate show 2011-Francesca Samels photo by Amelia Gregory
Francesca Samels showed her delicate jewellery on a beautiful dressing table installation. She was inspired by the mystery of objects that retain memories, thinking of ways to give life to forgotten jewels.

This was a really quite magical selection of new jewellery design but I have one major gripe – no websites on promotional postcards AT ALL. Luckily I found a few designers online anyway. The others, nowhere to be found at all. What were they thinking?!!!!

Categories ,ceramics, ,Dino, ,Dino Wear By Kali Clever, ,Esme Newdick, ,Francesca Samels, ,Free Range, ,Free Range Art and Design Show, ,freerange, ,Gold, ,Graduate Shows, ,Hair, ,Hussein Chalayan, ,Jenny Konnaris, ,jewellery, ,Jewellery and Accessories, ,Joys Cheung, ,Kali Jewellery, ,Kali Ratcliffe, ,Kerry Howley, ,Kirstie Maclaren, ,Latex, ,London Jewellery Week, ,Louise McKay, ,Memories, ,Metric Collective, ,middlesex university, ,millinery, ,MoDA’s Arthur Silver Award, ,Myia Bonner, ,Necklaces, ,Rebecca Ng, ,Samira Mazloom, ,shells, ,Stingray leather

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