Although I have had a half leg wax occasionally (pros: v smooth legs, lasts a long time; cons: expensive, have to have footballer-hairy legs before you start); and eyelash dye (pros: eyelashes now dark enough to not have to bother with mascara; cons: eyelashes still 'lack body' so still have to wear mascara), I have never had a manicure or a pedicure before.
I decided that a manicure seems like a waste of time at this time of year, what with spending all that time weeding and digging at the allotment but I do like that sound of a pedicure.
We have a large hair and beauty salon up the road which was recommended to me by a friend on the rather flimsy basis that she had been in there once, for a haircut, about ten years ago; but that's good enough for me, so I set off to have my feet 'done' one lunchtime this week.
Going into a beauty salon is like going into some sort of alternative universe where the matters of the day are not e.g. economic growth forecasts, how red tape affects the small business, pound/euro currency fluctuations etc etc; but the merits of Elemis over Guinot facials; how wonderful the latest starlet looked on the red carpet, and how often nail infils are recommended.
I was expertly looked after, and pampered commendably - ending up with feet which had been soaked in a spa bath, massaged, treated with a 'scrub' & a 'deep' moisturiser; and nails which were shaped, filed, buffed and painted a pretty red.
My feet now look lovely - and not at all like mine! So I finished my coffee, paid, and went back through the doors into the real world - buying a sandwich & paper, dodging the charity fundraisers, and walking back to the office past the Sony shop having a closing down sale.
Week 17 challenge: done!