Another beautiful day here in Bangkok! Lovely weather over here – not too hot (you can still have a walk without passing out on the sunny sidewalk) but still warm enough to have a refreshing and invigorating swim at the rooftop pool. As every morning, my day begins with a iced latte at a neighbourhood cafe. I love to sit outside – many little cafes have their own garden – read a book (currently reading My name is Red and following the recommendation the writer Orianne Dutka gave me here) and sip my coffee.
After our coffee, Reyan and I had a walk along Thong Lo, lively avenue with lots of food stalls deep frying anything at their fingertips, small boutiques and cute hairdressers. Also, sometimes they sell colourful Korean dresses right on the street for a ridiculous tiny price. Reyan claims that some of the best pieces in her wardrobe come from here!
Right a few stops from the BTS station (read m0re about it here), Reyan showed me the airy and lovely White Salon, one-stop destination for nail and hair services. Then it all happened in a fraction of a second: Reyan and I exchange a conspiratorial gaze and a couple of minutes afterwards she was giving to a team of focused girls detailed instructions on how she wanted her pedicure done. Body language did help the communication.
I spent some time looking around in the nice and comfortable salon. White walls, wooden minimal furniture and a couple of small green plants make you feel like you’re far away from the busy and wild Sukhumvit Road.
Lots of sunlight enters directly from two glass walls of the big room, and from the speakers music from the Nineties keeps you company while well-trained staff take care of your nails.
At the White Salon, they offer a wide range of services, including not only nail care (hand & foot spa and paraffin masks available), but also hair and make up. Reyan went for a mani-pedi package (for a total of 20 US$) and I only had my manicure done (10US$).
While a sweet girl washes your hand and arm up to the shoulder, another girls helps you choosing the nail colour from their OPI wall. I felt particularly bizarre, so I decided I have my own light blu Dior colour on 8 fingers out of 10. For the others I choose a transparent gel with pink and blue little dots. Sounds awful, I know, but the result was not that bad!
Both are lovely, but the Thai manicure experience is different from the made-in-China one. While back home in Beijing everything is done in a rush and the experienced ladies are super busy with people waiting for them in line, here the atmosphere is much more relaxed: they spend more time washing you, they even do a mini-scrub before starting with the real manicure. We were the only ones in the salon and they took very good care of us. It is a real treat and you have to consider some extra time. But I guess this is what holidays are for, right?
For the manicure session at the White Salon I was delighted to wear:
Beige linen shirt: Custom made in Beijing
Reyan’s green sunglasses: Miu Miu
Trinity ring: Cartier
Wooden hand-painted bangle: bought it in Vietnam last year from a girl selling them on the street in Ho Chi Minh City
Light blue nail colour: Dior #401 Saint-Tropez
Dots nail color: OPI Polka.com
Pictures were taken with my brand new white Sony NEX-5T.[map id=”47″]