Start the new year as you mean to go on with our

top five relaxing treatments


The swimming centre at Portobello boasts a beautifully tiled Turkish bathing area. where you can

lounge in one of the gently heated dry rooms or sweat it out in the steam room. Portobe/Io Swim Centre, 57

The Promenade, 0131 669 6888. Men only Tue Qam—me; Women only Wed Qam-1 pm 8 3-9pm. Open seven days for mixed sessions. £6.40 (£4.20) including swimming.


For a transcendent experience. head to the Edinburgh

Floatarium where the high salt content of the water means that you can lie suspended and apparently catch up on six to eight hours of sleep. Edinburgh Floatarium, 29 North West Circus Place, 0131 225 3350. £25 for 1 hr session.


After a hard session at the health suite in Bellahouston

Leisure Centre (sauna. steam room, jacuzzi taxing), try finishing off with an Indian head massage to stimulate your brain. Bellahouston Sports Centre. Bellahouston Drive, Glasgow, 0141 427 9090. Call Supreme Form on 07876 353150 for massage bookings. £20 for 40 min session.


It SOUndS like it could be painful. but this specialist treatment uses varying temperatures as a massage tool to create the ultimate relaxation experience. Holmes Place, Omni Centre, Edinburgh, 0131 557 9858. £42 for 1 hr session.


It's not just your body that needs new year attention. Chi Health and Beauty do a range of treatments specially designed for men, including a facial which highlights any problem areas and gently soothes them away. Greens Health and Fitness, 141 Finnieston Street, Glasgow, 0141 243 2550. £30 for 1 hr session.

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High and dry: Turkish baths at Portobello



Find yourself amid exciting labels

Outwith the bustling shop-lined streets of Glasgow's city centre. the title of SOphia Shakur's new boutique - Lost - speaks for itself. Stocking some of the most happening names in designer fashion, some of which are exclusive to Scotland, Shakur aims to give fashion- conscious Glaswegians a fresh option. ‘Glasgow needs something more than Prada and Gucci,‘ she says.

A designer with her own eponymous label. Sophia Shakur has shown two collections at London Fashion Week after gaining a BA in fashion at Middlesex University. She has also worked as a music video stylist during her seven years in London. dressing the likes of Cooper Temple Clause and Gemma Hayes.

Having returned to Glasgow. Shakur has set up shop on the south side of the Clyde. The much sought after labels it stocks include Jens Laugesen‘s 803 rock-style vests. Karen Walker's ‘Young, Willing & Eager‘ collection featuring distinctive T-shirts and jackets. and Robert Cary Williams' shot T-shirts, which feature double-barrel

shot gun holes endorsed by many a celeb.

Also available are the designs of Belgium's Bernhard Willhelm, London's PPO and cult Scottish knitwear designer Jo Gordon (see preview). And there's a good collection of jewellery such as treasures from Belgium-

based designers Wouters & Hendrix.

Shakur hopes the shop. which opened in December 2003. will soon also stock work by more Scottish designers along with a full range of her own designs. Fans of fresh, alternative fashions will certainly view Lost

as an exciting find. (Carolyn Rae) I Lost, 101 Wallace Street, Glasgow, 0141 429 0111.


Spend, spend, spend. . .


retail tourism will be on the increase in spring when Marks & Spencer opens its first ‘Lifestore’. The centrepiece of the Gateshead store will be a full-size house, designed by minimalist architect John Pawson. The two-storey house will reflect the company's new interiors ethos. inspired by former Selfridges visionary Vittorio Radice, and will be ordered around the ways in which consumers live their lives and the rituals they employ in the home. The roll out around the rest of the country will follow suit, but we'll have the low- down on the shopping experience just as soon as it opens to the public.

I NOW THAT interiors giant Habitat has vacated the premier unit in Buchanan Galleries and urban label emporium Open has moved in, the focus of Glasgow shopping has shifted markedly. Gone are the prim furnishings and drab window displays and in comes a plethora of top-notch fashion designers: Paul Smith, Sonia Rykiel, 555 Soul, Adidas and the like. Since it’s barely been trading a month, make sure Open perches atop your sales shopping list - there will be fewer of the fingered, make-up stained items that often Ioiter on the reduced rails.


School of Art graduate Laura Baillie has recently launched a website. The new shop window for her designs features a collection of cushions. bags and corsages. Donna Karan was overheard at a trade fair in


London admiring the hand-crafted wool and felt creations. What's more. they don’t carry the DK exclusive pricetag bags start at a very affordable £15 and the corsages would cheer up the most wintry of outfits. Go to www.laurabai|lie designs.co.uk

I IF A SPLASH OF water and a towel make up the staples of your beauty regime, then Beauty Tips has invented the ideal product to suit. The liquid-filled cotton buds ingeniously dispense eye make- up remover into the bud when the top is snapped off. Check out a laziness- loving chemist near you to stock up on these little magic


I BIT OF A T-SHIRT logo freak? Then stop off at Glasgow School of Art to view the 100% Cotton exhibition. lt aims to explore the links between youth. fashion and making a statement. A collaborative project between GSA textiles students and Fibre and Materials students at Chicago's School of Art Institute, it comprises of a series of reconstructed T-shirts depicting students' individual comments on society. Statements range from the political and humorous to the decorative and sexual. Frankie Says Relax could well be back in


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