Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Intrusa - a labour of love

Calle Regina is hot right now. Next month it features in Easyjet magazine (written by my good self) and has taken over from the much lauded ´Soho Benita´ as the place to hang out with the cool kids. It all coincides pretty much with the injection of capital into the area in the form of the Metropol Parasol or as its affectionately known ´The Setas´. Go there and it´s easy to get swept along by the hipster vibe and forget that Regina did exist before the magazines started writing about it, even if it did look somewhat different to it does today.

One of the original inhabitants on the street (forgetting about the old woman selling snails and what not) is Abelardo Ruiz. If the Duquesa de Alba held the record for the most hereditary titles, then Abelardo must be up there for uber-desirable working incarnations: Interior decorator, Personal shopper (but only for the New York Elite), Restaurateur, Fashion buyer, TV Star, I'm sure the list goes on and must include other fantasy jobs such as international playboy and catwalk model.

But Abelardo as well as having a name that roles off the tongue like a knight of the realm, is the real deal. Right now, while still maintaining his two bars next door, his passion is 'Intrusa'. Housed within what was 'Las Reinas' Abaceria,  Intrusa doesn't fit into any category I'm familiar with. It continues to be a bar, selling wines with kitsch labels, and beer is on offer if you want it. But its main focus is vintage clothing and random nick nacks collected by Abelardo on his travels around the world, which he wants to share with the us, the public at large.  Most of the items are one-off dresses used on the cat walk or in fashion show rooms, so don't expect to find anything above a size 10. But what you will find there are exquisite, whimsical pieces with more than a hint of Audrey Hepburn about them and perfect for a spring Seville outing.

Photo courtesy of Pepe Ortega
There are also some real wild cards on the racks. I love the customised T-shirt dresses, super tight vintage t-shirts, that have been flamancoed up with outlandish long, frilled skirts. And if you want to be really daring Abelardo has within his possession an 1960's floaty nighty originally warn on honeymoon by a saucy Sevillana Señora. Buy it if you dare!

But most of all, go to Intrusa for Abelardo. He has the heart of a giant (by that I mean big) and the most infectious laugh you´ll ever encounter. Abelardo I salute you!

Intrusa, Calle Regina 9, La Intrusa Facebook Page

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Get your bits and pieces in order with Wendy

I´d forgotten I had legs and feet. It´s a bit of a strange thing to say I know. And for those that haven´t spent a winter in Seville, you probably imagine that we´re swanning around, bare legged and glowing tans all year round. For those of you that have spent a winter here however, you´ll know the bone chilling dampness that pervades every apartment building between the months of November and March. You´ll also know that mad dash from freshly showered  chilly nakedness to fully clothed warmth that leaves very little time to examine leg hair, let alone out of control cuticles. And so it was with a sharp intake of breath that I put away my electric heater and peered at the tangled hairy mass adorning my calves. It wasn´t a pretty sight, let me tell you, and with spring on its way and barelegged season closing in, I thought I´d better get these hirsute limbs back in some kind of presentable order.

I must admit I´m not a natural inhabitant of the beauty salon at the best of times, and despite having decent Spanish, that matter of fact brusqueness often on offer under the guise of customer service, has left me even less inclined to try out some local waxing. So after meeting Wendy Freeman, who has set up a beauty room in her apartment near Calle San Luis, it seemed the perfect palatable reintroduction to the world of waxing.

Wendy did look slightly disgusted at the wild state of my pins, and was not overly impressed by my feet either. But anyway, I decided to get a half leg wax and then a gel overlay pedicure. For those uninitiated in gel overlays, apparently they are ´the latest answer to beautiful nails´ that last up to 3 weeks on your hands and much longer on your toes. It´s a bit more fiddly and time consuming that ordinary nail varnish, but you don´t have to come armed with flip flops for your return and can pop back on your ordinary footwear if needs be. So right now I have a full compliment of bright red toe nails with a hint of glitter and legs ready and primed for when the warm spring sunshine returns

Wendy has many years experience working in the UK as a beauty therapist, having had her own salon before coming to Seville. She uses quality products, and throws in a good read of some English Magazines into the bargain. Appointments are from Monday-Friday.

Wendy´s Price list

Eyebrows & Lashes
Eyebrow Shape €9
Brow shape & tint €12 (A combination of warm wax, hot wax and plucking is used to give a precise finish)
Eyelash tint €10
Eyebrow tint €6
Lash and Brow tint €14 (Patch test may be required 24 hours prior to app.)
Half leg €10
Full leg €15
Full leg & bikini line €20
Under arm €8
Arm & hands €10
Lip or Chin €6
Lip & Chin €10
English Bikini line €8
Specialist Waxing
Using hot wax for a hygienic, less painful way of waxing sensitive areas.
Brazilian €10
Hollywood €15
File & cuticles €7
File & polish €7
Full Manicure €15
Express Pedicure €15 (Foot scrub, cuticles, file and polish)
Full Pedicure €20 (Foot file, scrub, file cuticle care, massage and polish)
Gel Overlays
Gel Nails hands or feet €20
Soak off with new set €3
Soak off €7

Calle Pozo, (between Feria and San Luis) Sevilla. Email: beautysevilla@gmail.com Tel: 692974241