The 411: Margaret Dabbs
We forget about our feet. Most of us get pedicures, sure; but beyond that, regular foot maintenance is often an afterthought. That all changes after you experience your first medical-grade pedicure with Margaret Dabbs, though. Once you discover the way your feet are supposed to look, you will have a newfound appreciation for the crucial role of the foot expert—and that’s precisely what Dabbs is. The London-based podiatrist turned footcare entrepreneur has built an empire reprogramming the public mind-set about toe treatment. In just over a decade, she has opened a, er, freestanding London clinic with two very fashionable satellite outposts (at Harrods and Liberty of London), all the while creating her own product line. It goes without saying that Dabbs knows a thing or two about feet; she also happens to have plenty of other beauty and style opinions, much to our benefit. Read on below.—Fiorella Valdesolo
The Place to Put Your Feet Up: Personal Best
“I have to admit that my favorite spa has to be my own Foot Clinic & Nail Spa in London’s Marylebone Village. Every so often I manage to sit in the spa area and indulge in a nail bar treatment. The atmosphere is just amazing, and I love the feeling that I’m in a calm and restful retreat nestled in the heart of the vibrant capital city.”
For more information, visit www.margaretdabbs.co.uk.
The Stylist With the Mostest: Joel Goncalves at John Frieda
“I am a longtime John Frieda fan. Joel Goncalves cuts my hair in the Mayfair salon. He always manages to slightly change it each time he cuts it to keep me up to date and on my toes!”
John Frieda, 4 Aldford St., West End, London, www.johnfrieda.com.
The Signature Scent: Escentric Molecules
“My favorite perfume at the moment is Molecule 01 by Escentric Molecules. The subtle, woodsy aroma is delicious and not overpowering. It’s a really distinct, earthy warm scent, and I regularly get stopped by people asking me what I am wearing. The funny thing is, you can’t smell it on yourself, but I have been followed out of shops and down the street because of it.”
Available at www.luckyscent.com.
The Tightener In a Tube: Medical Aesthetics
“I really recommend Exposure Instant Glow by Medical Aesthetics. It’s a wonderful revitalizing serum that reduces the signs of aging. It’s gentle but hardworking, and my skin feels a lot firmer and brighter after I use it.”
Available at www.maskincare.com.
The Perfect Polish: Rococo Nail Apparel
“I love the Rococo Nail Apparel brand. It is inspired by fashion and as a result, the colors are spot-on for all seasons. I also love the exclusivity surrounding it; the line is only available at all the best places!”
Available at www.spacenk.com and www.cultbeauty.co.uk.
The Shoe Shop: Dubai Mall
“Level Shoe District in the Dubai Mall is my favorite place to buy shoes. It is the biggest shoe emporium in the whole world and a girl’s dream! You could easily spend a whole day there.”
For more information, visit www.levelshoedistrict.com.
Photo: Courtesy of Margaret Dabbs