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FIZZ OF LIFE BLOG by Kia Armstrong

About life in London, Baku and Elsewhere. Restaurant reviews and foodie thoughts, hotel reviews and travel experiences, shopping and services. London/Baku/Elsewhere People and Profiles.

All opinions are entirely my own unless stated otherwise. Restaurants and other establishments and services can change rapidly, especially in Baku. My opinions are often based on one or two visits and can therefore not be taken as definitive or conclusive. Any reviews are completely independent; I am not paid for them, nor do I accept ‘freebies’ or rewards and I do not review establishments with which I have a personal connection or in which I have a vested interest.

I apologise for the quality of some of the photographs. They are taken with my mobile phone and my photography skills leave a lot to be desired.

ABOUT ME

My name is Kia Armstrong. I have lived in London for most of my life but also in Germany, Pakistan, Venezuela, Australia and, most recently from 2013-2015, in Baku. I am married to a gynae/obs consultant and I have two children and three step children, all adults, and now also grandchildren. An art historian and journalist by education and training, I have also worked as a marketing executive, delicatessen owner, antiques and art dealer, property developer and interior designer, depending on where I was and which opportunities life was throwing at me at any given time.

My interests include but are not limited to travel, reading, eating, theatre, art & design, yoga, complementary medicine & nutrition, people and most especially, my family and friends.

I have a house in Essaouira, Morocco, which I love to visit. See Riad by the Sea

Apart from this blog, I am also on Facebook, Twitter, InstagramPinterest and Google

4 comments

  1. Dear Mrs. Kia,

    First of all would like to thank you for Pitta Patter post you have recently shared about our premises; As you have already seen Port Baku Fashion Avenue is growing fast, and has already become the most favorite place to be at (for us and for the foreigners visiting Baku for any reason) ;
    I myself work in one of the companies at Port Baku Towers, and really happy to have all these restaurants, cafes, theClub Port Baku Sports club and mostly Chic&Chic beauty saloon around my work place;
    I have read your post with interest, thanks for detailed/useful info for those who are not aware of mentioned premises, BUT the only thing has Disappointed me is your comment about Chic&Chic beauty saloon; to be honest you are the first person i hear negative response about our Lovely Place; you feel the difference of service at Chic&Chic from the very first step you get in; number one Stylist-Hairdressers from Turkey are there for each of us, starting from the product they use till the quality they provide – makes Chic&Chic number 1 beauty saloon in Baku right now; I really love and care about my hair, therefore always look for the best for my hair, and I am honestly really happy to have Chic&Chic in 2 min walk distance from my work; and not only me but my friends/their friends/ colleagues/ moms/ children and so many more chose this place right after my first visit to this saloon; (because was highly recommended by me, and then by them to the rest) 🙂
    Therefore i was sadly surprised to see the comment about your dislike; and if you are still in Baku or visit Baku next time would like to take you to Chic&Chic myself and I am more than sure you will Enjoy it 🙂

  2. DEAR MRS.PITTA WE VISIT CHIC&CHIC SALON .EVERY TIME WE GAVE NICE SERVICE .ARE YOU SURE FOR GOING TO CHIC&CHIC ???? MAYBE YOU GONE WRONG TIME OR YOU HAD BAD DAY!!! LIKE A SEA BREEZE …!! PLEASE DONT JUDGE DIRECTLY.WE ARE SORRY BUT WE DONT AGREE YOUR COMMENT ABOUT THIS SALON.

    1. Hi, thank you for your comment re Chic & Chic. Naturally, any assessment is always going to be based on a subjective experience. Personally, I had an unacceptably unprofessional experience and result at the beauty salon there which left me with temporary injuries (!) although I have not tried the hair salon which I hear is very good. I am always keen to point out that a one off experience does not necessarily define an establishment and that readers should ideally make their own opinion. None the less, if I give mine, it has to be honest. In most cases, it is very useful for businesses to take on board the customer’s feedback. I am sure you will agree!