Autumn Beauty Staples 2016

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As the weather began to chill and summer disappeared over the horizon, it suddenly occurred to me that I was also beginning to feel more like myself again. Or rather, my favourite version of myself. I was made for autumn colours and being back wearing them on my face and body made everything that little bit better. I’m continually astonished at the impact changing seasons can have, for better or worse. During the summer I wrote a post about the … Read More

10 Favourite Summer Style & Beauty Finds

I talk all the time about my dislike of summer. I explained why in this post on the body and beauty products that were making it more bearable. Still, it’s been the source of some of my favourite style and beauty finds of the year so far. So I can’t meet it with complete disdain, even if I’m thrilled that it’s September in a few hours time. Also, despite my plan to lighten things up a bit, I bought so … Read More

Everything’s gone to hell…buy the red lipstick

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During the Second World War, despite money being scarce and food strictly rationed, sales of red lipstick actually went up. Frivolous as it may have seemed when you’re stretching what you’ve got to feed your family, the 1940s were tough. They called for significant mettle just to hold everything together and make it through the day in a way we can’t completely comprehend now. Red lipstick and at least the appearance of silk stockings not only made women feel good … Read More

Body & Beauty Products Making Summer Easier

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If you scroll back through you’ll find out pretty quickly that I believe autumn to be the king of all seasons. It may even end up the theme of my next tattoo. I might have skin that tans without burning, but I also own oily skin that tends to look a mess in the summer rather than that aspirational glowing goddess look. I like the mood boosting properties of bright sunlight, I don’t enjoy the fact that heat and … Read More

My Spring Styles Staples

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The idea that there’s nothing new under the sun applies strongly to fashion. Shapes, widths, hem and neck lines might alter from one year to the next, but really, it’s all cyclical. What looks good now will look all wrong in five years time. In the same vein, what looked good twenty years ago can magically seem cool again just for the sake of having something different. It’s spring, which of course means pastels and florals, right? In the words … Read More

On Warpaint, Chanel No.5 and Attacking Life

An illness that also happens to be invisible is a double-edged sword. Some days there’s a desperate ache for everyone who crosses your path to acknowledge you’re not okay, just trying your hardest not to admit defeat; so much so you could happily drag the sickness out of your body, scribble over it with a yellow highlighter pen and wear it as the kind of avant-garde millinery that raises quizzical eyebrows at Ascot. On other days, the absence of outward symptoms can … Read More

Styling Pantone Rose Quartz for Men & Women

Every year, Pantone select a colour that they believe will represent the forthcoming 12 months. Pantone set industry standards for matching colours across all forms of design, from the colour of a typeface you might see on an ad at the bus stop to the packaging on a new can of fizzy pop and the fabrics on your sofa. They know colour. This puts them in the optimum position to predict trends, especially as they can potentially work across any … Read More

My 2016 Beauty Wishlist

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One of the best things about a new year is the look ahead to the beauty product launches for the coming weeks. The last couple of months of the year tend to be filled with gift sets and special deals, and then the hope that the ones you really want will either end up in your Christmas stocking or wildly slashed in price in the sales. I’m one-for-two on that score. My wishlist is forever bulging, but there are plenty … Read More

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