Chutzpah’s Weekly Barometer

by Katie on November 5, 2010

A light hearted look back over the past week’s good, bad and indifferent including the “don’t even go there’s”.


New Look shoes Aren’t they brilliant?  So many great catwalk styles and so inexpensive.  I’ve bought about five pairs in as many weeks as they’re my latest easy indulgence.  I’ve had so many comments from friends on these when wearing them, they’ve become the new shock factor:  “Yes, they’re ‘New Look!”.

Sienna X Extend and Perfect gradual tan (£14.95)  This rich and creamy smooth gradual tan with 4% DHA can be used to extend the spray tan or naturally build up a sunkissed look.  It smells wonderful due to its combination of aloe vera, sweet almond oil and cocoa butter.  One of the very few self tanning lotions I can use (that doesn’t bring me out in rashes and redness) due to its gentleness and lack of parabens.  Eureka!  Available from Harrods’ Urban Retreat and selected salons nationwide.

Richard Wilson’s 20:50 Oil installation piece at The Saatchi Gallery Fashion Press Week gave me an excuse to delve into my other passion, art.  I cannot believe this had escaped me and thanks to who told me to check it out.  It’s a work of complete genius that plays with your senses and visual identity and completely blew me away.  It stays with you and a re-visit is a must to imprint it on your consciousness.  In a room custom built for the piece, 20:50 transforms the gallery into a site of epic illusion.  Just what are you looking at and what is that smell?  Disorientating and captivating all at once.  This is a truly outstanding work.

Airbase High Definition Professional Make-Up  A smooth, glide on foundation that sits lightly on the skin and applies a professional finish.  Lightweight and containing vitamin A which improves elasticity of the skin and temporarily reduces the appearance of fine lines.  30ml is £29.95 from

Monica and Joe  A brilliant new website which features bridge design, hip and hard to find labels for 20 to 40 somethings looking for design difference and individuality from two charming, dedicated and talented people. Wishing them every success.  Check it out:


‘The Only Way is Essex’ (ITV2) There’s no excuse for the tawdry cheapness and a tacky outlook of these people.  I realise I may be on my own with this one as it’s regarded as ‘great tv’.

Chris Moyles  Does leaving Radio 1 mean that this fat, uncharismatic oaf will be on our TV screens even more from now on?  Uugh!


Lanvin for Hennes and Mauritz  Errr…looking at this sizeable collection it’s been massively overhyped to the nth.  And I love and own Lanvin.  There’s possibly four decent pieces in a collection that should have been tighter and more focussed.  The need for volume, over hype and maximum appeal and therefore sales,  has diluted the strength of this collection.  But that’s not what you’ll hear from fashion junkies* (*read as sheep)  and the mass fashion media.  Not a patch on the original Stella McCartney or Sonia Rykiel for H and M.

What do you think of this week’s Barometer loves and hates?  Let me know by leaving a comment in the box below.  I’d love to hear from you.

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Penny Dreadful November 6, 2010 at 12:01 am

Yes! I am SO. SICK. Of hearing about Lanvin for H&M. Even if the pieces were totally incredible, who wants to weear a dress that everyone under the sun has already seen?


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