Chutzpah’s Weekly Barometer

by Katie on March 25, 2012

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

Blue Mascara – Ever since Ms Stella Mc used it in her recent A/W’12 show to highlight her vivid indigo pallette, we’ve been mad about it. Problem is, trying to track down the perfect blue is like trying to track down the Holy Grail. At just £2.99 each, try the Collection 2000 set of coloured mascaras in blue, teal and purple to test the coloured lash look. Pair with their fabulous Glam Crystals eyeliner for ‘the look’.  And while we’re on the subject of Ms McCartney….

The Team GB kit – Unveiled this week, Stella has done us proud with her blue focused, Union flag-panelled British team uniforms. At last, we manage to get something connected to the Olympics right.

Cate Blanchett – On the cover of ‘Intelligent Life’ sans makeup, PhotoShop, and still fabulous. We can’t even pop down to Waitrose without our lashes on.

Carolyn Massey joins Lyle & Scott – Royal College of Art alumni and former NEWGEN MEN award recipient Massey looks to be an interesting appointment by the heritage knitwear brand, which could finally shake off its Ronnie-Corbett-down-the-19thhole image.
The French and Saunders chatshow – Rumoured, but anyone who has caught their hilarious Radio 2 shows will tell you that Graham Norton and Jonathan Woss need to watch their backs. 

Balenciaga high-tops – Trainer obsessive Team Chutzpah will tell you that his fellow sneaker pimps consider designer trainers to be “absolute gash”, preferring retro or re-issued styles; however Balenciaga’s hi-tops are a winning combination of colour and texture that even won him over. And while we’re at it, we’re also loving these retro feel Frye Kira High Tops. They  look suitably grunge and come in a number of colours. £110 from 
Nova Chiu – Following a stand-out collection from this season’s Vauxhall Fashion Scout Ones to Watch (think Mary Katrantzou maximalism meets Bernard Willhelm quirk), the London College of Fashion graduate gets a PR and the next step up the ladder to greatness. See below:-
Discover&Deliver – An occasional table at The Connaught caught your eye? E-commerce site Discover&Deliver promises to bring a piece of the world’s luxury hotels and top-end restaurants to your home.

Swivel Chairs – A la BBC1’s The Voice. The judges bitch fighting doesn’t do it for us but we’re up for one of those ginormous swivel chairs.

Tom Ford and Madonna – Gay rights champions. Whilst ‘Our Husband’ Tom tackles homophobic bullying in American schools, a fearless Madonna promises to tear the Russian government a new one over the proposed ban on “homosexual propaganda”.

Revive Intensite Creme Lustre (SPF 30) – Trialed this in a recent Harrods Glossybox special and I’m hooked. Potent antioxidants and SPF 30 help protect against the free radicals and UVA/UVB rays that can lead to visible signs of aging. A whopping (good skin costs) £235 at both Space NK and Harrods. 

Mantyhose – Unfortunately, now receiving the Madonna seal of approval, via her latest video. Okay, so they’re on male supermodel Sean O’Pry but they’re still faintly ridiculous. Would you fancy a man in them? Just. Say. No.

Steel Toecaps – Filtering down from Vuitton to Kurt Geiger, the bunion pandemic starts here – and we wouldn’t like to be on the business end of one any time soon.

Mother/daughter clothes sharing – The thin end of the wedge, how long before Mommie Dearest moves from dipping into your wardrobe to your dating pool?

Asma Al-Assad – Dictator’s First Lady and Louboutin addict. Those red soles don’t work with dictatorships.

‘The Unofficial Hunger Games Cookbook’ – Of all the associated tat launched off the back of the tween phenomenon and film franchise, this is the one we’re least likely to be reaching for. Fried squirrel anyone?

Hockey – Ultra-violent, ankle bruising, schoolyard sport allegedly experiencing a resurgence thanks to Princess Kate, according to another non-story in the Daily Fail.

‘Authentic Icon’ – Just weeks after Tommy Hilfiger joined the ‘American Idol’ team as “Image Consultant” (Yes. We Know.) this tie-in range of clothing hits the stores in America. With Cowell notoriously wringing every last cent out of each revenue stream we can only wonder why it took this long.

The Health and Social Care Bill – And so, the dismantling of our National Health Service, led by a smug David Cameron, begins. It’s enough to make anyone riot, to be frank. And let’s not forget further plans to privatise our police force and roads.

Katy Perry and Baptiste Giabiconi – We’re putting this down to a particularly silly day in some PR’s office as we can’t imagine Perry, who always looks spectacularly tacky no matter what she wears, stepping out with Kaiser Karl’s boy toy.

Sir Philip Green’s birthday party – Was anyone really shocked by the astounding vulgarity of Arcadia magnate and known tax evader Green’s beachside birthday bash? Even reports of a spat between a foul-mouthed Kate Moss and Gwyneth Paltrow can’t raise our interest levels, although we do wonder how green goddess and all-round superwoman Paltrow reconciles her ethical standpoint with partying hard with a man who refuses to pay a decent London Living Wage.

Barometer compiled by Lee Clatoworthy (@TeamChutzpah) and Katie Chutzpah. Let us know what you think of this week’s selection by leaving a comment.

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