2013

Chanel Wraps Up Christmas

December 19, 2013

2013 was the year I learned to appreciate Chanel No.5. It was the signature fragrance of my late sister and I had always inevitably associated it with her, as countless other women do of their mothers, sisters or aunts. Yet, Chanel. No.5 had never got to me. In my youth, I veered towards YSL’s Opium. […]

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Versace’s Pre-Fall 2014 Collection

December 17, 2013

Versace’s Pre-Fall’14 is everything you’d expect it to be. A jolt of sassy OTT colour, leather, lycra and studs with Medusa head buttons popping their faces all over the place. What I didn’t expect was the juxtaposition with retro vision (studded classic leather pants, flippy skirts and silver cowboy tipped collars  on shirts say pure […]

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Introducing Lab Sonic – Clarisonic’s Newest Rival

December 10, 2013

I’ve heard all the hoo-haa about Clarisonic and how its’ converts (much like iPhone users) won’t be parted from their product, however, time/money/inclination has meant that I haven’t yet tried the wonder implement. Step forward a rival to the Clarisonic classic Mia, Mia 2 and Plus – the Lab Sonic. And it’s newly released in […]

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The Last Chap Ball

December 10, 2013

It was allegedly the end of an era. The so-called much lauded on Facebook announcement of the Chap Ball’s demise was to given at midnight on Saturday mid-Ball. But nothing happened..though throngs of vintage lovers hung around for the fate of the much loved Grand Anarcho-Dandyist Chap Ball. After five years it appears that Chap […]

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Boots No.7 Instant Radiance Highlighter

December 10, 2013

If you asked me what is the item that I’ve added to my make-up routine in recent years, that I now find indispensable it would be a good reliable highlighter. It’s one of those products that really make a difference that you wonder how you did without, especially during all those teenage and early ‘20s […]

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Frederic Malle Editions de Parfums re-packaged and re-visited with Liberty Print

November 24, 2013

Whilst we await the new reality TV series that focuses on anyone with taste’s favourite dept store (‘Making Liberty’, Channel 4), perfumer Frederic Malle has chosen to honour his 5th year  anniversary with Liberty to use his synaesthesia, to come up with packaging imagery that depicts the mood of a range of his fragrances . […]

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Break from the Norm, GUILD Hairdressing opens in King’s Road.

November 24, 2013

London is chock-a-block full of independent hair salons and salon chains but every now and a while one comes along that really makes an impression and that one is the new GUILD Hairdressing salon in King’s Road. Neither catering to a chi-chi clientele largely seeking blonde highlights and even blonder, inch thick, VIP room carpets […]

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DIORMANIA. Dior’s Glamorous New Beauty Boutique in Covent Garden

November 24, 2013

Popping along to the gorgeous new Dior store in Covent Garden for the first time the other week was quite a revelation. Firstly, and no-one can fail to notice this, it sits right slap bang next to the Chanel beauty store which has held pride of place prior to its Parisienne rival appearing. I did […]

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‘Hello, My Name Is Paul Smith’ Launches at The Design Museum

November 18, 2013

The Design Museum seems to take large scale fashion retrospectives like this in its stride. The last awe inspiring fashion exhibition I’d taken in was the Christian Louboutin breath-taking tour de force of his life and inspiration, his muses and a glut of his designs through the years that made any shoe-loving woman’s mouth water, […]

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Bobbi Brown’s New Take on Old Hollywood

November 11, 2013

Oh my! And aren’t we just loving this short, sassy and sweet new ‘Old Hollywood’ collection from Bobbi Brown? The colours stick to black and red with highlights of those divine soft, shimmering beige and sheeny metallic shadows (9 in total) in an eye palette that’s set to become an indispensable addition to most girls-in-the-know’s […]

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