Chutzpah’s Weekly Barometer

by Katie on July 12, 2013

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


Clinique’s Dramatically Different Moisturising Lotion+ – It’s one of life’s golden rules, “If it Ain’t Broke Don’t Fix It.” Fortunately in the case of Clinique, the boffins have actually managed to improve the product without losing the appeal of the creamy textured original. Says the Clinique VP of Product Direction, “The world has changed. Skin care technology has changed. And so we have changed.” New moisturising ingredients included Hyaluronic Acid, Glycerin and Urea. The two actions, moisturising and barrier repair, go hand in hand and DDML+ sees to it. (£29.50 for 125ml pump version)

The Big C (returns to More 4) – Love this matter of fact comedy drama about dealing with cancer and focusing on family life. At 35 mins it’s just too short.

Cos and The Serpentine’s Park Nights – One of the fashion crew’s favourite brands, Cos, has made the pitch-perfect brand link and teamed with the Serpentine Gallery on its Park Nights and events this Summer. Held on a Friday night between July & Oct at the pavilion. the series will feature discussions and performances around contemporary art. The brand have even created a striking limited edition shirt for both men & women inspired by Japanese architect, Sou Fujimoto’s Pavilion.

Summer Heatwave – News! For a limited time only, Britain has a Summer! Real actual sun and baking heat. People have gone a bit doolally. Cue red sunburned shoulders, bad clothing (Summer’s not out ‘thing’) and in-need-of-pedicure feet. Who cares, it’s hot.

Smythson’s iPhone Covers – Brilliant colours and the slick simplicity of Smythson. Just love this orange leather cover (£95). Must remember to look out for new Smythson looks as the brand shows for the first time at London Fashion Week come September.

Elle MacPherson’s Ultrafine Intimates – A range of girl-next-door, super simple basics such as T-shirt bras and no fuss briefs in three colour ranges (sweatshirt grey, nude pink and black). Priced from £36 (bra), £23 (brief) and £22 (thong).

Royal Correspondents in a Froth – Any day soon, we’ll have news of the new Royal baby and heir to the throne regardless of sex. Global news and huge congratulations to both HRHs. But the anticipated rolling news, endless droning and frothing at the mouth by the most heinous and obsequious of reporters, ‘The Royal Correspondent’, is killing any joy we may have felt. Trust me, this time a week today, you’ll may wish to yell at these court reporters, ‘Off with Their Heads’.

Summer City Noise – Aaah! Gone are the gentle sounds of planes far off in the sky and chirruping birds. Urban city Summer means means open windows (joyous) but increased rowdiness, building works (of course!), thumping baselines from cars (usually at 2am), motorbikes and general in-your-face-and-ears loudness amplified by Summer. Groan.

Nick & Margaret: We All Pay For Your Benefits (BBC1) – The BBC takes on a holier-than-though judgemental ‘Daily Mail’ approach to Britian’s benefit claimants. Shocked that the BBC even considered such a vile format and such a contemptuous programme. People on benefits need them, do want to work and do not need more nationally approved stigma. Shame on you BBC. I’d say I’m not paying my license fee but have. Twice. For 20 years. Through a fault with BBC TV Licensing who still refuse to acknowledge responsibility (even at BBC Trust Board level) and refuse to issue a £1900 overpayment. Who’re the cheaters now, huh?

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