Chutzpah’s Weekly Barometer

by Katie on November 19, 2010

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


Dr Nick Lowe’s range of products (selling in Boots)  A charming man with authenticity and vision, Dr Nick Lowe, Dermatologist, is taking his premium looking range of products to a mass market.  Why use Dr Brandt when you can have Dr Lowe at a fraction of the price?  Love the rich and creamy Hydrating Foaming Cleanser (£9.99, €14.93, 150ml) which is a lightly foaming face wash.  Enriched with the Anti Age Cranley Complex and packed with anti-oxidants, this gem delivers high performance cleansing without disturbing the skin’s natural moisture levels.   Dr Lowe’s philosophy is simple – prevention and repair using personally selected ingredients to deliver superior, high quality product.  I’m impressed.

The Roof Terrace at One New Change, London  Totally awesome views over London with a looming, illuminated St Paul’s overlooking the terrace.  The perfect combination of old and new architecture and what London does best.  A must see.  Glass, open scale walkways and sharp angles combine seamlessly with the ancient 16th & 17th Century rounded domes and spires.

Liberty’s S/S ’11 CD (given out in press open day goody bags)  Blondie’s forgotten gem, ‘French Kissing in the USA’ seques into disco legend, Sylvia Striplin’s ‘ You can’t turn me away’.  Genius.

myface.cosmetics vibrant, high pigment, single blingtones in purple haze and bell bottom blues (£9.99).  Used to recreate this wow, dual jewelled look, it’s very 1980’s Blitz Club meets The Face.  With Steve Strange’s new club at Punk, 14 Soho Street, W1, this look’s right on trend.  Poppy, bling colours for old New Romantics.  Available at Boots throughout the UK.

“True Blood’s”Eric  Normally, I don’t go for blondes but I could make an exception…

Muubaa leather jackets  A recent convert to this niche brand, look out for it. as its going to be big.  Sophisticated, street style jackets in soft, subtle, smooth leather in muted tones of beige and tan through to grey and black, the quirk is the moulded wires in the necklines and sleeves that give a squashy lived in feel and an individual look.  Fans include Halle Berry, Charlize Theron and Cheryl Cole, naturally.  Check them out in Liberty, Fenwicks and online at

Tom Ford’s S/S ’11 collection imagery (below) This is the ultimate in drop dead glamour.  Reminiscent of Angelica Huston meets Deborah Turbeville’s Bathhouse series of pics, I’m adoring and in awe of Steven Meisel’s photography – the mood, the lighting, the stances, the collection has ‘want’ stamped all over it.  PLEASE can I look like this Mr Ford.  Please?  Images can be viewed in September 2010 issue of Vogue (USA).


Saturday nights  Whether In (bad TV) or Out (Bridge and Tunnel) it sucks.

That (bloody) M&S Christmas advert  So undeniably patronising, it’s epic fail time.  There’s only so much schtick, faux campery and bad ‘mum’ dancing by Twiggy et al, a person can take.

For blog launch events starting at 5pm  NB.  Too early.   People *ahem* do actually work as well as write.  PRs take note.

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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