Chutzpah’s Weekly Barometer

by Katie on November 12, 2010

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


Boots 17 Starry Eyes Collection  I know!  Moi.  Liking make-up that doesn’t cost the price of two decent cocktails for one lipstick.  Boots have stepped up their game and this little collection is a must.    There’s something strikingly original Biba’esque about it.  The Starry Eyes Trios are little round pots of glistening sultry colours.and are available in four celestial combinations including Starstruck, Galactic, Neptune and Moondust, (£4.99 each).  But its the glitter liners that really do it for me.  Worn with nude eyes, a slick of these on your eyeline adds just the right amount of demure dazzle.  Available in Northern Star, Stardust, Supernova and Moonrock (£5.99 each), pair these up with the Eye Trios and create definition guaranteed to set the room alight.

Bob Bob Ricard’s basement bar  Designed by David Collins, steeped in nostalgia and set out like a glamorous 1930s Pullman carriage, the intimate booths, backgammon flooring and golden hued soft lighting make this a perfect venue for secret liaisons.  Super stylish leather booths, distinctive English cocktails and good service by bizarrely dressed staff in ice scream pastels (it’s only downside) make this my favourite Soho chic bar and a definite for dates.    I liked this venue when it was media centric ‘Circus’.  I like it even more now.  Bob Bob Ricard, 1 Upper James Street, London, W1F

Occo Bath and Body oil (£25)  This new natural luxury brand is supremely stylish and is rooted in the Dalmatian coastline.  It’s newest pop up shop (all the rage at the moment in times of retail space surplus and brands/retailers unwilling to commit to long leases) is situated in the Royal Exchange right next to Hermes.  Only launched in Septembero fthis year, Occo is indulgent without being show- offy.  I tried Raiya No6  (Raiya is the ancient Greek name for Dubrovmik, should you ask) which smells of warm sunshine bliss:  Lemon, Bergamot, Mandarin, Ginger, Nutmeg, Rosemary, Petitgrin and Anis transports you to another climate.  Just what one needs in November.  Available from Harrods, Fortum& Mason, Heals and selected John Lewis stores Nationwide.

Students rioting  At last!  Thank God they’ve woken up from their stupor of the last 25 years now they have something to really riot against.  Ironic that many probably voted for the Liberal Democratic weasel who’s currently selling them out.  Political?  Me?


The end of Downton Abbey (ITV1)  What’s a girl going to do on a Sunday night without it and its stellar lines like, “Everyone goes up the aisle with half a secret.”  Boo hoo.  My bodice is well and truly ripped.  Lady Mary, I shall miss you.

‘Big Society’ spin  If I hear this right wing, dressed up claptrap masquerading as the caring society one more time I’ll want to put my fist in someone’s BLANK.


For torrential rain and driving wind  Together.  There’s no glamming up any outfit in that kind of weather.

For celebrity fragrances  Next up, Katy Perry’s ‘Purr’.  A euphemism too far.

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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RedlegsinSoho November 12, 2010 at 11:16 am

I’m with you on the students, bob bob ricard and downton abbey. As for cheap sparkly eye make-up, bring it on! x


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