Beauty and Books

29 Nov

Sometimes it seems like everything I love hails from the little country across the English Channel called France. When I think about iconic looks and modern day aspirational women I can’t help but think of the French, from Brigitte Bardot to Catherine Denueve… Garance Doré to Caroline De Maigret, they all have a certain… je ne sais quoi. 


I’ve been loving the skin care from the brand La Roche-Posay since I tried their Effaclar 3-Step Anti-Blemish System last year, this Pigmentclar Eyes dark circle brightener is fast becoming part of my daily (and nightly) routine.

Using this La Mer matifying, oil-absorbing tonique after cleansing and before moisturiser has really helped to keep the oily parts of face (T-zone woes!) under control without drying out the rest of my skin in the cold weather we’ve been having. This tonique doesn’t sting like a lot of toners do either so it doesn’t feel harsh on my face which means I give this a big thumbs up.


Has anyone tried the new Chanel No.5? The original is a classic, a perfume absolutely everybody is aware of and yet, every time I smelt it in my department store wanderings it always felt a bit too mature for me. I like to imagine that when I’m older I will find an affinity for the eternal elegance of No.5 but Chanel have answered my wishes early with the new version, Chanel No.5 L’eau.

It is so beautifully light and fresh with a hint of the heady undertones of the original and I am in love with it, being lucky enough to have received it for my thirtieth birthday in October. I have a feeling Madame Chanel would have approved of this new addition and the wonderfully designed ad campaigns to go with it…

I love to re-read books and pluck out sections that feel appropriate for certain occasions and particular moods. Garance Doré’s Love Style Life is my go-to for fashion & lifestyle pondering and the illustrations are truly beautiful.
Love

H x

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Hair Grows 

27 Oct

I’d been getting my hair cut shorter and shorter over time and then about a year ago I decided to have the shortest cut I’ve ever had.


I really loved it at the time, it signified a changing of ways, a new chapter and happier, healthier me. Now I’m looking for another change-up, but this is a slower process.

I’m growing my hair again, I miss the longer locks and the styling options. Progress isn’t fast but some things are worth waiting for and I’m in this for the long haul… at least I’m over the awkward- just touch the shoulder- flicks.


If you’re growing your hair out, hang on in there my loves.

Love 

H x

Birthday girl

25 Oct

I was very spoilt by all of my lovely friends and family for my thirtieth birthday, this beautiful ring from my sisters complete with my birthstone was a very special treat.


I think it looks perfect with my understated Essie Ballet Slippers polish too. I’m a very happy girl.

Love

H x

Hello

25 Oct

So it’s back to blogging because far too many wonderful things happen in life to not be documenting it in online diary form. 

I’ve just turned thirty, it happened with no impending dread or concern for rapidly deteriorating skin. Instead, it happened in Paris. My favourite place in the world, a city full to the brim with culture, beauty, amazing food and of course… the Eiffel Tower, who couldn’t be charmed by all of that.

In the course of turning the big 3-0 I acquired some wonderful gifts from friends and family that I am excited to tell you about.

In my absence from the blogosphere I’ve visited a couple of other great destinations in Europe and have first hand recommendations for anyone thinking of making some European trips in the future. 

I’ve also been learning to ski (something I’ve always wanted to do) for an upcoming trip in January so expect to hear a lot more about that venture and my progress in the slopes. Bring on the red wine and fondue Switzerland.

Here’s a photograph of beautiful Montmartre, I hope it cheers this dark Tuesday morning.

Love

H x

NYFW AW16-17

12 Feb

Hedi Slimane at Saint Laurent does it again. Love the the luxe fabrics and sexy seventies styling. 

   
    
    
 
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H

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Welcome 2016

5 Jan

I haven’t written a word on this blog for 6 months, the quickest half year I believe I have ever experienced. 

January. What better time to get back to sharing my musings on the things I love? The things I hope you’ll love too or at the least, be mildly interested in. 

So Happy New Year everyone, let’s make 2016 a year of falling in love. Fall in love with men, women, fashion, film, places, books, family… Fall in love with life itself.

 

Just to tickle the fashion tastebuds here is a beautifully stunning creation from Oscar De La Renta.

Love 

H

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Nip + Fab Glycolic Instant Fix Mask

12 Jul

I’m loving this mask at the moment, it’s working wonders on my skin!  

  Here’s what’s on the bottle:-

‘A high potency, pore-tightening gel mask to perfect + exfoliate the complexion. Our highest level of glycolic acid combines with EVERMAT technology to gently smooth away the appearance of lines + wrinkles whilst clearing + reducing the look of enlarged pores. Skin is more even-toned + visually smoother.’

This mask really does reduce my pores quite significantly and gives me an overall fresher complexion so I will definitely be buying it again. 

Love

H

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