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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.
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Sans Mascara a lá Parisienne

2 Feb

I love the effortless look of a seemingly bare-faced mademoiselle with messy hair and a sexy disposition, she is a Parisienne and she is proud of her natural face.

I would hazard a guess that in Paris, sales of false eyelashes and bookings for eyebrow tattoos are minimal and I certainly can’t imagine much business for plastic nails and synthetic hair extensions. I think perhaps some of us Liverpool ladies could learn a thing or two about natural beauty from our sisters over the Channel!

Here are three of my current natural beauty icons, French actresses with healthy faces and extreme attractiveness.
The lovely Melanie Laurent

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Quiet beauty Clemence Poesy.

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Lea Seydoux, The pretty Prada princess who always looks a little bit post-sex in a flushed, totally gorgeous way.

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After getting so much inspiration from these stunning women I am venturing out without mascara tomorrow and I can’t wait!
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Colour Blocked

23 Oct

It is October. I adore autumn with its orange glow of falling leaves. Streetlights reflected yellow in the drops of rain forming puddles on the pavements. Cheeks rose pink in the colder air. The delicious chocolate coloured liquid of a warming coffee.

Floral prints seem garish and bright colours almost clash with the seasons natural hue. What on earth is a fashionista to do?

Think French.

I love experimenting and having fun with colours, sometimes I have my very own colour-blocking weeks in the office. No prints or patterns just bold against bright and I love it but, it doesn’t feel right for now.

I want to sit at the back of the bus in moody black and have all the other commuters avoid me. I want to sip my red wine in grey cashmere and talk about current affairs with a lover. I don’t want to hide behind a wall of somber tones, rather I want people to think me mysterious. I hear them whispering ‘Is she a poet?’ ‘No, perhaps an artist?’ ‘No no my friend, I think she may be French!’.

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Larsson & Jennings Lader Watch. Vince Camuto Wool Hat. Primark T-Bar Flats. How To Be Parisian by Sophie Mas, Caroline De Maigret, Anne Berest and Audrey Diwan.

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Pull & Bear Black Coffee Please Sweater

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Primark box clutch. Liverpool & Manchester culture journal, The Skinny. Selection of tees & jumpers, Primark, H&M and Zara.

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