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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.

H x


Garance Doré for Zara

17 Nov

The New York Times called her ‘the guardian of all style’, she is a photographer, an illustrator, blogger, genius and an idol of mine. In 2011 she illustrated a special edition cover of Elle magazine and I won a copy, I was in love.

IMG_1978.JPG One of my other fashion loves is Zara, I’m constantly getting carried away when presented with such a focused, stylish, sleek store on the high street. So many outfits, so little time!
Put Garance Doré and Zara in the same sentence and you’ve already got my avid attention before I even see the photographs.
I was shopping in Zara Liverpool (buying gold shoes and grey knitwear) when I saw the lovely, fun, ever so stylish pictures of Garance blown up to epic proportions on a wall sized screen.







Go and check out what I’m all a fussing about at the constant source of inspiration that is GaranceDoré.fr and if you want to buy something gorgeous to wear don’t forget zara.com.