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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.

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You Smell Divine

9 Jul

Le Parfum dans tous les sans is a very beautiful exhibition based on the wonderful subject of perfume with photographs from The Fragrance Foundation of France and set in the stunning gardens of the Palais Royal. I had the great pleasure of enjoying the display of 50 captivating photographs on a sunny afternoon in Paris when the smell of roses wafted in the air and a rare feeling of utter calm passed over me.

There are two journeys through the photographs, one shows how perfumes are created and produced from the very first idea to the bottles lining department store shelves, the second journey is purely about the senses we use to experience scents. When I think about it, nothing brings a moment from the past back to me like a scent does, my nanna’s makeup box we would play with as children, the smell of engine oil in my grandads shed, cologne of ex boyfriends. There really is nothing like scent to provoke memories we thought we had long forgotten. Jean Paul Guerlain once said that perfume is the most intense form of memory, he was right.

This exhibition and its setting is wonderful, if you’re visiting Paris please don’t miss this one (it’s free too!).

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Jean Paul Gaultier at the Grand Palais

7 Jul

The Grand Palais, Paris. What a setting for such an amazing exhibition of Jean Paul Gaultier’s work from the very beginning to the present day. Beautiful gowns, bondage-esque outfits in red lit rooms, so many wonderful photographs… this exhibition really was a treat for a fashion addict. To get up-close to Gaultier’s iconic conical basques, tartan clad punk rocker outfits and those stunning sailor stripes was a highlight of my recent solo trip to Paris. Here are some of my favourite pics from my visit, hope you enjoy them as much as I did.

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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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Marion Cotillard Lady Dior Fall 2014

3 Nov

Anyone who knows me, even just a little, will know that I tend to crush on anything with a bit of a Parisian vibe but my love for Marion Cotillard verges on infatuation.

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She is so unbelievably beautiful in a completely timeless, elegant, classic way. The new Lady Dior Fall 2014 ad campaign is no disappointment, three of the most mesmerising photographs of Marion in the city of lights in the magical night time. The lights of cars speed by and it seems as if the busy city carries on around Ms Cotillard who is frozen in the most exquisitely serene, terribly fashionable moment of fierce womanhood.

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The new ad campaign has got me thinking about Marion Cotillard’s long relationship with the impeccable fashion house and here is a little look back at some of her triumphs since 2008.

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I hope you enjoy the flashback as much as I do!
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