To my surprise I was really struck by a Chloe mailer in my inbox the other day. To the extent that my robotic delete finger paused mid-air as I absorbed the sheer beauty of the photography. You know, that kind of airy light, caught in the sunshine hair-glinting type of photo that transports you to another world…
And then I scrolled, immersed in the mailer’s journey to the decidedly 70s style product shots for which I’d been aptly prime. Ah, such a good vibe the 70s, at least visually if you’re in the mood for it all. Tite-knit pullovers, bell bottoms, music playing on the radio somewhere nearby. Which is my roundabout way of saying when I saw this cute Rouje embroidered (& padded!) jacket I just… well, you can fill in the blanks! Incorrigible, I know!
Wonderfully it reminds of me of female novelists ensconced in a life devoted to the arts, embracing all and everything with vigour and vim. Much like something my grandmother would have worn (journalist and documentary film maker with an eccentric bohemian bent!). And through our clothes we try to paint the picture of who we’d like to be, the live we want to live on the inside and out. Visual signposts for our dreams, perhaps?
Keeping the 70s vibes strong with purple mohair – this beauty by Finery London.
Notes On Makeup
The backdrop here is Chelsea. Not my usual stamping ground and one, I say with a little regret, I visit rarely given how many years I’ve lived in London. But the draw this time was a cosmetics (love how old fashion and glamour-filled that word is) brand that has been just round the corner from Sloane Square for 60 years run by the same woman. That in itself intrigued me – the eras that shop and business have lived through, the people, the fashion and yet still adapting and updating and staying relevant to the times. As you know my relationship with makeup is scant to say the least, informed by lack of time, interest and general ineptness. But my visit to Cosmetics A La Carte was an eye-opener.
My main bugbear – dark shadows under my eyes which I never manage to banish unless summer sun tanned or have slept a million hours (never happens) was fixed. My undereye is basically bluish from the thin skin and all that I needed was to colour correct with the right concealer. I mean, I was astonished. At the revelation and the result. A couple of extra tips and suddenly I saw the point and effectiveness of makeup. I’ll share these tips and the products soon, stay tuned! But let me just say, bespoke makeup is the way forward in my book. Pricey yes, but when you hit my age, worth it. Especially if you don’t really spend much on makeup, which I don’t. Getting your exact right concealer and foundation is it!