As I write this (Friday) the rain is pelting down heavy. And I think Sunday is forecast to be the same. Not to worry, this Sunday Edit has got lots of lovely things to take your (and my!) mind of this seasonal sluice…
My obsession with nude (cream, natural, blush?) leather continues… Through June in the form of my camera strap collab (the nude is proving the most popular colour!) and Palmaira Sandals avarcas, and now July, it’s Swedish Hasbeens clogs and a gorgeous Compton tote by British Heritage brand Tusting. I can’t explain exactly why, but the undyed leather just makes me do an internal squeal and big sigh of happiness inside every time I see it. Of course, totally untreated leather is a pain to maintain – I say that as if I know how to look after leather, I don’t – but as I’ve seen with my straps a patina and darker colour develops over time. The Tusting tote – can’t wait to show you my factory visit pics! – is protected and Mrs Tusting herself told she has no problems taking hers out and about. And the clogs. So retro, so cool – they actually look amaze with just a pair of skinnies and a tee, although I went a bit more winsomely smart a la Katherine Hepburn in this post here.
Quite a bit of beauty in this post. A happy reunion with one of the first natural skincare brands I fell truly in love with when I first moved to London in 2001. REN Skincare. If you remember how exciting it was when this beautifully packaged parabens & synthetics free brand launched then I don’t need to explain; but basically there just really wasn’t anything else around like it at the time – I talk a little bit about this and natural skincare routine over on the fab Sustain The Glow.
And it was the Morrocan Rose Oil products – shown here the body wash and dry oil for skin, great for using first thing in the morning when you don’t want too much shine – that I would every now and again spy in someone’s bathroom and splash out and treat myself to. So divine. And the moisturisers were always just right for me. Pictured is the Global Protection Day Cream for sensitive skin, love this!
More delicious rose scented stuff. This limited edition organic rosewater balancing mist from Jurlique is quite lovely (to my shame had no idea this brand has been around since 1985!). A mist to spray direct on skin, or onto hands then skin to freshen up. So perfect for hot summer days and balmy nights. And balmy summer nights these days (sophisticate that I aspire to be, haha!) I experiment with a little powder – bronzing or illuminating. Just to try and differentiate day look from night look. This gorgeous vintage inspired powder compact is the new Charlotte Tilbury with Vogue photographer Norman Parkinson collection, which all looks so good I long for the rest of it. Which is unusual as I never really crave beauty products!
And… a beauty tip!
And a beauty tip! I know, pretty thin on the ground around here. But this from the lovely make-up artist on the #stylonylonxkg photoshoot a few weeks ago – gah, that was a tough one – never underestimate what models, because I, quite frankly, cannot do it! – but nonetheless looking forward to sharing the results if only because I was wearing a fave striped shirt! Anyway, she said for blue eyes use brown mascara for the day. I’ve always always used black for night and day!
But in an effort to try and have a slighty different day and night look I conceded. And I do like it. Especially as I bought the most expensive mascara I’ve ever bought – one of Lancome’s Hypnose range. The Boots girl said it was the best they had… Haha, when did I become that woman at the counter: “Is this the best you have?” (Don’t worry, not really my style, was just at the end of a rather taxing Saturday trip to Westfield – which I highly do not recommend! Never again.)
And final beauty tip. (Ok, not really). How about using a real hairdryer instead of an travel one? This ties into my hair-neglect regime. On the very rare occasion I blow-dry my hair, I use a little travel hairdryer that full blast never really does the job, more like sucks little strands in and burns them affair. So obviously a decent-sized fast-drying GHD model (baby steps now, this is the smaller ‘air’ version, which suits me just fine) is like leaving Plato’s cave and seeing the outside world for the first time… Or in vaguely useful language, I can do an extremely good blow-dry in a matter of minutes. Hell, so good I might even consider a hair down day. Since that last one I did, oh about a year ago. Such crazy times I bring you. I do hope you come back for more. Happy rainy Sunday!
Hairdryer* | GHD
Mascara | Lancome
Clogs* | Swedish Hasbeens
Powder compact* | Charlotte Tilbury x Norman Parkinson
Body wash* | REN
Dry oil* | REN
Day cream* | REN
Rose mist* | Jurlique