Buh-bye 2014, Hello 2015!

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If there was a defining point in 2014 where it seemed things were not quite going to plan it was probably a rainy weekend in Autumn. I was mourning the remains of my favourite silk shirt, ripped beyond repair by reaching over too enthusiastically at a breakfast buffet whilst simultaneously giving the evil stare to the ‘old faithful’ black skinny jeans that no longer fit. This particularly stellar afternoon came only a couple of days after being unceremoniously dumped in Green Park. So, not great. But that was one bad weekend. And whilst the jeans still require a pulley system of Roman ingenuity to get them on and the romantic situation remains relatively unchanged there were some absolutely amazing highlights that I definitely wouldn’t change. Apart from the jeans thing, probably.

There was Paris and its offering of fine baked goods in the winter sun, St. Ives doing its best impression of Barbados and an unforgettable meal in the plushy pink paradise that is Sketch. It saw my addiction to barbecued meat, candles and trainers explode tenfold and an already-strained book storage situation reach crisis point. In the wider world, the visionary that is Emily Weiss came and blew us all away with the launch of Glossier and one of the best, if not the best, essays on the internet this year. Us by David Nicholls made me cry tears of joy and ‘Horst: Photographer of Style’ at the V&A made for the best trip to a museum.

But perhaps the most amazing thing about 2014 was the wonderful women that I had the pleasure of speaking with and learning from; most notably Penny Martin at a Gentlewoman event Ella Woodward at one of her Deliciously Ella events. And of course, the dozens of WhatsApp messages and emails to Holly, Christina and Marzena.

It also introduced me to more of you, so THANK YOU for reading this thing and to all the endlessly fascinating individuals I have come to know over the last twelve months. You are the incredible women that inspire me every day to keep pushing forward.

With that positive thought in mind, perhaps we should all enter 2015 chanting the words of HRH Beyoncé from 7/11:

‘Smack that, clap, clap, clap like you don’t care’.

Happy New Year! xx

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Forgotten favourites.

 

 

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Behold, some recent favourites from Twitter that aren’t cat videos:

1. Behind the scenes of Maggie Gyllenhaal’s wardrobe in The Honourable Woman (Grazia)

2. ‘The Paying Guests’ by Sarah Waters. (The Guardian) The review doesn’t quite shower Waters’ sixth novel in glory, but it is set in 1920s London which you might have guessed is my thing.

3.  The Cut describes the late Lauren Bacall as ‘a casualwear enthusiast’. Hello, new Twitter bio!

4. Off-duty essentials from Net-a-Porter (see no.3). Those boots look particularly good, especially teamed with some grey cashmere and a leather jacket. Also, free shipping this week so maybe the right time to finally get my hands on some KORA Rosehip Body Oil…?

5. MAJOR: GARANCE AND SCOTT HAVE SPLIT UP. (The Telegraph)

6. Fashion books you should know about. (Fashion Historia) Not my words, but those of bonafide fashion historian. I’ve added them to my Amazon wish list, if you fancy a peruse…

 

[Images via Grazia, Net a Porter and The Cut]

Forgotten favourites.

 

 

BqHckYJIQAEIgVU

 

Behold, some recent favourites from Twitter that aren’t cat videos:

1. Behind the scenes of Maggie Gyllenhaal’s wardrobe in The Honourable Woman (Grazia)

2. ‘The Paying Guests’ by Sarah Waters. (The Guardian) The review doesn’t quite shower Waters’ sixth novel in glory, but it is set in 1920s London which you might have guessed is my thing.

3.  The Cut describes the late Lauren Bacall as ‘a casualwear enthusiast’. Hello, new Twitter bio!

4. Off-duty essentials from Net-a-Porter (see no.3). Those boots look particularly good, especially teamed with some grey cashmere and a leather jacket. Also, free shipping this week so maybe the right time to finally get my hands on some KORA Rosehip Body Oil…?

5. MAJOR: GARANCE AND SCOTT HAVE SPLIT UP. (The Telegraph)

6. Fashion books you should know about. (Fashion Historia) Not my words, but those of bonafide fashion historian. I’ve added them to my Amazon wish list, if you fancy a peruse…

 

[Images via Grazia, Net a Porter and The Cut]

Cut copy.

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It’s almost worrying how little problem I have with slavishly copying Phoebe Philo’s haircut*. Not yet, but soon. Two years have passed since my last major re-style, a period of time that has seen an untold fortune spent on Philip Kingsley Elasticizer – I stopped short at Viviscal – to relatively little effect. Time for a new approach.

These last few years have not been an easy ride, hair-wise. It’s been red, blonde (ERROR) and every shade of brown.  There was the ill-advised fringe, layers, streaky highlights, feathering and even a John Frieda at home dye kit that caused it to start falling out. In my hands. In the shower. Not one, but two hairdressers, have actually reduced me to tears. Quite honestly? My poor hair has been screaming ”GIRL. GIVE. IT. UP” for years and I have steadfastly refused to listen.

True, a fresh start will start in earnest with the big cut, but I’m extending this hair turnaround to a self-imposed ban on hair dye and continuing to invest in high-quality haircare products (looking at you, Josh Wood). The scene of the big day is still to be decided, but Trevor Sorbie in Hampstead is looking like an odds-on favourite. I really hope there’s champagne to ease the pain, because God knows I can’t make it three in a row.

Funnily enough, Into The Gloss has recently posted some insanely great advice for getting a good mid-length cut and keeping it looking top notch. IT’S LIKE THEY KNOW. Just wait until you read the part about the curvature and heat from your shoulders turning your midi-cut into a flicked mum bob. Oh yes, that’s an actual thing. Wish me luck!

*not quite as worrying as the first time I saw this picture and immediately thought ‘they must be the antique diamond earrings she said her husband bought her in that interview a while back!’. The obsession has absolutely gone too far.

[Image via Keep it Chic]

Cut copy.

16womens-well-philo-slide-T2N1-jumbo

 

It’s almost worrying how little problem I have with slavishly copying Phoebe Philo’s haircut*. Not yet, but soon. Two years have passed since my last major re-style, a period of time that has seen an untold fortune spent on Philip Kingsley Elasticizer – I stopped short at Viviscal – to relatively little effect. Time for a new approach.

These last few years have not been an easy ride, hair-wise. It’s been red, blonde (ERROR) and every shade of brown.  There was the ill-advised fringe, layers, streaky highlights, feathering and even a John Frieda at home dye kit that caused it to start falling out. In my hands. In the shower. Not one, but two hairdressers, have actually reduced me to tears. Quite honestly? My poor hair has been screaming ”GIRL. GIVE. IT. UP” for years and I have steadfastly refused to listen.

True, a fresh start will start in earnest with the big cut, but I’m extending this hair turnaround to a self-imposed ban on hair dye and continuing to invest in high-quality haircare products (looking at you, Josh Wood). The scene of the big day is still to be decided, but Trevor Sorbie in Hampstead is looking like an odds-on favourite. I really hope there’s champagne to ease the pain, because God knows I can’t make it three in a row.

Funnily enough, Into The Gloss has recently posted some insanely great advice for getting a good mid-length cut and keeping it looking top notch. IT’S LIKE THEY KNOW. Just wait until you read the part about the curvature and heat from your shoulders turning your midi-cut into a flicked mum bob. Oh yes, that’s an actual thing. Wish me luck!

*not quite as worrying as the first time I saw this picture and immediately thought ‘they must be the antique diamond earrings she said her husband bought her in that interview a while back!’. The obsession has absolutely gone too far.

[Image via Keep it Chic]