I can’t get through winter without… Playa

Playa hair care

Winter is a bitch isn’t it? I just can’t with these flat, grey, dark-by-3pm afternoons. The only thing that tempts me out of my bed – one duvet, four blankets, and two hot water bottles at last count – is the promise of a piping hot shower and invigorating scent-infused suds. My current saviour is the hair line by LA-based Playa.

I’m a hair minimalist so I don’t use a ton of styling products but this is a very concise edit of essentials (more…)

10 non-trendy trends to try for 2018

Disneyrollergirl trends to try for 2018 - Prada SS18 by Jason Lloyd-Evans for Wallpaper

There were many major fashion and beauty trends that dominated 2017. Sock trainers, ginormous puffer jackets, ultra matte lips, overpriced merch tees. I didn’t embrace a single one. But I did indulge in a classics revival or two. White denim, the Burberry check and western boots are a few that are still going strong. And Beauty Pie and Glossier were the two beauty bandwagons I couldn’t resist jumping on.

For the coming year, my favourite unofficial visual search engine, Pinterest tells me that cleansing oil saves are up 555%, derma roller saves are up 345% and ‘vitamin C serum’ saves are up 3379%. I’m already converted to cleansing oils and I’ve only slightly dabbled in vitamin C – maybe this will be the year I go for it? (more…)

Mount Street news: Marc Jacobs to close and Dean & Deluca a no-show

Marc Jacobs Mount Street. Image by MRA Architecture

Marc Jacobs
is closing its Mount Street store, according to Business of Fashion.

This is such sad news!

As BOF reports, when the store opened in 2007, it kicked off the reinvention of Mount Street as a luxury retail destination. The Marc Jacobs and Marc by Marc Jacobs stores were temples of style and fun that were always such a trip of discovery joy. Remember when the Marc by Marc Jacobs store opened over here and we too could snap up the £5 keyrings, logo tote bags and other tchotchkes that our Bleeker Street cousins had queued for previously? They also sold seriously good (but cheap!) cashmere scarves, socks and gloves that were my staple buys for years. (more…)

An olfactory tribute to Colette

Lola James Harper Colette concept store candle and room scent

Colette may be no more, but I like this olfactory tribute to the OG Paris concept store. Fragrance and lifestyle brand, Lola James Harper has reproduced the classic figgy Colette candle, ‘L’Air de Colette‘ in a newly reconfigured candle and room spray (from £35). It’s the old scent with a new name, ‘213 Rue Saint-Honoré Air‘, so if you’re mourning the demise of one of the best retail destinations of our time, here’s the perfect olfactory memento.

I remember discovering Lola James Harper’s candles in Colette. (more…)