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High street beauty: Urban Outfitters Gourmand



Urban Outfitters Macaron Rose perfume
I can’t say I’ve looked into Urban Outfitters own brand beauty but I’m pleasantly surprised by its fragrance offer. The Gourmand line is just perfect. The scents are lovely – girlish and gourmand but not overly sweet and with no synthetic dry down. I have three, of which Macaron Rosé is my most worn, followed by Pistachio Brulée and Citron Glacé. They’re great everyday fragrances that you can wear with anything and they also work for evening.

The Urban Outfitters Gourmand branding is very clever, tapping into the current vogue for clean elegance with angular bottles and minimalist typography. They’re very Instagrammable and not surprisingly, they’re proving popular with younger customers who admit to buying them based on aesthetics (hey, we’ve all done it). They’re also super-affordable at £15 for eau de parfum.

The ancillary products are equally appealing although I can’t seem to see them on the UK site. I’ve clicked around the U.S site and love the look of the lip balm and hand cream. As with & Other Stories, the high street brands have become extremely adept at emulating the look and feel of high-end beauty products. I’m thinking… Zara next?

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IMAGE: Urban Outfitters
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The anticipation hour



Hermes l'Heure Impatiente watch

When I was being measured for my Turnbull and Asser shirts, they added a couple of extra millimetres to the cuff measurement to accommodate my watch. They specifically ask you what kind of watch you wear for this purpose. That would almost be redundant in the case of Hermès’ new l’Heure Impatiente watch. As part of the Slim d’Hermès line, it’s flatter than a pancake which is all the more impressive when you consider the mechanical complications they have to squeeze into the case.

The unique – and adorably whimsical – thing about the l’Heure Impatiente is that it celebrates the hour before the appointed time. The anticipation hour, if you will. So a ‘mechanical hourglass’ allows you to count down to a particular event (think ‘hot date’ rather than ‘job interview’) with the final moment announced by a gentle two-second chime audible only to you. All this in the chicest of understated watches, with stencil-like numerals by graphic designer Philippe Apeloig.

While the Cape Cod and the Médor are well loved Hermès watches, this new direction using complications that are more poetic than functional is getting rave reviews from horology heads. The price tag is high – the l’Heure Impatiente will sell for £28,100 from this summer – but I guess that’s the price you pay for imaginative innovation. However, if you want the handsome looks without the countdown chime, there’s always the original Slim d’Hermès.

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IMAGES: Hermes
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What to buy from Chanel Les Beiges and Chanel Cruise beauty 2017



Chanel beauty Les Beiges Healthy Glow Natural Eyeshadow palette

Summer is easily my favourite beauty season. Give me a ‘bonne mine’ bronzer, a shell-coloured nail polish and a blush-tinted lippie and I’m sorted. The Chanel Les Beiges range is now in its fourth year and has added its first all-you-need eye shadow palette to the range of holiday-ready bronzers and blush sticks. If you’re the only girl left on the planet who doesn’t own a neutral eye palette, then Les Beiges Healthy Glow Natural Eyeshadow Palette is the one to get, it’s super-compact and practical with all the shades you need for a naturally groomed eye.

This year’s version of the classic Les Beiges bronzer is slightly iridescent and has raised sea shell-like ridges to help pick up more product on the brush. (For best results use a kabuki brush, not the pretty but diddy little thing supplied).

Chanel Les Beiges 2017 bronzer

Another addition to Les Beiges is a gel cushion foundation, or Healthy Glow Gel Touch Foundation SPF 25 if you want its full title. This came out three weeks ago and is a water based, natural coverage foundation, infused with hyaluronic acid to give lightweight but hydrating coverage. I haven’t tried any cushion foundations yet and I do think this is pricy (£43 for 15g) for what you get. But for a portable, travel-friendly option, it’s a pretty good solution.

The Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Colour Sticks are great. I love a cream blush and the stick is easier to work with than a pot. There are two new sticks to the range – 23 and 24 – that (like the Les Beiges bronzer) have more iridescence than previous versions. I have  23, a warm peachy-pink. I really like this for imparting the natural but all-elusive glow that is sadly absent from British summers.

To complete the Chanel summer offer, this week sees the release of the Chanel 2017 Cruise collection. Again, for me it’s all about these energising juicy peach-hued nail colours. They’re pretty bold, so if you don’t fancy the edgy greeny-grey tinged nail (Sargasso, 558) then try Coralium (562), a very bright coral for toes, or Coquillage (560), a chalky peach that looks very cool with olive skin tones (you’ll need two coats). Pictured below L-R: Coralium, Sargasso, Coquillage.

Chanel nail colours Cruise 2018: left to right Sargasso, Coralium, Coquillage

The accompanying lip shades are lovely warm neutrals with undertones of sepia and sunny seashell pink. As Chanel’s Global Make-up and Colour Designer Lucia Pica says, ‘the concept is, there is no concept’. Instead it’s all about easy, wearable, natural textures with a bit of shine.

Finally, If you’re the girl who won’t go to the beach without her waterproof eyeliner, Chanel has got you covered. I love this aubergine soft smudgy eye pencil, Terra Rosa (847, below) and the other one, Horizon (837), a sultry green-black (not shown). These will all get snapped up sooner rather later so consider yourself warned. The Cruise collection lands on Friday in the UK but is out now in the U.S.
Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Golden Sand lipstick and Rouge Coco Stylo 207 Sepia

TLDR: Chanel has introduced new products for its Les Beiges line and its new Cruise collection. The blush sticks, new Les Beiges bronzer, coral nail shades and inky eyeliners are my standouts.

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Take your time: the bespoke shirt



Turnbull and Asser bespoke shirt for women

The French may have Charvet, but we have Turnbull & Asser. In matters of sartorial excellence, a bespoke shirt has to be one of life’s great not-so-little luxuries. So in the name of research, I took up the offer of trying out the service.

Shirts factor big in my book, The New Garconne: How to be a Modern Gentlewoman and they’re also enjoying a major fashion spotlight moment, especially those of gargantuan, deconstructed proportions. And yet here’s a fascinating fact: only about 1% of Turnbull & Asser bespoke shirts are made for women. (more…)