Brands

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. (more…)



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. (more…)



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. (more…)



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…)