Shopping

Yes, it’s Father’s Day next weekend



Sofia and francis Ford Coppola by Bruce Weber for Vanity Fair

Dads are supposed to be a nightmare to buy for but it seems like there are so many more options of ‘good design’ these days. Maybe it’s to do with the advent of online (although, come on, ecommerce has existed for nearly 20 years now) that means the good stuff is more easily accessible. Let’s just say Mr Porter has a lot to answer for. (more…)



Straw bags and London life are a tricky combination



straw bag

I wish I was the kind of person who had a use for straw basket bags in my everyday life. Alas, I’m far too pragmatic; my default is a sensible leather tote that holds an umbrella and a ton of other practicals, rather than a bikini and a lip balm.

Some London-dwellers do it really well though and I salute them (more…)



Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess 2017



Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess eau de parfum 2017

The arrival of the Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess collection is like a ‘summer’s coming!’ klaxon. It’s a combo of fragrance, shimmering skin oils, bronzing powders, make-up and body moisturisers that are delivered in hyper-glam packaging. And the cherry in the cocktail is a very distinctive tropical-floral fragrance that’s an instant mood-transporter to exotic climes. (more…)



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…)