I haven’t perused LNCC for quite a while but I noticed it’s practically giving away some of its superb sale goodies at up to 80% off. I had a nose around the site and added a few non-sale bits to the mix. The books are always a good bet, as are the accessories and scents… But for cult-status labels (Rick, Raf, Yang and co), you’ll be hard pushed to find better prices than these. To get an extra 20% off the sale price, enter ‘ALTOSTRATUS’ at the checkout…
WORDS: Disneyrollergirl/Navaz Batliwalla
I had a very naughty start to the year, choosing to bunk off LCM and go on holiday instead. Tsk indeed! I definitely recommend it though. We picked Antwerp for our city break, our flight was half empty and the three days dawdled by at a pleasantly snail-like pace. We went with no great plans other than to mooch around flea markets, eat moules and just enjoy some we-time. OK, we didn’t have much luck on the flea market front but I did discover a wealth of brocante vendors, vintage boutiques and fancy goods emporia to satisfy my shopaholic tendencies. Here then, is my DRG shopping guide to Antwerp…
I advise catching the early Friday flight from City airport so you arrive with a whole day stretched out ahead. Taxis are a bit of a faff in Antwerp so we decided to do everything on foot, taking the scenic route from our posh B&B (the beautiful BOULEVARD LEOPOLD, separate post coming soon) in the Jewish quarter. Continue reading
Er hello, how good is the Net-a-Porter clearance sale? Moschino phone cases and accessories are going for a song – tell your teens! Ditto the J Crew jewellery – now’s the time to buy your statement necklaces (fifty bucks a piece – oh my!). Personally I’m all about these Givenchy earrings and Saint Laurent rings. Don’t dither…
This month I’m looking forward to a second viewing of The Heart Of Bruno Wizard, a truly heartwarming documentary about one of London’s unsung creative spirits. 64-year-old Bruno Wizard is a one off and his story is a colourful one. (The story of how the film came about is pretty cool too, you can read it here.)
Bruno was a resident of the legendary Warren Street squat (look out for fellow squatters, Stephen Jones and Marilyn in the film) whose bands The Rejects and The Homosexuals performed perfect three minute punk songs and never sold out – unlike some of their contemporaries. Bruno seems to have umpteen lives as the film narrates his many ups and downs throughout the decades. We arrive at the present day in which his spirit is unbroken, his mind as lucid as ever and his character charming but always unpredictable.
Much as I love my niche, masculine fragrances (welcome back Helmut Lang), there’s no denying that timeless florals and fruity orientals are the biggest money spinners. And that’s for good reason – they have popular appeal. Rose is the exception to my no-florals rule, especially the current crop of rose scents that are a bit greener and fresher… Continue reading
There are landscape sweaters and there are landscape sweaters. I like the ones that have some sort of handmade, homespun element to them, such as J W Anderson’s bucolic offerings for SS15 and Barrie’s cashmere’s (now in the sale). Mary Katrantzou’s Japanese landscape sweatshirt is a winner too. The mass produced ones? Maybe not so much.
New makeup artist discovery: Emma Broom. We worked together on our Follow The Blue Line shoot (above) in November, when she stepped in at short notice on the recommendation of another makeup artist who had to cancel. In the event she was a perfect fit, translating our ‘no makeup makeup with a bit of extra “something”’ brief with this immaculate inky statement eye.
The photos speak for themselves (see them here) but I couldn’t let Emma go without asking some pressing beauty questions…
DISNEYROLLERGIRL: TELL ME ABOUT THE MAKEUP LOOK YOU CREATED ON MADDY (ABOVE)
Emma Broom: I wanted Maddy to have more then just a no makeup makeup, so I chose to emphasise her eyes in a glamorous grunge way. I kept the rest of her minimal.
DRG: HOW DID YOU ACHIEVE THAT GORGEOUS SKIN WITHOUT CAKING ON LOADS OF PRODUCT?
EB: I always pay a lot of attention to prepping the skin, using products that hydrate and make the skin radiant. Once the skin is looking great and has a glow you don’t need to use as much make up base. I like skin to look real.
DRG: WHAT IS YOUR HERO KIT ITEM FOR ACHIEVING GREAT YOUTHFUL-LOOKING SKIN?
EB: I like trying out new skincare but at the moment a firm favourite is NARS Optimel Brightening Concentrate and Luminous Moisture Cream. MAC Face and Body and Becca highlighter are my other go-to items.
DRG: HOW DID YOU ACHIEVE THE EYE LOOK?
EB: I only used 4 products on the eye. I used MAC Feline pencil into top and lower lash line. I really worked the pencil into the lower lash line, so it looked smudged and a bit messy. I then added MAC gel liner in Blacktrack and used it to create a deconstructed liner on the eye lid. I put MAC eyeshadow in Shroom over the ball of the eye and into the tearduct. I finished with lots of mascara.
DRG: SHOPPING LIST TIME! WHICH BRANDS MAKE YOUR FAVOURITE PRODUCTS FOR SKINCARE, FOUNDATION AND COLOUR COSMETICS?
EB: Skincare – Bioderma, NARS and Sarah Chapman; Bases – MAC Face and Body and Chanel Vitalumiere; Lips- NARS
DRG: WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE JOB YOU’VE DONE RECENTLY?
EB: I loved assisting on one of the LOVE advent calendar days.
DRG: WHAT’S INSPIRING YOU CREATIVELY RIGHT NOW?
EB: I recently found inspiration from artist Gerhard Richter. I love his use of colour and I’ve now become obsessed with orange – I want to incorporate this into a beauty story.
WORDS: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl
IMAGE: Vanessa Jackman
MAKEUP: Emma Broom
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Today’s the day! Tom Ford Lips And Boys (£26) is finally on counter, exclusively at Selfridges until stocks run out. To recap, the range consists of 50 mini sized (0.07 oz /2 g) priced Tom Ford lipsticks named after hot boys. I had a play earlier this month and loved Adriano (below), a smokin’ hot orange-tinged red
tribute to some Latino boy or other, no doubt. Continue reading
So it seems the world is divided into those who love fancy scented candles and those who don’t get the fascination. If you do, they can become something of an addiction (ahem). If you don’t, well, you may as well stop reading now. But not all posh candles are created equal. Some (many) are just an easy add-on to a brand’s beauty output; others are so powerful, that they become cult objects in themselves. Continue reading