design

Year & Day: tableware for the Kinfolk generation



Year & Day tablewear

Lean Luxe alerted me to Year & Day, a new direct to consumer (DTC) tableware brand that’s doing things very discreetly. It has all the right hallmarks for success – a focused offer of just one category, the right millennial colour palette (love the semi-matte blue-black and blush pink mugs and I usually hate mugs), minimalist branding and Insta-friendly photography. (more…)



Festive beauty for for minimalists



Chanel numeros rouges limited edition lipsticks
I struggle with festive style. I cannot abide a novelty ‘Christmas jumper’, anything too sequinny makes me think ‘Julien Macdonald for Debenhams’, and sparkly eyeshadow makes my eyelids look like they’re disintegrating.

Instead, I resort to my default option of silk shirt (my black Levi’s one with navy stars is as jazzy as I go) and tailored trousers with a cocktail ring or two and one of my Judith Leiber vintage minaudieres.

Chanel’s Numéros Rouges limited edition Christmas collection is rather jewel-like too, with newly red-encased lipsticks replacing the classic black packaging. (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…)