Business of beauty: who will be the next make-up mogul?



Violette beauty line

With a couple of recent beauty brand launches, it’s interesting to speculate who will be the next make-up-artist-turned-make-up-mogul after Pat McGrath and Charlotte Tilbury. I’m currently enjoying watching the rise of Gucci Westman and Westman Atelier, but next in the running we have Violette Serrat and Lisa Eldridge.

Violette rose quickly from freelance MUA to Estee Lauder Global Beauty Director after growing a dedicated following of her beautifully shot (and very ‘French girl style’) YouTube videos. Her aspirational but relatable style now translates to Violette_FR, a capsule beauty line that includes Boum Boum Milk spray serum, liquid eye shadows and – already! – a unisex musk oil perfume (above). (more…)



Gentlewoman style: the Net-a-Porter sale



Net-a-Porter sale

A quick heads-up to let you know that the Net-a-Porter sale* has kicked in. I’m the world’s most sensible sale shopper because I instinctively head for the classics and leave behind all the ‘it’ colours and hype stuff. That said, I won’t be buying any of the acres of sweats that are in the sale. That’s one lock-down trend I managed to swerve!

I can tell you that if you’re after Zoom-friendly but timeless neck wear*, structured ballet flats* or classic Joseph knits*, then you’re in the right place. Beauty-wise there are a few good deals, especially if you like Byredo*, Tom Ford*, Le Labo* and Chantecaille*. (more…)



The Tank Must de Cartier for a new generation



Tank Must de Cartier

I’m a complete sucker for a classic Cartier watch, especially one reissued from the archives. This month sees the relaunch of the Tank Must de Cartier, a discreet unisex style originally released in 1977. Created at the height of the quartz watch era, it was designed to appeal to the new young Cartier customer, with its diminutive proportions, entry price point, brightly coloured dials and vermeil (gold-plated silver) hands.

Fast-forward and we’re again seeing this new youthful customer embracing old-school watches. (more…)



Shop the post: Linen season is upon us



COS linen shirt

Linen season has arrived and I’m very pleased with my new COS linen-mix pleated trousers* (below). These are described as ‘light beige’ but they’re more of a cream, with a slightly slubby, ‘raw’ texture. I’ve always loved these kind of old school tailored linen trousers. Linen does crease but I think the creases are forgivable if the shape is tailored. These come in dark navy* as well, which I also added to my upgraded summer uniform. (more…)