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Capturing the black experience: Jamel Shabazz and Gordon Parks



Malcolm X by Gordon Parks

This week is all about taking time to think about the troubles in America and consider our individual parts in the Black Lives Matter narrative. For once there is no excuse not to do something. If you’re on Instagram you will have seen all the black square posts for #blackouttuesday designed to create a pause for us to think about how we can actively support anti-racism. Whether that’s donating to Black Lives Matter causes, reading up on the everyday racism experienced by black people, well, every day, or buying from black owned businesses, it all helps.

Culturally, two important sources of information for me are Jamel Shabazz and Gordon Parks. (more…)



Acqua di Parma’s new Roman townhouse



New Acqua di Parma Boutique Rome

Something to celebrate – the shops are opening in Rome!

And what could be more Italian or uplifting than Acqua Di Parma, who has opened a new yellow and cane wood townhouse boutique at Piazza di Spagna 27?

To celebrate, Acqua di Parma has also released a special edition of its signature Colonia fragrance (my all time favourite cologne) as Colonia Edizione Speciale Roma in a hand painted bottle, limited to 300 bottles and available exclusively in the new boutique (below). (more…)



Quote of the day: Jim Jarmusch on Steve Buscemi



Steve Buscemi for GQ by Fanny Latour Lambert

“We used to joke that he was our generation’s Don Knotts, but he’s more Jimmy Stewart in a way. He portrays humanity.”
Jim Jarmusch on Steve Buscemi, GQ

This is the sweetest GQ profile on my favourite actor, Steve Buscemi, I just want to give him a cuddle. (It’s pronounced ‘boo-sem-ee’, by the way.) (And if you haven’t seen Living In Oblivion, please make it your top priority!) (more…)



Positive beauty: Typology skincare



Typology skincare

I love the sound (and look) of the new-to-the-UK ingredient-lite skincare brand, Typology. Anyone tried it?

Founded by the guy behind Made.com furniture, it specialises in simplifying skincare products by using as few ingredients as possible. Here’s his explainer on the merits of the minimalist approach from The Telegraph (paywall). “The more ingredients you add, the more unstable the formulation becomes, so then you have to add anti-fungal and anti-bacterial stuff…and because it starts to look unappealing, you add colouring. And you keep upping the claims, and the list of ingredients gets longer. Some of it may be harmless, bur frankly haven’t been researched, and some may have a negative impact on our bodies. For sure a lot don’t seem to be there for any good reason.” (more…)