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Lips like Giedre: La Bouche Rouge



La Bouche Rouge Paris Giedre Dukauskaite

No make-up make-up and a red lip. I’m pretty sure I’ve gone on about it enough but in essence, it’s the  look that Giedre Dukauskaite nails in the pic above. Good skin helps, but if that’s lacking, then a good foundation (applied sans trowel) is the next best thing. I’m currently using Estee Lauder Double Wear applied with the newly launched Artis Palm Brush Mini, the tiniest version of the cult brush that blends like a dream. Bypass eye makeup completely, bar perhaps a brow product of your choice, and then go as hard as you dare on the red lip.

Giedre is wearing her own shade, Neon Giedre by La Bouche Rouge, which is a very cool, very chic and – of course – very French brand. Its free-from lipsticks are also entirely plastic-free (more…)



It’s not about product so what works in bricks and mortar retail now?



what works in bricks and mortar retail now? Tiina The store Amagansett Christopher Sturman for The New York Times

News broke last week that Debenhams, one of the UK’s biggest department store chains, is closing 50 stores. I worked as a sales girl at Debenhams in Oxford Street during my art student years and I loved it. I worked with amazing people, liked selling and would pop across the road to the Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf exhibitions at the Anthony d’Offay gallery in my lunch hour.

I haven’t really shopped there as an adult, other than occasionally for beauty or pots and pans. I’m more of a high-end heritage shopper or I go to the minimalist stores like Cos and Arket. But it’s a serious warning sign that retail really is changing. Debenhams’ competitors like John Lewis & Partners and Selfridges have been much better at creating a modern lifestyle destination, which taps into the idea that stores aren’t only for shopping. (more…)



Secret shopping: 45R arrives in London



45R Brook Street london

Japanese slow fashion brand, 45R has just opened its London outpost at 6 Brook Street, selling its cult denim, lived in knits and quilted outerwear. The Americans may be the originators but the Japanese are experts at producing artisan-quality denim that you’ll keep for years. (At 45R they hover between £350 and £800 which gives you an idea of the level of quality we’re talking about.) (more…)



Still not bored of French girl magic



In Paris by Jeanne Damas and Lauren Bastide

Here’s a delicious new book celebrating cool, understated Parisiennes. If you enjoyed my book, The New Garconne (here), I think you’ll love In Paris: 20 Women on Life in the City of Light. It’s full of voyeuristic intimate photo profiles of everyday Parisian women, with photos taken by the quintessential Paris babe, Jeanne Damas. (more…)