Eye candy for your lips



Rodin X Vanessa Traina

Lipstick boxes daubed with painterly flowers are a thing. I’m loving the look of this Rodin X Vanessa Traina collab, although I’ve never tried Rodin’s lip products. Are they good? I like the idea of the lip and cheek oils (below), which I imagine give a barely-there stain, and they’re packed with safflower seed and sunflower seed oils so even though it says it’s a matte finish, they shouldn’t be drying. Buy them at Liberty and The Line.

Rodin X Vanessa Traina Lip Oil (more…)



Gentlewoman style: Chinti & Parker elevated knits



Chinti & Parker knitwear aw18

I’m completely mad for this new Chinti & Parker knitwear collection. Muted colours, classic cuts but generous silhouettes, and the prices aren’t bad either. It’s surprisingly hard to find jumpers I like that aren’t super-plain or too tricksy. Usually there’s far too much going on and even I’m bored of my navy sweater drawer. (more…)



Deep cuts



cuts book Steve Brooks Gimme 5

It’s been a bit of a whirlwind month for CUTS, my hairdresser and London landmark of sorts. It’s a kind of ‘if you know, you know’ thing; it’s been around forever but was never treated as a ‘brand’, rather a word of mouth hangout that does very good hair. (Side note: they came out with the phrase ‘You Look Good’ long before anyone else.)

CUTS started in Kensington Market during the post-punk years, then progressed to Kensington Church Street (I would pass it on the way to school) and ended up in Soho where it’s been for a couple of decades. It’s where I went when I decided to go short in the early 90s. (more…)



Skater prep (for grown ups)



NOAH AW18 Lookbook

This shot from the Noah AW18 look book grabbed my attention last week. I thought I was over preppy anything, but right now I really want an oversized rugby, some too-short chinos (or cords) and have I mentioned my Pillow Heat deadstock Vans fixation?

Breaking it down, I don’t really want classic country club prep, I think I want skater prep – but the clean and ironed version. (more…)