Obsessed with Anna Ewers, especially when Josh Olins is behind the camera. Styled by Geraldine Saglio, Hair by Shon & Make-Up by Sally Branka. Perfect Friday inspiration. Happy weekend dudes.
This week has brought sleepless nights, procrastination, masses of Tabata (yes, the DOMS is as bad as it gets) and running in preparation for this and moodboard-musings for a photoshoot over the weekend. The last time I styled and shot my own pictures, I was totally inexperienced. It went ok, don’t get me wrong, but it didn’t turn out the way I had envisioned it would, and of course, thats all within my own control and I am my harshest critic. This time round, I haven’t tried to take on as much – I have a make-up artist, I have experience (remember I worked as an assistant to Thea in November?) and my knowledge, confidence and conviction has evolved and hopefully grown. This all sounds pretty serious, I realise – I put that down to nerves and expectations. I know what I love. I have a vision and not being able to achieve that vision will, naturally, be disappointing. However, experience and practise is the only way to grow. And practise makes perfect, right?
I so badly wanted these Isabel Marant Carol sandals last year, but at £600 for a pair, I decided against this investment. But then, just by chance, I found this pair at Kurt Geiger. Is it me or are these a pretty amazing ‘version’ of the Queen of Western Cool’s Carols? Yeah, I thought so. And thats the reason they become mine, just like that.
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Over dinner with friends at the weekend, conversations covered topics spanning bread baking and what to use to make your hair grow quicker. Insane, I know. The wild episodes I experience still astound me sometimes. Yes, sarcasm. Again. I just can’t help myself. Ok, lets regroup. So, in-between bread and hair, we also talked about Lush Cosmetics. For those who don’t already know, Lush make fresh handmade skin and hair care products using all natural ingredients. I’ve often walked past their heavily scented stores and taken in the fragrance but it never seems to have lured me in, in the way it hopes to. So when my friend Lucy (with her immaculate skin) was recommending their face scrub, I had to find out more for myself. Angels on Bare Skin is a super-gentle cleansing scrub with chamomile blue and lavender oils to calm and soothe the skin. To make it go a little further, China clay (kaolin) absorbs grease and dirt, leaving your skin underneath clean, nourished and gently exfoliated. Its mild enough (i.e. the scrub part is not too harsh) to use on a daily basis if you want to, and so far, my skin has genuinely improved with brightness and softness. What more can you ask for? Well, funny you should mention that. Because not one for avoiding a purchase if I can help it, I was curious to know if this little pot of Popcorn-flavoured and scented lip scrub was up to the job. Its a sugar-scrub for your lips, made with coconut oil, sugar and a buttery, caramel taste. You apply a small amount apply to your lips with your finger and gently rub in a circular motion. When you’re happy your lips have shed enough flakey dry skin, the best bit comes at the end, because you can lick it off. Amazing. Give it a try, its worth every penny, especially when products are environmentally friendly and 100% natural.
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The perfect biker jacket, for those of you who care as much as I about such trivialities, is not an easy thing to find. First of all the leather needs to be right – the right thickness, the right texture, the right seams. Then the zips – for me, they need to be silver and lots of them. The collar – do you want one or not? No, I do not. The shoulders – shoulder padding? Yes please. What else….? Hmmmm. The length. Yes, the length. Not too short, not too long. I don’t want to look like a fifty year old ex-roadie. In another world, this Celine biker is the one. The one I could spend the rest of my life with. My leathery-soul mate. However, I am a few bucks short right now. And so comes H&M to the rescue again. About a year ago, when our reliable Swedish high-street friend launched the first New Icons exclusive collection, I tried on and stupidly put right back on the rack their sell-out jacket. Then it sold out, inevitably. Since then, I have scoured the internet looking for another always ending up at a dead end. But then, as luck would have it, I stumbled across the jacket above on their iPhone App one very early morning last week whilst doing my very best to wake-up and wake up promptly I did, because before I could control my actions, the jacket was in my basket, being checked out and dispatched within seconds. Its the same one. THE EXACT SAME JACKET. There was no hesitation. And now I have it. And its perfect. We’re a match made in heaven. And its a bargain. But shhhh, don’t tell anyone.