Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Brigitte Bardot!!!!

Brigitte Bardot's beauty is literally timeless, she has been such a huge influence on POP culture especially within fashion as she has such an enduring look. Even  now we see Bardot-a likes on the catwalk...Zac Posen SS14 paid homage to her beauty, Daphne Groenveld in the Dior Addict campaign which captures the essence of Bardot and of course Kate Moss has always had an element of Bardot about her that just effortless style. Bardot encapsulates the South of France in the 50's & 60's

Bardot was a ballet dancer who fell into modelling as a teen in 50's Paris by 15 she was on the cover of French Elle which is where she was spotted by Roger Vadim the director of the film that catapulted her into super stardom . Of course in her early roles there is a somewhat Lolita-esque/man pleasing quality to her *characters* that makes me more than a little uneasy but Bardot was a breathtaking beauty that still inspires some 60 years after her first film. She has had a tumultuous life and retreated from stardom at the age of 39 to concentrate on being an activist for Animal Welfare (for this I admire her greatly). But....she is one of those strange humans that has so much love for animals and dedicates so much of herself to causes that involve animals, yet holds some disconcerting/offensive views about humans and she has been vilified for her right wing and racist views in her latter years.
Bardot's looks faded and her coquettish beauty disappeared, she still has killer cheekbones and there is still a *whisper* of her past beauty she is *striking* and has not succumbed to lifts/fillers/botox, so hers is a face that has lines and character. But the woman who put St Tropez on the map remains such a huge influence and *The Bardot* look will be very prevalent for Spring/Summer 14.

Sultry, Fresh & effortless
Dior  Campaign
Very Bardot
Zac Posen SS14

Monday, 14 October 2013

SS 14 Make Up Trend alerts & overview!

Spring Summer make up collections will be upon us sooner than we know, Fashion weeks around the world have happened and I just wanted to show some of my personal favourite trends that were seen on the catwalk and what will be reflected in the SS14 Make up collections.

Etro- Focus Warm eyes & cheeks and nude lip
Dolce & Gabbana- Focus delicately sunkissed
Rag & Bone Focus contouring with a statement lip
Badgley Mischka Focus vintage pastel
Donna Karan Focus warm Metallic lustre & glossy lips
Helmut Lang- Focus warm palette with *stained* lips
Roland Mouret- Focus- black liner- nude lip
SKIN-Some of the most beautiful skin we have seen in a long time, flawless and LUXE with barely there bases.
TONAL- Looks that were created around one shade so that the shade was used across the eyes, cheeks & lips- for chic simplicity.
LIPS- Nudes- barely there, Statement *hot* lips and a modern revisit of the 90's classic *brick*- worn as more of a stain.
PASTEL- A 5th avenue princess version of pastel, for a timeless vintage look opposed to a girlish interpretation.
EYES- Lots of *colour washes* where a shade was used lightly across the lid and when liner was used it was clean/flicked/graphic. Lashes were kept defined to frame the eyes but not overly accentuated.
BROWS- The natural brow is still prevalent- or should I say *enhancing* your natural brow, shapes were kept soft and brows were delicately defined- not so much of a statement but beautifully groomed.

Been busy.........moving etc

Street view.

View from the front window

Detail of fireplace

Happy cat

My son's shelf of favourite things.


The wilds of the garden.

Lavender and apple tree.
So, we moved and did not have broadband for a while and I have been ridiculously busy (not complaining at all, it is just being factual).
I have moved from a house that I painted pretty much all white inside to a house with colour and so much character. I fell in love with this house because...of the *feel* it is very quirky and full of character and it just felt *right*. So, the garden looks a little different as the pictures were taken in August and now it is Autumn so the colours and textures are changing. I have been buying a mixture of old and new furniture whilst fitting in our *old* pieces too and I am so shocked that I have been buying non black items- maybe after 29 solid years of buying everything in black I am changing :)Vive la revolution!