Lipstick: Toujour Chic

“Beauty, to me, is about being comfortable in your own skin.  That, or a kick-ass red lipstick.” – Gwyneth Paltrow

I’m a big believer in the power of red lips.  Red lipstick can upgrade your look from very nice to POW!  I also believe that anyone can look good in red lipstick – you just have to choose the right shade.

Whether you are blonde, brunette, have shades of red or strawberry , or if your hair is either short, long, curly or straight, red lips will enhance your look. In fact, it can knock it out of the park!  
The perfect shade of red adds a dimension that no other colour does and even better, it looks great dressed up or dressed down. Try experimenting with different shades and finishes until you find the one that’s you. 

It is the finishing touch to an outfit like only the perfect accessory can be.  Personally I think that Angie’s dress here is otherwise low-key red carpet, but with her impressive red lips, she has transformed it into sensational red carpet!

“I’ve lived by a man’s code designed to fit a man’s world, yet at the same time I never forget that a woman’s first job is to choose the right shade of lipstick.” – Carole Lombard

If you have fair skin, then coral reds are best for you.  If you have medium skin, then anything from a true red to pinky-cranberry shades suit your golden undertones best.  And darker tones, nothing too bright for you, so a deep rich burgundy or warm brick red work best.
You don’t have to keep your red lips for night time either.  I used to only wear red lips to add a touch of glamour, but glamour is good for day time too.  Just look at Yasmin Sewell above – her red lips really lift her look here and Gwen Stefani has championed red lips for some time now – she is not often seen without them, no matter the time of the day.
Red lips are a great mood lifter too.  The only thing I tend to forget when wearing red lipstick is that it wears off easier than most other shades and touch-ups are a must!

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Sources: Garance Dorè, The Sartorialist, Streetfsn, Glamour magazine.

Winter Solstice

I cannot go through winter without wearing a hat and a scarf.  For me, it is quite simply the only way to get through!

I live in a part of the world that is famous for its sensational weather and I don’t think I have ever before experienced cold weather here like it has been this past week, and my vast collection of woolly scarves, hats and beanies have all been getting quite a workout.  

I love the ease of the beanie.  I often throw one on when I’m dashing off to drop my girls at school.  

(Rachel Bilson & Drew Barrymore working their beanies)



This is mostly because it is before I’ve had a chance to wash my hair and so the beanie (or any hat for that matter) hides bed hair as well as laziness – what more could you ask for in an accessory? 


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Too much?


It might be just me, but isn’t Ashley Olsen a little petite for this oversized Birkin? She reminds me of Alice when she shrinks to only 10 inches high after falling down the rabbit hole and drinking the bottle of potion.  

I wonder also, is there such a thing as too many labels in one outfit?  Is the Chanel bag too much along side the Birkin?  

I don’t know, you tell me.




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In the meantime…

Currently I am reading Ines de la Fressange’s fabulous new book “Parisian Chic: A Style Guide.”  

The 52 years young model and mother of two takes us on a personal shopping trip to her favourite Parisian purveyors of style, fashion and all things related. It is a lively read, aimed at the busy woman, which contains a  goldmine of style and beauty secrets from the former Chanel muse.


I am neck-deep in work right now and so my friends, I am unable to blog more about this lovely little guide for the moment.  
And so in the meantime, may I suggest you go and get yourself a copy and learn all of Ines’s Parisian chic secrets for yourself?  


Back soon, I promise!



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