Sad but true…

8 Jul

I have a Three Graces announcement to make <fanfare> – on the 1st anniversary of the blog’s birth in August, I will be closing for business. Obviously it’s been a bit quiet on here recently, having started off with nearly a blog a day. Well, I’ve been darned busy.

The freelance malarkey has taken off and I simply don’t have time to make The Three Graces really good. And who wants anything less than really good? I do hope you’ll follow me – I’ll be writing for Tank from now on, and posting at Because Magazine four times a week. There will be videos, news, features and interviews galore to feast on. I’m also writing for a bevy of glossy magazines and so The Three Graces spirit lives on.

TTFN friends, and thank you for supporting this little experiment of mine. I’ve loved it and will miss these purple walls a whole lot.

Arrivederci x

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Chanel Confidential

30 Jun

I’m sure you’re already avid fans of this website, but CHANEL Make Up Confidential is my new online obsession – it’s entirely dedicated to that enigmatic make up created by Peter Philips. Featuring animated still life montages, tutorials by the wonderous Lisa Eldridge and a round-up of new season products, it’s definitely one for the favourites tab.

Today, Selfridges London is dedicating two windows on Oxford Street to the Chanel robots that appear on the site. There will also be a robot animation on the Chanel counter where you can choose and buy your favourite shade of the lipsticks and eye palettes used to create the little guys.

“A few years ago I made these little robots as part of a headpiece I created for a tribal makeup shoot – that’s where the idea first came from, ” Peter explains, “I then had the chance to play with these characters and do an animation. That’s how my little robots came to life”

www.chanel-confidential.com

 

Blink London crosses the pond.

22 Jun

(c) French Vogue

On Monday brow-beautifiers Blink London kindly blessed our American friends with their first US walk-in brow bar at New York’s Henri Bendel on Fifth Avenue.

Seven years after the first UK salon opened in London, Vanita Parti’s Blink team of threading pros will be tackling the stragglers and monos of New York seven days a week from now on. You hear that, Brooke?

Sale season has begun…

13 Jun

Half “hurrah”, half “uh-oh” – sale season has begun. It’s when I hear myself saying “yeh, I need more sequin tops”; “wow, I really need that deerhunter hat”, and more often than not, “I need them in both colours”. This year the start of sale season coincided with a big freelance project so I didn’t get to pound the streets. But where there’s a will, there’s a way: click, click, BOOM.

I discovered that internet shopping is actually a pretty safe way for me to navigate the sales. No stinking, packed changing room, no elbow-in-the-eye from fellow bargain-hunters and no need to let a drop in sugar levels stop you in your tracks.

Here’s what you do:

1. Make a list of what you NEED before going online.

2. Make sure you can pair each purchase with at least three things in your wardrobe. Beyond the season’s trends.

3. Have your sizes straight – that is, the size you are at that particular store.

4. Check the returns policy – it’s usually no good for getting refunds on sale items, which may dissuade you from buying daft things.

5. Set your alarm – if a sale starts at 12am you can be one of the first in without queueing.

Here are some things to look out for!

Heidi in Rust, were £120, now £89 at www.kurtgeiger.com

J Brand Agnes Stealth Jeans, were £295, now £140 at www.Selfridges.com

Sonia by Sonia Rykiel Breton top, was £150, now £50 at www.Selfridges.com

Jelky in Rust, was £120, now £79 at www.kurtgeiger.com

New shoes? Crisian & McCaffery are BRAND new.

4 Jun

Any shoe enthusiast worth her weight in red soles will be clambering for a sight of a new luxe shoe brand. Well, here you go girls. Crisian & MacCaffrey launched during LFW and were snapped up by Harvey Nichols, now selling the SS11 inaugural collection. Designed and carved by the designers themselves in Italy, the shoes have all the main credentials of a bestseller: height, sass and skins. Have a look through these mouth-watering images and head down to wiggle into a pair. Prices start at £325, and FYI: Lady Gaga wore a pair in her Judas video.

www.crisianandmccaffrey.com

Marani AW11/12 RTW Collection

2 Jun

I’m still waiting for the summer sun, but when you see these fine pieces from Marani, you can’t help but looking forward to Autumn. A sophisticated shot of midnight blue through a grey-and-white palette – delish.

 

 

 

A dress named after ME!

1 Jun

My friend, Natasha Bailie, also known as the doyenne of vintage fashion, has designed her own range of vintage-style dresses, and guess what? This one’s named after ME! Not Grace Kelly, as some would assume, but me, Natasha assures me. The ‘Grace’ dress!

Her very first Ready-to-Wear collection, Natasha has designed a classic 50s prom dress, with square-neck, full skirt and cinched waist – very Mad Men, very Natasha. The shape has been hand tailored in 5 limited edition fabrics in her hometown of Singapore, and come in sizes 8-14 so we can all rock a bit of vintage chic. 

“I wanted to create a dress that brought glamour to a gal’s everyday life,” says Natasha. “Women can wear this style to weddings, special occasions and vintage soirees, but they are great for nipping to the shop for some milk too, topped with a cardi and flats.”
 
Natasha, gem that she is, offers free international shipping. It does take 7-10 days – but the dresses are worth the wait!  If you can’t wait that long, for an additional fee the dresses can be sent via courier and will arrive in just 2 days.
 
So look out for ‘Grace’, launching TODAY at www.natashabailie.com

BeachTomato and Because Magazine up for Handbag awards

31 May

I’d like to suggest you add these two to your ‘Favorites’, lads and lasses. And while you’re at it, perhaps you’ll vote for them to win Handbag awards with the handy link at the bottom of this post?

I started contributing to Kirsty Hathaway’s gorgeous BeachTomato.com this spring – beautiful design coupled with handy shopping pages and some amazing contributors (Polly Vernon, Indigo Clarke, Bella Pollen…) has created a real buzz. After all, if you can’t spend all day, everyday lying on white sands, what could be better than filling your browser with the world’s best beaches? www.beachtomato.com

I did that little black and white story on the bottom of this beauty page shot – another reason to stop by! (shameless plug).

Second of all is Because Magazine, Tank Magazine’s website collecting fashion, culture and beauty together for you to stop by and admire. www.becauselondon.com

I’m going to be working with this site very soon, so again would LOVE for you to click ‘vote’ in their category, Best Independent Magazine Site. More about them later!

Don’t think of it as ‘influencing votes’, but more of a campaign to see the bestest bits recognized online… Here’s the link should you wish to vote:

http://www.handbag.com/fashion/features/handbag-online-fashion-awards-2011

Chanel BOY

30 May

HELLO to my kind of boy: Chanel BOY. No, not the lipstick, but a new handbag collection. On sale from September 2011, start saving.

Boy oh Boy.

It was the Chanel sample sale last Sunday – it’s now a ticketed event limited to the top rungs of the fashion world (so I’ll never again buy that too-small skirt or too-big jacket I wouldn’t have thought) but I have a friend who attended – can’t wait to see her stash.

Chloe Cheresse: the girls

27 May

I generally love Chloe collections, and am very excited to see what former Pringle designer, Clare Waight Keller is going to do now she’s been brought in to replace Hannah MacGibbon. But another exciting change at the house of Chloe is taking place, as they introduce Imogen Poots and Camille Rowe as the faces of Chloe scent, Cheresse.

Camille

Both just 21 years old, English rose Imogen and French model, Camille have the fresh-faced, chic beauty that the Chloe woman embodies – and I love ’em. Look out for the campaign in September, with looks that’ll most likely pre-empt the SS12 show makeup.

 

Imogen