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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

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

Maison des Talons on film

15 May

Another designer presents their new creations with a sultry video on YouTube. ‘An Obsession’ features the beautiful Katrin Thormann and the shoes of up-and-coming label Maison des Talons. Directed by Sandro Suppnig this little film is veritable shoe porn*. And it’s in French – delicieux.  

http://www.maison-des-talons.com/index.php?id=51
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aQw_EOl6Z9Q

*I love the bit when she’s reclining on the mantlepiece.

A Right Royal Window – I do, Jo Malone

21 Apr

You may have noticed I have studiously avoided all the Will-and-Kate beauty and fashion stories – however relevant or tenuous those I have come across have been, I just haven’t found something to rave about. And I have a real case of the Shoulda Been Mes – I’m the right age, I did Art History and I too would have swishy, glossy hair with a thrice-weekly blowdry. Not to mention the fact that I truly believe the wedding of the century took place last summer in my parents’ garden. Will ‘Catherine’ have three dresses, I ask you?! Anyway, this beautiful window did draw my attention – Jo Malone celebrates the royal nuptials in style.

The new beauty icons are…. BOYS.

30 Mar

Andrej - (c) modelnikkiphillips

Beautiful skin, razor-sharp cheekbones, rosebud pout…and an Adam’s Apple. The new beauty buzz is around boys, as transgender models Lea T and Andrej Pejic storm fashion campaigns, editorial coverage and catwalks, striding ahead of their female counterparts.

Lea T - (c) NY Times

So they’re trannies? Not exactly. Although of course Jodie Harsh has popped up at every fashion party going in recent years, with more adeptly applied make-up than half the industry’s big hitters. Nor is it about androgyny per se. It’s about polished, preened and unusual beauty – it’s about finding exoticism in difference.

Andrej - (c) Socialitelife

So I asked one of my favourite beauties, London DJ, Munroe Bergdorff: what do you use to achieve this unique brand of chic-and-chiselled perfection? This is Munroe’s kit.

Munroe

1. Kerastase Oleo Relax Masque: THE best hair treatment that I have ever used. It smells great, is easily applied in a handy spray and my hair feels stronger and looks more glossy from the first use.

2. Nars Sheer Glow Foundation: This foundation gives SUCH good coverage and yet feels light. It’s perfect for day or night and lasts like a dream.

3. Nars Lipstick in Shiap: I love this shade of lipstick. It’s so statement yet goes with SO many outfits – a definite beauty staple.

4. Illamasaqua Liquid Metal liner: One of the most amazing eye products that I have ever used – it’s literally like spreading liquid gold or silver over your skin! So high in shine and pigment, really innovative stuff!

5. Illamasqua Eyelashes: Illamasqua do THE best eyelashes, they give that BOOM to your eye that most eyelashes just can’t achieve! The curl, length, thickness and glue are all perfect.

6. Benefit ‘That Gal’ Primer: Such a great makeup primer, it gives an extra subtle glow to your skin and blends really well with my foundation.

7. Clinique 3 Step Cleanser: I’ve used this cleanser since I was 17. I’ve always had oily/problem skin but this really keeps it under control.

Munroe

Happy Birthday Glamour!

4 Mar

(c) Glamour UK

Ladies and gents (gents read this? Anything’s possible…) – I had to draw attention to a friend of mine going into double figures – HAPPY BIRTHDAY GLAMOUR!

Remember when it started ten years ago? That handy handbag-sized, celeb-packed, beauty-bursting fashion mag? I grabbed it (aged 16) as soon as I saw the former editor of Sugar, Jo Elvin was taking the helm. God, I loved Sugar. And then I became Glamour’s beauty writer many years later, so I do have a special fondness for its pages and its people.

In January I returned to work on this amazing anniversary issue as contributing beauty editor – have you SEEN it? It’s not only huge, jam-packed with scoops, pretty things and celebrity happy returns, but it’s also offering readers treats galore. One special high point has to be the Glamour beauty team’s (and honourary member, me) pick of the best ever beauty products. Go have a look. And maybe wear a party hat while you read?

The first Glamour cover - April 2001

There’s also another project coming out soon that I worked on while there for the April issue – watch this space!