Veronique Branquinho & A Red too Far

Sandals Veronique Branquinho Pieds by V

I recently stumbled upon these slides by Belgium designer Veronique Branquinho for a steal on the pre-owned designer goods website Vestiaire Collective. In order to really show them off with aplomb I decided to indulge in a last minute pedicure. Unfortunately, having run out of my usual Essie favourite “Limo-Scene” I was forced to take drastic and dare I say flashy action!

As you may know, I have something of an issue with red nail polish. Generally speaking, when it comes to nail polish I tend to gravitate towards the nude opaques, clean and suitable for most occasions right?

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The Norm’- Essie Polish in Urban Jungle

One of the things I find particularly troublesome about sporting red nail polish is the lingering eyes on ones hands and feet which (as a somewhat sensitive soul) I find rather challenging.

Too Rustic?

Don’t get me wrong, I do appreciate there are instances when red nail polish on the toes works wonders for morale. For instance, when one is sporting the favoured Birkenstocks , red varnish can certainly lift an outfit from “couldn’t care less” to chic insouciance. What do you think? Do you lean towards a French Manicure or a bold red? Let me know your choice and why? Bisous. xx

Le Maintenance: Spotlight Teeth White Paste

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Whitening Tooth Paste

Nothing screams ageing like stained teeth so this week I have been trying out Spotlight whitening Toothpaste. I’ve heard good things about this brand so watch this space… x

Keeping Cool with: Omorovicza

Omorovicza Queen of Hungary neroli and rose-scented facial mist.

Mostly Lovin’: My Black Hair

There’s an old adage that we truly only appreciate something when it is no longer attainable, this I have learnt much to my chagrin is most certainly true. Take for example my black hair (and by black I do not mean the texture or the style) but merely the beautiful jet with which it sits.

When I was growing up, I would often bemoan the fact that as a black girl I could generally only have jet black hair. This struck me as being somewhat default in nature and I wanted to be more individualistic shall we say…

Now as a woman of a certain age I can truly say that I both miss and yearn for my unequivocally jet hair. No compromise, no shades of grey, just beautiful black hair. Try to look up a synonym for the word “black” and you are met with terms such as “murky” “obscure” “gloomy”…this was not my jet black hair. It was uncompromising, strong but most importantly it was I now realise quite simply the essence of me.

Mostly Lovin’: Foreo Luna Play Sonic Facial Cleanser

Small but perfectly formed

So I have just started using the Foreo Luna Play mini sonic facial cleanser in my evening cleansing routine. Truth be told, I’m not entirely sure as to just what the benefits are of using a sonic cleanser but I will say the gentle pulsing sensation on the face at the end of a long day is a little treat I have come to savour. Gently moving the LUNA Play in circular motions over my face for 1 minute whilst swilling mouthwash is when I have some of my best ideas!

Instructions suggest using both morning and evening but at this stage I prefer not to overwork my skin and will see how my complexion fares over the coming weeks. I will let you know how I get on. Would you recommend a sonic cleanser and if so why? x

Mostly Lovin’: SJP Stash

Hands Off Mitches!

When I was in my twenties I wore the perfume Black Cashmere by Donna Karan. Warm, spicy and vastly unusual, in retrospect I can appreciate this fragrance was way too grown up for me at that particular stage in my life.

Now, as a woman of a certain age – I find I gravitate to largely unisex fragrances. Lucky for me Sarah Jessica Parker – SJP has just released Stash and I have to say…I am in love with this scent!

The earthy fusion of cedarwood atlas, vetiver (I am obsessed with vetiver!), and pistachio with the musk of bergamot serves to create a seamless fragrance which is both sensual and unexpected on both men and women alike.

I have taken to dousing myself in it an hour or so before leaving the house by which time it has soaked into my skin to create a fragrance akin to clean summer skin. Conversely, I think Stash may be more of a winter fragrance but I would be interested to know your thoughts. xx

Mostly Lovin’: Solonge Knowles

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In case you hadn’t noticed, Solonge Knowles is having something of a “moment“. I have long admired Knowles style. From the Sonia Rykiel inspired tresses to her avant-garde panache, Solonge walks to the beat of her own eclectic drum kit, and now with a critically acclaimed album “A Seat at The Table” you can sample those beats. To my mind, this woman is a true innovator and I for one am loving her renaissance!

Mostly Lovin’: Goe Oil

Goe Oil or Jao oil is my current winter weather go-to oil. In truth it’s more of a balm than an oil which is what makes it so incredibility versatile.
A combination of twenty-eight plants, fruits, butters and flower oils, this balm works hard and can be used on lips, hair and well elbows, knees and toes shall we say. The gorgeous fresh floral fragrance is a bonus. Definitely a future firm favourite. Bisous

Mostly Using: Biologique Recherche Lotion P50

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Recently un petit oiseau shared a secret regarding her year-round glowing complexion so naturellement I took it upon myself to find out more. Alors, last week I finally got my hands on Lotion P50 by Biologique Recherche and I have to tell you I am really rather happy with the speedy results! Suffice to say, I have received no less than three (unsolicited I might add) compliments on my complexion after only days of using the treatment at night.

“P50 balancing exfoliators speed up the epidermis’ natural exfoliating process and the reconstruction of the epidermal shield”, so far so glowing! I opted to try Lotion P50V which is specifically formulated with added vitamins and walnut extracts, which protect from the ageing process and nourish the epidermis. Lets be clear, I have also upped my vitamin intake and I am currently drinking a minimum of 2 litres of water a day largely owing to my current (anti-flubber) exercise program so it is possible I am now be seeing the results of a holistic approach, but I have to say only last week my skin was decidedly lacking in radiance so Lotion P50 is a definite permanent new addition to my skincare routine!. x

Le Maintenance

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“Ting”